NAWG Weekly Updates, November 12, 2020
2020 NAWG Fall Conference Recap
Last week, via zoom, NAWG held its annual Fall Conference where its policy committees and full board met. NAWG’s annual conference kicked off with its Domestic and Trade Policy Committee (DTPC) meeting, where the Committee continued a discussion on rail rate policy, domestic farm programs with an eye towards Farm Bill reauthorization, Grain Standards Reauthorization Act, and reviewed its strategic plan and policy priorities. The Environment and Research Committee (ERC) received an appropriations and regulatory update, discussed research activities related to the USWBSI and National Predictive Modeling Tool Initiative, received an ESMC update, discussed USDA Ag Innovation Comment review, received a pesticide/glyphosate lawsuit update, and reviewed its strategic plan and policy priorities. Also, the committee approved two resolutions in support of the Wheat Genetics Research Center. Further, the Operations and Planning Committee discussed a strategic plan action item process for handling state requests as well as options for the 2021 Winter Meeting and Annual Meeting. The Budget Committee reviewed and approved the Q1 FY21 financials and draft 2019-20 audit results, reviewed the September 2020 Small Grain Report, and discussed the FY2021-2022 budget. Finally, at its full Board of Directors meeting last Friday, President Dave Milligan, NWF Chairman David Cleavinger, and CEO Chandler Goule provided reports to the full board. The full board also heard reports from the policy committee chairs as well as an election update from NAWG staffer Jake Westlin.
NAWG Member MGGA Hires New EVP to Replace Retiring Longtime Leader
The Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) recently announced that executive vice president Lola Raska will be retiring from the organization at the end of this calendar year. Lola has been involved in Montana agriculture for over 40 years and served on the MGGA Staff for 21 years. Alison Vergernot has been hired as the new executive vice president, effective January 1, 2021. MGGA president Vince Mattson of Chester said “We could not be more pleased that Alison has agreed to become our new executive vice president. I am confident that her qualifications, experience and dedication to agriculture are attributes that will help steward MGGA’s legacy during this time of transition.” If you would like to learn more, MGGA has posted the news on their Facebook page.
New Field to Market Report Analyzes Concerning Trends in Farm Financial Well-Being
Field to Market, of which NAWG is a member, recently release a report highlighting trends in farm financial well-being. The report titled Economic Sustainability: Trends in Financial Well-Being. The report found that a prolonged period of low commodity prices has created significant financial pressures for U.S. agriculture, jeopardizing many farming operations and challenging the ability of supply chains to meet ambitious sustainability goals absent more direct support for growers.
Apply Now for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
On November 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued a reminder to farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. For more information and to apply, visit farmers.gov/cfap.
USDA to Open Signup for the Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Grasslands in Early 2021
On November 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the signup periods for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the CRP Grasslands in 2021. Signup for general CRP will be open from Jan. 4, 2021, to Feb. 12, 2021, and signup for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021 to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.
November WASDE Report
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released their November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report. The outlook for 2020/21 U.S. wheat this month is for stable supplies, higher domestic use, unchanged exports, and reduced ending stocks. The global wheat outlook is for larger supplies, increased consumption, higher exports, and reduced stocks. The season-average farm price is unchanged at $4.70 per bushel. Click here to view the full report.
ERS Report on EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy
The Economic Research Service (ERS) recently put out a report titled “Economic and Food Security Impacts of Agricultural Input Reduction Under the European Union Green Deal’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.” Throughout this report, the European Commission has proposed strategies that would impose restrictions on EU agriculture through targeted reductions in the use of land, antimicrobials, fertilizers, and pesticides. They drew conclusions from a range of policy simulations. Click here to view the full report.
2020 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Underway
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mailed ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the local FSA county office or postmarked by December 7. Eligible voters who did not receive a ballot in the mail can request one from their local FSA county office. Visit fsa.usda.gov/elections for more information.
In-Person 2021 Event Will Not Take Place Due to COVID-19 Restrictions
Commodity Classic has announced it will transition its annual conference and trade show, originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Tex., to an alternative digital format. The change was necessary due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new format is expected to be offered the first week in March 2021. Read the release here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
The National Wheat Foundation is Hiring!
The National Wheat Foundation is looking to bring on a Project Manager to oversee many activities for the Foundation including the operation of its annual National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC). The position reports to the CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), located in Washington, D.C., and can be done remotely. Deadline for applications is Friday, November 27, 2020. For complete details on the role and how to apply, visit https://wheatworld.org/about-us/careers/.
The National Wheat Foundation Begins Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 Scholarship Honoring Ag Students
The National Wheat Foundation is officially accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, honoring students pursuing a career in agriculture. The scholarship is available to college students for the 2021-2022 academic year with an application deadline of December 31, 2020. For more details on how to apply, visit https://wheatfoundation.org/education-and-scholarships/.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Successful Farming, November 12, 2020
Business Wire, November 12, 2020
World-Grain, November 11, 2020
NAWG MEDIA INTERVIEWS OF THE WEEK
On Monday, November 9th, NAWG President Dave Milligan had an interview with Agview.net’s Ken Rahjes where Dave provided a recap of 2020 Fall Conference. Also, on Thursday, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule spoke with WNAX’s Tom Riter on the potential impact of the 2020 Election on wheat.
NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK
Looking at the past seven days, this NAWG tweet had the most impressions and engagements.