NAWG Weekly Updates, August 5, 2021

NAWG NEWS

NAWG CEO Reflects on Wheat Quality Trip

NAWG CEO Chandler Goule interviewed with Brownfield Ag News on Monday to provide a firsthand account of the severe drought, where the group would split up and visit about 110 farms a day in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Goule expressed that while growers expect low yields, they believe the wheat will still be of decent quality. To listen to the full interview, click here.

NAWG Signs Letter Calling for Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices in Infrastructure Legislation

NAWG joined other leading agricultural organizations in signing a letter to House Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and Minority Leader McConnell that called for funding for climate-smart agricultural practices to be included in infrastructure legislation that is being developed. In the letter, support for working lands conservation programs including financial and technical assistance was emphasized for farmers and ranchers. Other key points stated included the need for rural broadband investment, a desire for a voluntary basis program that provides assistance to producers, and a concern for the impact of any tax policies that could adversely impact multi-generational farms.

GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS

Wheat Exports to China Increases

Wheat exports benefitted from the commitments from Chinese buyers the week of July 16-22. China purchased 128,900 metric tons of wheat for the 2021-2022 marketing year during the week, which helped push the weekly total sales to all destinations to 515,200 tons. Click here to read more about China’s boost of wheat exports.

EPA Announces Next Steps with WOTUS

At the end of last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army announced plans to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in an effort to ensure clean and safe water for all. The EPA committed to developing a definition that is both economically and environmentally safe. In addition, the EPA announced opportunities in August for stakeholders and the public to provide recommendations as they revise the definition. To read more about EPA’s announcement, click here. NAWG will be working through the Environment and Research Committee to develop comments on any proposed changes to the current Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

Appropriations Bills Advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced its version of the FY22 Agriculture Appropriations bill (S. 2599). The $25.855 billion would provide funding for USDA farms, conservation, research, and rural development programs. In particular, the bill provides $7 billion in disaster assistance for producers who have suffered losses from extreme weather, including $6.3 billion through WHIP+ in 2020 and 2021. Additionally, the bill includes $3.6 billion for ag research and includes NAWG’s funding requests for the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative and plant genetics research. To view more details about the bill, click here. Separately, Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (S. 2605) was advanced by the full committee and includes funding for the Corps’ Civil Works Mission is $8.96 billion, an increase of $1.165 billion above the FY21 enacted level. The bill makes full use of estimated annual revenues from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) to advance American competitiveness and export capabilities. For more details on this bill, click here.

Secretary Vilsack Visits Oregon

Earlier this week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Oregon to tour farms and discuss the federal government’s response to Western drought and wildfires. The visit came after an announcement that Klamath Basin in Oregon will receive $15 million in funding for disaster relief. Vilsack has called for Western lawmakers to create a united effort to combat the wildfires that have spread across several states. To read more about Vilsack’s visit, click here.

Infrastructure Bill Continues to Make Progress

The full text of the $550 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill was released earlier this week. The package includes major funding for roads, bridges, the electrical grid, railroads, broadband, clean water projects, resiliency, transit, airports, and more. In regards to the next steps for the bill, House Speaker Pelosi has stated that the House will not consider the bill until the Senate has worked on budget reconciliation. To read more about the next steps for the bill, click here.

U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update

Abundant monsoonal precipitation again spread from the Southwest as far as eastern Nevada, southern Idaho, southern and western Wyoming, and western Colorado. Totals exceeding an inch were common, and 2 to 4 inches doused some of the higher elevations, especially across the central Rockies and Intermountain West. Most other areas of dryness and drought recorded at least light precipitation, but totals were not enough to significantly improve dryness and drought from the Plains eastward. Conditions deteriorated in several areas where there was little or no rainfall, specifically the northern Plains from eastern Montana through western Minnesota, from central Kansas and adjacent Colorado northward into Nebraska, across northeastern Arkansas, over the central Virginias, and in the climatologically dry areas of the Far West. To view the U.S. map and regional reports, visit the website here.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

NWF Research Project Aims to Prove Management Can Lead to High Yield and Quality

In cooperation with Kansas State University, Winfield United, and the Northern Crops Institute, the National Wheat Foundation is excited to research how proper management can result in both high yield and high quality in hard red winter wheat. The research, sponsored by U.S. Wheat Associates, will be conducted over the next three years with key partners and several segments of the wheat industry. To read more about the research, click here.

Gifts of Grain

Gifts of Grain is a fundraiser launched by the Foundation in hopes to raise money to continue wheat education and research. Farmers can donate “gifts of grain” from unsold crop inventory. Any commodity traded such as wheat, corn, cattle is eligible for donation. The donor may deliver the grain to the elevator of their choice and ask to transfer ownership of the donated bushels to the National Wheat Foundation. Click here for additional details or contact NWF project manager, Anne Osborne at AOsborne@wheatworld.org to learn more about how you can participate in Gifts of Grain.

National Wheat Foundation Welcomes New Sponsor

The National Wheat Foundation would like to welcome our newest sponsor for the Wheat Yield Contest. GrainSense and Elevate AG are Grade 3 sponsors through their donation of a handheld GrainSense Device and yearly service fees. One of our 24 2021 yield contest winners will also be lucky enough to win a drawing for this device at the Winners Reception in New Orleans on March 9, 2021. Thank you GrainSense and Elevate AG. GrainSense – Grainsense

Thank you to all our Sponsors. The National Wheat Yield Contest would not be possible without you: WestBred, BASF, John Deere, Ardent Mills, AgriMaxx, Grain Craft, Miller Milling, Nutrien, Croplan, MI Wheat, Ohio Corn & Wheat.

INDUSTRY PARTNER PROGRAM NEWS

National Association of Wheat Growers Industry partner FMC announced a goal to have net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. The company has partnered with CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to define and promote the best practices in emission reduction. FMC is committed to science-based targets that were created through the Science Base Targets initiative (STBi) and plans to accomplish the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions. To read more about FMC’s goal and plans, click here.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Opinion: American Families Plan “Transfer Tax” Proposal is the Real Threat to Agriculture

– Agri-Pulse, August 3, 2021

Unspoken Truths about Pests: Grasshoppers

– AgWeb, August 4, 2021

Millers, Baker Fret as Drought Wither North America’s Spring Wheat

– Feed and Grain, August 5, 2021

With August recess approaching, NAWG will temporarily suspend the Weekly Updates and resume in September.