Archive for April 2010

Pressure to Change Cuba Policy Seen from Ag Groups, House

April 30, 2010

NAWG joined a diverse coalition of nearly 100 other organizations this week in writing Members of the House Agriculture Committee urging support of the Peterson-Moran bill to ease trade and travel restrictions against Cuba.

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Ag Groups to Talk Trade to Media at Monday Press Conference

April 30, 2010

Leaders from organizations representing producers of wheat, corn, beef and pork, along with the American Farm Bureau Federation, will take part in a Monday press conference set to highlight the urgent need for passage of three long-pending free trade agreements.

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2010 Rail Day Activities Set for Wednesday in Washington, Online

April 30, 2010

Wheat producers across the country are encouraged to participate in activities related to the sixth annual Rail Customer Day on Wednesday, May 5, by going online to www.wheatworld.org.

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Vilsack Focuses on Rural Development at 2012 Hearing

April 23, 2010

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack focused on rural revitalization in his two and a half hours before the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, as the lone witness at the first hearing of the 2012 Farm Bill process.

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Nigerian Millers Tout Benefits of MAP, FMD on Hill, to Media

April 23, 2010

Flour milling executives from Nigeria traveled to the United States this week in part to tell policymakers and members of the media how U.S. market development programs have benefited their industry and bolstered U.S. wheat sales to their country.

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DTN Sets ACRE Webinar for Growers Looking at 2010 Enrollment

April 23, 2010

DTN is planning a webinar for producers who are trying to consider if they should enroll in the ACRE program for the remainder of the 2008 Farm Bill.

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NAWG Officers Talk Earth Day 2010

April 22, 2010

For Earth Day 2010, NAWG decided to get the views of a few “first conservationists” – farmers – on tape.

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Earth Day Conversation, Part One

April 22, 2010

For Earth Day 2010, listen to a conversation between NAWG Second Vice President Erik Younggren and Secretary-Treasurer Bing Von Bergen about what they do on their farms to help the environment.

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Earth Day Conversation, Part Two

April 22, 2010

For Earth Day 2010, listen to a conversation between NAWG Second Vice President Erik Younggren and Secretary-Treasurer Bing Von Bergen about what’s changed over the years in farming practices and what that means for the environment.

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Earth Day Conversation, Part Three

April 22, 2010

For Earth Day 2010, listen to a conversation between NAWG Second Vice President Erik Younggren and Secretary-Treasurer Bing Von Bergen about what they’d like urban dwellers to know about how farmers treat the land.

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Ahead of Food Safety Debate, Ag Writes on Traceability Concerns

April 16, 2010

With food safety legislation set to appear on the Senate schedule as early as next week, commodity and food processing groups wrote Senator leaders this week to emphasize the importance of exempting grain commodities from onerous and unnecessary traceability standards.

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USDA Willing to Work With Congress on Budget Baseline

April 16, 2010

USDA officials indicated this week they would work with Congress to somehow preserve 2012 Farm Bill budget baseline that could potentially be lost through the renegotiation of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA).

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Vilsack to Testify at First 2012 Farm Bill Hearing Next Week

April 16, 2010

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is scheduled to be the lone witness at the first House Agriculture Committee hearing of the 2012 Farm Bill process, set for next Wednesday.

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NAWG Talks Research Priorities at NIFA Stakeholder Meeting

April 16, 2010

NAWG Chief Executive Officer Dana Peterson presented wheat research priorities to USDA officials this week at a stakeholder workshop held by the new National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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Temporary Settlement Forestalls Brazil Retaliation in WTO Case

April 9, 2010

The U.S. and Brazil reached an interim settlement this week just a day before more than $500 million in import tariffs on U.S. products – including 30 percent tariffs on milling wheat – were slated to go into effect.

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Syngenta and CIMMYT Establish Wheat Research Partnership

April 9, 2010

Syngenta and the international wheat research organization CIMMYT announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a public-private partnership focusing on wheat research and development encompassing native and biotech traits, hybrid wheat and the use of seeds and crop protection products to increase yields.

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U.S. Wheat Industry Welcomes Positive Step Forward on Brazil Trade Dispute

April 7, 2010

The following is a statement from the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates on the Brazil WTO case.

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Administrative Action Continues As Congress Goes on Recess

April 2, 2010

Though the Hill was quiet this week with Congress out on recess, the Administration made a number of announcements of interest to U.S. agricultural producers.

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Two Key Trade Positions Filled With Recess Appointments

April 2, 2010

The White House announced Saturday that President Barack Obama would fill 15 administration posts held vacant due to continuing political issues in the Senate, including two key trade nominees pending since last fall.

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NAWG Releases Farm Bill Survey to State Wheat Organizations

April 2, 2010

NAWG released this week to affiliated state wheat associations a survey intended to gauge grower satisfaction with the safety net provided by the 2008 Farm Bill and seek ideas for the next round of farm policy discussions.

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NAWG State Staff Members Head to Digital Now for Training

April 2, 2010

Twelve wheat state association staff members and two NAWG staff members will head to Orlando, Fla., next week for the biennial state executives’ training put on by the NAWG Foundation and generously sponsored by Syngenta.

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