Contact your members of Congress during campaign season

From NAWG The election is less than two weeks away, and as we’re all aware, campaign activity is in full force. This time of year, more than ever, is a key opportunity for you to have your elected officials’ ear, particularly as your senators and members of Congress are likely holding town halls and other public events across your state and ... Read More »

NAWG president participates in farm bill panel

Last week, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Gordon Stoner attended a Farm Bill Discussion Forum hosted by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), where he participated in a panel discussing what is needed in the 2018 Farm Bill to assist producers through this period of low prices and surplus commodities. Stoner said the consensus at the panel was that protecting crop insurance ... Read More »

How U.S. farmers would gain from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

From The Wall Street Journal The White House is in an uphill battle to win support in Congress this year for the sweeping 12-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Darci Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and a key figure in the negotiations, is helping to lead that charge. At The Wall ... Read More »

No surprises for wheat farmers in USDA supply-and-demand report

From the Capital Press The USDA’s latest supply-and-demand report held no surprises for wheat farmers, market analysts say. “This is probably the most well-anticipated report I have ever seen,” said Dan Steiner, grain merchant for Morrow County Grain Growers. “As far as excitement or market movement, it’s completely boring.” The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates projects U.S. ending ... Read More »

NAWG calls on Congress to fund public education on biotechnology in ag

Last week, NAWG signed on to a letter to the U.S. Senate and House leadership supporting the inclusion of $3 million in the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The funds will be applied to informing the public about the benefits realized by the application of biotechnology to food and agriculture production. Since ... Read More »

Farm income seen flat in 2017

From Agri-Pulse Net farm income is likely to be flat next year despite an increase in government payments but should improve somewhat in the following two years, according to a new analysis. The report by the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) projects that net farm income will fall by more than $10 billion this year to $69.6 ... Read More »

WAWG continues to seek relief for farmers affected by falling numbers

In an effort to alleviate a burden on wheat producers, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) led the charge in requesting the Risk Management Agency (RMA) waive a reporting procedure when wheat farmers are hit with a low falling number discount at the elevator, regardless of whether or not a claim is filed. WAWG is disappointed that RMA has ... Read More »

PNW wheat grower associations react to RMA decision on falling numbers reporting

Earlier this week, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) submitted a letter to the Risk Management Agency (RMA) asking them to waive the reporting rules that require elevators to report falling number discounts. Those discounts are then applied to a producer’s actual production history, even when no claim is filed. In addition to WAWG, that letter was signed by the Idaho Grain Producers ... Read More »

Older farm operators often responsible for running family farms

A notable characteristic of principal farm operators—the person most responsible for running the farm—is their relatively advanced age. In 2014, 33 percent of principal farm operators were at least 65 years old. This is nearly three times the U.S. average (12 percent) for older self-employed workers in nonagricultural businesses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most older principal ... Read More »

EPA weighs in on glyphosate, says it likely doesn’t cause cancer

From NPR No chemical used by farmers, it seems, gets more attention than glyphosate, also known by its trade name, Roundup. That’s mainly because it is a cornerstone of the shift to genetically modified crops, many of which have been modified to tolerate glyphosate. This, in turn, persuaded farmers to rely on this chemical for easy control of their weeds. ... Read More »