Federal

State agriculture directors ask EPA to defend ‘herbicide strategy’

From the Capital Press The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has called on the Environmental Protection Agency to answer critics before forging ahead with new herbicide regulations. States were not involved in drafting the EPA’s “herbicide strategy, but would be responsible for carrying it out. The strategy is “unreasonably complex” and enforcing it is “inconceivable,” according to the ... Read More »

Wheat groups welcome new funding for food assistance, market development

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are pleased that U.S. wheat growers now have the opportunity to increase global food assistance and expand export market access under new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding programs announced Oct. 24, 2023. USW and NAWG thank Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for releasing the new funds that ... Read More »

National Wheat Yield Contest 2023 Winners

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Wheat Yield Contest is thrilled to announce the achievements of its 24 national winners, hailing from 12 different states, who have achieved an average yield of 144 bushels per acre across all categories. Additionally, we proudly recognize the 83 state winners representing 28 states, with their remarkable yields averaging 127 bushels ... Read More »

Farm bill timeline may depend on ‘dairy cliff’

From the Capital Press Since the 2018 Farm Bill expired, many farmers and others are wondering when the new legislation will be written, and that’s impossible to answer at this point. But a new farm bill will be written because of  what is called the “dairy cliff,” according to those familiar with the farm bill process. Read the rest of ... Read More »

USDA may use CCC funds to boost ag exports

According to several news outlets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to use $1.4 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funds to boost ag exports through a new program, the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program. The news comes after U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), ranking ... Read More »

Wheat Industry Applauds Senate’s American Farmers Feed the World Act of 2023 

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) thank Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and Sen. Pete Rickets (R-Neb.) for the introduction of the American Farmers Feed the World Act of 2023 in the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan legislation would restore the original intent of the Food for Peace ... Read More »

Beginning farmers, ranchers needed for USDA advisory committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a call for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, which advises the Secretary of Agriculture to enhance USDA’s goals for new farming and ranching operations. Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for themselves or other qualified experts by Oct. 10, 2023. Nomination packages should include ... Read More »

NAWG ex-president: ‘Best-case scenario’ is new farm bill by end of 2023

From the Capital Press The best-case scenario is that markup of a new farm bill could come by the end of October, said Washington wheat farmer Nicole Berg, past president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Or, she said, work on the keystone agricultural legislation could spill into next year. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Tight global wheat story is stuck on repeat, supporting market bears

From Reuters Chicago wheat futures this week hit their lowest levels in almost three years, yet relative to demand, exportable global wheat supplies are expected to approach historic minimums by mid-2024. In theory, that news should limit further slippage in world wheat prices, but there is one problem: this is a recurring story that has yet to become reality. Read ... Read More »

Deadline reminder for ARC/PLC changes

The Farm Service Agency is reminding producers and landlords that all changes to farming operations for FY 2023 that result in succession of interest in ARC/PLC contracts must be made by Sept. 29, 2023. Changes that can result in succession of interest contracts include things such as a sale of land, changes to an operator or producer on the contract, ... Read More »