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Former UN food ambassador to be featured at 2023 grain growers convention By Trista Crossley Editor, Wheat Life On the surface, Kip Tom doesn’t appear to share much in common with the average Washington wheat farmer, but dig a little deeper, and the similarities emerge. From 2019-2021, Tom served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food ... Read More »

Meet The SharkFarmer

Popular host to speak at 2023 grain growers convention By Trista Crossley Editor, Wheat Life Agriculture has a tale to tell, but finding a way to tell it is sometimes difficult. That’s where Rob Sharkey, aka “The SharkFarmer,” comes in. Rob and his wife, Emily, have created a platform for farmers to tell their story through their SharkFarmer podcast and ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/15: Row crop harvest progressed in nice autumn weather

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.8 days recorded the previous week. Warm temperatures helped farmers with fall-planted grains. Farmers also made progress harvesting remaining row crops like potatoes, corn, and onions. Fall moisture was reported in several parts of western and southern Washington. Klickitat County reported rain last ... Read More »

Convention registration deadlines approaching

Fieldwork for the year may slowly be winding down, but preparations for the 2023 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention are reaching a fever pitch. Staff from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), the Oregon Wheat Growers League, and the Idaho Grain Producers Association are putting the finishing touches on this year’s convention, which will be held Nov. 14-16, 2023, at ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/08: Great week for farming in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.1 days reported the previous week. Western Washington producers scrambled to harvest as much as possible before rain hit their fields. Central Washington had a great week of farming. Fall planting was wrapping up, and some pasture had greened up enough for cows to graze. ... Read More »

Washington train trestle destroyed by fire to resume service this month

From the Capital Press Work on the Winona train trestle destroyed by wildfire in August is nearly complete, and freight service will resume later in October, according to the Washington Department of Transportation. The trestle, 31 miles east of Colfax, between LaCrosse and Endicott, handles 2,600 rail cars loaded with wheat and supplies each year. Read the rest of the ... Read More »

Wheat growers applaud support of federal CRISI grant to WSDOT

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) applaud the support of members from the Washington State Federal Congressional Delegation, and their commitment to the state’s agricultural industry, in response to the announcement that the Federal Railroad Administration selected the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to receive a substantial $72.8 million Fiscal Year 2022 ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/01: Growers harvested around wet conditions in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.6 days reported the previous week. In western Washington, drought conditions escalated to a D3 status for King and Pierce counties. Shellfish farmers had to cancel going out on the bay several days in a row because the tide would not drop due ... Read More »

PNW winter wheat production down 19% from last year

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service Winter wheat  Washington planted 1.80 million acres of winter wheat in 2023, down 50,000 acres from 2022. Harvested area, at 1.75 million acres, is down 50,000 acres from 2022. Winter wheat production in Washington is 94.5 million bushels, down 23% from last year, with yield estimated at 54 bushels per acre, down 14 bushels ... Read More »

PCC Railway awarded $72.8 million federal CRISI grant

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced this week that the Washington State Department of Transportation has been selected to receive a $72.8 million Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grant for capital improvements on the PCC short-line railroad. State funding from the Move Ahead Washington transportation package, as well as local and private contributions, will bring ... Read More »