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2017 Census of Agriculture gives a big-picture look at U.S. ag

From ag week.com If you’re involved in U.S. production agriculture, you won’t be surprised that U.S. farms are becoming bigger and fewer and that the overwhelming majority of U.S. farms and ranches are family owned. Nor is it surprising that a majority of U.S. farms aren’t making money, or at least not in 2017. But you may not have expected ... Read More »

Commentary: Farmers speak out on the facts about glyphosate

From the Capital Press Too often, science and facts fall victim to fear mongering and emotion. Recently, we have seen an uptick in false narratives around wheat growers’ use of the herbicide glyphosate. The reality is that glyphosate, the active ingredient in many herbicide brands, including Roundup herbicide, is one of the most effective tools to combat weeds prior to ... Read More »

Groups send food aid letter to House, Senate appropriations committees

From the National Association of Wheat Growers More than 75 groups, including the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advocating on behalf of international food aid programs. In the letter, the groups stated their support for P.L. 480 Title II Food for Peace, Food for Progress, and McGovern-Dole International Food ... Read More »

Farmers cope with floods, trade war

From The Kansas City Star The two grain bins on Bruce Biermann’s farm near Corning, Missouri, could not withstand the strong currents of the Missouri River. With four feet of water pressing from the outside and grain swelling from moisture inside, the bins burst. At 71, Biermann is looking at more than a $100,000 loss. And he’s not “in this ... Read More »

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 »