NAWG Weekly Updates, April 25, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: ITC Report Underscores Importance of NAFTA and Passing USMCA for US Agriculture
On April 18, 2019, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report on the economic benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA). NAWG President and Lavon, Texas farmer Ben Scholz issued a statement in response arguing that the ITC report “doesn’t fully capture the importance of USMCA.” Read NAWG’s release in its entirety here.

Blog: 2019 Earth Day!
On Monday, April 22, 2019, we officially celebrated the 49th Earth Day! In its recent blog, NAWG highlights how wheat growers incorporate conversation and sustainability practices into their operations. Read the blog here:

Blog: 2017 Census of Agriculture: Highlights for Wheat
On April 11, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released results from its 2017 Census of Agriculture. The full Census report includes millions of data points, including number of farms, land in farms, total value of production, demographics, and more at the national, state, and county levels. NAWG’s intern Megan Myers drafted a blog highlighting wheat-specific data from the 2017 Census results. Read it here.

Farmers for Free Trade Continues Whistle Stop Tour, Next Stop North Dakota
Farmers for Free Trade (FFT) is in the second week of its 3,500 mile Motorcade for Trade tour in support of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. On Friday, April 26, 2019 FFT will be holding a roundtable at Appert Farms (755 Highway 34, Hazelton, North Dakota 58544). Farmers for Free Trade will conclude in Billings, MT at a farm event hosted by Michelle Erickson-Jones.

USDA Moves to New Notifications Platform
As of May 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be moving its email subscription service to a different platform. To continue receiving notifications such as press releases, blogs, and trade announcements you must re-enroll on their new site here.

NWF Accepting Entries for 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is currently accepting grower enrollment for the 2019 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 currently accepting entries for Winter and Spring Wheat. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st with an early registration deadline of June 15th.