Archive for September 2009

Scab Smart Web Site Offers Info on Scab, DON Mitigation

September 25, 2009

The U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (UWBSI) launched a new Web site this week to provide producers with information on how to manage Fusarium head blight, commonly known as scab.

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Obama Picks First Director of New USDA Research Agency

September 25, 2009

USDA announced this week that President Barack Obama has appointed Dr. Roger Beachy as the first director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a new research agency created under the 2008 Farm Bill.

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Congress Focuses on Approps As New Fiscal Year Looms

September 25, 2009

House and Senate activity this week was largely focused on pending appropriations bills, with the federal government’s fiscal year set to end on Wednesday.

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Murkowski Amendment Demonstrates Climate Passions

September 25, 2009

A potential amendment to the interior appropriations bill became a proxy war for the climate change debate this week in the Senate.

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NAWG and U.S. Wheat Submit Comments on Colombia FTA

September 18, 2009

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates submitted comments this week to the Office of the United States Trade Representative emphasizing the importance of a pending free trade agreement with Colombia to the wheat industry and wheat producers.

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Industry Paper Says Biotech Can Help Ensure Supplies

September 18, 2009

Biotechnology has the potential to help reverse the loss of wheat acres in the United States and help ensure there will be adequate supplies to feed a hungry world. That is the conclusion of a new wheat industry analysis released Thursday.

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Dr. Norman Borlaug, Saver of One Billion Lives, Dies at 95

September 18, 2009

Along with others in the agricultural industry around the world, NAWG leaders have mourned this week the loss of Dr. Norman Borlaug on Saturday at the age of 95.

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From U.S. Wheat: U.S. HRW Wheat Value is Peaking

September 18, 2009

In the midst of volatile markets and the daily economic battles, it can be very easy to overlook one significant benefit that the market is now offering all wheat buyers: the best landed-cost value for wheat the world has seen in several years.

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New Industry Paper Says Biotech Will Help Ensure Adequate Wheat Supplies

September 17, 2009

Biotechnology has the potential to help reverse the loss of wheat acres in the United States and help ensure there will be adequate supplies to feed a hungry world. That is the conclusion of a new wheat industry analysis released Thursday.

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Borlaug’s Leadership Will Be Missed By Wheat Industry

September 15, 2009

Statement from NAWG Chief Executive Officer Daren Coppock on the passing of Dr. Norman Borlaug.

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Lincoln Takes Over Senate Ag As Harkin Moves to HELP

September 11, 2009

A Senatorial game of musical chairs this week resulted in one of the fiercest proponents of production agriculture, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), becoming the new chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

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WASDE: Bearish Wheat Outlook Largely Unchanged

September 11, 2009

The latest edition of USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released Friday, sees few upside factors that might affect wheat prices but also sees no major downside surprise, due in large part to an abundance of wheat on the world market.

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National C-FAR Members Meet with REE Undersecretary

September 11, 2009

NAWG CEO Daren Coppock and eight other board members of the National Coalition for Agricultural Research (NC-FAR) met with USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics (REE) Rajiv Shah and Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young last Friday, taking a first step toward renewed and strengthened collaboration between the agriculture community and the REE mission area at USDA.

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Growers Meet with BNSF Rail Advisory Council in Seattle

September 4, 2009

Wheat growers and other agricultural representatives met with leaders of the BNSF Railway this week at the latest meeting of the Ag Rail Business Council.

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Word on Wheat: Our Two Cents on Health Care Policy

September 4, 2009

While the issue getting the most attention in rural America this August was climate change legislation, another big policy debate is looking us square in the eye: health care.

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NAWG Board Approves Climate Change Resolution

September 4, 2009

The NAWG Board of Directors met by conference call Friday to discuss pending climate change legislation and, as part of that discussion, the Board voted 26 to two to approve a new resolution regarding greenhouse gas regulation.

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NAWG Board Approves New Climate Change Resolution

September 4, 2009

A statement from Karl Scronce, NAWG president and a wheat producer from Klamath Falls, Ore., on climate change policy.

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Heartland’s Fifth Season Launches Week of Sept. 6

September 4, 2009

The fifth season of America’s Heartland is set to kick off on many public TV stations and RFD-TV the week of Sept. 6.

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