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Study reveals critical role of food, ag sectors in feeding the economy

A nationwide economic impact study found that more than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors. Further, it found that more than one-fourth of all American jobs are similarly connected. This research, available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com, was commissioned by a group of 23 food and agriculture organizations. Among the most important findings: Total Jobs:​ ... Read More »

NAWG voices concern about president’s 2020 budget proposal

From NAWG Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought released the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget of the United States Government: “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Lavon, Texas, wheat farmer, Ben Scholz, issued the following: “While NAWG continues ... Read More »

WAWG goes to Washington (D.C. that is)

Trade, farm bill implementation top list of grower concerns in discussions with federal delegation Washington Association of Wheat Growers leaders and staff barely had time to unpack their suitcases from the 2019 Olympia Days trip before flying off to Washington, D.C., to meet with Washington state’s federal delegation and participate in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ winter meetings. “Winter ... Read More »

Positioned to return more value to wheat buyers and producers

By Vince Peterson U.S. Wheat Associates President Recently, I was searching online for some wheat market information to share at an upcoming meeting. I saw a headline that asked, “What country exports the most wheat?” Great, I thought, here we go again with more propaganda about Russia beating the United States in the global wheat export market contest. Instead, I ... Read More »

U.S. wheat farmers see opportunity for growth in Southeast Asia

From U.S. Wheat Associates Every year, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) invites farmers (selected by state wheat commissions) to participate in a “Board Team” trip overseas to follow their wheat and learn from customers about the quality characteristics needed in those markets. In February, the first USW Board Team of 2019 traveled to Southeast Asia—one of the largest and fastest growing ... Read More »

NAWG leader sees more spring wheat, better trade relations ahead

From Farm Week Now Farmers likely will plant more spring wheat this year, if better weather arrives anywhere near the official start of the season (March 20), according to a farmer-leader. Jimmie Musick, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), discussed his outlook for wheat and key association priorities at Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida. Read the rest ... Read More »

WTO panel finds China over-subsidizes farmers

From the Capital Press A World Trade Organization panel has found that China distorts the global wheat trade by increasing subsidies for its farmers through price supports. “China now holds about half the world’s stocks because they have such high support prices,” said Ben Conner, vice president of policy for U.S. Wheat Associates, the overseas marketing arm of the industry. ... Read More »

NAWG, NWF name new board members at 2019 Commodity Classic

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) wrapped up the 2019 Commodity Classic with a new slate of officers. NAWG’s board is pictured above. NAWG President and Southwest Oklahoma farmer Jimmie Musick has passed the gavel down to Vice President Ben Scholz, a farmer from Texas. Michigan wheat farmer Dave Milligan moved up the ... Read More »

NAWG joins other top ag organizations to endorse USMCA

The National Corn Growers Association (NGGA), American Soybean Association (ASA), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and National Sorghum Producers (NSP) have announced their support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Mexico and Canada account for 25 percent of all U.S. agriculture exports, and USMCA preserves and builds upon the existing trading relationship between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Members representing ... Read More »