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NAWG comments on House Ag Committee farm bill markup

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Yesterday, the House Committee on Agriculture marked-up its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, or H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. In response, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG commends the House Agriculture Committee on continuing to move the farm bill forward ... Read More »

Wheat groups applaud decision to negotiate for TPP membership

From US Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are very happy to learn that President Trump is directing U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to begin negotiating for the U.S. to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “Putting it ... Read More »

There’s still time to be counted in ag census

Northwest farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has passed, NASS will continue to accept census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers and ranchers. ... Read More »

China’s response to new U.S. tariffs will hurt U.S. wheat farmers

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers With the announcement today that China intends to retaliate against the latest proposed U.S. tariffs, hard-working U.S. farmers are clearly in the line of fire from what looks more and more like an escalating trade war with China. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers ... Read More »

Congress approves wheat growers’ request for $1 million in falling numbers research funding

For more than a year, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been working with a group of Pacific Northwest industry stakeholders and members of the region’s federal delegation to increase falling numbers research funding through an appropriations request. That request, $1 million to the Agricultural Research Service, was included in the Omnibus appropriations bill passed last week by Congress ... Read More »

Wheat grower organizations: Enforcing trade rules is best done within the rules

While U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) understand and support the need to enforce international trade rules, we are very concerned about the implications of the Trump Administration’s decision yesterday to impose more than $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. We agree that unfair ... Read More »

Wheat researchers, farmers take to Capital Hill to discuss research priorities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today concluded the 2018 National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) Fly-in, where more than 20 researchers and farmers from across the country visited Capitol Hill to discuss with members of Congress and their staff the importance federal funding of research to the wheat industry. The NWIC is comprised of 24 members representing regional public ... Read More »

Examining consolidation in U.S. agriculture

While croplands have shifted to larger farms in almost all crops, most farms are still family owned From USDA’s Economic Research Service Agricultural production in the United States has been shifting to larger farms for many years. However, such consolidation has become more complex since the 1980s, with major consolidation in cropland offset by shifts in grazing and pastureland away ... Read More »