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Wheat industry welcomes final Congressional passage of the Grain Standards Reauthorization Act

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the House of Representatives passed the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act (GSA) of 2020, S. 4054. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds both the House and Senate for their bipartisan work to move the bill forward and reauthorize the GSA through September 30, 2025. NAWG ... Read More »

Sharing our generous bounty: From US farms to foreign tables

From Farm Policy Facts During this season of gratitude, we are giving thanks to America’s farmers and ranchers. Not only do America’s strong federal farm policies ensure that we all have reliable access to affordable food, they also share our generous bounty with our neighbors. Nicole Berg, a fourth-generation farmer from Washington State and Vice President of the National Association ... Read More »

America’s forgotten marine highway network that could green global freight transport

From Forbes U.S. freight transport is forecast to grow by 40% over the next two decades. The rapid growth of e-commerce, accelerated by more first time users during the coronavirus pandemic, could push this demand even further. Yet, 70% of all cargo in the U.S. is transported via road. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Newhouse elected chair of Western Caucus

Yesterday, the executive committee of the Congressional Western Caucus voted unanimously to elect Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) as chairman of the Western Caucus for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 members of Congress from 35 different states and territories who advocate for rural, western and resource-based communities. ... Read More »

USDA announces sign-ups for 2021 CRP general, grasslands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the sign-up periods for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the CRP Grasslands in 2021. Sign-up for general CRP will be open from Jan. 4, 2021, to Feb. 12, 2021, and sign-up for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021, to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental ... Read More »

Key departures signal agriculture shakeup for Capitol Hill

From the Capital Press The reelection defeat of U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson in Minnesota and some key retirements mean a shakeup is coming for the industry on Capitol Hill, with power likely to shift from the Midwest to the South and the coasts. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NWF Announces National Winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. “This year the Foundation is awarding four Bin Buster winners, one from each of the ... Read More »

2020 NAWG Fall Conference Recap

From NAWG 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 ... Read More »

National Wheat Foundation begins accepting applications for ag scholarship

The National Wheat Foundation has officially begun accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, honoring students pursuing a career in agriculture. The scholarship is available to college students for the 2021-2022 academic year with an application deadline of Dec. 31, 2020. “The scholarship is meant to recognize those students who have shown a passion for agriculture both inside and outside ... Read More »

USW submits comments on trade barriers to USTR

By Shelbi Knisley Director of Trade Policy, U.S. Wheat Associates Last week, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) submitted comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for the annual National Trade Estimates (NTE) report. The NTE report allows U.S. industry organizations to highlight and comment on trade barriers impacting their trade opportunities to the U.S. government. USW highlighted several key ... Read More »