2014 Tri-State Grain Growers ConventionSkamania Lodge

November 12-15, 2014

at the Beautiful Skamania Lodge, Stevenson Washington (Just across the Columbia from Cascade Locks)


Check out Skamania Lodge at www.skamania.com then call to reserve your room at 800-221-7117

 Farm Bill Updates

We will post relevant and timely information here as we receive it.  You can also visit www.usda.gov/farmbillEconomic Research Service has also launched a website highlighting some of the economic implications  of the new programs and provisions.

USDA REMINDS FARMERS OF 2014 FARM BILL CONSERVATION COMPLIANCE CHANGES  (8-11-14)   “The 2014 Farm Bill creates a link between conservation practices and eligibility for crop insurance premium support. This link connects growers to a release from USDA about the “Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026)” which must be on file with FSA to remain eligible for crop insurance support.”

USDA Sending Acreage History and Yield Reports to Help Producers Prepare for New Farm Bill Programs

NAWG Website – links for Farm Bill Updates


“This Farm Bill webinar was produced by Iowa State University and FSA.  It gives a very good overview of the Average Revenue Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC), and Supplemental Crop Insurance Option (SCO) programs.  It also walks through the options available to farmers to reallocate base acres and adjust yields before selecting among the ARC and PLC options.  The illustrations are corn and soybean based, but it is easy to follow the process.”

DTN/Progressive Farmer Webinar Rebroadcast (8/21/14): Which Farm Contingency Plan is Right For You?

RMA: Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) 

8-26-14 The [USDA] released additional information on the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) availability for Spring 2015 crops. A provision of the 2014 Farm Bill, SCO is a county-level policy endorsement that covers a portion of the deductible of the underlying crop insurance policy.  News Release

The release added that, “To help producers better understand the SCO and Stacked Income Protection Plan for producers of upland cotton (STAX) programs, RMA is also announcing an online Crop Insurance Decision Tool. This tool demonstrates how SCO and STAX plans work – how coverage is determined, when it pays, the approximate premium cost, and how it interacts with an underlying crop insurance policy. This user-friendly resource can help producers quickly explore and understand the variety of coverage options that these new products offer. Users will get estimates to help them make purchasing decisions. Producers should consult their crop insurance agent for detailed information and a premium quote specific to their operation.”

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 Upcoming Grower Events


2014 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention and OWGL Annual Membership Meeting, November 12-15 at Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA (across the Columbia from Cascade Locks). Oregon is host state this year!  Show your support and attend this great event!  Register now online;  reserve your hotel room at 800-221-7117!

Statewide Wheat Marketing Education Series – the meetings will resume in the fall of 2014, most likely in October.  Check back for details!

All Wheat Producers and industry supporters are invited and encouraged to attend OWGL events. RSVP is not required, but appreciated (except the annual convention). Watch your mailbox and/or inbox for details and RSVP information.

 Latest News

Featured Associate MemberClifton, Larson, Allen, LLP CPAs  – see their ad in the Sept 23rd newsletter.

OWGL Welcomes New Associate Member - Oxford Suites of Pendleton and Hermiston offers rates as low as $92 per night; amenities include full hot breakfast/evening reception. Visit their website or call 541-276-6000 (Pendleton) or 541-564-8000 (Hermiston) to reserve your room.

Bounty of Oregon - Oregon Wheat Commission Earn Prestigious Award

Risk Management Agency Announces New Director of  Spokane Regional Office.

Longshore Workers’ Vote Ratifies Northwest Grain Agreement; Union Workers to Return to Jobs on Wednesday.

RMA Announces Projected Prices  for 2014/15 Canola Crop Year.

RMA Update  2014 Harvest, 2015 Projected Wheat Prices - within this same link you can also monitor prices for fall canola and winter barley.

OSU Variety Trial Results Are In- OSU Extension Cereal Specialist Mike Flowers. Link to OSU site coming soon.
2014 Moro-Kaseberg OWEYT,  2014 Moro OWEYT,  2014 Moro Clearfield Trial,  2014 Lexington HWEYT2014 Moro-Kaseberg HWEYT2014 Moro HWEYT2014 Lexington OWEYT2014 Hermiston OWEYT.

OWGL Members!  Your member benefit on SAIF policies renewing July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 increases to 8%!  Contact your SAIF Representative for details. Thank you for striving to keep workers safe on your farm and supporting the OWGL!