NAWG Weekly Updates, April 28, 2022
NAWG Comments on White House’s Request of Supplemental Funding
Earlier today, the Biden-Harris Administration sent a supplemental funding request to Congress for additional assistance to Ukraine. This request includes $1.6 billion for food aid and humanitarian assistance along with $500 million to incentivize increased food crop production in the U.S. NAWG is committed to working with the Administration and Congress as these proposals are refined to increase food production to help mitigate global food disruptions resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We would like to see wheat production encouraged throughout the nation and incentivize both spring and winter wheat growers. It is important that we take a holistic approach to ensure that we have an adequate supply of food crops to meet the emerging humanitarian needs. To read NAWG’s full press release click here.
Wheat Industry Applauds USDA Food Aid Support
Yesterday, in a joint press release, NAWG and USW applauded the Biden Administration’s announcement stating that the USDA and USAID are providing $670 million in food assistance to countries in need. The funding will go towards purchasing domestic wheat along with other commodities as part of the food aid package to help feed people in countries experiencing food insecurity. This announcement will utilize $282 million from the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust (BEHT) and $388 million through the Commodity Credit Corporation. NAWG and USW will continue to work with USDA in food aid programs to provide relief to countries experiencing food insecurity, while advocating policies that benefit U.S. wheat farmers. Read NAWG’s press release here or USDA’s press release here.
NAWG Joins in Letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Army Corps
NAWG joined 49 other agricultural organizations in a letter to oppose a feasibility study of breaching the four Lower Snake River Dams. The preferred alternative to breaching this system is to increase spillage for juvenile fish passage. Given the “no jeopardy” comments issued by National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it is believed that a study of dam breaching is costly and unnecessary. In the letter, it states that the organizations wish to reject the American Rivers/Idaho Rivers United Proposal.
NAWG Signs Letters to the STB on Freight Service Challenges
Last week, NAWG signed letters sent by U.S. Wheat Associates, North American Millers Association, and the Agricultural Transportation Working Group (ATWG) to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) urging them to seek resolution on the current nationwide freight challenges. The letter asks for measures to be taken to prevent the service disruptions. Having competitive and reliable freight is imperative to U.S. producers to ensure their product is being delivered safely and efficiently. The letter urges the STB to adopt their proposals to encourage better freight rail services which include reciprocal switching rules and additional data reporting. For more information click here. To read ATWG’s letter click here.
Farm Bill Survey – 10 Days Left to Participate
NAWG wants to hear about what policies are most important to farmers and identify practical policy recommendations that would benefit the grower community. As we go into the final stretch, we encourage those who have not yet participated or shared the survey with your farmer friends. You can find the Farm Bill Survey here. To date we have gotten over 220 responses from across the country. The survey is 33 questions in length and takes folk, on average, 17 minutes to complete. Thank you to everyone who has already filled out the NAWG Farm Bill Survey and for providing your feedback as we continue to plan a successful Farm Bill reauthorization.
Michigan Farm Bill Field Hearing
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Boozman (R-AR) will hold a field hearing tomorrow to get input from a range of agricultural producers and stakeholders about the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill. The field hearing is taking place at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan on Friday, April 29, 2022. Both Senator Stabenow and Senator Boozman will the importance of a strong bipartisan farm bill to grow our economy and build a stronger food chain. This hearing will have two panels, with 16 individuals providing oral testimony. The live stream will start at 10:00 am eastern time and can be viewed online here.
White House State Briefings on Investments in Rural Infrastructure
Starting this Thursday, April 28, the White House began holding briefings in multiple states to hear from rural community leaders about the impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The intention of these hearings is to listen to rural communities on how to better implement infrastructure investment. This week the White House heard from West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Montana, and Arkansas. More invitations are to come next week. Click here to register for Oklahoma and here for Montana.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
High winds and blizzard conditions accompanied the snow, especially across the northern Plains. Farther south, drought conditions worsened across portions of the central and southern Plains and the Southwest, amid windy, dry conditions. At times, winds raised dust and contributed to the rapid spread of several wildfires, including the 6,159-acre McBride Fire, which destroyed well over 300 structures after being ignited on April 12 in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Meanwhile, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms swept across the Mississippi Delta and environs, producing widespread rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches or more and causing localized wind and hail damage. Significant rain fell in other areas, including parts of the Midwest and Northeast. During the last 24 hours of the drought-monitoring period, rain swept into the Atlantic Coast States, with some wet snow observed across the interior Northeast. Warm weather prevailed for much of the period in the South and East, while a harsh cold snap engulfed the northern Plains and Northwest. In fact, an extended spell of chilly weather broadly covered the western U.S., as well as the upper Midwest. To read the full drought summary click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
More Than Just a Contest
NWF project manager, Anne Osborne, sat down with The Tiller to talk about the National Wheat Yield Contest. Osborne highlighted the benefits that the Wheat Yield Contest has for farmers and why they should enter. The National Wheat Yield Contest helps to participate farmers learn ways to raise yields on their farms in a fun and competitive way. To read the full article 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. Read more about the contest here, or to enter, go online to yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org.
Tank Mixing Tips to Better Target Spring Wheat Weeds
As demand for wheat rises, the time for growers to push yields on every acre is now. FMC Technical Service Manager and Weed Scientist Ryan Hunt walks through proper tank management practices to optimize weed management in wheat fields. Additionally, growers can reduce their tank clean-out time by following three simple steps. Check out the three steps now.
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