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Wheat Organizations Welcome End to U.S.-EU Aircraft Trade Dispute

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) congratulate the Biden Administration and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai for resolving the long-running World Trade Organization dispute over aircraft subsidies and suspending retaliatory tariffs that were a barrier to U.S. wheat exports to the European Union. Under the dispute, the EU placed retaliatory tariffs on non-durum U.S. ... Read More »

Biden administration to rewrite WOTUS rule

From the Capital Press The Biden administration announced Wednesday it will redefine “waters of the United States,” claiming the Trump administration’s rule left streams unprotected, particularly in the arid Southwest. The Environmental Protection Agency said it won’t return to the 2015 Obama administration’s WOTUS definition, but will revert to the pre-Obama rule and then write a new one. Read the ... Read More »

Grain market is teetering on the top of a cliff, analyst says

From agriculture.com The grain market is wavering – like it’s teetering on the top of a cliff. Of course, we don’t know which side it will fall on (up or down), but it’s certainly going one way or the other. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Questions to ask before jumping into the carbon market

From agweb.com Corn was $3.20 per bushel when Kyle Mehmen signed his first carbon contract 18 months ago. Today, corn prices are above breakeven, which buoys his spirits. Even so, Mehmen, general manager of MBS Family Farms, based in northeast Iowa, is still bullish on carbon and has crop acres enrolled in four different programs. “Carbon markets pay for practices ... Read More »

USDA says farmers who planted cover crops eligible for premium

From agweb.com Farmers who insured their crops this year and made the decision to plant cover crops will now be eligible for a financial bonus from USDA. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced the Pandemic Cover Crop Program, which allows farmers who planted cover crops to be eligible for a crop insurance premium. The assistance is $5 dollars an acre crop insurance premium discount for certain producers. ... Read More »

House ag chair: Shield farmers from high taxes for Biden projects

From agriculture.com The Biden administration could “impose a significant financial burden” on farm families with its proposal for stricter application of capital gains taxes, said House Agriculture chairman David Scott on Wednesday. Scott also said any increase in estate taxes “for those taking over farmland is untenable.” Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Advocates: Agriculture needs $200 billion increase for climate mitigation

From Successful Farming Congress should provide $200 billion in new funding over a decade to reach the goal of “negative emission farming,” said 450 conservation, consumer, farm, and environmental groups in a letter on Tuesday. The increase would be the equivalent of all the funding in the 2018 Farm Bill for crop subsidies, land stewardship, crop insurance, research and rural ... Read More »

Carbon regulation, carbon markets taking up air at all levels of government

Carbon, in the context of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, is being talked about at all levels of government. In Washington state, the legislature has been focused this session on carbon regulation bills—a low carbon fuel standard and a cap-and-trade program. At the federal level, carbon markets are becoming increasingly front and center. In May’s issue, Wheat Life sat down ... Read More »

USDA Releases 90-Day Progress Report on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just published the 90-Day Progress Report on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry. The report represents an important step toward in President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and shift towards a whole-of-department approach to climate solutions. The Order, signed January 27, states that, “America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners ... Read More »

NAWG CEO Promotes Jake Westlin

This week, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO, Chandler Goule, promoted Jake Westlin to senior director of policy and communications. Jake joined NAWG in October 2019 and has been a key part of NAWG’s policy team and has managed a host of projects during his tenure. Through Jake’s six years working with Capitol Hill and his work on two ... Read More »