NAWG Weekly Updates, October 22, 2020


NAWG Participates in Farm Credit Briefing
On October 20, 2020, Farm Credit held a briefing on agricultural credit conditions, COVID-19’s ongoing impact on farmers, ranchers and rural communities, and how Farm Credit is supporting their customers throughout this unprecedented time. NAWG Vice President of Policy and Communications participated in this event. A recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation are available for those unable to listen in.


Inside US Trade: U.S., China Agree to More Time for U.S. to Check Compliance on Ag TRQs
As mentioned by Inside US Trade on October 21st, “ ‘The U.S. and China this week agreed to extend the date by which China must comply with a World Trade Organization decision faulting its underfilling of agricultural tariff-rate quotas,’ according to a new communication. ‘This extension will allow the United States additional time to evaluate China’s compliance measures,’ the communication, made public on Wednesday, says.”

CIRB Webinar with CFTC Commissioner Rostin Behnam
On October 30, 2020 at 10:00amET, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) will be hosting a webinar with Rostin Behnam. Mr. Behnam is a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Commissioner Behnam sponsored a report of the Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee on Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System, and shared his perspectives at the 2020 CIRB Annual Meeting. To participate, register here.

The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Advocate Program
The Fertilizer Institute is seeking nominations of farmer/retailer pairs worthy of being named 4R Advocates. Qualified individuals demonstrate and practice 4R Nutrient Stewardship management principles. Let their leadership shine by completing the online application by Friday, October 30.


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.

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.


The New Weather Outlook for this Winter Could Spell Trouble for Farmers

USDA Radio, October 20, 2020

China Economy Grows 4.9% as Rest of World Struggles With Coronavirus

WSJ, October 18, 2020

Rural Midwest Hospitals Struggling to Handle Virus Surge

AP, October 17, 2020


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