EPA mum as What’s Upstream stays afloat

From the Capital Press An Environmental Protection Agency funded media campaign to change how Washington state regulates agriculture remained largely intact Tuesday, one week after the agency said the campaign misused EPA funds and that it was taking corrective action. What’s Upstream, a partnership between the Swinomish Indian tribe and environmental groups, has maintained a website, letter-writing campaign, Facebook page ... Read More »

NASS crop progress report April 11

For the week ending April 10 Warm Weather for Planting in Washington There were 6.5 days suitable for work. Pasture conditions were reported as 3% very poor, 30% fair, 63% good, and 4% excellent. Low temperatures were reported at 30 degrees Fahrenheit in the central and northeastern regions and a high temperature of 90 degrees in the western region with ... Read More »

NASS crop progress report April 5

For the week ending April 3, 2016 Warmer temperatures led to field activity in Washington Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.8. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 3% very poor, 0% poor, 30% fair, 64% good, and 3% excellent. The temperatures in Washington ranged from the mid-twenties to the high seventies, which made the average temperature warmer than ... Read More »

Celebrating long, loyal partnerships

By Steve Mercer U.S. Wheat Associates Vice President of Communications It is important at times to step back from the day-to-day challenges of our work to reflect on what is truly important. The week of April 12, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), its state wheat commission members and wheat farmers have two very special opportunities to do that with its customers ... Read More »

TPP ‘not close’ to passing, McMorris Rodgers says

From the Capital Press The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has a long road ahead of it before it is approved, an Eastern Washington member of Congress says. “TPP needs a lot of work,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said. “We’re not close to being at a place to pass TPP.” McMorris Rodgers, a Republican, said lawmakers are still determining whether the trade ... Read More »

EPA’s reversal on What’s Upstream rings hollow to ag groups

From the Capital Press The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course Tuesday and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media campaign to arouse public support in Washington state for stricter regulations on agriculture. The change in position pleased farm advocates, but also left them asking why EPA allowed the campaign in the first place. ... Read More »

March 31 stripe rust update

By Xianming Chen Last week, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Lincoln, Adams and Franklin counties in Eastern Washington. Winter wheat ranged from Feekes 2 to 6. With the good moisture in March, most wheat fields looked good. In Whitman County, stripe rust was not observed in all fields, except one field close to the Adams border. In contrast, ... Read More »

State Legislative Update: Session Adjourned!

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington State Legislature adjourned late Tuesday night, March 29, after passing final supplemental operating and capital budgets. The supplemental budget adds $191 million in spending to the two-year, $38.2 billion budget approved in 2015 and reflects a compromise between the $467 million spending increase originally proposed by House democrats and the $49 million proposed ... Read More »

Who’s planting what wheat and where?

Earlier today, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their prospective planting report. For wheat, all wheat planted area for 2016 is estimated at 49.6 million acres, down 9 percent from 2015. The 2016 winter wheat planted area, at 36.2 million acres, is down 8 percent from last year and down 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, ... Read More »

New WSU president will reach out to agriculture

From the Capital Press Washington State University’s new president says he was drawn to the school because of its land-grant mission. “I spent my career at land-grants, they have a certain style and philosophy that I think really speaks to the state they reside in,” said Kirk Schulz, currently the president of Kansas State University, in a telephone interview with ... Read More »