NAWG Weekly Updates, January 27, 2022
NAWG CEO Discusses WTO Complaint Against India
Members of The House have gone along with The Senate in asking Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Trade Representative Katherine Tai to make a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) towards India for subsidizing rice and wheat production. NAWG CEO Chandler Goule relayed the message that India’s actions are increasing production and operations costs for rice and wheat growers. Although India is a repeat offender and the administration has put pressure on India at the WTO, no change has been made. Read the complete article here.
NAWG Represented on Panel at Tri-State Grain Growers Convention
Nicole Berg participated in a National Issues Update panel at the Tri-State Grain Growers convention. Despite COVID-19 NAWG has still been striving to make sure that wheat growers are being represented in allocated federal ad hoc funding and addressing quality losses due to natural disasters. Being able to communicate with federal offices and educating people on the wheat industry has become harder with offices still closed but NAWG is participating in zoom calls to continue advocating for the wheat industry. With the farm bill coming up Berg expects NAWG to begin to figure out what the industry will and will not support and how they can make the next farm bill better fit the objectives of the wheat industry. Find the full article here.
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.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
USDA Reports Additional Farm Service Agency and Rural Development Positions
President Joe Biden announced additional tranches of regional U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) director positions. These include nine additional Farm Service Agency State Executive Directors and three Rural Development (RD) State Directors. Biden is adding these positions with the goal of continuing to build knowledgeable teams in state offices. FSA state executive director aids in implementing FSA programs into county operations, as well as maintaining relationships with customers and other agencies. RD state directors carry out the objective of rural development to mutually benefit everyone in rural America. Read the press releases here and here.
House Bill to Include More Trade Aid for Workers
Ways and Means Committee introduced plans Tuesday night to expand the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Wanting to improve labor and human rights standards in participating countries. Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal said the House draft bill “ensures American workers, manufactures, and farmers have all the tools they need to succeed in the world economy.” The competition draft bill would reestablish an assistance program for communities where workers, companies, or farmers are hurt by trade and or have been historically economically suffering. Read the press release here. Find the full text of legislation here.
Signups Open Soon for the Conservation Reserve Program
Signups for the General Conservation Reserve Program will run from January 31 to March 11, and Grassland Conservation Reserve Program signup will be from April 4 to May 13. CRP is a foundational conservation program offered by the USDA to agricultural producers and landowners. General CRP allows for producers and landowners to establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species. While Grassland CRP assists landowners and operators in protecting grassland, rangeland, pasturelands, and others while maintaining the land as viable grazing lands. You can also signup for continuous CRP that includes projects through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement. Find out more and how to sign up here.
Senate Adoption of Resolution Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the National Grain and Feed Association
U.S. Senator John Boozman, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to introduce the resolution celebrating the 125th anniversary of the National Grain and Feed Association. On top of celebrating the anniversary the resolution also applauds the association and its members their efforts in turning the bounty of American farmers into safe, nutritious, sustainable, and affordable food. Find the full press release here.
USDA to Allocate Funds for Rural Infrastructure Improvement
U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh announced January 26, 2022, that the USDA will be investing $1 billion in critical community facilities which will increase access to health care, education, and public safety. All the while inspiring community development and building sound infrastructure for people living in rural communities. USDA is making programs to aid in funding rural America with essential community services such as emergency response vehicles and equipment and improving hospital and clinic facilities. Read the full press release 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.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
– The Progressive Farmer
– High Plains Journal
– AgriLife Today