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Sherman County, Azure Farms agree to try a new weed control plan – Capital Press (5-18-17)

Organic Farm, Sherman County reach agreement… OregonLive (5-18-17)

Azure Farms ‘On the right track’ but faces challenges…Capital Press (5/23/17)

Organic Weed Battle Could Have Been Averted – Capital Press (5/25/17)






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We need growers to attend an Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) hearing next Wednesday, September 12th,
at the DEQ headquarters in Portland.  The details are attached. NWEA EQC Call to Action

This hearing is in response to a petition made by NW Environmental Advocates (NWEA) that requests the EQC to
implement the provisions of recent Biological Opinions (BIOP’s), prepared for
EPA by NOAA Fisheries and US Fish and Wildlife Service, as rules for the use of
certain pesticides in Oregon.  The attached file contains the “Call To
Action” produced by Oregonians for Food and Shelter on this issue and includes
key talking points, a listing of the chemicals covered by the BIOP’s, and a
description of the recommended buffers and practices.

All of these BIOP’s are being litigated and EPA has not decided what to do with them yet.

This action by NWEA is an end-run around the court proceedings and the EPA’s process; an attempt to get
the State to implement these measures before the science and regulatory reviews
are completed.  This would be a terrible precedent for future rule making
at both the State and national levels.  The buffers promoted in the BIOP’s
are not justified by the monitoring data and would be a huge cost to affected

The natural resources community is mustering its forces to turn out for the hearing to impress upon the EQC the
importance of this issue to Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and chemical
users.  We need to do our part to participate and help send this
message.  There is no guarantee that you will get a chance to testify if
there is a large crowd, but your presence matters.  I will be there and
will testify (hopefully) and submit comments on behalf of the League.  EQC
must act on the petition within 90 days; no extensions are
allowed.  If the petition is granted, DEQ moves immediately into a
rule-making process.

Information on this issue will be published in our newsletter, posted on our website, and sent to all growers
via email.  However, I wanted to reach out to you directly because many
growers may contact you with questions.

Please let me know if you will be able to attend and if you have any questions.


Blake Rowe


Cell: 360-703-8448


Farm Bill Now Coalition Unites Nation’s Farm Groups

We urge you to send your comments to your congressman. Find Congressional contact info here.

Farm Bill Now Coalition Unites Nation’s Farm Groups

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and 38 other national agricultural organizations issued a statement Wednesday regarding the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September.

The coalition of groups, using the name Farm Bill Now, comprises associations and coalitions representing commodity crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, state and local governments, minor crops, energy and biobased product groups, farm cooperatives and financial groups, as well as the nation’s two largest farm groups, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union.

Each organization has strong and distinct policy priorities, yet all 39 are committed to passing a new, comprehensive bill this year.

“Calling the farm bill the ‘farm bill’ suggests its impact is limited only to farms and to the rural areas to which they are so closely tied,” the groups wrote.

“While Congress waits to finish the farm bill, we are united in asking all Americans to encourage legislators—home for summer town hall meetings and speeches—to finish this vital legislation before the current farm and food law expires in September. After all, it’s your bill too.”

In addition to today’s statement, Farm Bill Now launched an interactive web portal at, through which farmers and consumers can connect to their Members of Congress and show their support for a new five-year farm bill.

In the coming weeks, Farm Bill Now will hold events in Iowa and on Capitol Hill to further underscore the message.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 28, farmers representing multiple groups within the coalition will discuss the Farm Bill Now effort at the annual Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, the nation’s largest outdoor farm show.

Wednesday morning Sept. 12, representatives of many of the groups uniting today will gather on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol to encourage Congress to pass the bill before programs expire at the end of the month.

To read the full statement out today and see a full list of signatories, please visit

Peterson: House farm bill ‘settled’

Rep. Colin Peterson D.-Minn.

The final details of the House farm bill were “settled” in the House Agriculture Committee last Thursday and the details should be released by the end of the week before a markup next Wednesday, House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said on Saturday, according to a report in the Fargo, N.D., Forum.

Peterson said the spending cut will be “significantly more” than the $23.6 billion the Senate cut in its bill, and that most of the additional cut will come from nutrition programs, but he declined to reveal details.

“It is going to make a lot of Democrats angry; it will make the Republicans a little more happy, but for some of them, it still won’t be enough for them,” Peterson said. “But it’s something I think that is justified and we can live with.”

Peterson said he expects the bill to be made public Thursday or Friday.

