NAWG Weekly Updates, July 15, 2021


Drought in Washington Results in an Early and Fast Harvest

Recently, NAWG Vice President Nicole Berg shared her operation’s crops and the detrimental effects the drought has had on the wheat in an interview with Capital Press. In Washington, extremely low soil moisture and high temperatures have negatively impacted the wheat harvest for growers. Berg stressed the need to advocate for crop insurance in years such as these. Read more about the drought in Washington and Berg’s interview here.

Idaho Farmer Shares Struggles with Drought

On Monday, NAWG member Cordell Kress shared how his farm in southeastern Idaho has seen yields cut in half as a result of extreme drought. Kress shared that the quality of the minimal bushels that can be harvested is poor. The protein levels are too high for the use of anything apart from cattle feed. Kress expressed that conditions are dire throughout the Pacific Northwest for farmers. To read the full article with comments from Kress, click here.

NAWG Industry Partners Program

Recently, NAWG launched its Industry Partners Program (IPP), which is an opportunity for companies to become more closely involved with NAWG. Among the first to join the program are Syngenta, Ardent Mills, Farm Credit, and FMC. These companies will be featured in a social media campaign over the next few weeks and starting next week, IPP News section will be added to the NAWG newsletter. Be sure to follow along with the posts on NAWG’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. To learn more about the NAWG’s Industry Partner Program, click here.


Wisconsin Farmer Breaks Down Stigma Around Mental Health

Brittany Olson, a dairy farmer in Barron County, Wisconsin, strives to bring awareness to the mental health struggles that agriculturalists experience. As a fifth-generation agriculturalist herself, she knows the stress that farmers face and recognizes that the stress directly correlates to a higher risk for suicide. Olson advocates for farmers to seek out help and support. To read more about her efforts to reduce the stigma around mental in agriculture, click here.

Finance Committee Approves Nominations for USTR

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee voted to approve the nomination of Sarah Bianchi and Jayme White to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representatives. Bianchi has spent nearly a decade in government roles in economic and domestic policy and was appointed in 2011 by Vice President Biden as his head of economic and domestic policy. Bianchi also served as a senior advisor to the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware as the Chair of the Institute’s Policy Advisory Board. White grew up in Seattle Washington and has served in the U.S. Senate since 2009, including as the chief trade advisor for the Senate Committee on Finance since 2014. In addition, White led efforts to level the playing field for American workers by reforming U.S. trade laws to better respond to unfair foreign trade practices. More information about the nominations can be found here.

House Agriculture Committee Holds Meeting About Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee held a business meeting on HR 4374, the Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act. During the meeting, the committee voted unanimously to advance the legislation that committee leaders hope to attach to the infrastructure spending package. To read more about HR 4374 and the meeting, click here.

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee Holds Hearing to Consider Moffitt to be Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Today, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee met to consider Jennifer L. Moffitt to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Moffitt grew up on a walnut farm in California and currently serves as the Undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). She also previously served as Deputy Secretary for CDFA. To learn more about her nomination, click here.

U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update

The U.S. experienced the extremes this week, with the expansion of drought in the West, a robust Southwest Monsoon in the Southwest, a tropical storm making landfall in the Southeast, and extreme flooding in southeastern Texas. In the West, mid-level ridging has resulted in much above-normal temperatures for the western third of the CONUS, exacerbating drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest, northern Great Basin, Northern Rockies, and along the Front Range. Above-normal temperatures also pushed into the northern High Plains, warranting further deterioration of drought conditions in locations where rainfall remained below-average for the week. New Mexico and West Texas saw targeted reductions in drought coverage due to heavy precipitation associated with the robust Southwest Monsoon. In the eastern U.S., Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall and moved up the East Coast leaving in its wake a large swath of more than 2 inches of rainfall, with several locations receiving 5 to 10 inches of rainfall. Fire risk remains high across the West. To view the U.S. map and regional reports, visit the website here.


NWF Research Project Aims to Prove Management Can Lead to High Yield and Quality

In cooperation with Kansas State University, Winfield United, and the Northern Crops Institute, the National Wheat Foundation is excited to research how proper management can result in both high yield and high quality in hard red winter wheat. The research, sponsored by U.S. Wheat Associates, will be conducted over the next three years with key partners and several segments of the wheat industry. To read more about the research, click here.

Gifts of Grain

Gifts of Grain is a new fundraiser recently launched by the Foundation in hopes to raise money to continue wheat education and research. Farmers can donate “gifts of grain” from unsold crop inventory. Any commodity traded such as wheat, corn, cattle is eligible for donation. The donor may deliver the grain to the elevator of their choice and ask to transfer ownership of the donated bushels to the National Wheat Foundation. Click here for additional details or contact NWF project manager, Anne Osborne at to learn more about how you can participate in Gifts of Grain.

Registration for National Wheat Yield Contest Spring Wheat Closes in Two Weeks
National Yield Contest spring wheat entries are due in two weeks! Spring Wheat entries are $125 per entry and accepted until August 1. The wheat contest is administered entirely online, and growers can register at Talk to your seed supplier or contact us at National Wheat Foundation if you need help entering or want more information.

Bayer Leadership Program Applications Deadline Approaching

The Bayer Leadership Program applications are due August 1, 2021. The program is for grower leaders and future leaders in the wheat industry at the state and national levels. Contact Anne Osborne at for questions and an application.


Democrats Unveil $3.5T Go-It-Alone Plan to Fulfill Biden’s Agenda

– Politico, July 14, 2021

Youth to be Key in Moving Toward Sustainable Future

– World-Grain, July 15, 2021

No Water, No Crops: Farmers Forced to Sacrifice Crops as Water Shortages Linger

– AgWeb, July 14, 2021