NAWG Weekly Updates, April 14, 2022
Obstacles Facing Wheat Growers
Since the breakout of the Russian war on Ukraine, the wheat market has become more volatile. Although the markets make it seem like farmers will be making a large profit this year, that isn’t necessarily the case. On top of volatile markets, persistent drought, pests, and high input prices all hurt wheat producers. Most farmers won’t be able to profit from wheat prices until after the harvest, that’s if they have a crop. The Colorado Sun interviewed Colorado wheat grower, Brian Brooks, who discussed how these obstacles are impacting his farm. To read the full article, click here.
Debate Spurs over Breaching of the Snake River Dam
Debate continues over the possibility of breaching the Snake River Dam system. Agri-Pulse ran a story earlier this week where the Washington Association of Wheat Growers Executive Director, Michelle Hennings, highlighted the important role barging plays for wheat producers. Many farmers rely heavily on the dam system to transport their grain. The hydropower and grain movements on the river create substantial economic activity while there is significant evidence the dam is not causing salmon population declines. Both WAWG and NAWG have continually expressed the importance of keeping the dam system. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in 2020, over 2.5 million tons of wheat flowed through the Snake River Dam System. To read the full article, click here.
NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, Participates in Panel Discussion at Commodity Classic
While attending Commodity Classic, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule participated in a CEO panel discussion along with, John Doggett, National Corn Growers Association CEO, Steve Censky, American Soybean Association CEO, Tim Lust, National Sorghum Producers CEO, Curt Blades, Senior Vice President of Ag at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The panel discussed policy, supply chain, sustainability, infrastructure, biofuels, precision ag, the 2023 Farm Bill, and all other issues facing the agriculture industry. To listen to the discussion, click here.
NAWG Continues Farm Bill Survey
NAWG wants to hear about what policies are most important to farmers and identify practical recommendations that would benefit the grower community. NAWG relies on grower input to be effective advocates before Congress and across the Administration. There are currently 172 people who have filled out the Farm Bill Survey. The survey is 33 questions in length and provides opportunities to comment on a broad array of farm programs. The survey can be found on the NAWG website here. The Farm Bill Survey asks farmers to describe their experiences on a wide variety of programs set to expire or lapse with the 2018 Farm Bill on September 30, 2023.
EPA Announces New Conservation Workplan
On April 12, the EPA released its first-ever comprehensive work plan to create a path to assist in meeting its goals of protecting endangered species from pesticides. EPA has plans to meet its ESA obligations, improve approaches to protecting high-risk species, improve the efficiency of the consultation process for pesticides, and engage with others to better understand pest control practices. These strategies and actions will improve protection and still provide farmers, public health authorities, and others access to pesticides. For more information, click here.
Surface Transportation Board Hearing
On April 26 and April 27, the Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing on recent rail service problems and recovery efforts involving Class I carriers. The hearing will begin each day at 9:30 am EST in the Hearing Room of the Board’s headquarters in Washington D.C., the hearing will be open for public observation. There will be a live stream available on the Board’s website. If you wish to speak, you should file a notice of intent to participate by April 14, 2022. Any written testimony, if chosen to do so, should be submitted by April 22, 2022. For more information, click here.
Available Tax Resources
USDA is parenting with tax experts to help with the challenging task of filing taxes. For more information and resources related to taxes and USDA program payments, click here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
April began with heavy rains in parts of the Midwest, South, and Southeast leading to large areas of drought improvement in these regions. Meanwhile, drought expanded and intensified in the West with many locations setting records for the driest prior 3-month period (January to March). The High Plains remained largely unchanged this week with small pockets of improvements and degradation. To read the full drought summary click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
FarmLogs Supports National Wheat Foundation
Welcome to our new Wheat Yield Contest sponsor FarmLogs! FarmLogs is a business management software that helps farmers run more efficient operations. FarmLogs is donating subscriptions for the wheat yield contest. For more information, click here.
National Wheat Yield Contest Opens for 2022 Contest Entries
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest! The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. Winter Wheat entries are due May 16, and Spring Wheat entries are due August 1. There is a discount for early entries; by April 15 (winter wheat) or June 15 (spring wheat). Early entries are encouraged as they help our sponsors who pay for the entries with vouchers and our contest administrators. Read more about the contest here, or to enter, go online to yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org.
Syngenta, a Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) member, announces the release of the Sustainable Outcomes in Agriculture (SOA) standard enabled through its Cropwise™ Sustainability app, a one-of-its-kind tool that places farm sustainability insights into the hands of growers. The platform, available for free download for U.S. farmers in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, empowers farmers and the broader agriculture value chain to demonstrate sustainability and identify opportunities for continuous improvement, ensuring alignment with the objectives of the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA). For more information, click here.
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