NAWG Weekly Updates, March 31, 2022
NAWG Participates in National Wheat Improvement Committee Fly-in
Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, March 29, NAWG participated in a National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) research fly-in. NAWG met with over 30 offices both in-person and remotely to discuss research funding as part of the upcoming appropriations process. In particular, the fly-in focused on two specific funding requests: maintaining the $15 million for the US Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative and advocating for a new Wheat Resiliency Initiative (WRI). The WRI request would allow for researchers to better address underfunded and emerging challenges to wheat production throughout the United States. Wheat growers and researchers across the nation have determined wheat rusts, wheat stem sawfly, hessian fly, and bacterial leaf streak as the greatest future threats to wheat production. The strength of local agricultural economies of every state will be sustained through building resiliency in the face of these challenges to wheat production.
President’s FY23 Budget Released
President Biden released his proposed budget for FY23 earlier this week. The President’s proposal represents the first step that kicks off the appropriations process. Congress has until October 1st, the beginning of the U.S. government’s fiscal year, to either pass all twelve appropriations bills funding the government, or passing a continuing resolution keeping funding at FY22 levels. The proposed budget is a mechanism to outline priorities and visions for the upcoming fiscal year but has no authority unless Congress acts upon it and writes it into a bill. The $5.7 trillion budget includes a 9% increase in funding for the USDA and was released alongside a Green Book that contains numerous concerning tax changes that NAWG is going to be heavily engaged on. You can find the Green Book here and the White House budget 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.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
House of Representatives Indo-Pacific Letter to Secretary Vilsack and Ambassador Tai
Congress is urging the administration to make agriculture a priority in the Indo-Pacific economic framework. By prioritizing agriculture in Framework discussions both domestic farmers and ranchers and consumers here and abroad will benefit. U.S. production has grown exponentially, as a result, American producers rely heavily on agricultural exports. Congress supports efforts to reduce tariffs in the Indo-Pacific region to increase U.S. competitiveness, creating mutual regulatory reforms, and including high standard sanitary and phytosanitary measures. Having better access to these markets will allow American producers to feed the hungry world. To view the full letter click
USDA 2022 Marketing Assistance Loan Rates
Yesterday USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation announced the 2022 Marketing Assistance Loan rates. The purpose of these loans is to provide finance to producers in the case of market prices being low so that they can store their harvested crops and sell them under more desirable conditions. Current Marketing Assistance Loan rates for 2022 wheat crops are $3.38 per bushel and are available through March 31, 2023. For more information click here.
Wheat’s Future in 2023
As a result of the Russia-Ukraine War wheat prices have begun to rise making some farmers consider planting wheat to harvest in 2023. Some studies have shown that a double crop of wheat-soybeans is to be more profitable than stand-alone corn and soybean. Since the 1990s acres of wheat planted continually decreased due to a shift in demand. Now because Ukraine and Russia make up a majority of the world’s wheat exports the demand for a wheat crop has been on the rise. Harvest-time bids for 2023 are $5.60 per bushel of corn, $13.10 for soybean, and $8.50 for wheat. To read the full article click here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
Heavy rain fell across parts of the Great Plains and Southeast, with lighter amounts observed across parts of the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. The Central and Southern Plains, Lower Mississippi Valley, and Southeast mostly saw improvements in drought conditions, with several locations receiving more than 2 inches of rainfall. Throughout much of the U.S. drought either continued or worsened in intensity. To read the full drought summary click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
Nutrition Through Wheat Task Force
Our Nutrition Through Wheat task force looks at research opportunities that will ultimately increase the usage and value of wheat. A very interesting study is being conducted in Minnesota, called Breeding Wheat That’s Easier to Eat. Watch this 8-minute video for more information, Breeding Wheat That’s Easier to Eat – YouTube. Our NWF Board Member, Scott Swenson is seen introducing this video. Another research project our task force is looking at is Zinc Biofortification. The National Wheat Foundation seeks to advance the wheat industry through strategic research, education, and outreach.
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.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
-U.S. Wheat Associates
-The Progressive Farmer