Federal

There are plenty of questions as the farm bill debate kicks off

From Ohio’s Country Journal Though it seems like the last farm bill has just been finally implemented, discussions are already ramping up for the next farm bill in Washington, D.C. With a new administration, a challenging farm economy and the ever-shifting whims of public perceptions about agriculture, there is plenty of uncertainty about the outcome. Read the rest of the ... Read More »

Kansas, Oklahoma top states for LDP payments

From the USDA’s Economic Research Service When wheat prices posted at county elevators fall below the annual county and class-specific marketing assistance loan rate, producers become eligible to receive loan deficiency payments (LDP). An LDP is a direct payment to farmers that covers the difference between the current local price and the pre-determined county loan rate. A 2016/17 marketing year ... Read More »

NASDA establishes priorities for next farm bill

This week, the National Association of State Departments (NASDA) established priorities for the next farm bill. NASDA called for enhanced investment in American agriculture that provides producers the tools they need to succeed.  Further, NASDA emphasized that the farm bill is vital to providing consumers access to the safest, highest quality and most affordable food supply, which is essential for our nation’s economy ... Read More »

WAWG sets out 2017 federal priorities

This week, the leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers is in Washington, D.C., to meet with the state’s federal delegation as well as agency heads. The 2017 federal priorities the association will be discussing include: • WAWG supports maintaining and an increase of funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. ... Read More »

Wheat growers head to nation’s capital to focus on trade, the future farm bill and to build relationships

Fresh off their successful lobbying trip to Olympia, leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers are headed to Washington, D.C., next week to take their message to a national stage. “Many of our issues, such as maintaining and expanding overseas markets with sound trade policies, improving on farm bill programs that are critical for risk management and ... Read More »

WAWG makes sure wheat issues don’t get lost in D.C. transition

Leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with various federal agencies as they make the transition to a new administration. “There are a lot of changes happening in Washington, D.C., as the new administration prepares to take over,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of WAWG. “We wanted to meet ... Read More »

NAWG, farm groups stress trade importance to new administration

In a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence last week, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and a coalition of 15 other producer organizations noted the contribution of agriculture and agriculture-related industries, predominant trade markets and expressed intent and willingness to identify new global opportunities together in order to impact the rural economy in the ... Read More »

Wheat grower organizations welcome new trade enforcement actions challenging China policies

From U.S. Wheat Associates U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome two trade dispute actions by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) challenging Chinese government policies that distort the wheat market and harm wheat growers throughout the rest of the world. USW and NAWG are encouraged to see the U.S. government take such a strong ... Read More »

WAWG’s leadership takes part in national fall conference

November was a very busy month for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) leadership team. Besides participating in the annual convention, including a day-long strategic planning session, the team also traveled to Denver, Colo., to take part in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) Fall Wheat Conference. Both NAWG’s and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) policy committees met and ... Read More »

NAWG, WAWG welcome Congress’ prioritization of FSA funding loans in Continuing Resolution

From NAWG This week, Congress is working to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) spending package to fund the government through April 28, 2017. As of this writing, the House has passed it, and a Senate vote is expected today or tomorrow. The National Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers is pleased to see that Congress has allocated resources ... Read More »