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Farm bill helps small businesses reach global markets

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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 »

Crop insurance makes wheat farming possible

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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 »

Conservation is an important part of the farm bill

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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 »

U.S. wheat organizations urge administration not to withdraw from KORUS

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) strongly urge the Trump Administration not to withdraw from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). “We believe it would be irresponsible to unilaterally walk away from this or any other trade agreement,” said Mike Miller, USW chairman and a wheat grower from Ritzville, Wash. “Withdrawing raises the specter ... Read More »

Farm bill needs tweaks, not wholesale change

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From Farm Policy Facts Editor’s note: It’s been a hard year for our 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 »

New studies put dollar signs on conservation practices

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Cover crops and no-till soil health practices can reduce erosion and runoff, increase organic matter retention and enhance biodiversity. The National Association of Conservation Districts and Datu Research, LLC recently released a set of case studies detailing the economic advantage of adopting these practices. After adoption, the case studies found the net farm incomes had ... Read More »

China rejects U.S request for dispute panel in grain quota case

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The United States’ first request to China to establish a dispute settlement panel in a WTO case involving tariff rate quotas has been denied. The panel would address concerns that China has been blocking billions of dollars in wheat, rice and corn imports and was requested following bilateral discussions within the WTO’s agriculture ... Read More »

NAWG visits upper plains to get first-hand look at drought conditions

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From NAWG On Aug. 28 and 29, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President David Schemm and CEO Chandler Goule visited wheat farmers in Bismarck, N.D., Pierre, S.D., and Mitchell, S.D., to learn more about how the drought is impacting growers. As part of the trip, NAWG met with the North Dakota Grain Growers Association’s board of directors and discussed ... Read More »

NAFTA can be improved to benefit wheat farmers

From NAWG As formal renegotiation discussions for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begin in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Wheat Growers ( NAWG) continues to stress “do no harm.” In the next couple of weeks, negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will commence the second round of NAFTA renegotiations in Mexico City, before heading to Canada for ... Read More »

Settlement reached in Duarte Clean Water Act lawsuit

Farmer John Duarte has agreed to pay $330,000 in civil penalties and purchase $770,000 worth of mitigation credits to resolve a federal lawsuit after he was accused of plowing wetlands on his property in Tehama County, Calif., according to the Capital Press. In 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had sought $2.8 millions in fines as well as mitigation credits ... Read More »