Tag Archives: WAWG

Full-time Outreach Coordinator wanted

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers in Ritzville, WA is seeking an organized and proactive Outreach Coordinator to join our family-friendly organization. We are looking for someone who wants to celebrate agriculture and advocate for our producers and our rural lifestyle. The Outreach Coordinator supports outreach operations by coordinating all aspects of WAWG grower education, assisting the executive director with ... Read More »

Junior Livestock Show of Spokane gets new director

From the Capital Press Three generations of Lori Williams’ family have participated in the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane, she says. But Williams, the show’s new executive director, told the Capital Press that some families’ roots are even deeper. “We have some families that are five generations deep,” she said. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Washington wheat farmers plow through challenges

From the Center Square Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, said farmers are worried about a multitude of factors that will affect harvest levels this year. She said their concerns are centered on the possibility for continuing drought, spiking fuel and fertilizer costs, delays in getting equipment, and an increase in global demand tied to ... Read More »

Grower joins WAWG board as Grant County representative

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) recently welcomed Chuck Erickson as the new board member from Grant County. Erickson was born and raised on his family’s Hartline, Wash., dryland farm, which was established in 1889. He is the fifth generation and, alongside his father, raises wheat, a bit of barley and canola. Erickson is married to Timi, who also ... Read More »

WAWG welcomes Benton County grower as new secretary/treasurer

The newest member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) leadership team, Anthony Smith, isn’t actually new to either WAWG or the industry. Smith grew up on his family’s Benton County farm, which was settled by his grandfather in the early 1930s. The family grew dryland wheat and raised tree fruit and grapes. After graduating from Prosser High School, ... 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 »

Meet our 2021/22 Washington Wheat Ambassadors

Two high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers and will serve as the Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year. Tate Nonnemacher and Cadence Zellmer, both of Davenport, were selected after an initial written application process that included submitting a short introductory video. Nonnemacher and Zellmer will each be giving a speech at the upcoming Washington ... 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 »

WAWG welcomes new board members

In June, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) welcomed two new board members, Leif Claassen from Asotin County and Dave Swannack from Whitman County. Leif Claassen Claassen is the third generation on his family’s Asotin County farm. He graduated from Washington State University (WSU) in 2006 with a degree in ag technology and management with a minor in business. ... Read More »

Virtual advocacy doesn’t make the same connection

By Michelle Hennings WAWG Executive Director The first half of this year has been a challenge, to say the least, both professionally and personally. I’m normally a very social person, and not being able to interact and converse face to face with family, friends and coworkers due to COVID-19 has been really tough. The one positive from the whole ordeal ... Read More »