NAWG Weekly Updates, June 9, 2022
Wheat Industry Welcomes Nomination of Doug McKalip
On June 8, President Biden announced the nomination of Doug McKalip as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Both NAWG and USW applaud the President’s nomination, encouraging his confirmation to quickly move forward through the Senate Finance Committee. With U.S. wheat producers exporting about half of their production each year, McKalip’s role is critical in securing market access and advocating for agriculture at USTR. Read more about McKalip’s nomination here, and find the joint statement here.
NAWG Featured on the Ag News Daily & the Tractors and Troubadours Podcast
On June 3, 2022, Ag News Daily released a podcast featuring CEO Chandler Goule. Chandler discussed his perspective on the current wheat market and NAWG’s mission to advocate for wheat growers. Chandler was also featured on the Tractors and Troubadours podcast discussing the state of the wheat industry. The Ag News Daily podcast can be found here. Also, the Tractors and Troubadours podcast can be found here.
NAWG Welcomes New Intern for 2022 Summer
This summer, NAWG welcomes Texas A&M University student Carly Oldag as the policy and communications intern. Carly is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Poultry Science and Agricultural Leadership & Development, who will be graduating in the spring of 2023. Read the full press release here.
NAWG Joins U.S. Agriculture Letter to President on WTO & Food Security
NAWG and twenty other ag organizations sent a letter to President Biden urging the Administration to oppose proposals being advanced by India and others at the upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). The proposals would lead to an unlimited allowance of trade-distorting price supports tied to public stocks and render the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) rules on agricultural domestic support meaningless. The WTO Agreement on Agriculture already provides criteria for the international sale or disposal of non-commercial stocks. Instead, NAWG encourages countries to donate their excess stocks to the World Food Program, which has exemplary distribution and humanitarian programs to feed hungry people around the world. The entire letter can be read here. Additionally, Agri-Pulse had a write-up on MC12 earlier this week.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Minnesota Farmer Rhonda Larson Takes ’22-’23 U.S. Wheat Associates Chair
Rhonda Larson of East Grand Forks, MN, started her year as 2022/23 Chairperson of the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors on June 8, 2022, at their annual meeting in Bend, OR. She will soon represent growers at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland from June 12 to 15, 2022. The U.S. Wheat Associates’ (USW) purpose is to develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance wheat’s profitability for U.S. wheat producers and its value for their customers. USW activities in more than 100 countries are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 17 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Go here for USW’s entire News Release or visit www.uswheat.org.
Search for Alternative Grain Export Routes from Ukraine Continues
Earlier this week, Russian and Turkish officials discussed creating an avenue to export grain out of Ukraine as part of ongoing efforts to address global food insecurity. Ukrainian was not included in these discussions and remains concerned about Moscow’s commitments to ensuring safe passage. Read more about ongoing efforts to create a safe corridor for ag exports here.
The House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 (H.R. 7776) by a vote of 384 to 37 on June 8, 2022. The House-passed version of the WRDA had several differences from the Senate version that was passed in May and will go to Conference Committee this summer. This is the highest number of negative votes on a House-passed WRDA bill since 1990, largely due to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) cost-share adjustment not being included in the House version of the bill. The Waterways Council, Inc. will advocate for the inclusion of the cost-share adjustment during conference negations between the House and Senate, expected to begin this summer. NAWG continues to be active in discussions protecting inland waterways essential to wheat exports and will work with industry partners throughout the process. Read more about the WRDA of 2022 here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
Heavy precipitation fell across much of the contiguous U.S. over the past week, particularly in the Great Plains, Northwest (especially the northern Rocky Mountains), and the Southeast. Meanwhile, the Southwest remained dry, along with northern Montana and most of the Texas Panhandle. Improvements to drought conditions were widespread in the Great Plains and central Kansas. A mix of worsening and improving drought conditions occurred in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. To read the full drought summary, click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is still 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.
Wheat Quality Council Hard Spring & Durum Wheat Tour
The Wheat Quality Council Hard Spring & Durum Wheat Tour begins on Monday, July 25 in Fargo, North Dakota. This tour takes place from July 25-28, with tour routes also going into Minnesota and South Dakota. Sign up by July 15 here if you wish to join. For questions, please contact NWF Project Manager, Anne Osborne, at AOsborne@wheatworld.org.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Incudes Interviews from KAWG
– The Topeka Capital-Journal
– Ag Economy Barometer