2020 NAWG Fall Conference Recap


Last week, via zoom, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) held its annual Fall Conference where its policy committees and full board met. NAWG’s annual conference kicked off with its Domestic and Trade Policy Committee meeting, where the committee continued discussions on rail rate policy; domestic farm programs with an eye towards farm bill reauthorization; Grain Standards Reauthorization Act; and reviewed its strategic plan and policy priorities.

The Environment and Research Committee received an appropriations and regulatory update; discussed research activities related to the U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative and National Predictive Modeling Tool Initiative; received an Ecosystem Services Market Consortium update; discussed U.S. Department of Agriculture Ag Innovation Comment review; received a pesticide/glyphosate lawsuit update; and reviewed its strategic plan and policy priorities. Also, the committee approved two resolutions in support of the Wheat Genetics Research Center.

The Operations and Planning Committee discussed a strategic plan action item process for handling state requests as well as options for the 2021 Winter Meeting and Annual Meeting. The Budget Committee reviewed and approved the Q1 FY21 financials and draft 2019-20 audit results; reviewed the September 2020 Small Grain Report; and discussed the FY2021-2022 budget.

Finally, at its full Board of Directors meeting last Friday, NAWG President Dave Milligan, National Wheat Foundation Chairman David Cleavinger and NAWG CEO Chandler Goule provided reports to the full board. The full board also heard reports from the policy committee chairs as well as an election update from NAWG staffer Jake Westlin.