Tag Archives: advocacy

Meet our 2022/23 Washington Wheat Ambassadors

Two new high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers as ambassadors for the upcoming year: Shaley Tiegs of Fairfield and Angelina Widman of Rosalia. Tiegs and Widman were selected after a written application process that included submitting a short introductory video. The ambassadors will represent Washington wheat farmers at various civic and community events and will ... Read More »

Ambassadors take flight

The 2022 Washington Wheat Ambassadors, Tate Nonnemacher and Cadence Zellmer, both from Davenport, Wash., each got to take part in a flight on the Farmland Fox, a series 7 Kitfox light sport plane piloted by Tim Cobb, partner/owner of Farmland Company. During the flight, which took place in September, taking off and landing on a rural airstrip in Lincoln County, ... Read More »

Growers bring taste of Washington to D.C.

For the past few days, wheat industry representatives have been in Washington, D.C., to take part in the annual Taste of Washington fly-in with Washington State University, the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and other commodity groups. The Taste of Washington event spotlights Washington-grown products and promotes Washington agriculture to members of Congress. As part of that trip, wheat growers met ... Read More »

‘There will be an eight generation’

From the Spokesman-Review Leaning into early August, three combines churned rows of swathed Kentucky bluegrass across fields near Fairfield. The bluegrass seed harvest had stretched a couple weeks past normal. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Industry leaders take part in ag business podcast

Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers; Glen Squires, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission; and Rob Rich, vice president of marine services at the Shaver Transportation Company, recently appeared on The Business of Agriculture podcast, hosted by Damian Mason, to talk about the importance of the Columbia-Snake River System. Mason and his guests discuss how ... Read More »

Farmers are needed, and they need to be successful

By Michelle Hennings Executive Director, Washington Association of Wheat Growers Repeat after me, “FOOD SECURITY IS SAFE, RELIABLE FOOD; AND SAFE, RELIABLE FOOD IS FOOD SECURITY!” With everything going on in the world today, this has been on my and many other farmers’ minds lately. Everything we do and accomplish is for this, but the challenge is how do you ... Read More »

Grain Commission posts CEO job opening

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) was established in 1958. Its mission is to enhance the long-term profitability and competitiveness of Washington small grains and small grain producers by responsible allocation of assessment funds in research, marketing, and education. The WGC is seeking applicants for Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO serves as the operations and business manager, information liaison and ... Read More »

Stebbings takes over as PNWA executive director

The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) has hired Heather Stebbings as executive director to replace Kristin Meira. Stebbings has 15 years of advocacy and public policy experience for the Pacific Northwest maritime community, including 13 years directing communications and government relations for PNWA. She joins the association from member Shaver Transportation, where she has served as marine services and government ... Read More »

Wheat growers have sweet time advocating in Olympia

For the second year in a row, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has had to modify its traditional, two-day visit to Olympia to meet with legislators. Thanks to COVID-19 restrictions that kept legislators’ offices closed to the public or limited the number of people who could be in those offices, in February, wheat growers opted to host a ... Read More »

A little bit of normalcy heading into 2022

By Michelle Hennings Executive Director, Washington Association of Wheat Growers The last six months have been interesting here at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). I feel like a little bit of normalcy is starting to set in as we’ve been having some in-person meetings, which has been quite refreshing. I think this will be our new normal, both ... Read More »