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Russia may focus more wheat sales in its own ‘backyard’

From the Capital Press Increasing regional demand, competition for acreage from other crops and higher shipping costs may force the Russian wheat industry to market its crop closer to home in the coming years, a top U.S. Wheat Associates official says. “While we are not done with Russian competition and they are here to stay as a main player in ... Read More »

NAWG, USW applaud Senate confirmation of Doud to be chief ag negotiator

On March 01, 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gregg Doud to be chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Trade is a top priority for U.S. wheat farmers, and this nomination is welcome news for our growers. “We believe the confirmation of Gregg Doud will bring a needed agriculture voice to USTR’s political leadership,” ... Read More »

Steel, aluminum tariffs raise the risk of retaliation against U.S. agriculture

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are extremely disappointed in the decision announced today to impose sweeping tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. We have repeatedly warned that the risks of retaliation and the precedent set by such a policy have serious potential consequences for agriculture. It is dismaying that the voices of ... Read More »

Washington wheat growers warn Trump TPP withdrawal could prove catastrophic

TPP Withdrawal Threatens the Stability of the U.S. Agriculture Industry When President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the agricultural industry warned that the consequences could be dire for our country’s farmers. That warning appears to be coming true, as the remaining 11 TPP countries are close to formalizing the deal without the U.S., threatening the ... Read More »

NAWG CEO takes temperature of policy leaders on next farm bill

From Oklahoma Farm Report Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays had the chance to catch up with Chandler Goule, chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers, during the American Farmers & Ranchers Convention this past weekend where Goule updated members on current issues facing the wheat industry. Hays and Goule touched on several topics during ... Read More »

WAWG calls for full funding of USDA and key farm bill programs

With the release of the Trump Administration’s FY2019 Budget proposal that calls for a $47 billion reduction to USDA risk management programs and key safety net provisions over 10 years, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and President Marci Green, a wheat grower from Fairfield, Wash., issued the following statement: “Risk management programs, including crop insurance and safety net ... Read More »

Ag groups to White House: Reconsider TPP and wrap up NAFTA talks

From DTN Agricultural groups started the White House’s infrastructure and budget week on Monday by focusing on—trade. Farm groups coming together to call themselves the Asia-Pacific Working Group, which is parts of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as the Asia-Pacific Working Group jumped on comments from President Donald ... Read More »

President’s FY2019 budget calls for disappointing cuts to USDA and key farm programs

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, President Trump released his FY2019 budget which reduces the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by 16 percent from the 2017 enacted level. The proposed budget also calls for cuts to vital farm bill programs, including crop insurance and other key safety net provisions. “The Administration’s proposed cuts to key ... Read More »

Wheat growers take on Washington, D.C., and national policy

Trade, the 2018 Farm Bill and crop insurance top the list of priorities leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) will focus on during their advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., this week. The wheat growers will be meeting with many of Washington state’s federal delegation, as well as several of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agencies ... Read More »

Perdue announces USDA’s farm bill, legislative principles for 2018

From USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) farm bill and legislative principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Penn. “Since my first day as the secretary of agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what ... Read More »