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2019 Preferred Wheat Varieties Brochure

2019 Preferred Wheat Varieties Brochure

By |March 26th, 2019|Featured Articles|0 Comments

2018-2019 WheatFacts is here!



By |January 18th, 2019|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Seventy Seasons of Service

The Western Wheat Quality Lab becomes a septuagenarian
By Craig Morris and David Bolingbroke

Interest in the baking quality of wheat is as old as agriculture itself, but the ability to quantify and research methods to improve it are of a more recent vintage.

In the U.S., the revolution in technology, transportation and industrialization in the latter half […]

By |January 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

RiverFest 2018 catches lighting in a bottle

By Scott Yates

It was been billed as a family, fun, free event, but actually, RiverFest 2018, held at Columbia Park in Kennewick on Sept. 8, was an opportunity to educate the public about the values of a working Columbia/Snake River system.

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) was among 35 sponsors who contributed funds to make the […]

By |January 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bringing a miller perspective to USW’s overseas operations

Farmers can appreciate better than most how a parent’s choices can transform their children’s lives. In Mark Fowler’s case, his father’s path led him away from his parent’s Kansas farm, to be the first in the family to receive a college degree and onward to a career as a Spanish teacher.

Although Fowler spent time on […]

By |January 8th, 2019|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Welcome Ben Barstow & Brian Cochrane

Ben Barstow from Palouse, Wash. and Brian Cochrane of Kahlotus, are the newest members of the 10 member Washington Grain Commission board.

Barstow, who has a bachelor degree from the University of Idaho focusing on plant protection and a master’s degree involving insect sampling, was previously an extension agent in North Idaho. He and his wife, […]

By |January 8th, 2019|Featured Articles|0 Comments

District 5 New Commissioner: Stacy Kniveton

Stacy Kniveton
Pasco, WA

Candidate Profile:
Education: Washington State University, BS Agribusiness
Years of Farming: 30
Affiliations: Washington State Potato Commission;Big Bend Electric Coop Trustee
Misc. Information: Farmer, Sales Manager at Tri State Seed

 Candidate Statement:
I am a 3rd generation irrigated farmer from Eltopia, WA.  I married Olivia Grassl who is a 3rd generation dryland farmers daughter from Connell, WA.  Olivia, myself […]

By |November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Growing wheat is practicing chemistry

By Dana Herron

How many of you are familiar with cereal chemistry?  Does the phrase conjure up visions of mad scientists frantically whipping up a new cereal?  Actually, you’re not that far off!  The only misnomer is the mad part.  Let me explain.

Recently three wheat commissioners and Mary Sullivan, vice president of the Washington Grain Commission, […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chugging toward the last stop on the eyespot, Cephalosporium stripe express

By Tim Murray

There is a light at the end of the Cephalosporium stripe and eyespot tunnel—and it’s not a train!

Cephalosporium and eyespot, which was formerly referred to as strawbreaker foot rot, have been through several tunnels already and come out better for it in terms of our understanding of the diseases as well as reducing […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Board team travel an eye-opening experience

By Mike Carstensen

Clearing customs in Beijing, a half world away from my center of the universe 10 miles north of Almira, I found myself face-to-face with a Chinese policeman carrying an automatic rifle and a stern expression. We may not have spoken the same language, but his message was clear: “No photos!”

Although I’ve only served […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments