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NAWG leader sees more spring wheat, better trade relations ahead

From Farm Week Now Farmers likely will plant more spring wheat this year, if better weather arrives anywhere near the official start of the season (March 20), according to a farmer-leader. Jimmie Musick, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), discussed his outlook for wheat and key association priorities at Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida. Read the rest ... Read More »

WTO panel finds China over-subsidizes farmers

From the Capital Press A World Trade Organization panel has found that China distorts the global wheat trade by increasing subsidies for its farmers through price supports. “China now holds about half the world’s stocks because they have such high support prices,” said Ben Conner, vice president of policy for U.S. Wheat Associates, the overseas marketing arm of the industry. ... Read More »

NAWG, NWF name new board members at 2019 Commodity Classic

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) wrapped up the 2019 Commodity Classic with a new slate of officers. NAWG’s board is pictured above. NAWG President and Southwest Oklahoma farmer Jimmie Musick has passed the gavel down to Vice President Ben Scholz, a farmer from Texas. Michigan wheat farmer Dave Milligan moved up the ... Read More »

NAWG joins other top ag organizations to endorse USMCA

The National Corn Growers Association (NGGA), American Soybean Association (ASA), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and National Sorghum Producers (NSP) have announced their support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Mexico and Canada account for 25 percent of all U.S. agriculture exports, and USMCA preserves and builds upon the existing trading relationship between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Members representing ... Read More »

USDA predicts low prices, trade war will weight on ag economy in 2019

From DTN USDA expects U.S. farmers to plant only 85 million acres of soybean acres in 2019, down 4.7%, thanks to falling commodity prices and ballooning stocks amid a trade war with China. Corn acres are projected to take over most of those lost bean acres and rise 3.3% to 92 million acres this spring. Read more here. Read More »

Congress urged to keep crop insurance

From DTN Leaders of Congressional budget committees are being asked not to sacrifice crop insurance as part of upcoming budget proposals this year. The request came in a letter from 60 agriculture, insurance, government and environmental groups on Tuesday. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

U.S. Wheat Associates’ board elects officers for 2019/20

The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors elected new officers for the 2019/20 (July to June) fiscal year at their meeting Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The board elected Rhonda K. Larson of East Grand Forks, Minn., as secretary-treasurer; Darren Padget of Grass Valley, Ore., as vice chairman; and Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio, as chairman. These farmers ... Read More »

Trade mitigation funds will benefit export market development for US wheat growers

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are pleased that U.S. wheat growers now have the opportunity to increase efforts to expand export market access with USDA’s Jan. 31 announcement awarding $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agriculture Trade Promotion Program (ATP). USW was awarded $8.25 million, which will be distributed over the next ... Read More »

USDA awards ag trade promotion program funding

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. The ATP is one of three USDA programs created to mitigate the effects of unjustified trade retaliation against U.S. ... Read More »

USW shares trade opportunities with a post-Brexit United Kingdom

By Ben Conner Vice President of Policy, U.S. Wheat Associates Last week, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on negotiating objectives for a potential trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom (UK). The UK has been part of the European Union (EU) since before the creation of the World Trade ... Read More »