NAWG Weekly Updates, July 7, 2022
NAWG CEO Discusses Wheat Prices and Drought with World News Radio
NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, joined the World News Radio Podcast to discuss rising wheat prices from the grower’s perspective and crop yield amid drought this year. Chandler shared that while rising wheat prices may seem like an incentive, it can actually discourage farmers from planting, with the volatility sending the exact opposite message to a farmer of saying that this market is not stable. With winter wheat being stricken with drought and spring wheat planting delays due to too much rain, “it’s been a tumultuous year so far” Chandler stated. Listen to the podcast segment discussing wheat and read the entire article here.
NAWG Releases Post-Hearing Statement to USITC Alongside Grower Coalition
NAWG, in coalition with the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), released their post-hearing statements following the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing on Urea Ammonium Nitrate (UAN) Solutions from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago. The statement expresses “concern with the consolidated industry’s efforts to insulate the domestic market from global supply”, and “fully support domestic fertilizer production but want it to compete on equal terms”. The statement continues by emphasizing that the coalition does “not believe that trade laws intended to protect the domestic market should be used to garner windfall rents at the expense of U.S. farmers and consumers”. Read the entire statement here.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Crawford & Mann Lead Letter Urging Biden to Hold India Accountable for WTO Violations
On July 1, Representatives Tracey Mann (R-KS-01) and Rick Crawford (R-AR-01) led 12 other Members of Congress in a written letter to President Biden, urging him to initiate a dispute settlement case with India holding them accountable for violating their World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. The letter highlights the trend of India’s “decade-long violations”, specifically with the Indian government subsidizing more than half of the value of production for rice and wheat when WTO rules only allow governments to subsidize up to 10 percent for a particular commodity to still be exported without fault. The letter follows a similar letter that was sent to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai on January 13, 2022, that also called for action to be taken against India. Read the entire letter here.
SCOTUS Limits Federal EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
On June 30, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the states’ characterization of the case, finding that the EPA does not have broad authority requiring states to shift energy production towards cleaner or renewable resources. The ruling states future measures from federal agencies to address carbon dioxide pollution must be limited to restrictions imposed on specific plants or operations. This limits the authority of regulatory agencies unless specifically authorized by Congress. Read more about the SCOTUS decision here.
Chief Ag Scientists meet at the G20
In conjunction with the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists, USDA’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, led the U.S. delegation to discuss global challenges facing agriculture and to work to align national and global research priorities. Dr. Jacobs-Young also emphasized the significant role global leaders play in ensuring sufficient investment in agricultural research and innovation for climate change mitigation and adaptation. You can find USDA’s press release here.
Widespread moderate drought and abnormal dryness continued to form and expand across a large swath of the eastern U.S. this week, with a few areas of severe drought forming or expanding as well. Spotty rain and storms occurred across the East, but in areas that missed out on heavy rainfall, high temperatures, browning lawns, and curling corn signaled that rapid drying was taking place in many areas. An early start to the North American Monsoon, particularly in New Mexico and southern Colorado, led to widespread improvement of extreme and exceptional drought in those states. Extreme drought formed or expanded in parts of the central Great Plains this week, where warm, dry weather continued. Finally, despite some improvements to conditions in parts of the West, severe, extreme, and some exceptional drought remains widespread there.
Read the entire U.S. Drought Monitor Update here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
National Wheat Yield Contest Opens for 2022 Contest Entries
Spring Wheat entries for the National Wheat Yield Contest are being accepted now until August 1. Don’t forget to get your wheat graded and save a 6 lbs. sample of wheat. Thank you to all our sponsors for the National Wheat Yield Contest. We appreciate your support! Read more about the contest and enter here.
Northern Crops Institute Webinars
The Northern Crops Institute offers a variety of webinars that unite customers, commodity traders, technical experts, and professors for discussion and education. Wheat growers can check out upcoming webinars including a series on wheat here.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
– Capital Press
– Western Ag Network
– Farm Doc Daily