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If Only This were an April Fool’s Day Hoax

Reprinted with permission from U.S. Wheat Associates. Original article, published on 04/01/2019, is here. In much of the Western World, on April 1, people go sometimes to great lengths to create mostly harmless “April Fools’ Day” hoaxes. There are many theories about how this odd “celebration” came to be, including an association with the first day of spring in the ... Read More »

Next Columbia River Treaty negotiations this month

From the Capital Press Negotiators from Canada and the U.S. will meet again April 10-11 in Victoria, British Columbia, to discuss the future of the Columbia River Treaty. The negotiations follow five previous rounds that began last year. The most recent round was Feb. 27-28 in Washington, D.C. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Flooding in Nebraska demonstrates the importance of maintaining crop insurance

From the National Association of Wheat Growers As floods pummel through the Midwest, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) extends its support and consideration to those farmers and ranchers who are facing the devastating aftermath. As growers work to pull through, NAWG calls for state and federal governments to use all resources available to help those impacted. “Our hearts ... Read More »

Wheat farmers welcome new export opportunity from agreement with Brazil

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome the recent announcement by President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil has agreed to implement a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat, a longstanding obligation under Brazil’s World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. This ... Read More »

U.S. chief ag negotiator briefs grain executives on trade

From world-grain.com Ambassador Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, briefed members of the National Grain and Feed Association on March 17 on what he called an extraordinary period of engagement with other nations about adjusting policies and terms of trade. Doud addressed the U.S.-China trade talks, the importance of ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), efforts ... Read More »

Study reveals critical role of food, ag sectors in feeding the economy

A nationwide economic impact study found that more than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors. Further, it found that more than one-fourth of all American jobs are similarly connected. This research, available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com, was commissioned by a group of 23 food and agriculture organizations. Among the most important findings: Total Jobs:​ ... Read More »

NAWG voices concern about president’s 2020 budget proposal

From NAWG Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought released the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget of the United States Government: “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Lavon, Texas, wheat farmer, Ben Scholz, issued the following: “While NAWG continues ... Read More »

WAWG goes to Washington (D.C. that is)

Trade, farm bill implementation top list of grower concerns in discussions with federal delegation Washington Association of Wheat Growers leaders and staff barely had time to unpack their suitcases from the 2019 Olympia Days trip before flying off to Washington, D.C., to meet with Washington state’s federal delegation and participate in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ winter meetings. “Winter ... Read More »

Positioned to return more value to wheat buyers and producers

By Vince Peterson U.S. Wheat Associates President Recently, I was searching online for some wheat market information to share at an upcoming meeting. I saw a headline that asked, “What country exports the most wheat?” Great, I thought, here we go again with more propaganda about Russia beating the United States in the global wheat export market contest. Instead, I ... Read More »

U.S. wheat farmers see opportunity for growth in Southeast Asia

From U.S. Wheat Associates Every year, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) invites farmers (selected by state wheat commissions) to participate in a “Board Team” trip overseas to follow their wheat and learn from customers about the quality characteristics needed in those markets. In February, the first USW Board Team of 2019 traveled to Southeast Asia—one of the largest and fastest growing ... Read More »