Current Issues

State legislative report 01/23: In hearing, ag comes out in force against buffer bill

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last week concluded the second week of the 60-day session. Legislative committees have been busy with packed agendas holding hearings on new bills and voting to advance bills out of their policy committee.  As of Jan. 21, more than 500 bills have been introduced in the House and more than 400 in the Senate. Less ... Read More »

State legislative report 01/14: Legislature hits the ground running in short 60-day session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington Legislature convened on Monday, Jan 10, for a short, 60-day session. Short sessions have been described as drinking from a fire hose since everything happens on a condensed timeframe, and this year is no exception. Prior to the session even starting, the legislature had prefiled more than 500 new pieces of legislation for ... Read More »

State’s 2022 Legislative Session looks to be fast-paced

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 10, the Washington State Legislature will be back for a 60-day session. It is the second year of the legislative biennium and a “short” legislative session. Legislators will meet in a “hybrid” format, conducting some activities virtually and some in-person. All committee work will be completed again through Zoom and aired on TVW, ... Read More »

A little bit of normalcy heading into 2022

By Michelle Hennings Executive Director, Washington Association of Wheat Growers The last six months have been interesting here at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). I feel like a little bit of normalcy is starting to set in as we’ve been having some in-person meetings, which has been quite refreshing. I think this will be our new normal, both ... Read More »

WAWG authors letter defending river system

More than 100 national agricultural organizations, regional/state organizations and companies have signed onto a letter to Pres. Joe Biden, authored by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), expressing support for the Columbia-Snake River System. “On behalf of the undersigned organizations representing farmers and businesses across the agricultural value chain, we write to express our strong support for preserving the ... Read More »

2021 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention wraps up

The wheat organizations of Idaho, Oregon and Washington want to thank everybody who made the 2021 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention possible. Join us next year Congratulations to Alex McGregor, Washington Association of Wheat Growers Member of the Year. Alex couldn’t attend convention, but he send in a video accepting the award. Columbia County was named Washington Association of Wheat Growers ... Read More »

2021 convention rapidly approaching

Preparations for the 2021 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention are moving full speed ahead. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is monitoring COVID-19 requirements and will provide updates as necessary at and in the weekly Greensheet email newsletter.  This year’s event is scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Wash., and is sponsored by ... Read More »

Winners announced for the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC) offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. The NWF is happy to announce the national and state winners for the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest. See the national winners and read more about their entries ... Read More »

Update to our membership regarding the lower Snake River dams

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Grain Commission were contacted by the staff of Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray this week to make us aware of a forthcoming process to investigate the economic and environmental impacts of breaching the four lower Snake River dams. As reported in several media outlets, Gov. Inslee commented on his ... Read More »

Dams: One structure, many benefits

From At first glance, dams look like they only hold back and store water, but they actually do so much more. Dams can help protect communities from floods, provide water to irrigate farmland, enable safe passage for boats and barges, create places to play on the river and provide the Northwest with renewable, carbon-free electricity. While not all dams ... Read More »