Archive for June 2010

NAWG Applauds House Ag Approval of Cuba Trade and Travel Bill

June 30, 2010

NAWG applauded the House Agriculture Committee’s passage on Wednesday of a bill that would significantly ease agricultural trade and travel restrictions with Cuba.

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DeMarchi to Join NAWG as Research and Technology Director

June 30, 2010

Jane DeMarchi will join the National Association of Wheat Growers as director of government affairs for research and technology as of July 20.

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Younggren Testifies to House Subcommittee on 2012 Farm Bill

June 25, 2010

NAWG Second Vice President Erik Younggren testified Thursday to key House Members on wheat growers’ experiences with 2008 Farm Bill programs and the process the Association will go through to set 2012 Farm Bill priorities.

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House Agriculture Scheduled to Mark Up Cuba Bill on Wednesday

June 25, 2010

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) announced Friday his Committee will hold a mark-up of a bill to ease trade and travel restrictions with Cuba on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

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Supreme Court Reverses Planting Ban on Roundup Ready Alfalfa

June 25, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court this week reversed a lower court’s nationwide ban on the cultivation of biotech alfalfa, considered a victory in the Court’s first case examining the technology.

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NAWG Second Vice President Talks 2012 Farm Bill at Hearing

June 24, 2010

National Association of Wheat Growers Second Vice President Erik Younggren testified Thursday to key House Members on wheat growers’ experiences with 2008 Farm Bill programs and the process the Association will go through to set 2012 Farm Bill priorities.

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House Subcommittee Holds Farm Bill Hearings This Week, Next

June 18, 2010

The House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management met Thursday to hear from a key USDA official on the status of 2008 Farm Bill programs and request information for the upcoming rewrite of federal farm policy.

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Bill Proposes Review, Changes to Chesapeake Bay Efforts

June 18, 2010

Reps. Tim Holden (D-Penn.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced a bill late last week they intend to serve as an alternate proposal for management of water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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Canadian House Approval of FTA Threatens U.S. Market Share

June 18, 2010

Canada’s House of Commons approved on Monday a trade agreement between that country and Colombia, taking a major step toward passage of a measure that could ultimately devastate the U.S. wheat industry’s share in its largest Latin American market.

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100+ Ag Groups Show Support for MAP and FMD Funding

June 18, 2010

NAWG joined more than 100 other members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports in writing key agriculture appropriators last week to urge continued strong support for USDA export development programs in the 2011 fiscal year appropriations cycle.

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Murkowski Resolution Fails to Make it Through Senate Floor

June 11, 2010

A disapproval resolution introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) failed to move forward in the Senate on Thursday after hours of long-anticipated debate on the merits of greenhouse gas regulation.

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70+ Anti-Castro Cubans Write in Support of House Trade Bill

June 11, 2010

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) released a letter Thursday from more than 70 pro-democracy Cuban leaders encouraging the passage of H.R. 4645, a bill strongly supported by NAWG that would loosen agricultural trade and travel restrictions against the island nation.

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Kansas State, Monsanto Agree to Share Technology, Germplasm

June 11, 2010

Kansas State University and Monsanto announced Friday a partnership that will allow them to share germplasm and technology and, ultimately, improve their wheat breeding programs.

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High Basis and Low Protein Causing Concerns in HRW States

June 11, 2010

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) responded this week to growing concerns about extremely high basis levels producers are facing in hard red winter wheat states.

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Draft Pesticide Permit Prompts More Questions than Answers

June 4, 2010

A proposal for a new general permit for pesticide applications released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week has left more questions than answers about what exactly will be required of producers who utilize pesticides.

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IFIC Survey Looks at Perceptions of Technology, Sustainability

June 4, 2010

Consumers support the use of food biotechnology – including wheat biotechnology – when they consider its potential benefits for reducing the impact of food and food production on the environment and for improving sustainability.

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Senate Agriculture to Start Farm Bill Hearings on June 30

June 4, 2010

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee will hold its first hearing in the 2012 Farm Bill process on June 30, Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) announced this week.

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