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Ag census under way

From Farm Policy Facts Farmers and ranchers across America will have their voices heard in the USDA Census of Agriculture, and the data collected in the coming months will certainly help shape agricultural policy for years to come. The census began in 1840 and is conducted every 5 years to get a complete picture of American agriculture. Farm operations that produced ... Read More »

Budget likely to have big impacts on 2018 Farm Bill

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By Trista Crossley Wheat Life Editor As the clock begins ticking louder on the 2018 Farm Bill, Josh Tonsager, the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) vice president of policy and communications, gave a farm bill update at last month’s Tri-State Grain Growers Convention. “From a national level, we’ve (NAWG) been interacting regularly with House and Senate ag committee staffs ... Read More »

Let’s level the playing field for wheat

By Gordon Stoner For The Hill The United States is known for producing the highest quality wheat in the world, yet when U.S. farmers market their wheat at a Canadian elevator, it is automatically labeled as “foreign wheat” and given the lowest possible grade (a way to measure grain quality). Cross-border wheat faces major hurdles in Canadian marketing channels, primarily ... Read More »

Ag coalition asks federal court to halt California’s flawed Prop 65 requirement

A national coalition of agriculture groups led by the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is seeking to immediately halt the California state’s misguided labeling requirement for glyphosate, citing irreparable harm to American farmers, consumers and the nation’s agriculture economy.  The agriculture coalition has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of ... Read More »

RMA announces changes to crop insurance policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced changes to its crop insurance policies. Major changes for 2018 focus on conservation compliance certification and choice of unit structure based on the risk management needs of producers. “Every producer’s situation is unique. At RMA we want to ensure the policies we provide are flexible enough so that producers are ... Read More »

Hoping the good news on EU reregistration of glyphosate is not meaningless

By Ben Conner Director of Policy, U.S. Wheat Associates Many European farmers breathed a sigh of relief this week as the European Commission chose to extend registration of the broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate for five years. But farmers in Europe and elsewhere around the world are justifiably worried about the challenges represented by the European Union’s pesticide policy. The extension of glyphosate ... Read More »

California leads all states in ag export value, but Washington ranks up there

In October, the Economic Research Service (ERS) released its annual update of the State Export Data product, which estimates a state’s agricultural export value for selected commodities, and its total export value. Tracking agricultural export products back to their original source of production can be complicated, since U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not collect data on agricultural exports by ... Read More »

Bill seeks to improve ARC-CO program

A recently introduced bill in the U.S. Senate is designed to improve USDA’s Agricultural Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) program in the farm bill, and it is drawing strong support from farm organizations, including the American Farm Bureau. The legislation, introduced in late October by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, is designed to strengthen the farm safety ... Read More »

Grain leaders urge Trump to stay in NAFTA

From the Capital Press National grain industry leaders are urging President Donald Trump not to pull out of a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. Lobbyists are “increasingly fearful” that Trump will decide to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Jerry Hagstrom, of the Hagstrom Report newsletter, as moderator of a panel discussion at the Tri-State Grain ... Read More »

Washington wheat industry calls for ‘no harm’ in trade agreement renegotiations

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The Washington wheat industry urges its Congressional delegation to communicate to the highest levels of government that renegotiation of existing trade agreements, “do no harm” to agricultural exports. The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) called trade the “lifeblood” of Eastern Washington farmers and warned of fallout if the international commerce is jeopardized. Mike ... Read More »