NAWG Weekly Updates, January 23, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: NAWG Applauds Release of Updated WOTUS Rule
On January 23, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a final rule to provide more clarity in Clean Water Act (CWA) applicability to, and definition of, waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). Read NAWG’s release welcoming the news here. 

JOINT RELEASE: U.S. Wheat Industry Applauds Senate for Passing the U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement

On January 16, 2020, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) issued a press release applauding the U.S. Senate for passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “Trade deals can put the price of wheat back on track for many growers and create new opportunities for many farmers,” stated NAWG President and Lavon, Tex., farmer Ben Scholz. The Agreement has been sent to President Trump for his signature though that date and time have not been scheduled. Read the joint release here.

NAWG Announces House Ag Committee Leader for its Wheat Leader of the Year Award
On January 15, 2020, NAWG announced that it has selected House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway (R-TX) for its “Wheat Leader of the Year Award”. This distinction is considered the wheat industry’s highest legislative award given annually to a member of congress whose philosophy and records demonstrate their commitment to the wellbeing of America’s wheat farmers.

Joint Statement – Phase One Trade Deal Should Restore China’s Demand for U.S. WheatOn January 15, 2020, President Trump signed Phase One trade agreement with China. NAWG and USW issued a joint press release stating that they are “encouraged by the new trade agreement.” Chinese imports of U.S. wheat classes were on the rise before abruptly ending when China implemented retaliatory tariffs on U.S. wheat and other agricultural commodities in March 2018. The signed agreement signals a potential turnaround, and re-opening China would be a huge lift for wheat farmers. USW and NAWG are especially “pleased that the agreement contains structural changes to how U.S. exporters access the Chinese market.”

NWF’s Wheat 104 Education Event
Last week, the National Wheat Foundation held its annual Wheat 104 event in the Senate Kennedy Caucus room. Sponsored by BNSF Railway, the event hosted 16 representatives from the wheat value chain. Pictures and more information on the event can be found here.

 FSA Encourages Producers to Enroll Soon in Agriculture Risk and Price Loss Coverage Programs
On January 15, 2020, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that agricultural producers can now enroll in the Agriculture Risk (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The FSA estimates that there are 1.3 million producers left to enroll, so to ensure program delivery expectations, they urged producers to enroll now. The deadline is March 15, 2020, for the 2019 crop year.