NAWG Weekly Updates, March 19, 2020

NAWG Issues Letter re Potential Implications of COVID-19
On March 19, 2020, the National Association of Wheat Grower (NAWG) sent a letter to USDA Secretary Perdue and Leadership of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees highlighting potential supply chain, logistical, and trade-related impacts COVID-19 could bring to the domestic and international economies. In the letter, NAWG asks “that the administration and leaders in Congress be mindful of the agriculture supply chain and coordinated functions of the federal and state governments that are essential to ensure we continue abundant domestic wheat production.”

NWF BLOG: Happy St. Patrick’s: The Biotech of Beer!
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has posted a blog on the biotech behind making beer. The National Wheat Foundation has highlighted the piece here.

PRESS RELEASE: BASF And Commodity Organizations Award $20,000 In Academic Scholarships To Emerging Agriculture Leaders
On March 12, 2020, BASF, in partnership with industry-leading commodity associations, including the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Sorghum Foundation (NSF) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF), announced that it awarded academic scholarships to eight agriculture students who have shown outstanding enthusiasm and passion for the industry. The National Wheat Foundation works with BASF each year to award students with the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was was named after Jerry Minore, a deceased BASF Senior Marketing Manager, to honor his advocacy efforts for wheat growers.

2020 Edelman Special Report on COVID-19
Edelman recently published a study showing that the private sector has an essential role to play in the dissemination of reliable and timely information. The company conducted a 10-country study March 6-10 in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S. It confirms the role business must play as a source of reliable and timely information. For highlights and a copy of the study, visit

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest Winter Wheat Early Registration Deadline – April 1st
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.