NAWG Weekly Updates, March 05, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: NAWG and the National Wheat Foundation Name New Board Officers at the 2020 Commodity Classic
The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has officially welcomed a new slate of officers! NAWG’s newest President Dave Milligan, will be the first time a grower from Michigan has led the organization. Learn more about the team in our recent press release: http://bit.ly/387sbUN!

Soil Health Partnership (SHP) Publishes Several Wheat Blogs
Through its partnership with the National Wheat Foundation, SHP has been able to add three new wheat sites in its network. With these additions, the Soil Health Partnership has promoted the news through several recent blogs on its “Digging In” blog page:

  1. Wheat sites expand, diversifying SHP program
  2. Wheat trials evaluate soil health and environmental indicators
  3. National Wheat Yield Contest helping to build understanding of wheat’s impact on soil health

FDA Launches “Feed Your Mind” Agriculture Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative
On March 4, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new education and outreach initiative to inform and broaden understanding about agricultural biotechnology through science-based educational information. The Agency received $7.5 million from congress and has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make this outreach program possible.

Record Number of Farmers Attend 2020 Commodity Classic
In a recent press release, Commodity Classic announced that it had a record number of farmers converged in Texas last week for the annual conference. Total farmers registered was 4,678—the highest number in the show’s 24-year history, eclipsing the previous record of 4,595 set in 2016 in New Orleans. Total registrations of 9,350 was also second only to the New Orleans event. Read the release in its entirety here.

NACD Releases Pollinator Conservation Field Day Guide
On March 3, 2020 the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) released “A Guide to Conducting a Pollinator Conservation Field Day.” The guide is designed to provide interactive learning experiences for grades K-8 by engaging them in habitat-focused, pollinator themed activities for the classroom and outdoors. The curriculum is free for download through the NACD’s new Conservation Education Hub.

USTR Press Release: Trump Trade Agenda Results in ‘Blue-Collar Boom’
On February 28, 2020, Robert Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative, delivered President Trump’s Trade Policy Agenda and Annual Report to congress. Lighthizer highlighted that the Administration’s aggressive trade actions have resulted in a “blue-collar” boom with higher wages, more jobs and a stronger economy for all. The report includes details on the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA), China, and Japan trade agreements, as well as the efforts to bring change to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Understanding Rural Attitudes Towards the Environment and Conservation in America
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University recently released its report on attitudes around environmental policies in rural America. In short, the “study suggests that the urban/rural divide on the environment is not a function of how much rural voters care about the environment. Nor is it a function of how knowledgeable they are—rural voters appear relatively sophisticated about environmental issues. We do find that voters from rural America are more likely to view where they live as being an important part of how they define themselves which in turn shapes their views, including on environmental policy”. The complete study can be found here and a great infographic highlighting the study 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.

PRESS RELEASE: The National Wheat Foundation Officially Opens its 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest
On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is accepting entries for Winter and Spring Wheat. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th with an early registration deadline of April 1st. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st, with an early registration deadline of June 15th.