AMMO

Business-first or family-first farming?

By Trista Crossley
Editor

The title of the Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s last winter workshop might have made attendees laugh, but the subject was anything but funny. Led by popular ag speaker Jolene Brown, “Stop the Fighting on the Way to the Funeral Home,” focused on doing business the right way in an…

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Session focuses on landlords, leasing

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Land is often a farm’s most important asset, and many retired farmers and farm families are opting to become landlords rather than selling land. Recognizing that fact, the Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization held a special workshop specifically for landlords in March. Attendees heard a market update from Rob Froom,…

Wheat College preview

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Next month, Washington wheat growers will have the chance to hear about regenerative agriculture principles from the soil guy himself at the Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s annual Wheat College. Wheat College will be held June 4, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln County fairgrounds in Davenport, Wash. Ray…

USDA agencies update growers

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Two U.S. Department of Agriculture state leaders teamed up in February to update growers on the latest agency information as part of the Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s winter schedule. Jon Wyss, state executive director for the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Roylene Comes At Night, state conservationist for the…

Session focuses on global, US markets

By Trista Crossley
Editor

When Todd Hultman, lead analyst for DTN, wanted to know why U.S. wheat prices were so low despite low ending stocks, all roads seemed to lead back to Russia. “It doesn’t make sense to me for wheat prices to be this cheap,” he said. “But when you look at the…

Factors that could influence market conditions

By Trista Crossley
Editor

According to Shawn Hackett, the upcoming growing season is shaping up to be hot and dry during the core, yield-determining midsummer period with the potential for a hard freeze in late spring, all thanks to the convergence of several major weather-influencing cycles. “We could have a situation that is really…

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Growers head into the weeds

By Trista Crossley
Editor

The second Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s (AMMO) February seminar was all about weeds, with presentations by three regional experts: Drew Lyon, Ian Burke, and Doug Finkelnburg. Food for the dinosaurs Lyon, a professor and Endowed Chair Small Grains Extension and Research, Weed Science, at Washington State University (WSU), went…

Sound advice

By Trista Crossley
Editor

The 2024 Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s (AMMO) schedule kicked off last month with sound advice on financial planning, planning for retirement, and taxes. Jordan Thayer, a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and Joe Cerrillo, a CPA with CliftonLarsonAllen, presented the information to growers at the Washington Wheat…

Context is key to grower success

By Trista Crossley
Editor

In agronomy, context is key. That was the message growers heard from Ted Labun at the 2023 Wheat College last month in Colfax, Wash. Labun is the owner of TLC Agronomics Inc., a consulting company based in Calgary, Alberta, that works with producers to grow successful crops by incorporating best…

Headlines keep market volatility churning

By Trista Crossley
Editor

On one of the snowiest days so far this year, 34 growers made the trek to Spokane to hear Allison Thompson, market analyst and owner of The Money Farm, talk about the markets as part of the Agricultural Market and Management Organization’s 2023 winter schedule. Thompson highlighted the market’s volatility,…