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NAWG signs letter warning against herbicide tariffs

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On July 12, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) joined five other commodity groups in sending a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo asking her to consider the impacts on farmers as she reviews a petition by the agricultural chemical company, Corteva, that would place duties on imports of the ... Read More »

Stakeholders wait and see on modernized Columbia River Treaty

From the Capital Press Pacific Northwest stakeholders have been holding meetings preparing for a modernized version of the Columbia River Treaty since 2011. Thirteen years later, with the July 10 announcement of an agreement-in-principle between the U.S. and Canada, those stakeholders are taking a “wait and see” approach, calling it an “important first step.” Read the rest of the article ... Read More »

Wheat Yield contest winners share tips for success

From Successful Farming Since reaching 80 million acres of wheat in 1980, U.S. farmers are growing less of the crop: just 50 million acres of all classes planted for the 2023–24 crop year. Still, wheat is important on farms in nearly every state. It is a key component of a well-balanced crop rotation, and adds diversified income to farmers who fine-tune crop ... Read More »

WAWG Responds to New Actions Regarding Columbia-Snake River System

This week, the Biden administration announced two actions as part of the administration’s agreements, formalized earlier this year, with four tribes and the states of Washington and Oregon to advance the health of wild salmon populations. The Department of Interior released a report entitled, “Historic and Ongoing Impacts of Federal Dams on the Columbia River Basin Tribes” and a new ... Read More »

NAWG Responds to Ranking Member Boozman’s Farm Bill Proposal

Today,  U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released a five-year farm bill proposal. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Keeff Felty provided the following statement in response: “NAWG commends Ranking Member Boozman for continuing to move the process forward by releasing his version of a farm bill. We ... Read More »

House farm bill aims to improve, update programs

From the Capital Press The massive $1.5 trillion farm bill — the Farm, Food, and National Security Act — passed by the House Agriculture Committee is a lot to take in. But among its offerings are improvements to commodity support programs, increases to government loan limits to producers and additional funding for trade programs and agricultural research. Read the rest ... Read More »

Russia expands lead in wheat exports

From world-grain.com Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, is projected to export a record 53 million tonnes in the current marketing year, giving it a global market share of 26%, the highest in its history, according to the latest International Grains Council (IGC) Grain Market Report. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

House Committee on Agriculture Advances the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On May 23, the House Committee on Agriculture passed the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024 (H.R. 8472) on a bipartisan vote of 33-21. In response, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Keeff Felty made the following statement: “NAWG commends Chairman Thompson for moving the process forward and urges a bipartisan ... Read More »

House Republicans’ farm bill proposal ‘robs Peter to pay Paul,’ ag secretary says

From thehill.com The House Agriculture committee is trying to fund its farm bill proposals with “counterfeit money,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters Wednesday morning. Vilsack spoke after a range of groups from across the political spectrum criticized House Republicans’ proposed farm bill, which seeks to direct tens of billions to subsidies for farmers of peanuts, rice and cotton. Read the rest ... Read More »

Expiring estate tax exemption: What farmers need to know

From agweb.com The sunset of the Trump Tax Cuts is around the corner and might be here before farmers are ready for it. The current lifetime estate and gift tax exemption is $13.61 million but will be cut in half beginning in 2026. This means most farmers have about 18 months to make some major estate decisions. See the rest ... Read More »