Peterson said that within a “couple days” of the markup he wants the House Republican leadership to schedule the bill for consideration on the House floor before Congress leaves for its summer recess on August 3.

“But if they don’t give us some indication of putting this on the floor, then I’m going to turn the heat up, and if I have to, I’m going to spend all day every day calling every farm radio station in the United States in every state and ratchet up the heat on them, and I encourage everybody else to do that as well,” he said. “I think that in the end, they’ll come around.”

Peterson believes Congress should pass a bill before the 2008 farm bill expires on September 30.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., appeared with Peterson at a news conference, the Forum reported. Klobuchar said she will also keep pressure on the House to take up the measure and that it affects the entire country, not just farming areas.

Wheat Growers Celebrate USDA’s 150th Anniversary

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The U.S. wheat industry congratulates the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as it celebrates its 150th anniversary on Tuesday.

On May 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act establishing the Department of Agriculture. Five days later, he signed the Homestead Act, which opened up western lands to settlement, including much of today’s wheat production region. Later that summer, Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, establishing the system of “land grant” universities that are still vital to wheat and other agricultural research.

Today, USDA handles a diverse portfolio administering nutrition, risk management, conservation and trade promotion programs as well as food inspection and safety services and vital public research on crops including wheat.

“The original vision for USDA, the Homestead Act and the Morrill Act was to help America’s farmers and ranchers provide a safe, ample food supply for our nation and the world,” said Erik Younggren, a wheat farmer from Hallock, MN, and president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). “Agriculture has changed a lot since the 1800s, and yet USDA remains vital to our farms, our nation’s lands, our nation’s food security and safety and our economy.”

Since 1860, the percentage of the population working in agriculture has declined from about 48 percent to just seven-tenths of a percent of all Americans. This makes the farmers who remain on the land — and the innovations they have incorporated into their operations to make them more efficient — vitally important to the nation and the world.

“From its support for research and export market development to inspecting our food and helping maintain a safety net for farmers, USDA has had a positive and lasting impact on the wheat industry, American agriculture and the lives of every American,” said Randy Suess, a wheat farmer from Colfax, WA, and chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates.

In this anniversary year, the wheat industry encourages farmers and consumers to learn more about USDA’s contributions to the strength of our nation and to see how the agency can continue to partner with Americans working to provide better lives for their families.

To read and see more from USDA about its 150th anniversary, visit

Visit to learn more ways to celebrate the milestone, or search #usda150 on Twitter for the latest anniversary news.

USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers.” The activities of USW are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. For more information, visit or contact your state wheat commission.

U.S. Wheat Industry Hails U.S.-Colombia FTA Implementation

In a huge victory for U.S. wheat farmers, the United States and Colombia officially implemented on Tuesday a free trade agreement (FTA) first signed in 2006.

The pact immediately eliminates all tariffs on U.S. wheat imports to Colombia and ends a significant tariff disadvantage U.S. farmers have faced compared to Canadian and Argentine wheat imports there.

“This is a very good day for wheat farmers,” said Randy Suess, a wheat farmer from Colfax, Wash., and chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates (USW). “The tariff situation has basically forced our largest customer, historically, in South America to buy more wheat from Canada and Argentina. Now our customers in Colombia will not have to pay the tariff, and we can compete equally on the basis of quality, supply and service.”

Implementing this FTA is particularly important to U.S. wheat farmers, who rely on exports to market about half of their crops each year. In marketing year 2010/2011, Colombia imported from Gulf and Pacific Northwest tributaries about 800,000 metric tons of U.S. wheat from five of six classes. However, U.S. wheat sales for this marketing year are down about 45 percent year on year, mainly due to the Canada-Colombia FTA that went into effect on Aug. 15, 2011. Wheat imported from Argentina has also enjoyed duty-free status under the South American Mercosur trade agreement.

“A lot of people have joined us in working hard to get the U.S.-Colombia agreement approved by Congress, signed by the President and now implemented,” said Erik Younggren, a wheat farmer from Hallock, Minn., and president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). “While the process of removing our trade barriers with Colombia has been a long one, we are eager to get this market back on track.”

The U.S. wheat industry believes this agreement, along with the recently implemented FTA with South Korea and a pending FTA with Panama, will help the United States rebuild and expand markets, grow our economy at home and maintain the status of the United States as the most reliable supplier of wheat in the world.

The industry appreciates the hard work and support of Colombian flour millers and government officials throughout the process, as well as the efforts of trade supporters in Congress and the Bush and Obama Administrations.

More about trade issues of importance to wheat growers is at or