NAWG Weekly Updates, December 16, 2021
With the holidays beginning next Thursday, NAWG will not be sending out weekly updates until the New Year.
Register for the 2022 Wheat Industry Winter Conference
Join us for our 2022 Wheat Industry Winter Conference in Washington D.C. January 11 – 14, 2022. Registration for the event and the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel portal closes December 20. You will find everything you need to register and book your room on our Wheat Industry Winter Conference website page.
18 Senators Ask Biden Admin to Take India to the WTO on Wheat and Rice Subsidies
Today, 18 U.S. Senators sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai requesting the administration pursue a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against India’s domestic support for rice and wheat production. The United States has previously highlighted India’s non-compliance through counter-notifications at the WTO Committee on Agriculture. “Wheat and rice farmers rely on open markets and fair trade to facilitate trade, which plays a vital role in supporting our growers and jobs in rural America. NAWG appreciates Senator Boozman for leading this letter in the United States Senate,” said NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. Read the full press release here.
NAWG Signs on to South Africa H-2A Letter
Following the proclamation from the Administration limiting travel from several countries, including South Africa due to the risk of COVID-19, NAWG signed on to a letter with other ag groups encouraging Secretary Blinken and Secretary Mayorkas to consider the H-2A guestworker visa program and exempt workers coming to the U.S. through this program from these restrictions. The most recent data indicates that almost 7,000 of these workers originate from South Africa, and the majority of them arrive in the U.S. in February, March and April. These workers are critical to the agricultural workforce, and it is essential farmers are able to secure them. Read the letter here.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
USDA Announces Additional Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors
Earlier this week, President Biden announced his intent to appoint four U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including two Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and two Rural Development (RD) State Directors. Jim Barber has been appointed FSA State Executive Director for New York, John Perdue has been appointed FSA State Executive Director for West Virginia, Rhiannon Hampson has been appointed RD State Director for Maine, and Kyle Wilkens has been appointed RD State Director for Missouri. Read more about the nominees here.
USDA Invests $5.2 Billion to Build and Improve Critical Rural Infrastructure in 46 States and Puerto Rico
Today, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA is investing $5.2 billion to build and improve rural infrastructure in 46 states and Puerto Rico. The investments will help expand access to high-speed internet, clean water and reliable electricity to rural America. See how the investments are split up and read more here.
Bayer Offers Scholarship with National FFA
Bayer Fund is excited to once again partner with National FFA to offer ag students the opportunity to receive a $1,500 Grow Ag Leaders scholarship. High school seniors through college juniors pursuing any ag-related field study at a trade school, community college, or four-year college or university can apply now through January 11, 2022. Visit www.fund.bayer.us for more information or apply online at FFA.org/scholarships.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
This U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week was marked by a much more active storm pattern across the West Coast and Northern Rockies with areas of heavy rain along the coast and valley locations. Further inland, the higher elevations of the Cascade Range, Klamath Mountains, Sierra Nevada Range, northern Great Basin, and the Northern Rockies have all received significant snowfall accumulations this week. In the Lower Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio Valley, an outbreak of violent thunderstorms including dozens of tornadoes, erupted along a path spanning from northeastern Arkansas to northeastern Kentucky. The tornados moved very rapidly through the region on Friday night with devastating effects, especially in the southeastern Kentucky town of Mayfield. In the Mid-Atlantic, unseasonably warm temperatures were observed over the weekend with daily high-temperature records broken in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and North Carolina where high temperatures ranged in the mid-60’s to mid-70’s. On the map, short-term precipitation shortfalls and anomalously warm temperatures led to the degradation of drought-related conditions in portions of the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, South, and in the Midwest, while some improvements were made in the High Plains and isolated areas out West. November marked the 8th driest for the contiguous U.S., while year-to-date precipitation ranked in the middle third (61st wettest). To view the full map and summary, click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
Jerry Minore Scholarship – Closes December 31, 2021
NWF is proud to partner with BASF in a scholarship program honoring longtime wheat industry friend and BASF employee Jerry Minore. The scholarship is available for students pursuing careers in the agriculture industry. The Minore Memorial Scholarship will fund two $2,500 college scholarships for the 2022 academic year. For more information and the application form, visit here. Have questions? Read the Minore Scholarship FAQ document here.
WestBred Genetics Show Up in National Wheat Yield Contest
The National Wheat Yield Contest’s Grade 1 sponsor, WestBred’s newer genetics continues to show their performance potential in the contest with being planted on 46% of the winning farms. Eleven of the 24 national winning farmers planted WestBred wheat varieties. Read more about WestBred’s success in the NYWC in the High Plans Journal article here. The National Wheat Foundation is grateful for WestBred’s support of the National Wheat Yield Contest. To learn more about the 2022 NWYC, click here.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
– Agriculture Economic Insights
- Capital Press
- Agriculture Economic Insights