Archive for March 2010

Commodity Leaders Sit Down with EPA, USDA Leaders in D.C.

March 26, 2010

Grower-leaders from NAWG and organizations representing corn, soybean, rice, cotton and sorghum growers met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack this week for an unprecedented dialogue about farmers’ relationship with EPA and their concerns about pending environmental regulations.

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Committee Okays Nutrition Bill; Conservation Tapped for Offsets

March 26, 2010

A child nutrition reauthorization bill approved unanimously by the Senate Agriculture Committee this week would increase spending on child nutrition programs by $4.5 billion over ten years.

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USDA Announces Grant Process for $262 Million in Funds

March 26, 2010

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) this week released information about its request for application process that will ultimately award $262 million in competitive grant funding from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

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NAWG President on Meeting with EPA and USDA Officials

March 25, 2010

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, grower representatives from the wheat, corn, soybean, sorghum, rice and cotton industries met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. Here, NAWG President Jerry McReynolds, a wheat producer from Kansas, talks about the meeting and its outcomes.

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Producers, Senators Voice Opposition to Farm Budget Cuts

March 19, 2010

As the budget process tilts into full gear amid ongoing debates about health care and tax extenders, agriculture supporters are making known their opposition to cuts proposed in the Obama Administration’s budget and the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) renegotiation.

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Food Aid Coordination, Funding At Issue During Budget Season

March 19, 2010

NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates and other members of an ad hoc food aid coalition submitted for the record this week their comments on funding levels and priorities for FY2011.

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Applications for NAWG Summer Internship Due Friday, April 16

March 19, 2010

Application information for NAWG’s 2010 summer internship is now available online, with all submissions due by Friday, April 16.

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Attacks on MAP Intensify As Members Look for Budget Savings

March 12, 2010

NAWG urges all wheat growers to contact their Members of Congress to reiterate the importance of the Market Access Program (MAP) after the Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus within the Republican delegation, this week added the program to its list of programs to eliminate for budget savings.

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Ag Groups File Amicus Brief on High Court’s First Biotech Case

March 12, 2010

NAWG joined a coalition of agricultural organizations Monday in filing a joint friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court in support of the petitioners in Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms.

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MGEX Owners Eliminate Restriction Against Biotech Wheat

March 12, 2010

MGEX, commonly known as the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, announced last Friday that its ownership has approved eliminating a rule precluding the delivery of genetically modified wheat.

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NWIC Chair Jim Peterson to Leave Oregon State for Limagrain

March 12, 2010

Oregon State University announced Friday that it’s wheat breeder and the head of the National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC), Dr. Jim Peterson, has accepted a position in the private sector as the vice president of research with Limagrain Cereal Seeds.

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NAWG President Testifies on Importance of Trade with Cuba

March 11, 2010

U.S. wheat producers and the industries that support them stand to gain up to $100 million in sales each year if trade and travel restrictions with Cuba are eased, National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jerry McReynolds told Members of the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing Thursday.

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McReynolds on His Election As NAWG President

March 6, 2010

A short conversation with new NAWG President Jerry McReynolds of Woodston, Kan., held after his election at the NAWG Board of Directors meeting on March 6, 2010.

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Von Bergen on His Election As NAWG Secretary-Treasurer

March 6, 2010

Listen to Bing Von Bergen, from Montana, talk after his election as NAWG’s new secretary-treasurer at the NAWG Board of Directors meeting on March 6, 2010.

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McReynolds Elected NAWG President at 2010 Commodity Classic

March 6, 2010

Kansas wheat producer Jerry McReynolds was elected president of the National Association of Wheat Growers at the organization’s Board of Directors meeting Saturday.

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Growers Converge on Anaheim for 2010 Classic Sessions

March 5, 2010

More than 4,000 people including more than 1,300 growers made their way to Anaheim this week for the events associated with the 2010 Commodity Classic.

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Vilsack Says USDA Will Hold CRP General Sign-Up in 2010

March 5, 2010

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced last weekend at Pheasant Fest in Des Moines, Iowa, that USDA will hold a sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) this year.

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NAWG Writes RMA on Falling Numbers Discounts Issue

March 5, 2010

NAWG President Karl Scronce urged the administrator of the Risk Management Agency (RMA) this week to take steps to ensure discounts due to falling numbers irregularities are included in crop insurance coverage for the 2011 year.

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Vilsack, Association Leaders Highlight General Session

March 5, 2010

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and grower-leaders of the Commodity Classic sponsoring organizations highlighted the 2010 Classic general session held Friday before thousands of attendees.

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USW Chair Janice Mattson in the Classic 2010 Wheat Industry Booth

March 4, 2010

Hear U.S. Wheat Associates Chair Janice Mattson, from Montana, talk about the 2010 Commodity Classic, the Wheat Industry booth and U.S. Wheat’s mission.

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Research and Technology Committee Report from 2010 Commodity Classic

March 4, 2010

Listen to NAWG Research and Technology Committee Chairman Byron Richard discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Commodity Classic, held March 4, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif.

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Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Report from 2010 Commodity Classic

March 4, 2010

Listen to NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Chairman Jeff Newtson and Vice Chairman David Schemm discuss their committee’s meeting at the 2010 Commodity Classic, held March 3, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif.

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Wheat Industry Booth Offers Information, 500 Pounds of Pasta

March 4, 2010

The Wheat Industry booth at the 2010 Commodity Classic trade show offers a full view of wheat grower organizations, featuring the National Association of Wheat Growers, U.S. Wheat Associates and the Wheat Foods Council.

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NAWG and U.S. Wheat Talk Trade at Classic

March 4, 2010

Trade is the top wheat industry priority on the agenda at Commodity Classic, with representatives from NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates taking the convention as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of trade to policy makers, their fellow growers and the media.

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Operations and Planning Committee Report from 2010 Commodity Classic

March 3, 2010

Listen to NAWG Operations and Planning Committee Chairman David Cleavinger discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Commodity Classic, held March 3, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif.

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Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Report from 2010 Commodity Classic

March 3, 2010

Listen to NAWG Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Chairman Paul Penner discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Commodity Classic, held March 3, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif.

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NAWG Policy Committees Start Discussions on 2012 Farm Bill

March 3, 2010

National Association of Wheat Growers policy committees meeting Wednesday at Commodity Classic focused their discussions on farm bill programs and timelines for development of 2012 Farm Bill concepts.

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