State legislative report 01/23: In hearing, ag comes out in force against buffer bill

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last week concluded the second week of the 60-day session. Legislative committees have been busy with packed agendas holding hearings on new bills and voting to advance bills out of their policy committee.  As of Jan. 21, more than 500 bills have been introduced in the House and more than 400 in the Senate. Less ... Read More »

State legislative report 01/14: Legislature hits the ground running in short 60-day session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington Legislature convened on Monday, Jan 10, for a short, 60-day session. Short sessions have been described as drinking from a fire hose since everything happens on a condensed timeframe, and this year is no exception. Prior to the session even starting, the legislature had prefiled more than 500 new pieces of legislation for ... Read More »

USDA: Northwest wheat stocks down 43%, winter wheat planting up 3%

From the Capital Press Pacific Northwest wheat stocks are down about 43% compared to the same time last year, according to the USDA. Regional wheat industry representatives say that’s to be expected. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

All wheat stocks stored in PNW down 43 percent from last year

From NASS All wheat stored in all positions on Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington totaled 82.6 million bushels, down from 147 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were down 44 percent, while on-farm stocks were down 38 percent compared to the previous year. In Idaho, wheat stored in all positions totaled 48.8 million bushels, down from 84.7 million bushels ... Read More »

First stripe rust forecast of 2022 calls for moderate levels

By Xianming Chen Based on the weather data in November and December 2021, stripe rust in the 2022 wheat growing season is forecasted to be in the middle range of the moderate epidemic level (20–40 percent yield loss on susceptible varieties). Using the forecast models based on the 2021 November and December weather data, yield loss of highly susceptible winter wheat varieties in ... Read More »

WSDA to host pesticide usage collection meeting

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is hosting a pesticide usage collection meeting on Jan. 19 at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers office in Ritzville from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Joel Demory, an agricultural practices specialist from the WSDA Spokane office, will be leading the meeting. The goal of the meeting is to collect updated pesticide usage data ... Read More »

Crop progress report 12/21: December colder than average in Washington

From NASS Statewide temperatures in Washington for the month of December were mostly below normal. In western Washington, a bitter cold wave hit the area. Livestock were on stored feed with five to seven inches of snow on the ground. In San Juan County, winds out of Canada from the Frasier River outflow dropped wind chills to single digits. Pruning ... Read More »

State’s 2022 Legislative Session looks to be fast-paced

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 10, the Washington State Legislature will be back for a 60-day session. It is the second year of the legislative biennium and a “short” legislative session. Legislators will meet in a “hybrid” format, conducting some activities virtually and some in-person. All committee work will be completed again through Zoom and aired on TVW, ... Read More »

NRCS-WA announces EQIP-CIC deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Washington has set the application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP-CIC) in Washington to Jan. 24, 2022. EQIP-CIC is a voluntary conservation program administered by NRCS that offers farmers, ranchers and nonindustrial private forest landowners financial and technical assistance to help plan and implement ... Read More »

House, Senate announce plans for upcoming session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The House and Senate have now both approved session plans utilizing a hybrid in-person/virtual format.  Senate and House committee hearings will remain remote, with the public being able to testify remotely like last session. The Senate and House plans, however, take different approaches to public access, in-person member participation requirements and vaccine and testing verification. ... Read More »