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Ag groups line up grassroots support for trade

From the Capital Press Fleets of trucks, lines of railcars and bustling ports send U.S. agricultural products to far-flung foreign markets each day. Last year alone, those exports exceeded $140 billion with a trade surplus of more than $21 billion. They also supported more than 1 million jobs to deliver those products around the world and generated $178.8 billion for ... Read More »

Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity report released

From the National Association of Wheat Growers In April of 2017, President Trump established an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue serving as chair. The task force was comprised of cabinet members of several federal agencies. The task force outlined five general principals that would allow rural America to have the resources, ... Read More »

NAFTA by commodity and by state in 2016

From the Farm Bureau Whether farmers are raising cattle in Oklahoma, milking cows in Vermont, growing fruits and vegetables in Florida, or growing corn, soybeans and wheat in America’s heartland, their agricultural income depends on trade. USDA estimates that 25 percent of all U.S. agricultural production is exported, and for some commodities that percentage is even higher. Many of these ... Read More »

Cold snap underlines need for adequate crop insurance, NAWG leader says

From the Capital Press Cold weather that damaged wheat across the central and southern Plains and southern Midwest illustrates the need for a new farm bill with adequate crop insurance coverage, a National Association of Wheat Growers leader says. Gordon Stoner, a Montana farmer and president of NAWG, cited “unusually cold temperatures and snowy conditions,” with damage to about one-quarter ... Read More »

Weather conditions call for swift reauthorization of farm bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Recent extreme winter conditions in major wheat-producing states re-affirm the need for a 2018 Farm Bill and strong federal crop insurance program. According to Radiant Solutions, a data collection and analysis company based in Herndon, Va., “Solid snow cover in the northern Plains and Midwest gave wheat fields enough protection from the bitter cold conditions, ... Read More »

Attorneys general take action against Prop 65 regulation on glyphosate

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Attorneys General in Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin have filed an amicus brief in support of the preliminary injunction sought by agriculture groups against California’s flawed Prop 65 regulation. In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce filed their ... Read More »

Tax reform bill passes Senate, House

The  tax reform bill has passed the U.S. Senate and House and is now headed to the president’s desk. While many details about the bill are still unknown, some information about how it might affect farmers is starting to trickle out. Follow these links for more information: K-Coe Isom, a firm that provides consulting and CPA services in the food and ... Read More »

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

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 »