State

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 »

Crop progress report 10/17: Late season planting throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 6.5 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 17 were below normal. In San Juan County, there were cooler temperatures with some rainfall throughout the area. Low pressure systems stacked up leading into the fall rainy season. Livestock was on stockpiled feed. Harvest of CSA vegetable ... Read More »

Previewing the 2021 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention

After being canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions last year, the 2021 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention promises to be better than ever. This year’s event is slated for Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Wash., and is sponsored by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), the Oregon Wheat Growers League and the Idaho Grain Producers Association. ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/10: Cooler temps set in throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.5 days suitable for field work, down from 6.7 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 10 were mostly below normal. San Juan County reported cooler temperatures with some rainfall throughout the area. Fall crops were planted, and harvest was near completion. Tree fruit harvest was in the final weeks, and pastures were ... Read More »

Frustrated ag exporters face continued shipping challenges

From the Capital Press Agricultural exporters and shipping industry leaders had a heated exchange at the Agriculture Transportation Coalition’s virtual convention. Each group — carriers, port leaders and exporters — expressed frustration at the continued challenges that have afflicted the global shipping industry since COVID-19 first hit in late 2019. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

WAWG welcomes new staff member

There’s a new face greeting producers at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) office in Ritzville, Wash. Katie Teachout joined the WAWG staff at the end of July as an administrative assistant. Teachout moved to Ritzville in 2020 from Okanogan County to take a position at the Ritzville Adams County Journal where she covered local sports and news. She ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/03: Favorable Weather for Farming Throughout Washington 

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 6.6 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 3 were below normal. In San Juan County, more rain and cooler temperatures pushed the area past drought conditions. Livestock was on stored feed. CSA farms continued fall harvest. Some fieldwork was delayed due to storm systems that ... Read More »