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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 »

Grower coalition files amicus brief to defend continued use of existing dicamba stocks

A coalition of national grower trade associations that represents farmers, ranchers and their families nationwide is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reject an NGO call to invalidate EPA’s dicamba existing stocks order for three dicamba products whose registrations were immediately vacated by the court earlier this month. The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean ... Read More »

Coronavirus an economic storm for ag

From Progressive Farmer The American Farm Bureau Federation on Wednesday sent a detailed list of recommendations to Congress to help farmers, stating that even though lawmakers had provided earlier aid, more is needed because of economic losses facing the industry. Read the entire blog post here. Read More »

WAWG submits comments to USDA on CFAP eligibility

Today, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking the agency to consider overall price volatility when determining eligibility for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Under current rules, a commodity is considered eligible for CFAP if the price of that commodity fell at least 5 percent when comparing two, ... Read More »

SECURE rule paves way for biotechnology innovation

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) Sonny Perdue announced last month a final rule updating and modernizing the USDA’s biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE) rule will bring USDA’s plant biotechnology regulations into the 21st century by removing duplicative and antiquated processes in order to facilitate ... Read More »

USDA sees record enrollment in farm safety-net programs

Producers signed a record 1.77 million contracts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2019 crop year, which is more than 107 percent of the total contracts signed compared with a 5-year average. USDA also reminds producers that June 30 is the deadline to enroll in ARC and PLC ... Read More »