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U.S. Wheat Associates welcomes formal trade talks with Japan

From U.S. Wheat Associates U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is excited to hear that the Trump Administration and the Japanese government are taking formal steps toward trade negotiations. The announcement today to “further expand trade and investment between the United States and Japan in a mutually beneficial manner” has the potential to eliminate a dangerous vulnerability for U.S. wheat farmers. Over ... Read More »

New South Korea trade deal protects agricultural interests

From the Capital Press With $6.9 billion in agricultural exports to South Korea hanging in the balance, U.S. producers got reassurance on Monday that a renegotiated trade agreement with the Asian nation would not harm exports. While commodity groups were confident with an agreement in principle reached in March, signing of the revised U.S-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement — ... Read More »

New KORUS agreement signed

An updated Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was signed today by President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The KORUS amendments include several revamped customs guidelines, provisions to prevent Korean discrimination against U.S. pharmaceutical exports, and a doubling of the amount of cars — from 25,000 to 50,000 — the U.S. can export to South Korea without being ... Read More »

Ag cautiously optimistic about Trump trade agenda

From the Capital Press The wheels are beginning to turn on trade moves that will benefit U.S. farmers, but some major concerns remain, the head of an agricultural trade organization says. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Sept. 13, focused on the Trump administration’s trade agenda. Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers For Free Trade, said he is cautiously ... Read More »

Senators grill administration officials on tariffs, trade

From the Capital Press Desperation in farm country due to low commodity prices and retaliatory tariffs by U.S. trade partners was the central theme of last week’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on trade. The committee questioned Ted McKinney, USDA undersecretary for trade, and Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator, on what is being done to resolve trade disputes and forge new ... Read More »

NAWG, USW welcome attention on trade policy risks, opportunities

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) appreciate the Senate Agriculture Committee holding a hearing on “Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade” Sept. 13, 2018, focused on the Trump Administration’s trade agenda. The organizations are encouraged that Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow, as well as the members of the administration who testified today, recognize the ... Read More »

Wheat foundation seeks WILOT applicants

The National Wheat Foundation’s Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) program will take place in St. Louis, Mo., from Nov. 11-16, 2018 and seeks applicants to participate. This week-long training program, sponsored by Monsanto, is geared towards current leaders and those who soon could take on leadership positions at the state and national levels for wheat organizations. The program will ... Read More »

Farm bill conferees tangle over SNAP

From the Capital Press One by one, farm bill conferees from the House and Senate last week laid out the dire situation in farm country and insisted a new farm bill must be in place before the current one expires on Sept. 30. There still remain some differences to overcome on a range of issues from farm policy and conservation ... Read More »

The great crop insurance debate

From the National Wheat Foundation Recently, Capital Press published a great piece on crop insurance focusing on how it is the only guarantee of help when disaster strikes for farmers. The piece opens with an interview with NAWG Secretary and Paterson, WA wheat farmer Nicole Berg who talks about the role that crop insurance plays on her farm: Berg, who is now ... Read More »

USDA aid package fails to consider all commodities

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of the $12 billion package of aid to farmers hurt by retaliation resulting from the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. According to the USDA press announcement, assistance to wheat growers will be 14¢ per bushel. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, ... Read More »