NAWG Weekly Updates, March 17, 2022
NAWG Elects New Officers for 2022-2023
Last week, NAWG held its annual meeting in New Orleans, where it elected a new slate of officers. Dave Milligan transitioned into the role of Past President, and Nicole Berg was elected as President. Brent Cheyne became NAWG’s new Vice-President, Keeff Felty will serve as treasurer, and Pat Clements was elected as the new Secretary. You can find NAWG’s press release here. To listen to an interview about our new President, Nicole Berg, click here.
NAWG launches Farm Bill Survey
As NAWG continues to develop its Farm Bill priorities, it has created and launched a Farm Bill Survey to gather feedback from growers about what policies are most important to farmers and identify practical policy recommendations that would benefit the grower community. NAWG relies on grower input to be effective advocates before Congress and across the Administration. The Farm Bill Survey asks farmers to describe their experiences on a wide variety of programs set to expire or lapse with the 2018 Farm Bill on September 30, 2023. NAWG encourages growers to complete the NAWG Farm Bill Survey and contribute their voices to planning a successful Farm Bill reauthorization. The survey is 33 questions in length and provides opportunities to comment on a broad array of farm programs. The survey can be found on the NAWG website here.
NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, Discusses Wheat Markets
NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, has participated in multiple national and local-level interviews to discuss the ongoing market volatility following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On Monday, he joined Neil Cavuto on FOX Business to discuss the wheat market volatility and supply chain effects on American wheat farmers. Click here to watch the FOX story, which appeared live across the network. Click here for a local CBS Denver piece covering the story.
Former Past President Ben Scholz on Texas Ag Today
This past Commodity Classic, Lavon, TX wheat grower, Ben Scholz wrapped up his time on the officer team after serving as president and past president. Click the link to listen to Scholz talk about his time serving NAWG and where he believes the organization is going. Scholz begins at the 2:40 minute mark. Click the link to listen in on Texas Ag Today.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Farmers for Free Trade Hosting a Virtual Town Hall
On Wednesday, March 23, at 1:00 pm EST, Farmers for Free Trade, of which NAWG is a member, will hold a virtual town hall event. Rep. Dusty Johnson, farmers and ranchers, and economists will discuss the vital role that agriculture trade plays in rural economies. Register here to join the event.
House Agriculture Committee Hearing on The Role of USDA Programs in Addressing Climate Change
Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: The Role of USDA Programs in Addressing Climate Change”. The hearing discussed the volunteer programs farmers and ranchers can enlist in that can aid in improving the profitability of their operations as well as contributing to slowing the rate of climate change. For more information and to listen to yesterday’s hearing click here.
Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Process Concludes
Last week, Congress sent the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 (H.R. 2471) to President Bidens desk, which has since been signed into law. The bill will fund the federal government through the end of FY 2022, which ends on September 30, 2022. In particular, this package continues to provide vital wheat research and ensure USDA operations. The federal government had been operating under a series of continuing resolutions since September 30, 2021. To find out more information click here.
Reciprocal Switching Benefit American Wheat
NAWG along with U.S. Wheat Associates and other major groups and organizations have weighed in with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on the proposed reciprocal switching rule. Given wheat producers heavy reliance on rail and increased shipping rates NAWG encouraged the STB to accept and implement the proposed rule. NAWG’s comment can be found here. To read an article by USW, click here. To watch the STB hearing, click here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
Several storm systems from the northern Rocky Mountains to the Midwest brought with them rain, snow, and even some severe weather this past week. Temperatures for the week were cooler than normal over the northern Plains and into the West. Areas of the Midwest, central Plains and into the West did see above-normal precipitation this week with areas of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio receiving over 2 inches of precipitation during the period. The southern Plains and South continue to dry out. As spring approaches and dormancy is broken, impacts are already showing in these areas and drought intensification is widespread with quickly expanding extreme and exceptional drought areas. To read the full drought summary click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
New Officers for the National Wheat Foundation
Joe Kejr, Salina, Kansas Chair, Bernard Peterson, Loretto, Kansas, Vice-Chair, Schott Brown, Idaho, Secretary/Treasurer. All of these officers have been leaders in their states and active in the National Association of Wheat Growers. Thank you for your service!
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.
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