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Mackinzie Ledgerwood (5) was helping her dad, Brock Ledgerwood, check on a cow out in the wheat stubble on Ledgerwood Farms in Pomeroy, Wash.
Photo by Brock Ledgerwood








April 2018
By Michelle Hennings, WAWG Executive Director

I’ve been working with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) for 14 years now, and I’ve seen the importance of not only educating consumers and policymakers, but our own industry as well. For many growers, wheat’s story ends at the local elevator, but there’s a much larger picture that all farmers should be aware of. I see a disconnect between the people who are growing wheat and the people and countries who are buying and using it, especially those farmers who aren’t actively engaged in our wheat organizations. In today’s uncertain climate of trade disputes and attacks on agriculture, I think it is more important than ever to appreciate the whole story, from field to flour as it were.

In January, I was given that opportunity by the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and invited on a trip to the Philippines and Japan. Advocacy is the foundation of WAWG, so I was excited to see firsthand how our customers view the U.S. wheat industry and bring that information back to our growers and policymakers. I was also excited to experience the work U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) does and see how the WGC puts growers’ assessments to use promoting and supporting our industry. See more

AMMO: Marketing at three speeds

Ag economist Dan Manternach discusses his approach to selling wheat

March 2018
By Trista Crossley

The Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s 2018 schedule kicked off in high gear last month with ag economist Dan Manternach speaking in front of a packed house. Manternach reviewed current wheat markets, previewed the 2018 growing season under three different weather scenarios and showed producers a three-speed approach to marketing.

“The main takeaway is that it is very, very important to have a marketing plan that is flexible and where you can shift gears, because this early in the season, nobody knows what kind of weather we are going to have,” he explained in an interview after his presentation. “Everybody always tells farmers you want an average price in the top third of the price range for the year. Well, any farmer that knows farm-boy math can figure out what the thirds are if you tell them what the range is going to be. That’s the hard part because that range is a moving target. It keeps shifting around with Mother Nature.” See more

Around the world markets

AMMO workshop mixes economic grain outlook with marketing advice

March 2017
By Trista Crossley

What do you get when you mix a world economic grain outlook with marketing information? For attendees at the Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s second workshop of 2017, they walked away with a clear-eyed view of the current global wheat situation and how to determine whether an offered price is fair under current market conditions.

Mike Krueger, founder and president of The Money Farm, a grain marketing advisory service located in Fargo, N.D., covered the world production vs. demand portion of the workshop. He told the audience that while he thought the market had hit bottom for the year, there probably wasn’t much of an upside in the short run.

Randy Fortenbery, the Thomas B. Mick Endowed Chair in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University, talked about how producers should assess their price risk and use current and historical market information to start thinking about whether it’s a good time to consider a sale or not. See more