NAWG Weekly Updates, October 21, 2021
NAWG Joins Supply Chain Public Comment
Earlier this week, NAWG joined other members of the Ag CEO Council in providing public comments to President Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains. The public comment highlighted the serious disruption experienced across the agricultural sector and how they are negatively impacting our sector. Specifically, the public comment focuses on ongoing issues related to labor, barges, ports and shipping containers, trucking and rail freight, fertilizer, chemical inputs energy, equipment and parts, and water availability. To read the letter, click here.
NAWG Joins Industry in Support of Elaine Trevino’s Nomination
Last week NAWG, along with almost 170 others, signed a letter supporting Elaine Trevino’s confirmation as Chief Agriculture Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, that was sent to Senate Finance Leadership. The letter highlighted Trevino’s extensive agriculture background and understanding of the critical needs of the agriculture sector as it pertains to foreign markets and the overall sector’s prosperity. It also encouraged the Senate Finance Committee to expedite this nomination as Trevino will be essential to maintaining foreign market access, reducing market barriers, and other critical goals of the agricultural and food sector. For more information, click here.
NAWG Advocacy Campaign
As Congress continues to navigate reconciliation, NAWG’s advocacy campaign is still active. To send a letter to your federal legislators, click here. In addition, we strongly encourage all of our states to participate. It is still a critical time to make our voices heard and protect family farms and farmers.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Farmer for Free Trade Host Roundtable on Trade, Supply Chains, and Tariffs:
Last week, Farmers for Free Trade hosted a virtual roundtable with farmers and workers from throughout the food and ag supply chain to discuss the current trade landscape, supply chain challenges, tariffs, and the Biden administration’s trade agenda. The panelists discussed how the continuation of the previous administration’s tariffs is driving up the cost of inputs and equipment, the need for trade deals that provide access to export markets, and concerns that global competitors are pursuing trade deals that put them at an advantage, particularly in Asia. To read an article about the event, click here, or watch it on YouTube here.
USDA Announces First Installment of Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointments of five Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and seven Rural Development (RD) State Directors. The FSA directors were appointed for Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Vilsack spoke highly of the twelve appointees and commented how fortunate we are to have them as we continue to navigate this critical time for farmers. To see a detailed list of the nominations, click here.
House Agriculture Committee Business Meeting and Hearing on Biotechnology
Earlier today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing business meeting where it considered several pieces of legislation related to 1890 institutions, chronic wasting, and forestry issues. Additionally, it was announced this week that the committee would hold a hearing on Tuesday, October 26, at 10 am, which is titled “Agricultural Biotechnology: 21st Century Advancements and Applications. For more details and instructions on how to rewatch today’s hearing, or tune in to next week’s hearing, click here.
Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing
Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture Committee announced that it will hold a hearing on October 27, with Rostin Behnam who has been nominated to serve as Chair and Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Behnam joined the CFTC in 2017 and is currently serving as Acting Chairman. To read more about Behnam’s nomination, click here, and to check out the hearing next week, click here.
FCC Announces $554 Million for Broadband in 19 States
Yesterday, the FCC announced $544 million in funding for broadband deployments was authorized. Combined with the two previous waves, over $1 billion has been announced. With this funding, 11 broadband providers will bring broadband to over 180,000 locations in 19 states. The FCC’s efforts continue to work to clean up the program to ensure that funding goes to unserved areas truly in need of broadband. To read the full press release, click here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
A strong low-pressure system resulted in widespread precipitation (0.5 to 3 inches, liquid equivalent) from the central Rockies east to the northern and central Great Plains from October 11 to 13. More than a foot of snow blanketed parts of Montana, Wyoming, and western South Dakota. Along a trailing cold front, heavy to excessive rainfall (1 to 3 inches, locally more) occurred across eastern Oklahoma and central to eastern Texas. As this front progressed eastward, scattered thunderstorms with locally more than one inch of rainfall swept across the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Only light weekly precipitation amounts (generally less than 1 inch, liquid equivalent) were observed along the Cascades, coastal ranges of the Pacific Northwest, and northern Sierra Nevada Mountains from October 12 to 18. Dry weather prevailed throughout much of the Southeast, Southwest, and northern Intermountain West during this 7-day time period. To view the full map and summary, click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
Crop Insurance Basics – Wheat Briefing
Crop Insurance can be a very complicated topic, but on Wednesday, October 20, the National Wheat Foundation hosted an online educational briefing to go over the basics of crop insurance, which had 25 attendees and participation from 14 Congressional offices, including staff from both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Speakers were David Cleavinger, NWF Chairman and farmer from Amarillo, TX; Nicole Berg, NAWG Vice President and farmer from Paterson, WA; Rachel Myers, owner and agent of Myers Crop Insurance Claude, TX; and Kris Skadberg, Vice President Crop Insurance Sales Manager, Insure Forward, Carrington, ND. Speakers covered why wheat farmers (and all farmers) need crop insurance, how it is paid for, what crop insurance will or will not cover and how farmers are charged for insurance. The presentations are available for viewing, contact Anne at email@example.com. Thank you to all the speakers for sharing their time and knowledge on Crop Insurance.
Gifts of Grain
Our Gifts of Grain fundraiser that will raise money for wheat education, research, and outreach is still active. Farmers can donate “gifts of grain” from unsold crop inventory. Any commodity traded such as wheat, corn, cattle is eligible for donation. The donor may deliver the grain to the elevator of their choice and ask to transfer ownership of the donated bushels to the National Wheat Foundation. Click here for additional details or contact NWF project manager, Anne Osborne at AOsborne@wheatworld.org to learn more about how you can participate in Gifts of Grain.
FMC: Tips to Help Improve your Wheat Yields with a Systemic Fungus Problem
Weather, weeds, insects, and diseases are all yield-robbing in wheat. A solid fungicide program can help growers avoid potential yield losses from common wheat diseases like rusts, powdery mildew, tan spot and septoria. Join FMC Technical Service Manager Bruce Steward in Kansas as he discusses the Topguard® fungicide “5 on 5” program aimed to help growers combat costly diseases and improved yields at harvest. Watch the Tech Talk here.
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