NAWG Weekly Updates, October 25, 2018
Please note that NAWG will not be distributing sending out weekly updates next week due to the NAWG/USW Fall Conference.
2018 NAWG/USW Fall Conference Kicks Off Next Tuesday!
NAWG and U.S. Wheat will be holding their 2018 Fall Conference at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay, Florida from October 30th to November 2nd. NAWG’s schedule of events can be found here. If you have not registered, visit this link to go straight to the registration page. Thank you Bayer, Syngenta and WestBred® for partnering with us on this conference!
Visit NAWG’s press release page to see our statement, which will be issued once the conference has concluded.
NAWG Provides Farm Bill Conference Update to IDGA Board
On October 23, 2018, NAWG VP of Policy and Communications provided an overview, via conference call, of NAWG’s recent activities, the Farm Bill, and what to expect in the coming weeks to the Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA) Board. Email Josh Tonsager if interested in having NAWG do a similar presentation for your board.
NAWG Provides Farm Bill Conference Update to NDGGA Board
On October 17, 2018, NAWG VP of Policy and Communications, via videoconference, joined the North Dakota Grain Growers Association (NDGGA)’s board meeting to discuss the current status of the Farm Bill and the landscape for agriculture post midterm elections. Email Josh Tonsager if interested in having NAWG do a similar presentation for your board.
NAWG and USW to Attend 75th NAFB Convention, November 7-9, 2018
From November 7-9, 2018, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) will be attending the 75th annual National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Convention held at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. During the convention, NAWG and U.S. Wheat will host a booth as part of the Trade Talk on November 8th. USW Chairman Chris Kolstad and NAWG President Jimmie Musick will representing their Associations and plan on discussing several topics with broadcasters including the farm bill, trade, mid-term elections, and other association-specific priorities.
Additionally, first the first time, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) and the U.S. Wheat Associates are co-sponsoring a NAFB Foundation scholarship. The scholarship will be given to Matthew Winterholler, a senior at Texas Tech University who is majoring in Agricultural Communications. Matthew will be recognized at the NAFB Foundation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 7th where NAWG President Jimmie Musick and USW’s Amanda Spoo will be presenting him the award. For more information, visit https://nafb.com/foundation.
NAWG Gives Farm Bill Update to Ohio Corn and Wheat Leadership Academy
On October 25th, NAWG Government Relations Coordinator Craig Berning provided an update to the Ohio Corn and Wheat Leadership Academy on the current status of the 2018 farm bill as it makes its way through conference. Berning also discussed how midterm elections could impact the progress of the bill.
USDA Accepts Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations and applications to serve on the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (the “Committee”). The Committee will meet and discuss beginning farmer and rancher policy and program issues and collaborate to make recommendations to the Secretary on matters broadly affecting new farmers and ranchers. The membership term shall not exceed 2 years from the date of appointment. Applications and nomination packages can be downloaded at the link below: https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755. Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before November 1, 2018.
Agribusinesses Seek to Modernize Global Agricultural Commodity Trade Operations
Driven by opportunities to increase transparency and efficiency for customers, global agribusinesses are turning to emerging digital technologies – including blockchain and artificial intelligence options – to reduce resource- and time-intensive processes associated with the global agricultural commodity value chain.
Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) (“ADM”), Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) (“Bunge”), Cargill, Incorporated (“Cargill”), and Louis Dreyfus Company (“LDC”) are investigating ways to standardize and digitize global agricultural shipping transactions for the benefit of the entire industry. The companies also seek broad-based industry participation to promote global access and adoption.
Read the release here.
USDA Announces Update to National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
On October 24, 2018, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the first update since 2013 of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The update culminates a yearlong review by the Federal Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinating Committee (FIPMCC), a joint effort that is coordinated by the Office of Pest Management Policy in the Office of USDA’s Chief Economist with representatives of all federal agencies with responsibilities in IPM research, implementation, or education programs. These agencies include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and Department of Defense (DoD).
NASS to Collect Additional Harvested Acreage Information
Many crops have been significantly impacted by Hurricane Michael and the subsequent flooding. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will collect harvested acreage information for a number of crops in affected states in preparation for the November Crop Production report. These additional data will help to better assess the full impact. If the newly collected data justifies any changes, NASS will publish updated harvested acreage estimates in the November 8 report. Read the release here.
USDA Approves New Crop Insurance Provider
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) approved Church Mutual Insurance Company (CMIC) as a Standard Reinsurance Agreement holder, combined with Precision Risk Management, LLC (PRM) as its managing general agency (MGA) for the 2019 crop season. To be approved, Church and PRM were required to demonstrate the necessary financial, organizational resources including technical skills, leadership and experience in the field of crop insurance. Precision Risk Management is licensed in 16 Midwestern states and is headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D. Read more in AgriPulse here.
The National Wheat Foundation is Officially Accepting Applications for Scholarship Honoring Ag Students
The National Wheat Foundation is officially accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, honoring a student pursuing a career in agriculture. The scholarship is available to both high school and college students for the 2019-2020 academic year with an application deadline of December 01, 2018. For more information on how to apply, read the Foundation’s release here.