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U.S. must rejoin TPP, ag policy expert says

From the Capital Press President Donald Trump needs to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, an agriculture policy expert says. The president made an off-the-cuff remark when speaking with world leaders at the Davos, Switzerland, economic summit that he’d be willing to take another look at the deal, but it would have to be renegotiated and improved considerably for the ... Read More »

NAWG CEO responds to State of the Union address

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Last night, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address as president. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO Chandler Goule provided the following statement in response: “While the president addressed many issues of importance to the American people, it was unfortunate that he did not focus more of his ... Read More »

Trump’s trade chief clashes with Canada, Mexico in NAFTA talks

From Politico The high-stakes NAFTA talks appear to be finally headed on a slow-but-steady forward course, but negotiators remain under pressure to deliver quick results to alleviate the threat of President Donald Trump withdrawing from the pact. “We believe that some progress was made,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday during a closing press conference. “We finally began to ... Read More »

Wheat organizations from the U.S., Canada and Mexico call for successful NAFTA agreement

Recently, organizations along the North American wheat value chain sent a letter to President Trump, President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, as well as with lead negotiators from each country, Ambassador Lighthizer, Minister Freeland, and Minister Guajardo, stressing the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the wheat industry. Ranging from seed to bread and baked goods, key ... Read More »

TPP-11 puts U.S. wheat exports at risk

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are expressing concern that a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that excludes the U.S. puts overseas demand for U.S. wheat at serious risk. “On Jan. 23, 2017, exactly one year ago, President Trump announced the United States would pull ... Read More »

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 »