NAWG Weekly Updates, December 9, 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. 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.
Field to Market Releases National Indicators Report
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, released their “Environmental Indicators for Measuring Outcomes of On Farm Agricultural Production in the United States” also known as the National Indicators Report, which analyzes trends over time in sustainability performance for U.S. commodity crop systems, providing a critical assessment of where U.S. agriculture has made progress in driving improved environmental outcomes. In almost every category wheat saw an improvement in its sustainability efforts. Over the last decade we have seen strong advances in the environmental indicators for land use, energy use, and irrigation water use. View NAWG’s press release here or the full report here.
NAWG and NWF Staff Attend Prairie Grain Conference
This week NAWG Vice President, Nicole Berg, and NAWG staff, Chandler Goule and Jake Westlin, and NWF Project Manager, Anne Osborne attended the Prairie Grain Conference in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Vice President Berg provided a NAWG update to the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers board meeting. The group also met with the North Dakota Grain Growers Associations board and staff participated in a federal policy update breakout session.
NAWG Discusses Upcoming Farm Bill
During the Tri-State Grain Grower Convention NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule provided an update on NAWG’s work with the upcoming farm bill. NAWG is surveying its members and will use the results to set its top 10 priorities for the legislation, Goule said. Capital Press covered the breakout session during the convention. Read the full story here.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Foreign Agriculture Service Announces Funding
The USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service has awarded over $200 million of its FY22 funding to agricultural groups to “help expand commercial export markets for U.S. goods” through the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program. According to USDA, MAP and FMD provide $28 in export gains for every $1 spent by government and industry on market developments. Each year, NAWG works to secure full funding for MAP and FMD through the appropriations process. These programs play a key role in developing new markets and export opportunities for wheat.
Revised Definition of Waters of the United States
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army published for public comment a proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act to revert back to the pre 2015 regulation with a few modifications. EPA and the Army will begin pre-registering speakers for the hearing upon publication of this document in the Federal Register. To register to speak at a specific session of the virtual hearing, please use the online registration forms available:
Comments on the regulation are accepted until February 7, 2022 and the agencies will continue to work with partners on future regulatory actions. Earlier this year the agencies announced they would revert back to the pre 2015 regulation due court rulings on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and work to craft a durable waters of the United States regulation.
U.S. House Passes Bill on Debt Ceiling Process
On Tuesday, the House passed legislation that would limit Senate debate on a separate debt ceiling increase bill to 10 hours with no amendments, creating a loophole in the Senate’s 60-vote legislative filibuster rules, and would delay sequestration cuts to multiple programs, including agriculture subsidies. The bill, which has Republican support, is expected to pass the Senate later this week. The special procedure created by the bill would be available only once and would expire on January 16th. It is still unclear what legislative vehicle will be used to pass the debt limit, or what dollar amount it would need to be raised by.
Former Senate Leader, Bob Dole, Passes Away
Bob Dole, former Senate Leader, Republican presidential candidate, World War II veteran, and much more, passed away last weekend at the age of 98. Dole was an agriculture champion that worked to expand the federal food stamp program and was a pioneer in food aid by crafting the bipartisan McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. This program won Dole and McGovern the 2008 World Food Prize. NBC News wrote a touching tribute here.
The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released their monthly report today. The outlook for 2021/22 U.S. wheat this month is for slightly lower supplies, unchanged domestic use, reduced exports, and higher ending stocks. Supplies are lowered, on decreased imports with a weaker-than-expected pace for Hard Red Spring (HRS). Exports are lowered 20 million bushels to 840 million on slowing export sales and shipments with equivalent reductions for Hard Red Winter and HRS. Additionally, U.S. export prices are expected to remain elevated the rest of 2021/22, further diminishing U.S. competitiveness. Projected 2021/22 ending stocks are raised 15 million bushels to 598 million but are still 29 percent lower than last year. The projected season-average farm price (SAFP) is raised $0.15 per bushel to $7.05 on NASS prices reported to date and expectations for cash and futures prices for the remainder of 2021/22. This would be the highest SAFP since 2012/13. The global wheat outlook for 2021/22 is for higher supplies, greater consumption, increased trade, and higher ending stocks. Read the full report 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 week the USDM saw continued deterioration in conditions across areas of the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast in response to below-normal precipitation (past 30- to 90-day period), declining soil moisture and streamflow levels. Likewise, drought-affected areas expanded and intensified on the map in areas of the South including Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas as well as in the Southern Plains of Oklahoma, where overall warm and dry conditions have prevailed during the past 30- to 120-day period. Across areas of the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest, and the Northeast, light-to-heavy snowfall accumulations were observed during the past week. Out West, some areas including the North Cascades, Sierra Nevada, and the Northern and Central Rockies, received much-needed snowfall this past week. However, basin-level snowpack conditions remained below normal across the entire western United States. In terms of fall precipitation, the driest conditions were observed across parts of the Southwest, Texas, Montana, Wisconsin, and the Carolinas. 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.
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