Federal

McMorris Rodgers added to Trump transition team

From the Capital Press Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is one of several new leaders on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. She was named a vice chair Nov. 29. “The American people sent a message with this election: It is time to shake up the status quo,” McMorris Rodgers said in a statement. “I’m proud to work alongside Donald Trump ... Read More »

Looking ahead to the next Congress

From NAWG Following the elections, Congress is starting to look ahead to the next Congress. Republicans will maintain control of the both the Senate and House, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will remain in their respective roles. For the Democrats, the retirement of Minority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) meant that new leadership elections were ... Read More »

Wheat growers urge Congressional leadership to allow a vote on TPP

Nine months ago, following the signing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) called on Congress to rapidly consider and ratify the agreement. After a long and disappointing wait, a real window of opportunity for a vote on TPP will soon open when the legislative session resumes this week. We call ... Read More »

USW submits annual report on trade barriers to U.S. trade representatives

By Elizabeth Westendorf U.S. Wheat Associates Policy Specialist  Every year, the U.S. Congress requires the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to submit a comprehensive report detailing the trade barriers and policy challenges facing exported U.S. goods and services. The annual National Trade Estimate (NTE), which came in at more than 450 pages last year, takes months of collaborative work ... Read More »

Contact your members of Congress during campaign season

From NAWG The election is less than two weeks away, and as we’re all aware, campaign activity is in full force. This time of year, more than ever, is a key opportunity for you to have your elected officials’ ear, particularly as your senators and members of Congress are likely holding town halls and other public events across your state and ... Read More »

NAWG president participates in farm bill panel

Last week, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Gordon Stoner attended a Farm Bill Discussion Forum hosted by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), where he participated in a panel discussing what is needed in the 2018 Farm Bill to assist producers through this period of low prices and surplus commodities. Stoner said the consensus at the panel was that protecting crop insurance ... Read More »

How U.S. farmers would gain from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

From The Wall Street Journal The White House is in an uphill battle to win support in Congress this year for the sweeping 12-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Darci Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and a key figure in the negotiations, is helping to lead that charge. At The Wall ... Read More »

No surprises for wheat farmers in USDA supply-and-demand report

From the Capital Press The USDA’s latest supply-and-demand report held no surprises for wheat farmers, market analysts say. “This is probably the most well-anticipated report I have ever seen,” said Dan Steiner, grain merchant for Morrow County Grain Growers. “As far as excitement or market movement, it’s completely boring.” The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates projects U.S. ending ... Read More »

NAWG calls on Congress to fund public education on biotechnology in ag

Last week, NAWG signed on to a letter to the U.S. Senate and House leadership supporting the inclusion of $3 million in the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The funds will be applied to informing the public about the benefits realized by the application of biotechnology to food and agriculture production. Since ... Read More »

Farm income seen flat in 2017

From Agri-Pulse Net farm income is likely to be flat next year despite an increase in government payments but should improve somewhat in the following two years, according to a new analysis. The report by the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) projects that net farm income will fall by more than $10 billion this year to $69.6 ... Read More »