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WAWG spends week monitoring GM wheat situation

By Ryan Kregger, WAWG President

This week kept our staff and officer team extremely busy passing along as much information as possible to growers, Congressional delegates, legislators and media. As Glen Squires mentions in his note, we have been working with the Washington Grain Commission, U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers to closely monitor the GM wheat situation. We have also been in communication with our fellow PNW grower leaders in Oregon & Idaho and plan to meet with them face to face next week.

Various press reports have led to new information coming out daily. Some of it is true and some of it is based on hearsay and speculation. There are still a lot of questions that have no definitive answers. There is much we still don't know. We strongly encourage our farmers to be patient as the USDA continues it's investigation. We understand that APHIS has been reaching out to growers to gather more information for their investigation. We strongly encourage growers to cooperate with the investigation process. We all would like to see the investigation completed and issue resolved as quickly as possible. Our cooperation as a farming community is the best way to expedite this process.

On our website, www.wawg.org, we have been tracking and compiling many of the latest press releases and information from the USDA, Monsanto and our national organizations. Here are a few useful links for your own research:

WAWG & Washington Grain Commission statement on GM wheat situation

APHIS (USDA) Investigation question & answer document

Information of USDA's regulation of biotechnology

U.S. Wheat & National Association of Wheat Growers statement on GM wheat in Oregon

Monsanto's website on GM wheat

Thank you again for supporting WAWG and your Washington Grain Commission throughout this process. We will do our best to keep you informed as the issue progresses.