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White House delays new farm aid payments on China trade hopes

From Reuters The White House is delaying additional payments from a $12 billion aid package for farmers stung by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China because it expects Beijing to resume buying U.S. soybeans, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018: Initial Review

From farmdocdaily On Monday Dec. 10, 2018, the House and Senate conference committee released the conference report for the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018; the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill (Senate Ag Committee; House Ag Committee).  On Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, the Senate moved quickly to pass the conference report with a final vote in favor of the ... Read More »

NAWG urges president to sign farm bill into law

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds the Senate and House of Representatives for their quick action and bipartisan votes on the 2018 Farm Bill conference report and calls on the president to sign the bill into law as quickly as possible. “Historically low prices, trade instability and the current weather challenges ... Read More »

USW urges USTR to help protect wheat exports to Japan through trade negotiations

From U.S. Wheat Associates When the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) enters into force Dec. 31, 2018, Japan will grant preferential access to wheat export countries that are in the agreement. This has the potential to slash sales to a crucial market for U.S. wheat farmers. That is why U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson urged the U.S. ... Read More »

Wheat: The hidden opportunity

From Successful Farming With much of the recent grain trade headlines attributed to China and soybeans lately, there is one commodity that is sleeping in the background, which might end up being the grain that needs to truly be watched as we head into 2019: Wheat. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NAWG, USW welcome official signing of USMCA, encourage repeat with Japan

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates Today, leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico officially signed the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the three countries for working together to finalize USMCA. This ... Read More »

Washington grower is winner of yield contest 3rd year in a row

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest “A special congratulations to Phillip Gross (of Adams County ... Read More »

NAWG calls on Congress to make farm bill a priority during lame duck

From NAWG With the closing of the 2018 midterm elections, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Oklahoma wheat grower Jimmie Musick has issued the following statement: “While the 2018 midterm elections brought change to the political makeup of Congress, this should not impact the priority of passing the 2018 Farm Bill by the end of this session of ... Read More »

Trade, farm bill take center stage at 2018 fall conference

This week, WAWG leaders have been participating in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates’ (USW) joint fall conference in Tampa, Fla.  They, along with more than 100 wheat growers from across the U.S., met in policy committees to discuss a wide variety of priorities including the farm bill, trade, the National Wheat Yield Contest and the 2018 ... Read More »

Pacific Rim trade pact goes ahead after Australia ratifies

From the Capital Press The Pacific rim trade pact abandoned by President Donald Trump will take effect at the year’s end after Australia became the sixth nation to ratify it. Australia announced today that it had completed procedures needed for the trade arrangement, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, to progress. It will take effect Dec. 30. Read the rest ... Read More »