Congress Averts a Government Shutdown
Earlier today, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that provides funding for the federal government through December 3, 2021. Included within the CR is $10 billion was for agriculture disaster, which extends WHIP+ for calendar year 2020 and 2021. A main component of this was a change to the drought assistance trigger, now requiring 8 consecutive weeks in D2 conditions. NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, expressed his gratitude for the disaster aid and the aversion of a shutdown, but urged Congress to work together to fund the federal government beyond this continuing resolution. To get more information on the disaster aid component, click here, and to read the full NAWG press release, click here.
NAWG President’s Hearing Testimony in the Media
NAWG President, David Milligan, appeared in articles by Texas Farm Bureau and Brownfield Ag News for America about his recent testimony to the House Agriculture Committee. The articles reiterated the importance of the farmer receiving an equitable return for the carbon since it will be generated on the farm. Check out these article from the Texas Farm Bureau and Brownfield Ag News. To rewatch the hearing, click here.
NAWG is Hiring
NAWG is currently looking to hire a Government Relations Representative/Coordinator to work with and support the policy staff of NAWG in executing the organization’s policy objectives. This position will close on October 15, 2021. Learn more about the job and how to apply, here.
ONE WEEK LEFT: 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.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Vilsack Takes Action on Challenges Facing America’s Agricultural Producers
Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced his Comprehensive Investment Package to support drought resilience and response, animal disease prevention, market disruption relief, and purchase of food for school nutrition programs. Vilsack also announced a new climate-smart practices funding initiative. The USDA published a Request for Information seeking public input about the new initiative, and specifically how they can best serve historically underrepresented producers. Insights gained from this will be considered in the creation of a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) seeking project proposals for the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative. To read the full press release, click here.
Jayme White and Sarah Bianchi Confirmed by Senate for USTR Deputy
Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jayme White and Sarah Bianchi to serve as Deputy United States Trade Representatives. This week they will both be sworn in. White has spent 20 years working with American trade policy proving to be vital in almost every major trade issue or legislation. He has been with the Senate since 2009, being chief trade advisor since 2014. Bianchi has spent nearly ten years in economic and domestic policy. In 2011 she was appointed head of economic and domestic policy. She also served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, senior advisor to the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware, and several private sector roles. You can read the full press releases for White’s swearing-in and Bianchi’s confirmation here.
USDA to Host Special Virtual Data User’s Meeting to Gather Public Input on Statistical Programs
On October 13 and 14, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will hold its Data User’s meeting. The meeting on October 13 will include agency updates and breakout sessions for participants to attend that will discuss in-depth topics. On October 14, participants will have an opportunity to ask any questions or offer any comments they may have. This will be followed by additional breakout sessions. This is a great opportunity for growers to stay up to date and be involved in the data that is distributed to the agriculture sector. To view more information and to register, click here.
U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Update
Warm and dry conditions dominated much of the western half of the United States while some needed rain fell on portions of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and into the Northeast. Some late summer precipitation also fell along the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest. As the 2021-22 water year concluded, the West, northern Plains, and upper Midwest had the poorest recorded precipitation, while portions of the South and Southeast have recorded 110-150 % of normal precipitation during this time. To view the full map and summary, click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
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 AOsborne@wheatworld.org to learn more about how you can participate in Gifts of Grain.
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