Federal

Washington’s Randy Suess appointed to federal trade committee

Randy Suess, a retired wheat grower from Whitman County, has been appointed to serve on the federal Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. Randy currently serves as president of Whitman County Wheat Growers and is the representative to WAWG’s board of directors. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) is comprised of senior representatives from ... Read More »

EPA, WSDA approve new wireworm seed treatment

Last week, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) received word that their support for a new wireworm seed treatment had been successful. Teraxxa, manufactured by BASF, was approved in mid-January by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in 2021, just in time for spring seeding. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) approved ... Read More »

Commentary: Keep momentum going on trade for wheat farmers

By Chandler Goule National Association of Wheat Growers With the United States bringing in a new administration, one of a different political party, some changes in trade policy and strategy could be expected. As the Biden administration takes shape, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) encourages it to build upon the trade successes of the Trump administration. Read the ... Read More »

2021 National Wheat Yield Contest accepting enrollment

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is accepting entries for winter and spring wheat. The deadline for winter wheat entries is May 15 with an ... Read More »

RMA extends crop insurance flexibilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced it is extending crop insurance flexibilities for producers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, relief provided for electronic notifications and signatures is extended through July 15, while organic certification, replant self-certification and assignment of indemnity are extended through June 30. “We recognize that American agriculture continues to face challenges due ... Read More »

NAWG applauds USDA for finalizing Quality Loss Adjustment in WHIP+

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that it has finalized quality loss coverage in its Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in response: “NAWG welcomes today’s ... Read More »

NAWG welcomes FY2021 omnibus, COVID-19 relief package

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On Dec. 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, sending it to the president’s desk for his signature. The legislation includes all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, $900 billion in coronavirus relief and authorizations. National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) ... Read More »

Focus on long-term value keeps overseas wheat demand strong amid trade storms

Commentary by Vince Peterson From the Capital Press As a new year begins, we want to share the good news that U.S. wheat exports to Asian markets are increasing, and the outlook for those markets remains positive, notwithstanding the unique trade dynamics over the past several years. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

NAWG shares priorities with Biden-Harris transition team

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) issued a letter to the Biden-Harris transition team which introduces NAWG, outlines pending policy issues needing immediate attention for the upcoming administration and provides a primer on the wheat industry. NAWG president and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in ... Read More »