Archive for January 2011

USDA Decides to Deregulate Biotech Alfalfa Without Conditions

January 28, 2011

USDA said Thursday it is granting deregulated status to Roundup Ready alfalfa, meaning growers won’t face isolation distances and other restrictions on planting of the genetically modified crop.

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State of the Union Touches Key Policies for Wheat Growers

January 28, 2011

President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address to Congress and the nation on Tuesday. Below are some themes of importance to the agriculture industry, in order of their appearance in the speech and with notes on NAWG’s related policy.

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Regulatory Burden Takes Center Stage at SOTU, in Congress

January 28, 2011

President Barack Obama took his State of the Union address Tuesday as an opportunity to again highlight his Administration’s new efforts to reexamine federal regulations and ease their burden where possible.

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Growers Talk Importance of Federal Budget in New Congress

January 21, 2011

Nearly 200 wheat growers, state wheat organization staff and other wheat industry stakeholders gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference. Here’s a recap of key happenings.

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Colombian Ambassador Tells Joint Trade Group Time is Short

January 21, 2011

Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States Gabriel Silva presented to a standing-room crowd on Tuesday at the NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates Joint International Trade Policy Committee meeting, emphasizing the importance of quick passage of a pending free trade agreement with that country.

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House Ag Takes Stern Look at Biotech Approval Process

January 21, 2011

The House Agriculture Committee held a public forum Thursday to hear testimony and question Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about his Department’s process for approving Roundup Ready alfalfa and the implications it could have on future biotech approvals.

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Joint Trade Committee Report from 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

January 21, 2011

Listen to NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates Joint International Trade Policy Committee Chairman Leonard Schock discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 18, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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Operations and Planning Committee Report from 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

January 21, 2011

Listen to NAWG Operations and Planning Committee Chairman Karl Scronce discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 17, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Report from 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

January 21, 2011

Listen to NAWG Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Chairman Eric Hasselstrom discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 18, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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Joint Biotech Committee Report from 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

January 21, 2011

Listen to NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates Joint Biotechnology Committee Chairman Scott Swenson discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 17, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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Research and Technology Committee Report from 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

January 21, 2011

Listen to NAWG Research and Technology Committee Chairman Darren Padget discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 17, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Report from 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

January 21, 2011

Listen to NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Chairman David Schemm discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 17, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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NAWG Names Murray 2010 Wheat Leader of the Year

January 19, 2011

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is the recipient of the National Association of Wheat Growers’ 2010 Wheat Leader of the Year Award, the wheat industry’s highest public service award.

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Stabenow Hits Major Issues in First Speech as Ag Chairwoman

January 14, 2011

Incoming Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) touched on everything from farm bill programs to the regulatory system in a speech Tuesday, billed as her first in her new leadership role.

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USDA Announces Significant New Investment in Wheat Research

January 14, 2011

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced this week a new and significant investment of public funds in wheat research work.

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Agenda for Congressional Action Unclear, but Full Nevertheless

January 14, 2011

Congress largely paused legislative business and partisan rancor this week following the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 other people on Jan. 8.

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NAWG “Thrilled to See” USDA Wheat Research Grant

January 12, 2011

NAWG applauds USDA’s announcement Wednesday that the wheat and barley research communities will be awarded a $25 million grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA’s) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

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New Leaders for Ag Committees as 112th Congress Convenes

January 7, 2011

The 112th Congress was called into session this week, bringing with it new leadership at the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over agriculture-related policies and programs.

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Ag Groups Write White House on GM Alfalfa Regulation Overreach

January 7, 2011

NAWG and five other farm groups wrote the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology this week to express their deep concerns about how USDA’s process to deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa could threatened to undermine the U.S. government’s science-based regulatory system.

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RMA Proposes Crop Insurance “Good Performance Refund”

January 7, 2011

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced Thursday a proposed rule that would establish a program to refund part of crop insurance premiums to producers who have had minimal losses in recent years.

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2011 WOLF Class to Focus on Board Service, Communications

January 7, 2011

Thirteen growers will travel to Washington, D.C. a bit early next week to undergo training as part of the 2011 Wheat Organization Leaders of the Future (WOLF) program.

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Early Registration Discount for 2011 Classic Ends Jan. 20

January 7, 2011

Early registration prices for the 2011 Commodity Classic expire in just a few short days, on Jan. 20.

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