Crop insurance is vital part of wheat producers’ financial plans

How many people can go multiple years without being paid for the work they do? For farmers, that situation is all too common, as a crop can be destroyed by hail, fire, drought, or other factors, ruining a year’s worth of work very quickly. 
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Without overseas trade, Washington’s wheat industry would suffer

WAWG fights to protect crop insurance and agricultural trade vital to Washington’s economy By the Washington Association of Wheat Growers With approximately 90 percent of Washington’s wheat being exported overseas, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that trade is the lifeblood of Washington wheat farmers. The agriculture industry relies heavily on funding from the Market Access Program...
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Volunteer vs. Voluntold agriculture; the importance of the Voluntary Stewardship Program

Many of you in the agricultural community have likely heard of the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP), but may be unclear as to what it is, how it works, and why it is important.
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Cooperation is key to ‘Thinking Like a Community’

Most of us who live in North Central Washington came from someplace else. Except for tribal members whose roots go back hundreds of years, the rest of us either came from families who immigrated from other states and countries or we came here on our own. 
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Washington Association of Wheat Growers opposes Trump administration’s proposed cuts to crop insurance, other trade programs

RITZVILLE — With the release of the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) expresses a great deal of concern over significant reductions to risk management programs, trade development programs, and more. WAWG President Ben Adams, a wheat grower from Coulee City, issued the following statement: “Risk management and market...
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Douglas County museum set for new season

The Douglas County Historical Society Museum in Waterville opens for the season May 27.
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Rustique Divas have a very successful sale at Pybus Market

The Rustique Divas Vintage Market vendors brought their unique style to the Pybus Public Market for the third time on April 29.
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Foster Parent Appreciation Month calls attention to need for foster care homes

There is a growing crisis in Washington’s foster care system.
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IRIS working on legacy project

The Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship (IRIS) is creating a multi-platform book, “Thinking Like a Community,” that the nonprofit aims to release in fall 2020.
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Project on ‘pay-by-mile’ approach for funding transportation systems seeks driver volunteers

Washington, along with every state in the nation, utilizes a gas tax to provide a major source of funding for roads and bridges. It has been a reliable workhorse for decades, but its future sustainability is uncertain as vehicles become more fuel-efficient and alternative fuel sources emerge.
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