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Wheat growers head to nation’s capital to focus on trade, the future farm bill and to build relationships

Fresh off their successful lobbying trip to Olympia, leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers are headed to Washington, D.C., next week to take their message to a national stage. “Many of our issues, such as maintaining and expanding overseas markets with sound trade policies, improving on farm bill programs that are critical for risk management and ... Read More »

WAWG makes sure wheat issues don’t get lost in D.C. transition

Leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with various federal agencies as they make the transition to a new administration. “There are a lot of changes happening in Washington, D.C., as the new administration prepares to take over,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of WAWG. “We wanted to meet ... Read More »

NAWG, farm groups stress trade importance to new administration

In a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence last week, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and a coalition of 15 other producer organizations noted the contribution of agriculture and agriculture-related industries, predominant trade markets and expressed intent and willingness to identify new global opportunities together in order to impact the rural economy in the ... Read More »

Wheat grower organizations welcome new trade enforcement actions challenging China policies

From U.S. Wheat Associates U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome two trade dispute actions by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) challenging Chinese government policies that distort the wheat market and harm wheat growers throughout the rest of the world. USW and NAWG are encouraged to see the U.S. government take such a strong ... Read More »

WAWG’s leadership takes part in national fall conference

November was a very busy month for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) leadership team. Besides participating in the annual convention, including a day-long strategic planning session, the team also traveled to Denver, Colo., to take part in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) Fall Wheat Conference. Both NAWG’s and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) policy committees met and ... Read More »

NAWG, WAWG welcome Congress’ prioritization of FSA funding loans in Continuing Resolution

From NAWG This week, Congress is working to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) spending package to fund the government through April 28, 2017. As of this writing, the House has passed it, and a Senate vote is expected today or tomorrow. The National Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers is pleased to see that Congress has allocated resources ... Read More »

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 »