NAWG Weekly Updates, February 22, 2018

With Commodity Classic taking place next week, there will be no weekly updates sent out.

National Ag Coalition Takes California to Court Tuesday Over Unjustified, False Prop 65 Listing
On Monday, February 19, 2018, NAWG and a national agriculture coalition went to court on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 requesting that California halt its unjustified and false Prop 65 listing of glyphosate. Despite scientific findings from hundreds of studies and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and regulatory agencies around the world that glyphosate is safe for use, California ignored facts, data and science, when it added glyphosate to the state’s Prop 65 list. For more information, read the press release here.

House Members Call for Fix to 199A Tax Code
As the mandatory spending bill Congress must pass in March approaches, 86 house members signed a letter urging Congress to find a compromise for the 199A tax code. Led by Iowa Representative David Young, the group says the changes “are necessary to restore the equity in grain marketing and set co-ops and other independent businesses on a more level playing field.” The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act unintentionally created a tax advantage for producers who sell to cooperatives instead of private and independent businesses. Read AgNet West for more information.

White House Proposes Releases Report Addressing Waterways and Trade
As reported by AgriPulse, the White House’s annual 586-page economic report that addresses trade and other issues, includes recommendations to raise fuel taxes and impose new lockage and congestion fees to maintain and improve the inland waterways. With implementation of the barge fuel tax, the report suggests that revenue will go towards Operations and Management, stating that waterway managers sometimes delay making repairs, so that they can be funded through the capital budget rather than O&M…Additionally, the report addressed the importance of free trade agreements for U.S. farmers and identified agriculture as making significant and outsized contributions to the GDP. The White House identified restrictions to poultry, beef and biotech crops as major foreign trade barriers. Trump has expressed interest in rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but it did not appear in the report.

Commodity Classic: BASF to Showcase Beneficial Fungicide Portfolio
BASF plans to showcase its wheat fungicide portfolio next week at 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. Wheat plants final yield potential begins at planting. When treated with beneficial fungicides as stages throughout production, wheat producers can continuously produce a high-quality harvest. Paula Halabicki, BASF Technical Marketing Manager, shared some of the most useful BASF products throughout production stages with National Wheat Foundation. BASF fungicides protect wheat crop from even the most destructive disease producers face, Scab Disease. To learn more about the BASF fungicide portfolio, visit their Commodity Classic Trade Show Booth #1509 and stop by NAWG/NWF’s booth #1721.

Examining the IARC Working Group Glyphosate Ruling: In Defense of Scientific Integrity
Recently, the House Committee on Science and Technology held a hearing to examine the U.S. taxpayer-funded, European agency IARC Monograph Programme and its assessment of the herbicide glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup. The February 6, 2018 hearing investigated whether or not IARC is using sound science when suggesting policy. IARC has categorized glyphosate, commonly known as RoundUp, as Category 2A. This March 2015 ruling has received backlash from several credible scientific agencies in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. All have publicly reaffirmed that glyphosate is a safe herbicide. For more information on the hearing, read the Foundation’s release here.