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Columbia Grain CEO: Keep Snake River dams

From world-grain.com Columbia Grain International (CGI) has joined Columbia Snake River System supporters in the agriculture industry who are warning of dire consequences if four dams are breached as part of a joint federal-state project to restore the local salmon population. “We need to keep the lower Snake River dams,” said Jeff Van Pevenage, president and chief executive officer of ... Read More »

‘There will be an eight generation’

From the Spokesman-Review Leaning into early August, three combines churned rows of swathed Kentucky bluegrass across fields near Fairfield. The bluegrass seed harvest had stretched a couple weeks past normal. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 8/14: Hot, dry conditions continued throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days the previous week. Western Washington received little to no precipitation. In south central Washington, weather conditions were hot and dry throughout the area. In Chelan County, soil moistures dropped heading into fall planting. In Klickitat County, winter grain harvest was in full swing. Second cutting ... Read More »

Crop progress report 08/07: Dry conditions in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were normal. Western Washington experienced precipitation throughout the week. In Snohomish County, farmers started the fourth cutting of grass silage. Blueberries began to appear. In central Washington, weather conditions were very dry with no rain. In Okanogan County, grasshoppers made their presence known. Due to heat ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/31: Triple digit temperatures in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were high. In western Washington, the hot weather helped corn silage progress. Some areas of south Snohomish and north King counties experienced field conditions that remained too wet to complete any fieldwork. In Whatcom County, the excessive heat caused raspberry shrinkage. Nonirrigated ... Read More »

Full-time Outreach Coordinator wanted

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers in Ritzville, WA is seeking an organized and proactive Outreach Coordinator to join our family-friendly organization. We are looking for someone who wants to celebrate agriculture and advocate for our producers and our rural lifestyle. The Outreach Coordinator supports outreach operations by coordinating all aspects of WAWG grower education, assisting the executive director with ... Read More »

Junior Livestock Show of Spokane gets new director

From the Capital Press Three generations of Lori Williams’ family have participated in the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane, she says. But Williams, the show’s new executive director, told the Capital Press that some families’ roots are even deeper. “We have some families that are five generations deep,” she said. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

WAWG leader testifies at farm bill listening session

Marci Green, past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and a Spokane County producer, joined more than 100 industry stakeholders at a recent House Agriculture Committee Listening Session on the 2018 Farm Bill. The listening session was in Carnation, Wash., and was hosted by Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Wash.). During her two minutes, Green talked about the importance of crop ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/24: Warm, dry weather in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.8 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were mostly normal. In Snohomish County, berries were running late, but crops were looking great. Cool weather crops were flourishing. Cucurbits started to take off, but tomatoes and peppers struggled. In central Washington, the weather was hot and dry. Canola ... Read More »