NAWG Weekly Updates, March 24, 2022
NAWG President, Nicole Berg, Discusses Risk Management and Disaster Programs
Monday, March 21, NAWG President Nicole Berg participated in an Agri-Pulse panel discussion on the future of risk management and disaster programs. Berg highlighted that without crop insurance, she would not be where she is today as she lives in one of the driest regions in the country. Berg stated that “in the next Farm Bill, we need to start thinking about our safety net having a little less holes.” You can view the agenda of the event here. Check out a thread on Twitter covering the entire panel discussion on Twitter here.
NAWG Participated in Ag on the National Mall
On Monday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 22, NAWG participated in the first-ever Ag on the National Mall event. NAWG shared a booth with the North American Millers Association and U.S. Wheat Associates. The booth told the story of wheat production, from field to flour and wheat foods’ final destinations worldwide. The booth also included a tabletop interactive display for people to mill wheat into flour and a trivia game. Throughout the event, leaders from all three organizations had the opportunity to speak with the media and public about how America’s farmers are sustainably providing for a growing world. Click here for more information from NAWG, NAMA, and USW. Or check out the pictures from the booth on Twitter here.
NAWG President, Nicole Berg, Interviews with Fox Business
Tuesday, March 22, President Nicole Berg interviewed with Fox Business, discussing the rising cost of inputs and the volatility of the wheat market. Berg explains that the rising cost of inputs outpaces the price of wheat and that because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict taking out a third of the world’s wheat exports, farmers have to take a second look at their business plan. Berg highlights wheat growers’ resilience and determination to make a crop. To watch the full interview, click here.
NAWG launches Farm Bill Survey
As NAWG continues to develop its Farm Bill priorities, it has 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 wheat industry. 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.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Senate Ag Committee Advances CFTC Nominees
On March 23, the Senate Agriculture Committee announced that the committee advanced the nominations of Christy Goldsmith Romero, Kristen N. Johnson, Summer Kristine Mersinger, and Caroline D. Pham to be Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The nominees are set to be considered by the entire U.S. Senate. To read the committee’s press release, click here.
Data Training Webinar
USDA is hosting a webinar Wednesday, March 30, at 1:00 ET on Agricultural Trade Multipliers data. The annual estimates look at employment and output effects of food and agricultures impacts on the US economy. According to USDA’s Economic Research Service data, the US exported a record $150 billion in agricultural goods in 2020, generating $304 billion in income for our domestic economy and supp0oted 1.13 million jobs. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here
USDA Announces Additional FSA Appointments
Last week, USDA announced nine appointments for Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development positions. For FSA, this includes State Executive Directors in Indiana, New Hampshire, and South Dakota. For Rural Development, USDA announced State Directors in Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia. To read more about the new appointees, check out USDA’s press release here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
Much of the north-central U.S. remained below freezing last week. A series of low-pressure systems moving across the southern and eastern U.S throughout this week brought heavy rainfall to parts of the Gulf Coast states and Eastern Seaboard, leading to drought improvements. Northern Florida received the greatest rainfall amounts, with several areas picking up anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of rain through Saturday. The strongest of these storm systems also brought snowfall to the Appalachians and interior areas of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Friday into Saturday. In the Pacific Northwest, a series of storms brought some drought improvements to parts of the central Cascades and interior northern Rockies. Farther south across California, drought intensified this week due to mounting deficits since the beginning of the year. To read the full drought summary click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
Wheat Quality Council In-Person Wheat Tour
The Wheat Quality Council will sponsor an in-person wheat tour again this May. We will follow our traditional routes and make field stops every 10-15 miles along the way. We will provide expertise in each car to train with throughout the day. These tours are a great way to both see this year’s crop firsthand and get training in the fields to learn about yield, insects, and disease problems that may affect the crop. We will have dinner together each night and hear reports from each car. We will also get reports from Nebraska, Colorado, and Oklahoma from crop scouts traveling there on the same days. We shuffle car assignments each day. It’s a great way to meet others in the industry. Attached are the routes we will follow and the registration/agenda pages. Hope you can join us this year and please forward to those you think might benefit. As usual, I am available for any questions. Regards, Dave G Green Exec VP Wheat Quality Council
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.
New Officers for the National Wheat Foundation
Joe Kejr, Salina, Kansas Chair, Bernard Peterson, Loretto, Kentucky, Vice-Chair, Scott Brown, Utah, 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!
FMC Webinar Series- Preparing for the Season Ahead
The fight against broadleaf weeds in spring wheat fields is heating up. Tools like Affinity® brand herbicides with TotalSol® soluble granules are key assets in fighting yield-limiting weeds. FMC Technical Service Manager Ryan Hunt, highlighting the benefits of utilizing an Affinity brand herbicide on spring wheat acres. You will learn how to choose the right solution based on your in-field needs to combat yield-robbing weeds, while maximizing the benefits of the application. Watch on demand here.
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