Economics

Growing a new kind of crop

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Have commodity farmers become so efficient that they’re hurting themselves and the rural communities that they live in? Finding ways to add value to a crop could bolster the bottom lines of both. “We are producing more than we ever have before, and we are doing it cheaper than we…

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Producer tips to managing the unexpected

By Dr. David Kohl
President, AgriVisions, LLC

Rising inflation, interest rate increases, a conflict in Europe, supply chain disruptions, and shifting consumer preferences are creating an environment of unexpected consequences. Managing a farm or ranch business in an economic environment with extreme volatility can be challenging, but also opportunistic.  At a recent agricultural conference, Dr. Steve Isaacs,…

The case of the disappearing dollars

By Trista Crossley
Editor

With wheat prices hovering north of $10 per bushel, wheat growers may look like they are doing pretty well, but appearances can be deceiving as rising production costs keep eating away at producers’ profits. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates, total U.S. production expenses increased 5.5 percent from…

Connection with end users drives farming family

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Down in the Horse Heaven Hills, Garrett Moon and his wife, Jessica, have begun selling small grains to regional flour mills and directly to consumers in an effort to look beyond the commodity market. “I think part of it was a little bit of curiosity to break outside of the…

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Landrace grains help diversify commodity farmer’s income

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Neil Appel and his wife, Liz, have been growing commodity crops on their family’s Dusty, Wash., wheat farm for nearly two decades, but in the last couple of years, they’ve given over some of their acreage to raising landrace grains for Don Scheuerman at Palouse Heritage. Read more about Palouse…

Brothers find success in landrace, heritage grain

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Surrounded by a sea of grain, Palouse Heritage is making its own waves in the local and regional food system with their landrace and heritage crops. Located between Endicott and St. John., Wash., Palouse Heritage was established in 2015 by brothers Don and Richard Scheuerman who grew up on a…

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Ag overtime rules: Is there a workable solution?

By Jared King
CPA, Leffel, Otis & Warwick, P.S.

For many farmers in Washington state, paying their employees overtime pay has not been required in the past. No matter how long the day, employees earned their hourly pay rate. It was simple, convenient and predictable for the farmer and the employee. However, a November 2020 Washington Supreme Court case…

A good food fit

By Trista Crossley
Editor

As consumer awareness of where and how food is grown continues to increase, some farmers are finding success selling into their local and regional food systems. For more than 25 years, Colette DePhelps has worked with multiple partners in the Inland Northwest to develop community food systems and small farms…

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First-person account

By Guest Author Antonina Broyaka

To be Ukrainian today is a huge challenge. It is a pain, but it is also a pride. The war in Ukraine has affected each Ukrainian family and even everybody around the world. I am pleased to share with you my survival story and tell about Ukraine first hand. I…

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Estate planning for farm ground

By John Kragt
Attorney, McGuire, DeWulf, Kragt & Johnson, P.S.

In the February issue of Wheat Life, I discussed what kind of entity farm ground should be held in. I have had several people follow up, asking how to transition their farm ground without setting up an entity like an LLC. While I believe an LLC has several advantages, it…

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Honor tradition by making new ones
By Howard McDonald
WAWG President
What are written crop insurance agreements?
By Curtis Evanenko
McGregor Risk Management Services
The joy of being a farmer’s wife
By Howard McDonald
WAWG President
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