PNW wheat grower associations react to RMA decision on falling numbers reporting

Earlier this week, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) submitted a letter to the Risk Management Agency (RMA) asking them to waive the reporting rules that require elevators to report falling number discounts. Those discounts are then applied to a producer’s actual production history, even when no claim is filed. In addition to WAWG, that letter was signed by the Idaho Grain Producers ... Read More »

Older farm operators often responsible for running family farms

A notable characteristic of principal farm operators—the person most responsible for running the farm—is their relatively advanced age. In 2014, 33 percent of principal farm operators were at least 65 years old. This is nearly three times the U.S. average (12 percent) for older self-employed workers in nonagricultural businesses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most older principal ... Read More »

EPA weighs in on glyphosate, says it likely doesn’t cause cancer

From NPR No chemical used by farmers, it seems, gets more attention than glyphosate, also known by its trade name, Roundup. That’s mainly because it is a cornerstone of the shift to genetically modified crops, many of which have been modified to tolerate glyphosate. This, in turn, persuaded farmers to rely on this chemical for easy control of their weeds. ... Read More »

NAWG CEO discusses wheat’s priorities with Congressional ag leadership

This week, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO Chandler Goule met with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to discuss the difficult economic conditions in wheat country and NAWG’s policy priorities. NAWG Vice President David Schemm was in town for part of the ... Read More »

Lawmakers, farm groups express concern about Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto

From Agri-Pulse Bayer’s plan to take over Monsanto is triggering some alarm bells within some of the nation’s largest farm organizations, and lawmakers are taking note, too. The $66 billion deal (including debt) that was announced by Bayer and Monsanto Wednesday morning could potentially create the world’s largest crop protection and seed company – if regulators approve.  Read the rest of the ... Read More »

Younger farm operators less likely to own all of the land they farm

Farms can be classified as full-owner, part-owner or full-tenant operations based on whether the farmer owns all, some or none of the land in the operation. In 2014, 60 percent of farmland acres in the U.S. were found in part-owner operations, 32 percent in full-owner operations and 8 percent in full-tenant operations. Acreage in full-tenant operations make up a much higher ... Read More »

Bill to improve access to conservation programs introduced

From the National Association of Wheat Growers This week, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced the Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act which is a bipartisan effort to improve farmer access to the voluntary farm conservation programs run through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NRCS works with farmers to improve ... Read More »

NRCS releases updated CSP enhancement

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is undertaking a refresh of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new fiscal year 2017 enrollments and recently posted new and revised enhancements and program information on its website. NAWG’s Environment and Renewable Resources Committee and staff have been working with NRCS, participating in listening sessions and briefings throughout ... Read More »

Decade lows in wheat prices support need for effective farm bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Record yields across the U.S. and favorable conditions around the world this harvest season have brought the lowest price of wheat in nearly a decade, with wheat futures down, causing a dilemma for elevator operators as an oversupply of wheat has caused overcapacity in some areas. Affecting everyone from farmers to agriculture suppliers, ... Read More »

Northwest hydropower study due in five years

From the Capital Press Federal authorities have five years to study changes to the operation of 14 Northwest hydropower facilities aimed at mitigating harms to threatened and endangered fish. Environmental groups had called for a shorter deadline but they’re optimistic the process will compel federal agencies to come up with more aggressive operational changes. Irrigators who depend on electricity from ... Read More »