NAWG Weekly Updates, January 20, 2022
NAWG Annual Conference / Commodity Classic
NAWG’s Annual Conference / Commodity Classic is right around the corner, and it is time to register! 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. Registrations, agendas, and COVID-19 resources can all be found on NAWG’s Annual Conference / Commodity Classic website page.
NAWG Wraps Up Winter Conference
Last week, NAWG and USW wrapped up the 2022 Winter Wheat Industry Conference in Washington, DC. NAWG committees met to discuss ongoing policy and heard from a broad range of speakers engaged in policymaking at the federal level and from key industry stakeholders. On Thursday, NAWG members participated in a Hill Day where growers met with their legislators and staff to discuss federal policy and its impact on wheat. In total, growers met in-person or virtually with over 85 Congressional offices. The National Wheat Foundation’s Wheat 106 event was also held in NAWG’s office, which was well attended by Capitol Hill staff who were interested in learning about the wheat value chain. This event was also attended by Senator Boozman, Congressman GT Thompson, Congresswoman Foxx, and Congressman Bentz. On Friday, NAWG held its board of directors meeting where USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie and EPA Senior Advisor Rod Snyder spoke to the board and took questions on policy issues the Administration has been working on and how it relates to wheat growers. Thank you to all of our Wheat 106 sponsors who helped make it a success, for Nutrien being a platinum partner for our Winter Meeting and US Custom Harvesters for providing the lanyards last week!
A Call for Action Against India’s Wheat and Rice Subsidies
Last week, 28 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai requesting the Administration pursue a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against India’s domestic support for rice and wheat production. “It is important that as a WTO member, India adhere to international commitments and not continue to create unfair advantages for its domestic production and distort world trade. We appreciate the Representatives for bringing the issue to the attention of the Administration and will continue to work with the USDA and USTR in enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. wheat in the world,” said NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule. Read NAWG’s press releases here.
Agriculture and Green Industry Groups Reaffirm Glyphosate Safety & Public Benefits Following Court Oral Arguments
Earlier this month, NAWG and groups representing agricultural growers, retailers, landscaping, and golf course professionals responded with strong support for continued access to glyphosate following oral arguments in litigation regarding the registration of glyphosate. The groups are all parties in the case supporting glyphosate’s continued registration. Glyphosate remains one of the safest, most effective tools growers, landscapers, golf course professionals and other users have to manage economically damaging weeds and maintain important conservation practices. The groups look forward to continuing their support for continued access to glyphosate as the case progresses. Read the full press release and see the list of the groups here.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
USDA Launches Rural Energy Pilot Program
The USDA announced that they are making up to $10 million available to help rural towns “develop community renewable energy projects that will help them cut their energy costs.” The department will prioritize communities that have been historically underinvested and disinvested. These funds will be available through the new Rural Energy Pilot Program. You can find the USDA’s Rural Development Priorities here.
USDA Reports on Economic Impacts of Retaliatory Tariffs
Earlier this month, the USDA released a report on the economic impacts of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agriculture. In 2018, the United States imposed Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from major trading partners and separately Section 301 tariffs on a broad range of imports from China. In response to these actions, six trading partners—Canada, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, and Turkey—responded with retaliatory tariffs on a range of U.S. agricultural exports, including agricultural and food products. The agricultural products targeted for retaliation were valued at $30.4 billion in 2017, with individual product lines experiencing tariff increases ranging from 2 to 140 percent. Read more about the report here.
Senate Agriculture Committee Advances USDA Nominations
Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to advance the nominations of Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics, and Margo Schlanger to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. In November, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing where both Dr. Jacobs-Young and Ms. Schlanger provided testimony on their background and qualifications for their respective appointments. Read the press release here or watch the November hearing here.
Ag Committee Leaders Call for CFTC Guidance on Digital Assets
The four leaders of both the House and Senate agriculture committees sent a bipartisan letter to Rostin Behnam, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) asking for more information on the digital asset marketplace. Key issues include the rapid growth of the marketplace, it’s use among retail customers, and the CFTC’s role in protecting customers. Read the full press release here.
Readying Wheat with Climate Resiliency
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are doing research on wheat to prepare for climate related issues. In growth-chamber experiments in Peoria, Illinois, they’re subjecting more than a dozen varieties of wheat to a one-two punch of stressors. The team hopes the findings will inform breeding efforts to shore up wheat’s climate resiliency and help guide growers to adopt crop management strategies that could offset wheat’s metabolic responses to high CO2 levels and, in turn, the likelihood of mycotoxin contamination. Read more about the ARS wheat research here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
National Wheat Yield Contest Opens for 2022 Contest Entries
The National Wheat Foundation (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.
Free Webinar: Wheat Herbicide Insight from FMC
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