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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…

From Peace Corps to hard-core soil conservationist

By Kevin Gaffney
For Wheat Life

Founded in 1878, Lanefield Farms is located in southeast Lincoln County a few miles north of Sprague, Wash. Chris Laney is the fourth-generation owner/operator of the farm. Laney took the reins from his father, Bob Laney, in the 1970s. The farm was started by Laney’s great-grandfather, William Gaffney, who came…

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Honor tradition by making new ones

By Howard McDonald
WAWG President

Traditions. We all have them. From Christmas traditions, to wearing the winning game socks (religiously) in a high school Friday night football game, to flipping aebleskivers every Sunday morning for the family. People love their traditions, and it’s no surprise that farmers have their own. When I was farming with…

Harvest season brings harvest stress

By Guest Author Alyssa Wade

As the dog days of summer roll on, rural towns all around Washington are buzzing with tractors, trucks and other farm machinery. To those in the throes of harvest, it’s the accumulation of all their hard-earned efforts, and with that comes an intense and stressful season. Nearly all of the…

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The joy of being a farmer’s wife

By Howard McDonald
WAWG President

For the July issue of Wheat Life, I’m handing the President’s Perspective reins over to my wife, Teri, to talk about being a farmer’s wife. —Howard McDonald There is an old saying that goes, ”happy wife, happy life,” but in the case of the farmer’s wife, it is equally important…

Ag, family inspire nonfarm career choice

By Guest Author Cadence Zellmer

Farming has always played an important role in my life, considering I am the fifth generation being raised and working on my family’s farm near Davenport. Growing up on a farm has taught me many valuable life lessons, such as having a strong work ethic, time management and responsibility. Also,…

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Talking about mental health awareness

By Howard McDonald
WAWG President

Way back in the day of my father and generations before him, farmers didn’t talk about mental health because most folks were too proud or embarrassed to talk about their struggles. It was viewed as weak. But farmers have the enormously stressful job of “feeding the world,” which comes with…

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T&S Sales celebrates 60 years in business

By Kevin Gaffney
For Wheat Life

When Paul Schuyler and his wife, Hertha, founded T&S Sales in 1960, it was housed in a small office in the old Stockyards building on East Boone Avenue, a block from the current location at 3905 East Boone in Spokane, Wash. They would be proud to see what their business…

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Why don’t you just…

By Howard McDonald
WAWG President

Myself and the rest of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers leaders have been doing a lot of press lately. One of the questions we get asked over and over is why we don’t increase the price we sell our grain for to deal with the rising cost of inputs,…

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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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A look back at the past year
By Howard McDonald
WAWG President
Managing the economic, 3-headed dragon
By Dr. David Kohl
President, AgriVisions, LLC
Simple steps can help stop cyber, wire fraud
By John Kragt
Attorney, McGuire, DeWulf, Kragt & Johnson, P.S.
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