NAWG Weekly Updates, October 08, 2020



Ag CEO Council Presidential Candidates Briefing Paper

Over the past few months, NAWG helped lead an effort to engage the campaigns of President Trump/Vice President Pence and Vice President Biden/Senator Harris on key issues of importance to the agriculture industry in the coming years. This effort was done collaboratively through the Ag CEO Council of which NAWG CEO Chandler Goule is a co-chair. This work involved all 21 national ag organizations of the Council, and ultimately resulted in identifying 10 issues agreed upon and outlined in this document which was shared with both Presidential Campaigns.


PRESS RELEASE: NAWG Announces Membership in Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC)

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC). ESMC is a non-profit organization working to advance ecosystem service markets that incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health systems that benefit society. Read its release here.


NAWG’s 2020 Fall Conference Goes Virtual
Due to COVID-19, The 2020 NAWG Fall Conference will be a virtual even this year. Meetings will be spread out from October 29, 2020 to November 10, 2020. More details, including the schedule, can be found on NAWG’s site here. Registration for the Fall Conference
closes at 12:00pm on October 16, 2020.




Reuters: Exclusive: Argentina First Country to Approve GMO Wheat

Argentina has approved HB4 drought-resistant GMO wheat by biotechnology firm Bioceres SA, the company and the government said on Wednesday, making it the first country in the world to approve a strain of GMO wheat. Read more here.


As a reminder, the NAWG/USW “Principles for Commercialization” document has the wheat producer organizations’ most recent statement of policy.


Syngenta Group Acquires Leading Biologicals Company, Valagro

Syngenta Group announced that their business unit, Syngenta Crop Protection, has acquired Valagro, a leading Biologicals company. Valagro has a 40-year track record as an innovation pioneer in the field of Biologicals. This acquisition reinforces Syngenta Group’s strategy to provide farmers with more complementary product and technology choices. As Syngenta Group works to make agriculture more resilient and sustainable, Valagro will continue to operate as an independent brand in the market, leveraging the resources of Syngenta Crop Production to accelerate innovation and growth. For more information on this acquisition, click here


Medium: Open Letter From Members of the American Agriculture Community in Support of Joe Biden And Kamala Harris

On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, a group of agricultural leaders – including former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, former National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson, and various farmers – have endorsed the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in an open letter. The letter can be found here.




RELEASE: USDA Hosts Virtual Data Users’ Meeting to Seek Public Input on its Statistical Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is hosting a virtual Data Users’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 12:30-3:30 pm EST. This event is held by NASS to share recent and pending program changes, and to solicit comments and input on various data and information programs important to agriculture. The event is free of charge and open to the public. To register, click here


CropLife International’s World Food Prize Virtual Side Event

On October 13, 2020, Crop Life International will be hosting a virtual event entitled “Moving Beyond Food Security: The Intersection of Agriculture with Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Social Rights.” The event will be held at two times, 8:30am EST and 8:00pm EST. The panel will be discussing the journey agriculture will take in the next 50 years as well as recognizing Dr. Norman Borlaug for his achievements and impact on farming today. For more information or to register for the event, click here


2021 Commodity Classic Covid-19 Response

Classic is on track to hold its Silver Celebration of the Commodity Classic. The 2021 Classic is scheduled to take place March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. The Classic Committee continues to monitor state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Their top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at Commodity Classic. If you haven’t already, sign up for email updates by clicking HERE.


4 Takeaways From The Vice-Presidential Debate

Washington Post, October 7, 2020

A Growing Concern: Stress and Suicide on the Family Farm

Governing, October 7, 2020

Food Crisis Grows Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WSJ, October 06, 2020


Looking at the past seven days, this NAWG tweet had the most impressions and engagements.