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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 »

US exporters on the offensive to maintain, build market share

For the past few weeks, Agri-Pulse has been running a series of indepth articles about agricultural trade. Here’s the fifth and final article. Links to the first four are at the bottom of this page. From Agri-Pulse John Baize was on a mission to sell more U.S. soybean oil in Egypt. But there was a problem, according to the government ... Read More »

NAWG statement on House failure to pass farm bill

Today, H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to garner the needed votes to pass out of the House. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, Okla., farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement: “NAWG is disappointed that the farm bill reauthorization process has stalled. Between low commodity prices, a ... Read More »

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

From the Capital Press In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NAWG board of director testifies on devastating impacts of tariffs

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Representatives from several agriculture groups testified this week on the Section 301 tariffs proposed by the Trump administration on such goods as steel and aluminum imported into the country. Industry leaders fear, as a response from other countries, that the U.S. will face tariffs on our commodities which could drastically harm the already ... Read More »

Columbia River Treaty negotiator hears comments, concerns

By Trista Crossley In recent months, much of the media spotlight has been focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but negotiations are about to start on another agreement critical to Pacific Northwest agriculture—the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Jill Smail, the negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty, visited Spokane, Wash., ... Read More »

Brazil, other competitors aim to win U.S export markets

For the past few weeks, Agri-Pulse has been running a series of indepth articles about agricultural trade. Here’s the fourth article. Links to the first three are at the bottom of this page. From Agri-Pulse You won’t find any tourists in the muddy, mosquito-ridden town of Barcarena in Brazil’s state of Pará, but you can’t miss the almost constant parade ... Read More »

Wheat grower associations return to nation’s capital to urge action on farm bill

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), along with grower associations from across the United States, will join the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) this week in Washington, D.C., to urge the advancement of legislation that will provide a strong safety net for farmers. WAWG has been closely monitoring progress of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House of Representatives ... Read More »

2018 Omnibus Bill nixes DUNS and SAM requirements for farmers

From the Natural Resources Conservation Service Effectively immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements. According ... Read More »

Time running out to complete 2017 ag census

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding Northwest farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To date, NASS has received more than 1.5 million completed questionnaires, 98,000 of which are from the Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. But both the national and Northwest ... Read More »