Coalition letter supporting dams goes out to regional legislators

WAWG and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) have joined more than 40 river stakeholders on a letter sent to the Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana congressional delegations and the governors of all four states. The letter points out that there is no assurance that Idaho fish runs will be restored if the four lower Snake River dams are breached, and ... Read More »

WAWG leader testifies as ‘other’ in ag overtime hearing

Today, Nicole Berg, a farmer from Benton County, a past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and vice president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, testified in a House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee hearing on SB 5172, a bill concerning the retroactivity of overtime in agriculture. Here is her full testimony: Good morning Chair Sells, Ranking Member ... Read More »

State legislative report 03/22: Legislature gets positive economic news

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Today marks the 69th day of the 2021 Legislative Session. The Legislature is busy meeting in policy committees, holding public hearings and voting on bills that the opposite chamber approved. Bills need to pass out of their respective policy committees by March 26 to continue to advance through the legislative process. Several major issues must ... Read More »

Editorial: Mandatory OT will facilitate automation

From the Capital Press In some sense, it’s difficult to argue against the “fairness” of paying farmworkers overtime. Time has value, and in an ideal world every employee’s time would be held equally dear. In the real world, however, things aren’t that neat and other factors come into play. The Fair Labor Standards Act, passed by Congress in 1938, established ... Read More »

WAWG member testifies on cap and trade and capital gains tax hearings

Jim Moyer, a grower from Columbia County and a WAWG board member, testified in front of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on SB 5126, a Climate Commitment Act (implementing a cap and trade program), and SB 5096, a capital gains tax. Here is his testimony: SB 5126 Good morning Chair Rolfes, Ranking Member Wilson and members of the Committee: ... Read More »

Stripe rust forecast to be in the normal epidemic level

By Dr. Xianming Chen Based on the predication models using the weather data from Nov. 1, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021, wheat stripe rust is forecasted to be in the low end of the normal epidemic level range (20-40 percent yield loss) in the 2021 growing season. The models predicted highly susceptible varieties to have 22 percent yield loss. This number ... Read More »

State legislative report 0314: Budget negotiations picking up steam

Yesterday marked the 63rd day of the 2021 Legislative Session. On Tuesday, March 9, the Legislature reached a milestone—the deadline to pass bills out of the house of origin which means House Bills must be voted out of the House and Senate Bills must be voted out of the Senate. Bills that did not meet that deadline are considered dead ... Read More »

WAWG president testifies in support of DNR lease bill

Ryan Poe, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, testified today in support of HB 1199, compensation for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources terminating agricultural leases early, in a hearing in the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Park Committee. Here is his testimony: Good morning Chair Van De Wege, Ranking Member Warnick and members of the Committee: For ... Read More »

WAWG member testifies in low carbon fuel hearing

Michele Kiesz, a grower from Adams County and a Washington Association of Wheat Growers board member, testified this morning in front of the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee against E3SHB 1091, a bill that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation field (a low carbon fuel standard, or LCFS, bill). Here is her testimony: ... Read More »

State legislative report 0307: Senate passes capital gains tax

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Thursday marked the halfway point of this year’s 105-day regular legislative session, which is scheduled to end on April 25. Lawmakers in both chambers have been debating and taking votes on dozens of bills in lengthy day and late evening sessions for the past two weeks. Unless considered Necessary to Implement the Budget, all bills ... Read More »