Federal

‘Additionality’ issue keeps some farmers out of carbon markets

From agweb.com When Mike Estadt talks with Ohio farmers using no-till and cover crops who want to participate in carbon markets, he often tells them they are unlikely to qualify for those opportunities. “These are farmers who’ve been in no-till for 20 or 30 years, and they’ve probably sequestered all the carbon that they can,” says Estadt, Ohio State University ... Read More »

NAWG statement on president signing infrastructure package

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) into law. The $1.2 trillion package not only reauthorizes the surface transportation programs for five years, but also makes a $550 billion investment on top of existing programs. While significant investments in infrastructure have long been elusive, the Infrastructure Investment and ... Read More »

Farm data by state: Land, income comparisons reveal our national patchwork

From agriculture.com Driving the rural highways of Illinois reveals mile after mile of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Recently I traveled to California and was driving on a long highway in the central part of that state. It was similar to the highways in my home state of Illinois, flat with small towns scattered along the way. However, the only crops ... Read More »

NAWG issues comments on infrastructure package

Late last night, the House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) by a vote of 228-206, which was first passed by the Senate in August. The bill will now go to President Biden for his signature. “NAWG applauds this historic investment in our traditional infrastructure, which is critical to rural communities and agriculture’s long-term success ... Read More »

Ag supply chain woes take time to fix

From dtnpf.com Farmers and ranchers who may be hoping for a quick resolution of current supply chain problems dogging agriculture and other industries may not see it for some time, two trade experts said during a Zoom call with agricultural journalists this week. Read the rest of the article here. 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 »

USDA to spend up to $1.15 billion on rural broadband

From agriculture.com Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday that the USDA would spend up to $1.15 billion to bring high-speed internet services to people living in rural communities. The money would be available in loans and grants to providers who offer service with download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second in areas that lack high-speed internet. Read the ... 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 »

Congressional delegation calls for expanded ag assistance

Members of the Washington and Oregon delegation signed onto a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging USDA to take all statutory eligibilities into account when distributing the $10 billion in aid to Pacific Northwest agricultural producers hit hard by extreme heat, drought and wildfires this summer. “Congress provided $10 billion to cover ... Read More »

Dams: One structure, many benefits

From bpa.gov 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 »