NAWG Weekly Updates, August 13, 2020


NAWG President Participates in Michigan Ag Talks Event
On August 13, 2020, Farmers for Free Trade held a virtual town hall in Michigan as part of its AgTalks series. The event aimed at providing a new forum for farmers and policy leaders to discuss solutions to challenges on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness. Terry Henne, farm broadcaster at WSGW Radio in Saginaw and contributing reporter for Michigan Ag Today, and Jody E. Pollok-Newsom, the executive director for Michigan Wheat Program, facilitated the event. NAWG President and Cass City, MI farmer Dave Milligan participated as a panelist. Highlights from the event can be found by following @FarmersForTrade and #MichiganAgTalks.

NAWG Provides Federal Update to KS Wheat Board
On August 12, 2020, NAWG Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager provided an update to the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers Board of Directors. Tonsager discussed NAWG’s current activities around COVID-19, its recent advocacy work on the hill, and congressional priorities for the upcoming months.

NBC News: Small Farmers Left Behind in Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Relief Package
NBC News did an analysis of the first nearly 700,000 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments totaling $5.6 billion. The news outlet found that “while greatly appreciated by many farmers, CFAP has been marked by structural challenges. The preliminary data suggest that it has favored large, industrialized farms over smaller, diversified ones, provided loopholes for corporate farms and sent sizable payments to foreign-owned operations. Ultimately, many struggling farmers remain ineligible for assistance, unable to get access to any of Congress’ funds.” Read the entire piece here.

NAWG contributed to the article by providing interviews from NAWG President Dave Milligan and CEO Chandler Goule.


USDA Releases August WASDE Report
On August 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its August Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. “The outlook for 2020/21 U.S. wheat this month is for increased production offset by lower imports, higher exports, and lower ending stocks. U.S. wheat production is raised 14 million bushels to 1,838 million as increased Hard Red Spring (HRS) and Durum production more than offsets lower winter wheat production as indicated by the NASS August 12 Crop Production report.”

Jane DeMarchi to Join NAMA as President in September
On August 7, 2020, the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) announced that Jane DeMarchi will return to the association as its president on September 1, 2020. Jane began her career in agriculture and food policy in Washington, DC at NAMA. Jane has previously been on the NAWG staff, where she worked on wheat research issues and biotechnology.

New USDA Survey to Measure Areas for Improvement
On August 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers, and private forestland owners to help USDA understand what is working well and where improvements are needed. This survey is part of the President’s Management Agenda.

Farm Journal Field Days: August 25th-27th
Farm Journal’s Trust In Food has convened experts from across the food supply chain for four unique conversations at Farm Journal Field Days – the largest virtual trade show for tens of thousands of U.S. farmers and agriculture professionals – on the forces shaping the future of food and agriculture. Join us to discover how these forces can drive more resilient food production and rebuild consumer trust in the food system. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a deep dive on issues critical to a sustainable food future. Register now for this FREE event for dialogue on subjects including:

ASA is Now Accepting Applications for the Conservation Legacy Awards
Share the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation and you could be recognized with a Conservation Legacy Award. The awards recognize farm management practices of U.S. soybean farmers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. More information on the award and how to submit your application is available in the “About” section under “Awards” on the ASA website. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2020.


USFRA Wins NAMA Awards
U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action received Best in Show and Grand Campion at the 2020 National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA) for its “30 Harvests” film and campaign. The short film highlights the urgency needed in the fight against climate change. The docudrama follows the story of farmer Jay Hill of Dell City, Texas, and farmer and soil scientist Meagan Kaiser of Bowling Green, Missouri as they articulate the challenges farmers face while embracing the opportunity to meet the increasing demands for food. Watch the film here.

NAFB Photo Contest – Deadline Sept. 30th
The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is accepting entries for its 2021 NAFB Membership Directory cover photo contest. The winning entry will receive $100. Entries will be accepted from June 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2020. To review contest information or to enter your photo(s), please click here.

2021 Commodity Classic Covid-19 Response
We are on track to host the Silver Celebration of Commodity Classic, March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. Please rest assured that we will continue to monitor state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at Commodity Classic. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. If you haven’t already, sign up for email updates by clicking HERE.


NWF Blog: NAWG’s Summer Intern Shares Her Experience
Molly Luhrs, a senior Agricultural Economics major at Texas A&M University, recently finished her summer internship with NAWG. In our latest blog, Molly writes about her experience and some of the new skills she acquired during her time with the Association:


Gluten in wheat: What has changed during 120 years of breeding?, August 11, 2020

UN Sends Lebanon 50,000 Tons of Wheat to Avert Food Crisis

Bloomberg, August 11, 2020

How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trump’s Fate

The New Yorker, August 10, 2020


This past week NAWG CEO Chandler Goule spoke with the American Ag Network’s Mike Adams on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.


This past week NAWG Treasurer Brent Cheyne spoke with’s Ken Rahjes on his operations, NAWG’s recent advocacy activities, and August recess.


Looking at the past seven days, this NAWG tweet had the most impressions and engagements.