NAWG Weekly Updates, October 7th, 2021
Rod Snyder Appointed EPA Agriculture Advisor
Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (ERA) Administrator Michael Regan announced the appointment of Rod Snyder to serve as the Agriculture Advisor at the EPA. “We are pleased with the appointment of Rod to this critical role at EPA. I have worked with Rod for many years in DC and he has extensive experience on agricultural policy issues and is known for working collaboratively across diverse interest groups,” NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. NAWG has also previously worked with Snyder during his time with Field to Market. To read the full press release, click here.
NAWG CEO Discusses Agricultural Disaster Aid
The continuing resolution that passed last week included $10 billion in agricultural disaster assistance, a major component being the WHIP+ extension. NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, interviewed with the media this week where he discussed this extension and his appreciation for it. The program as a whole, specifically the extension of it, is beneficial to farmers across the nation. He also discussed the drought assistance threshold changes and what’s next in addressing these weather changes. You can listen to his interview with Red River Farm Network here, and WNAX Radio here.
NAWG Advocacy Campaign
NAWG’s advocacy campaign to protect family farms and farmers is still in action. So far, 150 participants have joined the campaign, meaning 76 congressional offices have been reached with over 470messages. As Congress keeps negotiating a path for the reconciliation bill, it is crucial to continue to make our voices heard. Now is a critical time for protecting tax law affecting farmers — click here to join us in our campaign and follow the instructions to send a message to your Member of Congress.
LAST DAY: Register for the Fall Conference!
Join us for our 2021 Wheat Industry Fall Conference in Kansas City, MO on November 8-10, 2021. We are excited to have an in-person event this year as we come together and strategize ways to continue improving policies and tactics that benefit wheat growers around the nation. Registration for the event closes TODAY and the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza hotel portal closes in one week on October 14. You will find everything you need to register and book your room on our Wheat Industry Fall Conference website page.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
US Trade Representative Tai Spoke on Trade Relationship with China
In a speech on Monday, Ambassador Tai laid out several steps toward re-aligning the US’s trade policies towards the People’s Republic of China (PRC). First, they will discuss China’s Phase 1 performance, including the purchase commitments made involving agriculture that we must enforce. Following that, they will start targeted tariff exclusion processes to ensure our economic interests are being served. Next, they will address concerns with China’s state-centered and non-market trade practices that weren’t discussed in Phase 1. Lastly, USTR will continue to work with our allies to achieve fair trade and healthy competition. To view more information, click here, and to rewatch the speech, click here.
USDA Announces Key Staff
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced 4 new staff positions. Linda Delgado was appointed Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary, Marni Karlin was appointed Senior Advisor for Organic and Emerging Markets, Marcia Moore was appointed to serve as Director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat, and Shawn Campbell was appointed Legislative Analyst in the Office of Congressional Relations. To read the full press release and get more information about these appointments, click here.
House Agriculture Committee Announces Key Staff
On Tuesday, Chairman Scott of the House Agriculture Committee announced several staff additions and promotions. Kelcy Schaunaman has been promoted to Associate Counsel and Legislative Assistant. Paul J. Babbitt III joined the committee to sever as Subcommittee Staff Director for the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee. Chu-Yuan Hwang has been promoted to serve as Deputy Chief Counsel. To read the full press release and learn more about these announcements, click here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
Several storm systems impacted various regions of the country this week as the transition to autumn continues. The Pacific Northwest had several rain events that brought needed moisture into the region. Areas of eastern Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado also had above-normal precipitation for the week. A slow-moving cold front brought with it a line of showers from the Dakotas into Texas. This slow-moving rain maker brought relief to many dry areas of the Plains. Dry conditions dominated the northern Rocky Mountains as well as the coastal regions of the East from the Mid-Atlantic into Florida. To view the full map and summary, click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
Crop Insurance Basics-Wheat Workshop
On October 20, NWF will be hosting a workshop for congressional staff on crop insurance basics-wheat. Our speakers will be farmers, crop insurance agency owners, and crop insurance/ag lenders. This workshop will discuss why wheat farmers need crop insurance, how they pay for it, and what kind of disasters crop insurance covers. This will just be a brief introduction and allow time for questions.
Gifts of Grain
Our Gifts of Grain fundraiser that will raise money for wheat education, research, and outreach is still active. Farmers can donate “gifts of grain” from unsold crop inventory. Any commodity traded such as wheat, corn, cattle is eligible for donation. The donor may deliver the grain to the elevator of their choice and ask to transfer ownership of the donated bushels to the National Wheat Foundation. Click here for additional details or contact NWF project manager, Anne Osborne at AOsborne@wheatworld.org to learn more about how you can participate in Gifts of Grain.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Ukraine Cuts 2021-22 Wheat Output Estimate, Exporting Pace Increasing
– S&P Global
U.S Extenders an “Olive Branch” to China on Trade