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Give U.S. wheat farmers the freedom to compete

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates The familiar African proverb says that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Unfortunately for America’s farmers, that grass is the wheat growing in their fields as the big guys in Washington, D.C., and Beijing escalate their trade fight. China’s state-run importing agency and private flour millers ... Read More »

China announces equal penalties to retaliate for U.S. tariffs

From the Capital Press China’s government responded quickly to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on Chinese goods by announcing Friday it will immediately impose penalties of “equal strength” on U.S. products. The Commerce Ministry said it also was scrapping deals to buy more American farm goods and other exports as part of efforts to defuse a sprawling dispute over ... Read More »

NAWG comments on Senate Ag Committee farm bill markup

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture marked-up its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG commends the Senate Agriculture Committee for working together to move the farm bill forward and out of committee. It’s vital for the bill ... Read More »

Growers send letter to Senate ag committee outlining stances on farm bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) again applauds the Senate Committee on Agriculture for introducing a bi-partisan farm bill that we hope can quickly move through the chamber. Yesterday, NAWG sent a letter to the Senate Ag Committee outlining provisions that are beneficial for wheat growers and noted areas that could be improved. ... Read More »

Last chance to complete 2017 ag census

From NASS The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is wrapping up data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To stay on track for data release in February 2019, the deadline for submitting the paper questionnaire is June 15, 2018. Farmers and ranchers who have not responded by June 15, 2018, still have until the ... Read More »

Mexico unveils tariffs on U.S. ag

From the National Association of Wheat Growers In response to the administration’s trade actions, Mexico has decided to impose tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products.  As farmers across the U.S. prepare what is ahead, many fear these tariffs will be detrimental to the agricultural industry. Larry Kudlow, White House Chief Economic Adviser, has shared that the President ... Read More »

Farm organizations send trade letter to Trump

On May 31, 2018, U.S. Wheat, the National Association of Wheat Growers and 16 other U.S. agricultural organizations sent a letter to President Trump expressing hope that he will “prioritize negotiations with China to resolve many longstanding obstacles to U.S. agricultural exports while avoiding mutually destructive tariffs. In the letter, the organizations agree that there are certainly major problems in ... Read More »

NWF Blog: A snapshot of Agri-Pulse’s ‘Export or Bust’ trade series

Taylre Beaty NAWG Spring/Summer 2018 Intern This spring, Agri-Pulse published a five-part series, Export or Bust, that focuses on the importance of positive trade relationships and export markets to American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. The series covers the impact that trade has on farm profitability, updates on trade negotiations, and shares the voices of agricultural groups who are working to ... Read More »

One-year extension available to some expiring CRP contracts

From the Farm Service Agency As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between ... Read More »

White House announces tariffs on China; NAWG communicates importance of expanding trade

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The White House has announced that they will be moving forward with tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, details of which will be released on June 15.  When these potential tariffs were first publicly proposed, China announced they would retaliate in kind, mainly focusing on agricultural and chemical goods, including a ... Read More »