2018-2019 WheatFacts is here!



Episode 108: Gregg Doud Talks Trade With a Trump Spin

1.15.19 Interested in the inside scoop about President Trump’s trade policies and on-going negotiations with countries around the world? Then you must listen to episode 108, entitled: Gregg Doud Talks Trade with a Trump Spin. Doud, who holds the rank of ambassador, is Trump’s Chief Agriculture Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Episode 107: U.S. Wheat Spokesman Speaks of Wheat & Wheat’s Future

The U.S. is no longer the world’s top wheat exporter. In 2017/2018 that rank was held by Russia. But Steve Mercer, U.S. Wheat Associates vice president for communications, believes as a result of growing world wheat consumption there will be distinct regions of the world that both the U.S. and Russia can carve out for […]

Episode 106: An Example Others Can Follow: Inspiration From Black Hawk Down

Each year, organizers of the Tri State Grain Growers Convention search for a speaker outside of agriculture who can nevertheless provide lessons for farmers. At the 2018 convention in Portland, that speaker was Keni Thomas, a singer/songwriter today who was in 1992 a member of Bravo Company of the third Rangers Battalion of the U.S. […]

Episode 105: Dead of Winter, Alive With Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold 2

12.25.18 ARS scientist Kim Campbell and WSU scientist Karen Sanguinet continue to talk about wheat during the winter in episode 105 of Wheat All About It!, the second part of an episode entitled “Dead of Winter, Alive With Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold 2”. Learn more about meristems, which drive growth both above and […]

Episode 104: Dead of Winter, Alive with Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold

In the first of a two part episode entitled Dead of Winter, Alive With Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold, ARS scientist Kim Campbell and WSU scientist Karen Sanguinet describe what’s happening in the wheat plant during the coldest time of the year. Words like hibernation and dormancy aren’t accurate when it comes to wheat […]