Crop insurance vital in light of current economic and weather conditions

As part of a recent Farm Bill Policy Reform Summit in Washington D.C., groups including The R Street Institute, Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Heritage Foundation and other like-minded groups have called for policy changes to the Farm Bill that the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) finds short-sided and will ultimately harm the farming community and rural America.
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September is National Voter Registration Month

OLYMPIA — Many people associate September with the return of school, fall and football. But it’s also the month dedicated to reminding citizens of their civic duty to register and vote. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), of which Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is a member, has declared September National Voter Registration Month. NASS also has designated Sept....
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IRIS to host 8th annual NCW Community Success Summit in Chelan

The Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship (IRIS) plans to showcase success stories when it teams up with partners to convene the 8th annual NCW Community Success Summit in Chelan on Nov. 8.
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Visiting Washington, D.C. is a trip of a lifetime

This past July, I was able to travel to Washington D.C. with my daughter and her family as she received her doctoral degree in education.
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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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