NAWG Weekly Updates, November 4, 2021
2021 Wheat Industry Fall Conference
Starting on Monday, NAWG will kick off its 2021 Fall Conference. If you are registered and would like to receive text reminders throughout the conference, please text NAWG to 74121. We will send reminders out about meeting times and locations. Additional information can be found on our website including a complete schedule of events for NAWG and National Wheat Foundation meetings, dress code, and anything else you may need. We are excited to see everyone in person in Kansas City!
NAWG Submits Comments on Climate-Smart Agriculture
NAWG submitted comments to the USDA on the Commodity Credit Corporation’s request for information on the development of a Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Program. The comments highlighted soil health and climate-smart agricultural practices that growers can undertake but stressed there must be ongoing research and financial and technical assistance for undertaking and maintaining practices. As farmers undertake financial risks associated with the adoption of different practices with varying environmental or agronomic benefits, USDA can provide financial and technical assistance for practice adoption. However, the USDA’s role in a market for climate-smart or low carbon commodity and related value to growers is not clear.
NAWG shares USDA’s Stakeholder Kit for FSA County Commissioner Elections
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced yesterday that they would begin mailing ballots this week for the FSA county and urban county committee elections. To have your vote counted, producers and landowners must return ballots to their local FSA county office or be postmarked by December 6, 2021. With the toolkit provided, NAWG will be able to increase outreach efforts with our members to help them stay informed about the elections. To read the full press release covering the elections, click here.
GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY NEWS
House Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing on Supply Chain Issues
Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss supply chain issues from food and fruit and vegetable companies, the trucking industry, and retailers. Among the many challenges highlighted, there were shared concerns over the labor shortage, specifically truck drivers, fertilizer, and other input costs, and how pesticide regulations could impact growers. Congested ports, empty shipping containers being sent back, and aging infrastructure were also heavy on the panel’s mind. The panel gave their ideas for solutions consisting of recruiting and retention programs for the trucking industry, flexibility on normal shipping regulations to allow more to be transported at one time, and an overall diverse and multi-pronged approach to provide both short- and long-term solutions. To rewatch the hearing or to view the witness list, click here.
ASA and NBB Express Concerns over Supply Chain (But Not Soy Oil)
Yesterday, during the House Agriculture Committee Supply Chain hearing, the American Bakers Association expressed concerns over the demand for soybean oil and other vegetable oils exceeding the current domestic supply. The American Soybean Association (ASA) commented in their press release that there is no shortage of soybean oil. Currently, 86 million acres of soy are being harvested, with a projected record of 4.4 billion bushels. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) agrees with ASA and claims that new demand is leading to increased value for farmers. However, both the ASA and NBB have concerns about inflation impacting renewable fuels expansion, affecting support of the Renewable Fuel Standard. This would undermine a stable market for harvests this year. While both the ASA and NBB see lots of issues with the supply chain, they were clear that there is no shortage of soybean oil. To read the full press release, click here.
2020 ARC/PLC Payments and 2022 Elections and Enrollment Announced
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently issuing $1.8 billion to producers enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2020 crop year. In addition to this, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is encouraging producers to contact their local USDA Service Centers to enroll in ARC or PLC for 2022 to protect against future market fluctuations. To view information about the 2020 payments and contracts and the 2022 elections and enrollment, use the web-based decision tools regarding ARC and PLC, and to learn about crop insurance considerations, click here.
U.S.-EU Arrangements on Global Steel and Aluminum
Last week an announcement was released stating that the U.S. will adjust tariffs on steel and aluminum to allow duty-free trade at a sustainable historic level and the EU will suspend its retaliatory tariffs. The arrangements build on the Joint United States-European Union Statement in May and the resolution of the Boeing-Airbus dispute in June. The Office of the United States Trade Representative said that the U.S. looks forward to working with other trading partners to address global challenges regarding steel and aluminum excess capacity. To view a list of principles that will guide future U.S.-EU cooperation and to read the full USTR fact sheet, click here.
Senate Agriculture Committee Advances CFTC Nominee
Earlier today, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a business meeting where they voted to advance Commissioner Rostin Behnam to serve a second term at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Commissioner Behnam has been with the CFTC for four years and was nominated by President Biden earlier this year to a second term and to serve as the CFTC’s Chairman. Commissioner Behnam’s nomination now goes before the full Senate for a vote. To find more information about today’s business meeting, click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
Thank You to our NWYC 2021 Sponsors
We would like to give a huge thank you to our sponsors for the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest! These sponsors included BASF, WestBred, John Deere, Ardent Mills, Michigan Wheat, GrainSense, Elevate Ag, AgriMaxx, Croplan, GrainCraft, Miller Milling, and Nutrien. Again, we appreciate your support for our contest and the National Wheat Foundation.
Jerry Minore Scholarship
Earlier this week, the NWF announced they would officially begin accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship. This scholarship is for both high school and college students for the 2022 academic year pursuing a career in agriculture. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021. The late Jerry Minore was a BASF Senior Market Manager and a liaison to the wheat industry. Since his unexpected death in 2012, BASF has partnered with the National Wheat Foundation to fund scholarships and honor his advocacy efforts for wheat growers. To read the full press release, and to find out more information about how to apply, click here.
Grainsense Announces NWYC 2022 Sponsorship
Recently, 2021 NWYC sponsor, GrainSense, announced they will continue to sponsor the NWYC in 2022 as well. GrainSense noted in their press release how they share many common values with the NWF, and it is their commitment to helping farmers that led them to sponsor the NWYC. We want to say a huge thank you to GrainSense for their continued support and dedication to not only the NWF but to bettering the agriculture industry. To read the full GrainSense press release, click here.
U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative’s 2021 Fusarium Head Blight Disease Impact Update Finds Drought Conditions Minimized Disease Impact
Yesterday, The U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative announced its publishing of the 2021 Fusarium Head Blight Disease Impact Update. Experts from 32 states indicated troubles with drought conditions. Very few reports of Fusarium Head Blight (FHB, also known as scab) were reported, major cases being in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. This report showcases an annual report on growing conditions and the impact of FHB in different regions across the U.S. To read the full press release and full update, click here.
FMC Winter Wheat Portfolio Tour: An In-Depth Look at Our Portfolio
Every year, you make important management decisions that impact your season for winter wheat. We’re here to offer protection for your winter wheat, all season long. Discover new ways to maximize profit potential in this webinar hosted by FMC Technical Service Manager Bruce Steward and Senior Technical Sales Manager Matthew Wiggins. They’ll discuss various strategies to help optimize yields, weed management, and disease strategies, and unique crop protection solutions FMC offers for winter wheat. For more information and instructions on how to watch the webinar, click here.
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