Federal

A quick glance at the Market Facilitation Program

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations: USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting ... Read More »

WAWG spends week in DC highlighting state’s ag industry

Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) President Marci Green and WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings were in Washington, D.C., last month to take part in the WSU/WSDA Taste of Washington D.C. Trip, which showcased the Evergreen State’s agricultural industry to Congress. As part of the trip, Hennings and Green were also able to lobby policymakers during a critical time in ... Read More »

Wheat farmers are becoming long-term casualties of Trump’s trade wars

From the Capital Press There’s a reason it’s called a trade war. There are casualties. The first of victims on this battlefield are American farmers. Like any battle, the element of surprise can be advantageous, but wheat farmers in America are the ones standing by in shock. Read the rest of the column from the National Association of Wheat Growers ... Read More »

NAWG applauds Congress for moving forward with farm bill conference committee

From NAWG The House and Senate have officially announced their respective conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill. In total, 56 have been assigned to the conference committee, including members from both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees as well as from committees with jurisdiction in the bill. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Sentinel, Okla., wheat farmer, Jimmie ... Read More »

Wheat organizations continue to support end to trade war as administration offers help for farmers

From NAWG and USW The Trump Administration announced today that it would provide $12 billion to help farmers cope with the results of the current trade dispute ignited by new U.S. tariffs. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are glad that the administration recognizes farming as a risky business and acknowledges that farmers need ... Read More »

Testifying for farmers

Last week, fourth generation Montana wheat farmer, Michelle Erickson-Jones, testified for Farmers for Free Trade at a hearing on the effects of tariffs on U.S. agriculture and rural communities. To read her testimony and statement visit the Farmers for Free Trade website. Read More »

Farmers frustrated by Trump trade tactics

From AgWeb Farmers across the country are bearing the burden of the tariffs put in place by President Donald Trump. This week at a congressional hearing, some of them shared concerns about the president’s trade tactics including the possibility for shrinking export markets, rising costs and bankers making lending more difficult. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

House sends farm bill to conference

From DTN The House yesterday passed by voice vote a motion to proceed to conference on the farm bill, which is numbered HR 2 and titled the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The House also passed a Democratic motion to instruct conferees to insist on 10-year permanent funding for an animal vaccine program. The House bill has permanent funding, but ... Read More »

A primer on the China tariffs

Confused about what the Chinese tariff mean? Here’s a quick primer published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Read More »

Wheat yield gains stall (or making the case for more research funding)

From AgWeb.com Wheat ranks third among U.S. field crops in planted acreage, production and gross farm receipts, behind corn and soybeans. Production has, however, dropped off over the past decade. USDA estimates U.S. farmers planted 46 million acres to wheat for the 2017/18 growing season, down from 50 million in 2016/17 and over 63 million in 2008. In contrast, U.S. ... Read More »