Without overseas trade, Washington wheat industry would suffer

With approximately 90 percent of Washington’s wheat being exported overseas, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that trade is the lifeblood of Washington wheat farmers. The agriculture industry relies heavily on funding from the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program to develop new markets and support existing ones. Studies have shown that these programs generate ... Read More »

RMA’s third party damage and yield reporting procedures changed

The following message was received from the Risk Management Agency (RMA) regarding insured losses due to third party damages and the impact to Actual Production History (APH).  Washington and Oregon wheat growers, As you are aware, RMA has received concerns from insureds whose insurance guarantees are reduced because of crop losses caused by third party damage or unavoidable, uninsured fire.  ... Read More »

Trump Administration proposes $40,000 crop insurance limit by county

By Art Barnaby Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics The Trump Administration is proposing crop insurance cuts, similar to the ones proposed earlier by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Both proposals include the elimination of the Harvest Price Option, a limit on AGI and a $40,000 limit on the government’s share of ... Read More »

NAWG CEO Chandler Goule talks about his farm bill experience

From Agri-Pulse On one of his first days in Washington, Chandler Goule hung up on the president of the United States. Twice. Now, he’s in charge of an organization tasked with advocating for America’s wheat producers. Hear his thoughts on his journey through Washington in this video. Read More »

Conservation subject of recent Senate farm bill hearing

This week’s Farm Policy News update highlights issues associated with the Conservation Reserve Program, a subject that was also discussed in with last week’s Senate ag committee farm bill hearing focused on conservation and forestry issues. Read the update here. Read More »

NAFTA renegotiation: What has happened and what are the next steps

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The first meeting between U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, Canadian Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary Calzada took place June 19-20, in Savannah, Ga. The group released a joint statement following the meetings stressing the importance and the mutual benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As released in the statement, “We share a ... Read More »

Farm state senators to USTR: On NAFTA, do no harm

From Farm Policy News The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the administration’s approach to trade policy and heard testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Farm state lawmakers expressed concern regarding agriculture and NAFTA renegotiation, admonishing the executive branch to “do no harm” with respect to gains in agricultural trade that have resulted from the agreement. Timelines for ... Read More »

NAWG responds to Senate finance hearing examining the Administration’s top trade priorities

From NAWG Today, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing to discuss the Administration’s trade agenda and its FY18 budget request for the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Members heard testimony from USTR Robert Lighthizer who spoke on the Administration’s top trade priorities and defended the Administration’s FY18 budget request. National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) ... Read More »

Debating crop insurance and commodity programs

From DTN A panel of two farm organization advocates and two analysts of the farm program discussed crop insurance and commodity title provisions in the 2014 farm bill and prospects for the next bill on earlier this week at a Capitol Hill seminar entitled “U.S. Agricultural Risk Policy: Debating the Status Quo,” sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute. The panel discussion ... Read More »

U.S. Wheat expresses concerns about import investigations

From the Capital Press A U.S. Department of Commerce investigation into steel imports could open the door for other countries to retaliate by imposing restrictions on their purchases of commodities such as wheat, U.S. Wheat Associates officials say. Read the story here. Read More »