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Without profitable prices, leaders fear future of U.S. wheat at risk

From Farm Journal’s Ag Professional It’s a serene setting this time of year. Amber waves of grain surround these mountains as combines are starting to move through the harvest-ready golden fields in the Pacific Northwest. “This is day two,” says Kevin Duling of KD Investors in north central Oregon, while he was in the field harvesting. “We started yesterday afternoon.” ... Read More »

USMCA provides an opportunity for continued growth in ag trade

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a new economic and trade agreement that modifies the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), adding provisions for continued growth in agricultural trade among the three member countries. Agriculture has a large and growing stake in interregional trade in the free-trade area created by NAFTA. The total value of intraregional agricultural ... Read More »

WRDA bill advances in Congress

House bill would increase investment in inland waterways, flood-control projects From DTN The next bill detailing investments for locks and dams and other inland waterways investments passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday. The Water Resources Development Act of 2020 authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on 34 pending water-infrastructure projects and authorizes ... Read More »

NAWG calls for all wheat classes to be included in CFAP

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On July 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and indicated that additional commodities could be announced as eligible in the coming weeks. Durum and hard red spring (HRS) wheat classes are covered under CFAP ... Read More »

Additional commodities eligible for CFAP

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and organizations and review of market data. Producers ... Read More »

Washington wheat growers gratified to see USMCA implemented

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) are hailing the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a huge step forward in the effort to stabilize the uncertain trade environment wheat growers have been dealing with over the past few years. “The road to updating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the ... Read More »

How the $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill would impact rural America

From the Capital Press House Democrats Monday published a roughly 2,300-page, $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. The bill, called H.R. 2, or the “Moving Forward Act,” would inject billions of dollars into road and bridge repairs, broadband development, school upgrades, water projects and rural communities. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Wheat industry applauds bipartisanship around Grain Standards Reauthorization Act

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture held a business meeting to mark up the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act (GSA) of 2020. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the Committee for their bipartisan work to move the bill forward and reauthorize the GSA through Sept. 30, 2025. “Thanks in part to ... Read More »

Judge rules in favor of U.S. farmer in glyphosate labeling ruling

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), lead plaintiff of the national agriculture coalition fighting California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate, welcomes yesterday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb for the Eastern District of California. Judge Shubb decided in favor of the Coalition by granting summary judgment ... Read More »

Nearly half of all family farm operators, spouses report having a job off the farm in 2018

Nearly half of all family farm operators and their spouses reported having a job off the farm in 2018. The majority of households, regardless of farm size, report that they work off the farm because it is more lucrative than farm work, provides more reliable income, and may offer health and retirement benefits. Households had the option to report more ... Read More »