Archive for January 2010

At Meetings, Producers Discuss Priorities, Look to the Future

January 29, 2010

More than 150 wheat growers came from across the country this week to attend NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates committee meetings, Board meetings and joint committee and Board sessions.

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Research Fly-In Meetings Focus on Ug99, Pests, Wheat Quality

January 29, 2010

Wheat researchers, growers, millers and bakers met with more than 60 Hill offices and USDA this week as part of the annual NAWG and National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) fly-in.

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Peterson Talks 2012 Farm Bill with Wheat Organization Boards

January 29, 2010

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) told wheat growers this week that he plans to write a bipartisan, baseline 2012 Farm Bill, with hearings exploring stakeholder ideas and concerns coming as soon as March or April.

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Trade Agenda Makes an Appearance in State of the Union

January 29, 2010

President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address, given Wednesday, contained an unexpected defense of trade and a renewed commitment to the trade agenda that wheat growers hope portend more aggressive action in this policy area.

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Full Funding Urged for MAP as New Study Sees $115-to-$1 Return

January 29, 2010

Sixty-six House Members wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Monday encouraging him to maintain full funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) in the Administration’s 2011 fiscal year budget proposal, expected out next week.

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Joint Biotech Committee Report from Winter 2010 Meeting in D.C.

January 29, 2010

Listen to NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates Joint Biotechnology Committee Chairman Mark Darrington discuss his committee’s actions at the NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates winter meeting, held Jan. 24, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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Joint Trade Committee Report from Winter 2010 Meeting in D.C.

January 29, 2010

Listen to NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates Joint International Trade Policy Committee Chairman Dale Schuler discuss his committee’s actions at the NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates winter meeting, held Jan. 23, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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Operations and Planning Committee Report from 2010 Winter Meeting in D.C.

January 29, 2010

Listen to NAWG Operations and Planning Committee Chairman David Cleavinger discuss his committee’s happenings at their winter 2010 meeting, held Jan. 23, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Report from 2010 Winter Meeting in D.C.

January 29, 2010

Listen to NAWG Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Chairman Paul Penner discuss his committee’s happenings at
their winter 2010 meeting, held Jan. 23, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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Part 2 – Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Report from Winter 2010 Meeting in D.C.

January 29, 2010

Listen to NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Chairman Jeff Newtson discuss his committee’s happenings at their winter
2010 meeting, held Jan. 23, 2010, in Washington, D.C. This is part two of a two-part update.

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Part 1 – Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Report from Winter 2010 Meeting in D.C.

January 29, 2010

Listen to NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Chairman Jeff Newtson discuss his committee’s happenings at their winter 2010 meeting, held Jan. 23, 2010, in Washington, D.C. This is part one of a two-part update.

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Research and Technology Committee Report from 2010 Winter Meeting in D.C.

January 29, 2010

Listen to NAWG Research and Technology Committee Vice Chairman Scott Swenson discuss his committee’s happenings at their winter 2010 meeting, held Jan. 23. 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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Wheat Leaders Applaud Obama’s Emphasis on Trade in SOTU

January 28, 2010

Following is a joint statement from U.S. Wheat Associates Chair Janice Mattson, a wheat grower from Chester, Mont., and National Association of Wheat Growers President Karl Scronce, a wheat grower from Klamath Falls, Ore.

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House Agriculture Chairman Peterson Named Wheat Leader

January 25, 2010

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) was presented Monday with the Wheat Leader of the Year Award, the wheat industry’s highest public service award.

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Wheat Growers Head to D.C. For NAWG and U.S. Wheat Meetings

January 22, 2010

Wheat growers from around the country who lead the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates traveled to Washington, D.C., this week for a series of meetings beginning Saturday morning.

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Conversations Intensify In Crop Insurance Contract Renegotiation

January 22, 2010

The Senate’s agriculture leaders waded into the debate about the ongoing Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) negotiations this week, telling the Risk Management Agency (RMA) in a letter that it should “refrain from making deep cuts to the federal crop insurance program” as part of the process.

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Monday Hill Briefing Will Highlight Ug99 Threats, Research Needs

January 22, 2010

National Wheat Improvement Committee Chairman Dr. Jim Peterson will discuss the risks associated with Ug99 at the National C-FAR’s first Capitol Hill “lunch-n-learn” seminar of 2010, set for next Monday, Jan. 25.

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Audio Special: New NAWG CEO Peterson Talks Policy Priorities

January 22, 2010

Dana Peterson, a Kansas native and long-time policy staffer at Kansas Wheat, took the helm at NAWG as the Associations’ chief executive officer on Wednesday. In an audio interview now available online at www.wheatworld.org/newsroom/audio-gallery/, she discusses her view of top policy priorities facing agriculture; changes she sees for the organization and how it interacts with state associations; and the deep wheat background that led her to the nation’s capital.

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Looking Ahead with NAWG CEO Dana Peterson

January 22, 2010

An interview with incoming NAWG CEO Dana Peterson, who began work with the Association on Jan. 20, about current pressing policy priorities, what she wants to see NAWG become and how her background led her to the helm of the nation’s wheat association

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Congress Back to Work Next Week; Facing Health Care, Budget

January 15, 2010

Congress will be back to work in earnest next week after Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday to face a host of issues lacking simple solutions.

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Agriculture Looks For Ways to Serve in Wake of Haiti Disaster

January 15, 2010

The wheat industry joined others in agriculture this week in considering ways in which the industry’s resources can be brought to bear in Haiti after a devastating earthquake there on Tuesday.

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2010 WOLF Program Participants Start Training Thursday in D.C.

January 15, 2010

Participants in the 2010 Wheat Organization Leaders of the Future (WOLF) program will travel to D.C. late next week to begin their sessions ahead of the NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates meetings beginning on Saturday.

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Kansas Policy Specialist Named New NAWG CEO

January 8, 2010

Dana Peterson, a longtime policy staffer at Kansas Wheat, will be the next chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

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NAWG Officers Share Take-Aways from 2009 State Conventions

January 8, 2010

Each fall, NAWG officers travel to conventions and annual meetings held by NAWG’s affiliated state associations. These trips are perennial opportunities to connect with the grass-roots and hear what’s really happening in the countryside.

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America’s Heartland Features Exports, Work of U.S. Wheat

January 8, 2010

An episode of America’s Heartland featuring the work done by U.S. Wheat Associates and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) overseas will air on satellite network RFD-TV on Jan. 10 and on PBS stations throughout the United States in the coming weeks.

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USDA Makes Announcements on SURE, Actively Engaged Rules

January 8, 2010

USDA released three key pieces of information relating to implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill during the holiday break.

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