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Agriculture by the numbers

By Trista Crossley
Editor

For 35 years, Chris Mertz has been helping the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) tell the story of agriculture through numbers. “I’m sure I’ve gotten biased over time, but I just think any story is better when you toss in some figures,” he laughed. “It’s exciting to see people see…

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CRP rate redux

By Trista Crossley
Editor

There’s good news for some growers who enrolled in the 2022 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up despite the overall lower rates. The national Farm Service Agency (FSA) office has decided to increase the rates in Asotin and Franklin counties after reviewing data compiled by the state FSA office, the…

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Keeping the tools sharp

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Farmers know that regular maintenance is the key to keeping their equipment running smoothly, but sometimes even the tools in the toolbox need a little maintenance of their own. Last October, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) began reviewing the crop insurance program for wheat to determine if improvements should be…

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Covering the history of crop insurance

By Curtis Evanenko
McGregor Risk Management Services

Congress initially authorized federal crop insurance back in the 1930s to help agriculture recover from the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) was created in 1938 to administer the program, which was initially limited to major crops in main production areas of the U.S….

AMMO NRCS FSA-In Spokane, Wash., Travis Martin, Farm Service Agency district director, updated growers on the status of the agency’s programs, with an emphasis on the Conservation Reserve Program. Martin was speaking as part of the Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization’s 2022 schedule.

Growers hear latest on incentive programs

By Guest Author Nate Gallahan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA), along with the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC), teamed up Feb. 10 and 11 to bring Eastern Washington wheat growers the latest incentive programs and Climate-Smart information available for, and supporting, their operations. More than…

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USDA analyzes impacts of absentee landlords

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Given the low turnover in farmland ownership, access to farmland through rental markets is an important option for entry into farming or expanding existing farming operations. In 2014, 39 percent of farmland, or 355 million acres, in the 48 contiguous states was rented. Of this share, 80 percent was owned…

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Finding the right level of crop insurance

By Curtis Evanenko
McGregor Risk Management Services

How much crop insurance coverage is needed, and how do we get there? This is an age-old question that is answered with “depends.” Please allow me to elaborate. Like beer or soda, all have different preferences and/or tolerances for risk. We believe the best outcome for crop insurance is that…

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What does Washington congressional leader have to say?

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Wheat Life reached out to Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) to see what he thought about the climate and carbon mitigation efforts in Washington, D.C. What are some of the major red flags for you when you are considering any climate/carbon-related legislation? The U.S. is already a global leader in emissions…

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Climate, Carbon efforts in the crosshairs

By Trista Crossley
Editor

Nearly a year into the Biden Administration, efforts focusing on climate, clean energy and carbon markets continue to ramp up. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers works through the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), the national wheat industry organization, to monitor these efforts and to provide feedback. Jacob Westlin,…

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Finding the right recipe

By Trista Crossley
Editor

In Eastern Washington, cover crops hold promise, but growers are still weeding out some issues. Ryan Poe, a grower from Grant County and president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, ran into one of those issues in 2019 and 2020 when he planted a cover crop at the same…

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By Howard McDonald
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WAWG President
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