House members write to EPA demanding explanation

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has admitted that the Washington state billboards blaming farmers for pollution to waterways should never have been funded, but U.S. House members are now inquiring as to why the EPA funded the website, violating federal laws regarding lobbying and advocacy funds. Following the revelation that the EPA has ... Read More »

USDA official meets with Washington wheat growers

In a roundtable discussion earlier this week, USDA Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor met with a group of wheat growers in Ritzville to discuss trade and other programs. As deputy under secretary, Taylor oversees the Foreign Ag Service, Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency. Taylor emphasized the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), explaining it is their number one ... Read More »

145 House members sign letter criticizing EPA over What’s Upstream

From the Capital Press One-third of the U.S. House on Wednesday accused the Environmental Protection Agency of breaking federal prohibitions against political advocacy by funding What’s Upstream. Three Democrats and 142 Republicans signed a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, stating that EPA’s support for the campaign maligns farmers, violates limits on the agency’s spending authority and exhibits a pattern ... Read More »

NASS crop progress report April 18

For the week ending April 17 Higher temperatures lead to more field work in Washington There were 6.0 days suitable for work. Pasture conditions were reported as 0% very poor, 0 % poor, 30% fair, 65% good and 5% excellent. Temperatures throughout the state ranged from the 28 degrees to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures were warmer than usual for this ... Read More »

U.S. House members urge union, ports to cooperate

From the Capital Press Nine members of Congress, led by Washington Reps. Dan Newhouse and Dave Reichert, are urging the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to find ways to prevent port disruptions. A work slowdown crippled container exports in 2014 and 2015. At a conference in Long Beach, Calif., at the end of February, the ... Read More »

April 13 stripe rust update

By Xianming Chen On April 7, I was checking wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Walla Walla and Franklin counties of Washington and Umatilla County of Oregon. Winter wheat ranged from Feekes 4 to 8 and was generally in good condition. Stripe rust was found in several fields of Garfield, Franklin and Walla Walla counties in low prevalence and severity. In ... Read More »

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 »