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Farm Bill, Trade hot topics at 2017 fall wheat industry conference

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Editor’s note: The leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been participating in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ fall conference this week, sharing Washington wheat farmer priorities and helping craft the wheat industry’s farm bill message to lawmakers. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) held its annual fall conference this week ... Read More »

As Trump takes aim at NAFTA, farmers are hopeful—and nervous

From NPR President Trump made his view of the North American Free Trade Agreement very clear during the presidential election. He called NAFTA “the worst trade deal in … the history of this country.” And Trump blamed NAFTA for the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs. His administration is in the midst of renegotiating the free trade deal with ... Read More »

NAFTA Day on Capitol Hill

From NAWG On Capitol Hill yesterday, there were signs of the increased stakes in the NAFTA talks: business and agricultural groups mounted a lobbying push targeting more than 250 House members, and the Ways and Means chairman seemed to say businesses have reason to worry, reported Politico. At the White House, in the most visible and symbolic moment of the day, ... Read More »

Wheat group defends crop insurance

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From the Capital Press Wheat industry leaders are emphasizing the importance of crop insurance for farmers in the wake of a summit sponsored by organizations that want to eliminate it. The R Street Institute, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Heritage Foundation and other like-minded groups held a summit in Washington, D.C., last week and proposed changes to the farm bill that ... Read More »

Wheat growers want new trade deals

From Brownfield Ag News Two U.S. wheat groups say the Trump Administration is putting too much emphasis on reworking existing trade agreements and not enough focus on negotiating new trade deals. U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers want the President to keep his promise to negotiate new bilateral trade agreements in place of the Trans Pacific ... Read More »

Crop insurance vital in light of current economic, weather conditions

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As part of a farm bill policy reform summit in Washington, D.C., last week, groups including The R Street Institute, Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Heritage Foundation and other like-minded groups have called for policy changes to the farm bill that the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) finds short-sided and will ultimately harm the farming community and rural America. In ... Read More »

Washington congressman leads bipartisan letter urging president to honor Korea-U.S. trade agreement

Today, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, led a bipartisan coalition in calling on President Trump to continue honoring the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). In recent weeks it has been reported that the Trump Administration is considering withdrawing from the agreement. A withdrawal from the agreement would cause American businesses, farmers and ... Read More »

Senators Introduce Legislation Strengthening Trade Programs for the Wheat Industry

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) introduced the “Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act,” which will increase the funding for the Foreign Market Development Program from $34.5 million to $69 million annually and the Market Access Program from $200 million to $400 million. ... Read More »

Farm bill’s research investment helps farmers succeed

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From Farm Policy Facts Editor’s note: It’s been a hard year for the nation’s wheat farmers. Against a backdrop of disasters, falling prices and the lowest number of wheat acres under cultivation in U.S. history, wheat farmers have been making the rounds in Washington to explain the importance of a strong farm safety net in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. ... Read More »

Washington wheat organizations urge Trump administration not to withdraw from KORUS

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The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) stand with others in the agricultural industry in urging the Trump Administration not to withdraw from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) “Our wheat is known throughout the world as being of the highest quality, a brand that allows us to compete in a marketplace with increasing emphasis ... Read More »