NAWG Weekly Updates, April 30, 2020

NAWG Sends Letter to USDA re COVID-19 Assistance Program
On April 23, 2020, NAWG sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the Agency to incorporate price volatility when finalizing details around its recently released Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). NAWG believes that using the January to April timeframe won’t fully capture the market conditions during which wheat farmers were marketing their crop. In its letter, NAWG provides market date to support the fact that “wheat producers experienced substantial price losses during the designated timeframe and should be eligible for assistance under CFAP.

Michigan Wheat Issues Official Release Announcing Dave Milligan as New President of NAWG
On April 29, 2020, Michigan Wheat officially announced that Cass City wheat grower Dave Milligan has been nominated for the role of president for the National Association of Wheat Growers. This is a first for the state of Michigan. The release in its entirety can be found here.

Peterson, Conaway Mark 200th Anniversary of House Agriculture Committee
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway of Texas issued a statement commemorating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the House Committee on Agriculture. On April 29, 1820, Congressman Lewis Williams of North Carolina introduced a resolution to the House to create a committee to oversee the nation’s agricultural sector. The full House later approved the resolution, formally establishing the Committee on May 3, 1820. The Committee invites the public to join them Committee on May 3, 2020 to commemorate this special occasion through social media by tagging the Committee on Twitter and Instagram @HouseAgDems.

Upcoming Stat Chat with Chief of the Crops Branch Lance Honig
Data users are invited to join NASS’ Lance Honig live on Twitter @usda_nass, May 12 at 1 p.m. ET, to discuss the crop production and winter wheat forecast.

A reminder that NASS is evaluating each report as conditions evolve, and will publicly announce any changes to the publication schedule as quickly as possible via news release, nass.usda.gov, and Twitter @usda_nass.

Farm Foundation Seeks Nominations For Young Farmers Accelerator Program
Farm Foundation is now accepting nominations for its Young Farmer Accelerator Program, aimed at helping young farmers grow their knowledge, experience and network. The program will engage young farmers in a year-long series of interactive learning and networking experiences, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of a wide variety of agriculture, agribusiness and government issues.

For more information, visit Farm Foundation’s Young Farmer Accelerator Program web page. The deadline for nominations May 15, 2020. Questions can also be directed at Martha King at martha@farmfoundation.org or (314) 591-8433.

Preparing for the 2022 Census of Agriculture
There’s still time to respond! USDA NASS’ National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) was recently mailed to potential producers in preparation for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. NASS needs to hear from everyone who received the form to ensure that all ag activity in the United States is counted in the upcoming agriculture census. Recipients are asked to respond securely online at agcounts.usda.gov. Not sure the survey applies to you? Please complete and submit the first four questions. Didn’t receive the 2017 Census or the NACS and believe you should have? Sign up to be counted at www.nass.usda.gov. All information reported is kept confidential: www.nass.usda.gov/confidentiality. For more information, visit www.nass.usda.gov/go/nacs.

CFI Free Webinar: COVID-19 and Sustainability
On May 14th at 11:00amEST, the Center for Food Integrity will be hosting a free webinar titled Shifting Priorities: COVID-19 and the New Face of Sustainability. Hosted by CFI CEO Charlie Arnot, the webcast features founding members of the new CFI Consumer Trust Insights Council: Kevin Ryan, founder of Malachite Strategy and Research, and Ujwal Arkalgud, an award-winning cultural anthropologist and co-founder of MotivBase – an ethnography research company that performs big data ethnography research. For more details and to register, visit here.

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest – May 15th Winter Wheat Deadline
On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 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 15th. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st, with an early registration deadline of June 15th.