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The Farm Bill Simplified

The farm bill is a multi-year law that governs an array of agriculture and food programs. Officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, it covers everything from farming and agricultural conservation to rural development and domestic nutrition...

Proposed Washington Carbon Tax is The Wrong Approach: 5-Part Series

Our state’s most vulnerable residents and our agricultural industry will take the hardest blows if Governor Inslee’s latest push for a Washington State carbon tax is adopted. Senate Bill 6230 passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee earlier this month,...
Washington wheat in Asian noodles

Eastern Markets Love Washington Wheat for Its Quality in Favorite Dishes – But That...

Washington wheat is the preferred standard of quality for buyers in Asian countries – Think of all those delicious noodle dishes! But, without proper funding to promote agricultural exports and without the benefit of access to the TPP, our...

Preserve NAFTA – Keep International Trade Flowing Freely to Protect Agricultural Exports

Preserving and improving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is vital to holding the doors open to international trade with our North American neighbors. From apples to software, NAFTA provides innumerable benefits for our state’s industries, especially our...

Funding Agricultural Research for a Sustainable Food Supply

Wheat farmers in Washington breathe a small sigh of relief as Wheat prices come in at slightly above the record lows of the past two years—but not high enough. Many of our farmers are unable to break even financially...

Protect Agricultural Exports

With the 2018 Farm Bill on the horizon, proposed budget cuts to programs supporting agricultural exports threaten the ability of U.S. farmers to remain competitive in the global market. Imagine leaving the field at the end of a long day...

Subsidies: Why Do Farmers Need a Safety Net?

For those of us who live a life far removed from working the land, the idea of federal payments, or subsidies, granted to offset economic fluctuations in farming might seem like a prime example of wasteful government spending. After...

Did you know?

Did You Know? Herbicides can aid soil conservation. The use of herbicides reduces the need for tilling, preventing soil erosion and water loss.

Did You Know? Yakima County has the most organic farms of any county in Washington?

Fact or Fiction?

Fiction: Organic farming means grown without pesticides.

Fact: The USDA approves a lengthy list of pesticides for organic farming. Take a look here.

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The Role of Seed Treatments

Seed treatments, dressings and coatings can be used as a successful tool in pest management. These methods are agro-friendly since they target the pests...

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