NAWG Weekly Updates, February 10, 2022
NAWG Sends Letter to Secretary Vilsack on Disaster Aid Implementation
NAWG sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, highlighting wheat growers’ challenges during previous iterations of ad hoc disaster assistance programs. The letter emphasized the timeliness of getting this aid rolled out and noted several past issues experienced by wheat growers in earlier programs – like WHIP+ and QLA. The letter urges the USDA to look at these issues when considering implementation of the $10 billion in disaster assistance and thanks them for their cooperation in addressing these issues in the past.
NAWG Annual Conference / Commodity Classic
Don’t forget to register NAWG’s Annual Conference and Commodity Classic. This year the event will take place in New Orleans, LA, March 8-12, 2022. Registration for NAWG’s Annual Conference and Commodity Classic are separate. If you plan to attend any part of the Commodity Classic tradeshow or NAWG’s Annual Conference, you must register for both. NAWG’s Annual Conference registration will close on February 18, 2022. Registrations, agendas, and COVID-19 resources can be found on NAWG’s Annual Conference / Commodity Classic website page.
President’s Reception / WheatPAC Auction
If you are attending Commodity Classic, you are invited to attend the President’s Reception and participate in the WheatPAC Auction. Early bird tickets are available now at Commodity Classic 2022 WheatPAC Auction. The silent auction bidding will be conducted through an online portal so you can still participate if you are not coming to Commodity Classic.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
USDA to Invest in Climate Smart Commodities
On Monday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announces the new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities to support America’s climate-smart farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. The $1 billion investment will create market opportunities for U.S. agricultural and forestry products that use climate-smart practices, including cost-effective ways to measure and verify greenhouse gas benefits. Find the full press release here.
House Agriculture Hearing with Undersecretary Robert Bonnie
On Tuesday, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing with the USDA Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Undersecretary Bonnie to review farm policy. During the hearing, Undersecretary Bonnie spoke about the importance of crop insurance, ARC/PLC, farm loan programs, pandemic assistance, and disaster relief programs that are administered by the USDA. Additionally, Undersecretary Bonnie highlighted the new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities that were rolled out the day prior. To find a recording of the hearing, click here.
The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates showed lower domestic use, reduced exports, and higher ending stocks. Exports are lowered 15 million bushels to 810 million on slowing export sales and shipments with reductions for HRW and HW. The projected season-average farm price is raised $0.15 per bushel to $7.30, the highest since 2012-13. The global outlook is for lower supplies, higher consumption, increased trade, and reduced ending stocks. The global trade raised 2.3 million tons primarily on higher exports by India and Argentina. India’s exports are increased to 7.0 million tons, which would be a record. To find the full report, click here.
American Agriculture Industry Posts Highest Export Record Ever
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on February 8, 2022, the highest American agricultural industry annual export level ever recorded in 2021. The final 2021 trade data published by the Department of Commerce shows that exports of U.S. farm and food products to the world totaled $177 billion, topping the 2020 total by 18 percent, and eclipsing the previous record, set in 2014, by 14.6 percent. In addition, worldwide exports of many U.S. products, including soybeans, corn, beef, pork, dairy, distillers’ grains, and pet food, also reached all-time highs. Vilsack gives thanks to America’s agricultural producers, who continue to fight hard for American products. Find the full press release here.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Supports Modernizing Wheat Breeding
The USDA NIFA grant will support 20 Ph.D. students whose fieldwork data will go towards building breeding platforms to transfer newly developed traits into elite wheat varieties. The USDA Agricultural Research Service offices are collaborating with teams at 22 land-grant universities across the country as part of the program. This grant will allow researchers to do breeding at a modern and faster level. Find the full article here.
UC Davis to Lead $15 Million Research into Climate-Change Resistant Wheat
The University of California, Davis, is leading a $15 million research project spanning over five years. The project will accelerate wheat breeding to meet those climate change realities. This program involves on-the-ground research and data analysis to aid in mitigating the effects of climate change on wheat crops. In addition, this research will go towards the next generation of wheat crops as the data will be integrated as it is found to accelerate the process of change. Find the full article here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
National Wheat Foundation Annual Meeting
The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) annual meeting is coming up in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 8th at 9 am central time. Please join us as we have guest speakers on the High Yield=High Quality project and the Nutrition Through Wheat task force. We will discuss the financials and the FY23 Budget. You will learn about the quality of the wheat samples from the 24 National Winners of the Yield Contest. You are also invited to the reception to celebrate the 2021 Contest Winners on March 9, at 7:30 pm at the New Orleans Marriott, Studio 7-10.
National Wheat Yield Contest Opens for 2022 Contest Entries
The NWF is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest! The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. Winter Wheat entries are due May 16, and Spring Wheat entries are due August 1. There is a discount for early entries; by April 15 (winter wheat) or June 15 (spring wheat). Early entries are encouraged as they help our sponsors who pay for the entries with vouchers and our contest administrators. Read more about the contest here, or to enter, go online to yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org.
Inclusivity is Key
Just as diversity is necessary for agriculture it is also necessary for the workplace. One element that simply cannot go unnoticed that sustains our industry is human progress. Syngenta fosters an environment that promotes dialogue, employee and community relations, and accountability. Continuing to work on a plan that encourages equity, diversity, and inclusion and putting that plan into action. Using partnerships to enhance their ability to foster spaces where diverse thoughts, backgrounds, and experiences can be respected and celebrated. To read more click here.
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