Archive for October 2010

Wheat Grower-Leaders Finish Up Fall Meetings in Minneapolis

October 29, 2010

Grower-leaders from NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) held their fall meetings at the Hilton Minneapolis last weekend, considering new and continuing business in areas including trade, research and biotechnology, farm policy and more.

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Ag Groups Warn Senators on Overreaching Cardin Bay Bill

October 29, 2010

Forty major agricultural groups including NAWG wrote all Senators this week strongly urging them to oppose any effort to insert language from Sen. Ben Cardin’s (D-Md.) Chesapeake Bay bill, S. 1816, into other legislation in the lame duck session.

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Draft Report: Conservation Efforts Working for Chesapeake Area

October 29, 2010

A recent draft report from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) underscores the importance of conservation practices undertaken by agricultural producers in efforts to improve the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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10 Producers Selected for WILOT Training Sessions in November

October 29, 2010

Ten wheat producers from around the country will gather in mid-November to learn leadership and communications skills and more about the industry they hope to serve in the coming years.

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Update on NAWG Foundation Strategic Planning Process

October 26, 2010

NAWG and NAWG Foundation President Jerry McReynolds, a wheat producer from Woodston, Kan., gives a short update about the ongoing NAWG Foundation strategic planning process and action taken in that process at the Oct. 25, 2010, NAWGF meeting in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Joint Trade Committee Report from 2010 Fall Wheat Conference

October 26, 2010

Listen to NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates Joint International Trade Policy Committee Chairman Leonard Schock discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Fall Wheat Conference, held Oct. 24, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Joint Biotech Committee Report from 2010 Fall Wheat Conference

October 26, 2010

Listen to NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates Joint Biotechnology Committee Chairman Scott Swenson discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Fall Wheat Conference, held Oct. 23, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Research and Technology Committee Report from 2010 Fall Wheat Conference

October 26, 2010

Listen to NAWG Research and Technology Committee Chairman Darren Padget discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Fall Wheat Conference, held Oct. 23, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Operations and Planning Committee Report from 2010 Fall Wheat Conference

October 26, 2010

Listen to NAWG Operations and Planning Committee Chairman Karl Scronce discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Fall Wheat Conference, held Oct. 23, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Report from 2010 Fall Wheat Conference

October 26, 2010

Listen to NAWG Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Chairman Eric Hasselstrom discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Fall Wheat Conference, held Oct. 23, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Report from 2010 Fall Wheat Conference

October 26, 2010

Listen to NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Chairman David Schemm discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2010 Fall Wheat Conference, held Oct. 23, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Vilsack Announces Range of Efforts to Incentivize Biofuels

October 22, 2010

USDA will move quickly on a series of initiatives to help incentivize biofuels production and, as a result, bolster rural economies, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Thursday in much-anticipated speech at the National Press Club in Washington.

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NAWG Urges Collaboration, Outreach at ARS Meeting

October 22, 2010

NAWG Director of Research and Technology Jane DeMarchi represented growers at an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) stakeholder workshop this week, urging the researchers in attendance to look for opportunities to collaborate with their peers and work to communicate more effectively with lay people about their projects.

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Upcoming Heartland Episode Features First Lady in the Garden

October 22, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama will be the featured guest on episode 609 of America’s Heartland, which should begin airing around the country the week of Nov. 1.

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Congress to the Rescue? An Update on the Sixth Circuit Case

October 22, 2010

Can wheat growers apply pesticides without a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit? The answer to that question has been largely unsettled since January 2009, when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Nov. 26, 2006, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Rule.

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Ag Groups Write EPA on TMDL Proposal, Water Quality Strategy

October 15, 2010

NAWG and other agricultural organizations joined with two sets of comments sent this week to the Environmental Protection Agency expressing deep concerns about the Agency’s water regulation strategy.

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Congressional Leaders Urge Change to Cuba Restrictions

October 15, 2010

Eleven Members of the House of Representatives wrote President Barack Obama this week expressing support for changes his Administration is considering to Cuba travel restrictions and urging him to also modify onerous Treasury Department regulations that suppress U.S. agricultural trade with the island nation.

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Ag Organizations Meet to Discuss Joint Public Trust Campaign

October 15, 2010

NAWG leaders joined representatives from more than 20 national food and agricultural associations in St. Louis this week to discuss creating an organization to direct a national, consumer-focused outreach campaign.

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Ag Groups Urge CFTC to Exempt Farm Credit from Swaps Clearing

October 8, 2010

NAWG and a dozen other groups representing farmers and ranchers wrote the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) this week, urging his agency to exempt Farm Credit System institutions from a mandatory swaps clearing requirement under consideration.

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U.S. Wheat Stocks Remain High Despite Brisk Export Sales

October 8, 2010

The recent Russian drought and government ban on wheat exports set off a market reaction one might only imagine in a true wheat supply crisis. The lingering questions remain fixed on the supply picture in spite of the fact that world wheat production reached its third highest level for 2010/2011. Indeed, USDA’s Quarterly Grain Stocks Report this week confirmed that U.S. wheat stocks are abundant and sufficient to meet demand left after Russia closed its wheat store.

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International Ag Leaders to Headline CropWorld 2010

October 8, 2010

Experts in business, trade, science and technology will gather in London from Nov. 1 to 3 to examine how industry can work together to meet the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population in a responsible, sustainable and profitable way.

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Spaghetti, Linguine, Macaroni: Celebrate Pasta Month in October

October 8, 2010

Pasta lovers around the country will be celebrating their favorite cuisine this October as part of National Pasta Month and Pasta Lovers’ Week, which begins Oct. 24.

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Congress Passes Continuing Resolution and Heads Home

October 1, 2010

Congress approved a continuing resolution this week to fund the government until December and then headed home to campaign for fall elections. The continuing resolution, commonly known as a CR, will fund most of the government at FY2010 levels through Dec. 3. It passed the Senate by a 69 to 30 vote and the House […]

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Long-Awaited Cuba Mark-up in House Foreign Affairs Cancelled

October 1, 2010

A scheduled House Committee on Foreign Affairs mark-up of legislation to ease trade and travel restrictions against Cuba was cancelled this week as Congress rushed to head home prior to November’s elections. The bill that was to be considered by the Committee, H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, would clarify how […]

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Holden and Goodlatte Ask GAO for Chesapeake Bay Information

October 1, 2010

Reps. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) requested late last week that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) take a close look at modeling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses to evaluate programs and create proposals with regards to the Chesapeake Bay. EPA has used what is known as the Chesapeake Bay Model to propose […]

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