NAWG Weekly Updates: August 03, 2017

US Wheat Industry Outlines Trade Violations and Abuses
This week NAWG and USW submitted joint comments on trade agreements violations and abuses to USTR, per the April Executive Order, that have impacted US wheat growers. In general violations and abuses to wheat are due to domestic subsidies that exceed WTO commitment levels, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regulatory standards, plant health regulations, residue and contaminant requirements. Regulations limiting the import of commodities derived through biotechnology is also of concern to US wheat growers. To read specific examples of violations and abuses against US wheat products, read our comments here.

The US Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, that NAWG is a member of, also submitted comments, you can find here.

U.S. Food and Ag Dialogue Letter in Support of Steve Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
The U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade (Dialogue) is an inclusive, broad-based forum made up of over 200 organizations representing the entire food and agriculture value chain. The Dialogue works to promote industry collaboration and engagement in constructive and proactive efforts to support the expansion of the U.S. food and agricultural trade around the globe. In a recent letter to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Food and Agriculture for Trade wrote in support of the President’s nomination of Stephen Censky to be Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read the letter here.

House Ag Committee Holds Farm Bill Listening Sessions During August
During the month of August, the House Committee on Agriculture will be holding a series of Farm Bill listening sessions. The listening session schedule is August 03, 2017 in Morgan, MN; August 05, 2017 in Modesto, CA; and August 30, 2017 in Decatur, IL.

NAWG urges readers to attend the House Committee on Agriculture’s listening sessions and townhall meetings and speak to lawmakers on the bad economic conditions farmers are facing and how the Farm Bill provides several critical programs to help them through these tough times. This is why it is important to remind lawmakers that timely completion of the Farm Bill reauthorization process will be even more important this cycle than it was during the last reauthorization cycle.

Secretary Perdue’s “Back to Our Roots” RV Tour
Announced on Monday, August 1st, Secretary Perdue will be embarking on a five-state RV tour from August 3 – 8. During his route through Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, Perdue will be meeting with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, Members of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture employees, and others. The intention of the trip is to gather input on the 2018 Farm Bill and how to increase rural prosperity.  Find the schedule of the tour here.

CFTC Confirmations Approved by Full Senate
On Thursday, August 3rd the senate voted to approve the confirmation of J. Christopher Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Rostin Behnam and Brian D. Quintenz to serve as Commissioners of the CFTC. The voted was unanimously approved.