Current Issues

Douglas County will accept acres in latest general CRP sign-up

From the Farm Service Agency Douglas County may accept up to 2,364.8 acres under the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign up 56 which runs through Feb. 12, 2021.  Contracts accepted in this sign up will have an effective start date of Oct. 1, 2021 (Fiscal Year 2022). Previously, the Douglas County office had been informed that due to current ... Read More »

WAWG president testifies against cap and trade

This week, Washington Association of Wheat Growers President Ryan Poe spoke to the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee against SB 5126 (proposal for implementing a cap and trade program). Here is his testimony: “Good morning Chair Carlyle and members of the Committee: For the record, my name is Ryan Poe.  I am a 5th generation farmer from Hartline, Wash.  ... Read More »

WAWG member submits testimony on HB 1091

Last week, Washington Association of Wheat Growers board member Michele Kiesz volunteered to testify on HB 1091 (proposal for adoption of a low carbon fuel standard) in front of the House Environment and Energy Committee. Unfortunately, the hearing ran out of time before Michele’s turn to testify came up, so instead WAWG submitted the following as written testimony. “Chair Fitzgibbon, ... Read More »

2021 Legislative Session goes almost entirely virtual

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 11, 2021, the Washington State Legislature will be back in session, but operating very differently from past years due to the pandemic. For the first time in the state’s history, the session will be mostly conducted in a virtual format, and come January, the typically bustling capitol campus will be noticeably quiet and ... Read More »

Inslee announces climate package for 2021-23 biennium

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has released his 2021-23 biennium climate policy package. The plan: Caps statewide greenhouse gas emissions and invests in clean energy, transportation and climate resilience programs, and funds part of the Working Families Tax Credit. Establishs a clean fuel standard and reduces transportation emissions through electrification. Requires new buildings to be carbon free by 2030 and eliminates ... Read More »

Thinking back on 2020, but looking forward to 2021

By Michelle Hennings WAWG Executive Director This year…WOW! I really hope 2021 will be the year that we get back to some normalcy. I’m ready to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, as I’m sure many of you are, as well.  Life, both personally and professionally, in a pandemic, has been interesting. On the positive side, I’ve gotten to enjoy ... Read More »

2020/21 wheat ambassadors make final presentations

Congratulations to Grace Hanning and Julia Klein, our 2020/21 wheat ambassadors. They gave their final presentations yesterday, virtually, and both did a great job. Check it out for yourself. Read More »

Northwest leaders urge holistic approach to four-state salmon recovery process

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers has joined dozens of Northwest leaders in signing a letter to the governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho asking them to explore solutions to salmon recovery that are grounded in science; take into consideration the social cost of carbon; and balance the purposes of the Columbia-Snake River System (flood control, navigation, recreation, irrigation and ... Read More »

National Wheat Foundation begins accepting applications for ag scholarship

The National Wheat Foundation has officially begun accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, honoring students pursuing a career in agriculture. The scholarship is available to college students for the 2021-2022 academic year with an application deadline of Dec. 31, 2020. “The scholarship is meant to recognize those students who have shown a passion for agriculture both inside and outside ... Read More »

2020 election updates

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist While ballots are still being counted, early results from the Nov. 3, 2020, election suggest that a combination of wins for both Republicans and Democrats even out to Democrats slightly increasing majorities in the both the state Senate and House of Representatives. However, the final election results will determine whether the legislature is more progressive. ... Read More »