NAWG Weekly Updates, February 13, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: NAWG Voices Concern About President’s 2021 Budget Proposal
On February 10, 2020, the White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought released the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget of the United States Government. The FY21 Budget proposes drastic cuts to some key programs for wheat farmers. NAWG issued a response, outlining its concerns here.

NAWG Participates in Annual Nebraska LEAD Program
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln holds a National Study/Travel Seminar annually which includes a stop in Washington, D.C.  On Monday, February 10, 2020, NAWG’s Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager and Biotech, Food and Trade Policy Advisor Molly O’Connor spoke to the group on NAWG’s policy priorities as well as the general purpose and mission of the organization.

NAWG Attends Annual NACD Meeting
The 74th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Conservation Districts will take place in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 8-12, 2020. NAWG Environmental Policy Advisor Keira Franz attended the meeting.The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Agenda and additional programming from the meeting can be found here.

SHP Publishes a New Blog on Wheat
In its recent blog post, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) announces that it has “established three additional wheat-focused sites across Kansas and Minnesota for the 2020 growing season giving SHP a total of six wheat-focused sites in our network.” SHP was able to diversify its program to include wheat through a partnership with the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) – a partnership generously supported by General Mills.

Commodity Classic is Right Around the Corner
The 2020 Commodity Classic is scheduled to take place from February 27-29th in San Antonio, Texas. The marketing assets for the 2020 show have been updated on the Classic website as well as the schedule. Additionally, NAWG will be holding it’s Committee meetings, Board of Directors Meeting, and reception in the Marriott RiverCenter. NAWG’s booth #1747 is located right inside the Hall 3 entrance, and we hope that those of you able to attend this year’s Classic can stop by and participate in our raffle. For those planning on attending NAWG’s Policy Committee Meetings and Board of Director’s meeting, please register by CoB February 14, 2020.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Confirmed As Keynote Speaker At 2020 Commodity Classic
On February 13, 2020, Commodity Classic announced that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be the keynote speaker during the General Session at the 2020 Convention held Feb. 27-29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas. The General Session is scheduled for Friday morning, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzáles Convention Center.

USDA Releases Recent WASDE Report
On February 11, 2020, the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the 2019/20 supply and demand estimates for wheat. According to the recent WASDE report, wheat is in stable supply with increased exports. “This month there was a 25 million bushel increase on exports, reflecting a growing competitiveness in international markets…Global wheat supplies are lowered fractionally on small and mostly offsetting changes to beginning stocks and production.”