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2021 National Wheat Yield Contest accepting enrollment

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is accepting entries for winter and spring wheat. The deadline for winter wheat entries is May 15 with an ... Read More »

RMA extends crop insurance flexibilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced it is extending crop insurance flexibilities for producers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, relief provided for electronic notifications and signatures is extended through July 15, while organic certification, replant self-certification and assignment of indemnity are extended through June 30. “We recognize that American agriculture continues to face challenges due ... Read More »

NAWG applauds USDA for finalizing Quality Loss Adjustment in WHIP+

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that it has finalized quality loss coverage in its Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in response: “NAWG welcomes today’s ... Read More »

NAWG welcomes FY2021 omnibus, COVID-19 relief package

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On Dec. 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, sending it to the president’s desk for his signature. The legislation includes all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, $900 billion in coronavirus relief and authorizations. National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) ... Read More »

Focus on long-term value keeps overseas wheat demand strong amid trade storms

Commentary by Vince Peterson From the Capital Press As a new year begins, we want to share the good news that U.S. wheat exports to Asian markets are increasing, and the outlook for those markets remains positive, notwithstanding the unique trade dynamics over the past several years. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NAWG shares priorities with Biden-Harris transition team

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) issued a letter to the Biden-Harris transition team which introduces NAWG, outlines pending policy issues needing immediate attention for the upcoming administration and provides a primer on the wheat industry. NAWG president and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in ... Read More »

Future of farming: Chase to capture carbon as another revenue stream

From agweb.com As the calendar flips to 2021, a new administration may lead to a shift in policy priorities. The Biden transition team makes it official this week: Tom Vilsack is Joe Biden’s pick for U.S. Agriculture Secretary. Washington insiders say even with Vilsack at the help, the expectations are clear: USDA will focus on climate change. Read the rest ... Read More »

Betting on Biden: US ag looks for trade stability

From the Capital Press Four years ago, farmers and ranchers were optimistic that incoming President Donald Trump would bring added prosperity to farm country through new and better trade agreements. Now, they’re counting on President-elect Joe Biden to undo the instability and damage caused by Trump’s trade wars. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NAWG Congratulates Vilsack’s Nomination as Ag Secretary

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to assume the role of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary under the Biden-Harris Administration. Vilsack is the current president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. NAWG President and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer Dave Milligan made ... Read More »