NAWG Weekly Updates, December 2, 2021
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. We are so excited to see all of you again as we come together and strategize ways to continue improving policies and tactics that benefit wheat growers around the nation. Registration for the event closes December 20 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.
NAWG Staff at Trade Show and Tri-State Grain Grower Convention
This week, NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, and NAWG staff Mariah Wollweber attended the Tri-State Grain Grower Convention. Chandler provided an update on NAWG engagement and policy issues, and Mariah gave an update on communication efforts and outreach. They also talked with growers about concerns and issues they are facing. Chandler, Mariah, and Jake hosted a breakout session today, December 2, to discuss farm bill priorities.
NAWG Staff at MGGA Convention
This week NAWG president, David Milligan, and NAWG staff, Jake Westlin, attended the Montana Grain Growers Association Convention and Trade show. They provided an update on NAWG’s advocacy efforts, policy issues, and engagement in the climate discussion to Montana’s Board of Directors. They also talked to growers to hear their concerns and issues they are currently facing.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Continuing Resolution update
Negotiators in the House of Representatives and Senate have agreed to a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through February 18, 2022. The House is debating the measure (H.R. 6119) and is expected to vote on this bill this evening. At present, it is unclear if the Senate will be able to pass the CR before the midnight deadline on Friday, December 3. If the deal is not enacted before midnight, a partial government shutdown would begin. For more information, click here. For a summary of the tentative CR, click here.
RMA Eases Prevented Planting, Haying, and Financial Forecasts for 2021
In July, RMA announced producers can hay, graze, or chop cover crops for silage, haylage, or baleage any time and still receive the full prevented planting payment. Prior to this announcement, if you hayed, grazed, or chopped before November 1, you would only receive 45% of the payment. This was an effort to encourage the use of cover crops and builds on research and the benefits of cover crops that have been discovered such as supporting healthy soils, reducing erosion, improving water quality, and building resilience to climate change. There was also an additional advantage if producers planted cover crops through the Pandemic Cover Crop Program which aided in the maintaining of cover crop systems during the challenges amid the pandemic. To read the full press release, click here.
FTC Launches Inquiry into Supply Chain Disruptions
On Monday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they are ordering nine large retailers, wholesaler, and consumer good suppliers to provide detailed information to help the FTC better understand the causes of the supply chain issues and their consequences for consumers and competition on the U.S. economy. The study will also investigate whether these disruptions are leading to specific bottlenecks, shortages, anticompetitive practices, or contributing to rising consumer prices. The companies will be required to provide details on their experiences with the supply chain issues and internal documents regarding the issues. The FTC is soliciting voluntary comments from suppliers as well. To read the full press release, click here.
Chairman Scott Welcomes Congresswoman Shontel Brown to House Ag Committee
On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee welcomed a new member, congresswoman Shontel Brown. Brown represents the 11th district of Ohio and also serves on the Oversight and Reform Committee. This seat was previously held by Marci Fudge, who was appointed and went on to serve as President Biden’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. To view the full press release, click here, and to view more information on Brown, click here.
USDA Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2021
On Wednesday, USDA held a webinar to discuss financial forecasts for 2021. Some highlights included both net cash farm income and net farm income to increase, cash receipts from crops to increase, total production expense to increase 4.4% with pesticides being the only category to remain the same, and farm sector assets, debt and equity to increase slightly. Wheat specifically is forecast to have an increase in cash receipts by 20.5% and an increase in net cash farm income by 15.6%. For more information, click here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
An upper-level ridge over the western CONUS directed the systems across the northern states, while a cutoff low trekked across Texas then into the Gulf of Mexico. The Pacific systems dragged cold fronts that triggered rain and snow over parts of the country, but they were starved of precipitation by the western ridge and its northwesterly flow over the central CONUS. As a result, the week was wetter than normal only in parts of the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, Great Lakes, and Texas. The weather was drier than normal across the rest of the CONUS with large parts of the West, Great Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley, and Southeast receiving no precipitation. Lack of precipitation, excessive evapotranspiration, and windy conditions further dried soils, again especially in western portions of the Plains, as seen in several soil moisture indicators. Drought indicators such as the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) and Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) reflected the mounting precipitation deficits. The continued dryness expanded or intensified drought in parts of the southern to central Rockies, Great Plains, Lower to Mid-Mississippi Valley, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic states, as well as Puerto Rico. To view the full map and summary, click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
Minneola Grower Maximizes Yield Potential Through Management to Place in 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest
Kansas Wheat issued a press release last week, applauding the Jaeger brothers on their wins in the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest. With a final yield of 122.47 bushels per acre, they secured third place for Kansas in the winter wheat-dryland category. They also won fifth place nationally for the percent yield increase over the county average. For their full story and the full press release, click here.
Realize Optimum Wheat Quality and Yields Through Consistent and Effective Disease Control
Wheat can respond remarkably well to a high fungicide management program that reduces yield and disease. Read the report from FMC technical services team to optimize wheat quality and yields, here.
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