NAWG Weekly Updates, September 23rd, 2021


NAWG President Testifies at House Hearing

This morning, David Milligan, NAWG President, testified before the House Agriculture Committee discussing voluntary carbon markets. President Milligan highlighted several benefits growing wheat has on the environment, such as improving soil quality, protecting the soil from erosion, and reducing weed pressure when added to a crop rotation. President Milligan discussed the unique characteristics of wheat production and potential participation in voluntary carbon markets. Wheat production includes diverse rotations and existing conservation and crop management systems that are specific to the climate, soil, and markets. NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, commented how pleased NAWG is to have this opportunity to share wheat’s story and expressed his appreciation to Ranking Member Thompson for his support. NAWG was the only grower representative at the hearing, making this a great opportunity to discuss the hard work the Special Climate and Sustainability Committee has been undertaking. To rewatch the live stream, click here. To view the press release, click here.

NAWG Advocacy Campaign

NAWG’s advocacy campaign to protect family farms and farmers by working to keep programs – like stepped-up basis and 1031 like-kind exchanges – intact is still active. As the reconciliation package progresses it is important our growers continue to reach out to their Members of Congress through NAWG’s advocacy campaign as this measure goes before the full House. Now is a critical time for protecting tax law affecting farmers — click here to join us in our campaign and follow the instructions to send a message to your Member of Congress.

Register for the 2021 Wheat Industry Fall Conference

Join us for our 2021 Wheat Industry Fall Conference in Kansas City, MO November 8-10, 2021. We are excited to have an in-person event this year as we come together and strategize ways to continue improving policies and tactics that benefit wheat growers around the nation. Registration for the event closes October 7 and the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza hotel portal closes October 14. You will find everything you need to register and book your room on our Wheat Industry Fall Conference website page.


Senate Business Meeting to Vote on Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment Nominee Homer Wilkes

Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to advance the nomination of Dr. Homer Wilkes to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. Dr. Homer Wilkes has worked with USDA for more than 41 years to work towards large-scale partnerships with communities. His nomination will go before the full Senate for consideration. To view the press release, click here.

Continuing Resolutions passed by House and Senate version introduced

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would extend to December 3, 2021 and included a debt suspension until December 16, 2022. It also included $10 billion in agriculture disaster assistance programs, which would continue WHIP+ for losses incurred in 2020 and 2021. The Senate Republicans also introduced a CR that was similar to the House-passed version—minus the debt suspension. The Senate bill also includes $10 billion for WHIP+. To get more information on the House CR, click here, and to get more information on the Senate CR, click here.

Scientific Collaborations Are Creating New Trends to Find Solutions in Dryland Crop Production Systems

Last week, USDA ARS highlighted work where modern science is changing the way scientists look for solutions to agricultural problems. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems recently published an article showing a real-world example of this in a study led by Dr. Robert J. Lascano. It was conducted by scientists from multiple disciplines looking at the issues faced in the High Plains with dryland crop production. Computational models were used to evaluate practices in dryland crop management, results being specific to each region. These new tools available through modern science combined with collaboration across disciplines can help stay up to date to provide farmers with the most helpful information and work towards solutions to agricultural problems. To read the full article, click here.

U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update

For much of the drought-monitoring period, the remnants of Hurricane Nicholas continued to produce heavy showers across the South. Toward the end of the period, residual tropical moisture was drawn northward in advance of a strong cold front, further enhancing rainfall in several areas. At the Tuesday morning (September 21) cutoff, rain was falling in several areas—including parts of the Midwest—that have been experiencing dryness or drought. Meanwhile, the Northwest also received some precipitation, including high-elevation snow, providing limited drought relief. In many sections of the country, however, dry weather favored summer crop maturation and harvesting, but reduced topsoil moisture for newly planted winter grains. Some of the most significant short-term dryness, aggravated by late-season heat, existed across the southern Plains. Mostly dry weather also prevailed across the nation’s southwestern quadrant, including central and southern California. To view the map and regional reports, click here.


NWF Project Manager Joins Farm Talk Podcast

This week NWF project manager, Anne Osborne joined Mick Kjar on 890 am Farm Talk. They discussed the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest. Time is running out! If you entered the Wheat Yield Contest in 2021, please get your yield data into the website by October 1st! To listen to the full podcast, click here.

Gifts of Grain

Gifts of Grain is a fundraiser launched by the Foundation to raise money for wheat education, research, and outreach. One example of an outreach/education project the Foundation does is the congressional farm tour. Research on high yield, quality and profit started in winter wheat and will eventually help farmers in all wheat areas select varieties and management strategies that will accomplish all three.  Nutrition through wheat projects is in the process of being identified. Funding for projects comes from a variety of partners, there are 18 sponsors (so far) for the National Wheat Yield Contest in 2022, U.S. Wheat Associates is sponsoring our quality projects, BNSF helps us educate congressional staff at Wheat 106, and wheat growers’ donations through Gifts of Grain are helping as well.   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 to learn more about how you can participate in Gifts of Grain.


FMC Tech Talk: Battling Glyphosate & ALS-Resistant Weeds in Wheat with a New Mode of Action

Weeds resistant to glyphosate and ALS chemistries cause significant headaches for wheat growers. Join FMC Technical Service Manager Chris Leon at the FMC Stine Research Center in Newark, Delaware. He’ll provide a research update and explain how Anthem® Flex herbicide’s unique mode of action in wheat is key in the battle against resistant Italian ryegrass, annual bluegrass, chickweed, henbit, marestail and other weeds. To watch the Tech Talk, click here.


Farm Groups Win, for Now, Expanded Protection from Estate Tax

– Agri-Pulse

Straightening Out Farm Policy Fallacies

– Farm Policy Facts

U.S. Grain Exports Rise as Gulf Terminals Slowly Recover from Ida

–        Reuters