Archive for March 2011

Wheat Growers Applaud House Passage of NPDES Permitting Bill

March 31, 2011

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) was extremely pleased to see Thursday’s House passage of H.R. 872, a bill to remove duplicative new permitting requirements related to pesticide applications. The bill passed by a 292 to 134 vote.

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Recess Update on Wheat Policy Happenings

March 25, 2011

Both chambers of Congress were out of session this week, offering a short spring lull in Washington, D.C. Here’s a short but timely update on
policy happenings of interest to wheat growers.

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Sixth CR Cuts $6 Billion and Extends Federal Funding to April 8

March 18, 2011

The federal government will be funded until April 8 under a new continuing resolution finalized this week.

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Dramatic Payoff of Ag Research Spotlighted on Capitol Hill

March 18, 2011

The importance of agriculture research to feeding an exploding global population and keeping the U.S. economy strong was highlighted this week in Washington in a new paper released on ag research return-on-investment and as part of FY2012 budget discussions.

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Pressure Builds for Simultaneous Consideration of Three FTAs

March 18, 2011

More leaders on Capitol Hill said this week they want to see three long-pending free trade agreements move simultaneously, while an Administration official indicated intense discussions to address the Administration’s concerns with the Colombia agreement are underway.

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Bill to Remove Duplicative NPDES Permitting Passed by House Ag

March 11, 2011

The House Agriculture Committee approved by a voice vote on Wednesday a bill that would prevent the need for additional permitting prior to pesticide applications.

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Members Want Three Pending FTAs to Move Together

March 11, 2011

The Obama Administration told Congress this week that the long-pending free trade agreement with South Korea is nearly ready to go, but key Senators want similar agreements with Colombia and Panama to move at the same time.

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Hurst Elected President at Classic Board of Directors Meeting

March 11, 2011

Idaho wheat producer Wayne Hurst was elected and installed as NAWG’s president at the organization’s Board of Directors meeting held Saturday.

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Heartland Friends Effort Attracts $25,000 Matching Donation Offer

March 11, 2011

The Friends of America’s Heartland group announced this week that Indiana egg farmer Bob Krouse has pledged a matching donation of up to $25,000 to the effort, which is seeking to raise awareness and funds for the nationally-broadcast public TV program about American agriculture, America’s Heartland.

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Roundtable with NAWG Officers Old and New

March 5, 2011

A short conversation with new NAWG President Wayne Hurst, new NAWG Immediate Past President Jerry McReynolds and new NAWG Secretary-Treasurer Paul Penner following their elections to those positions at the 2011 Commodity Classic.

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Hurst Elected NAWG President at 2011 Commodity Classic

March 5, 2011

Idaho wheat producer Wayne Hurst was elected and installed as president of the National Association of Wheat Growers at the organization’s Board of Directors meeting held Saturday.

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Commodity Statement on Federal Deficit and Debt Reduction

March 5, 2011

Joint statement from Commodity Classic on the federal budget and deficit reduction.

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Special Friday Update on Classic, Hill Activities

March 4, 2011

An update on Classic and Hill activities from the week of Feb. 28 to March 4, 2011.

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EPA Ag Counselor Larry Elworth on Regulation Issues

March 4, 2011

Larry Elworth, agriculture counselor to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, spoke at a NAWG Foundation-sponsored learning center session on March 4, 2011, at the 2011 Commodity Classic. This is a lengthy audio update gathered from him after the event.

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Operations and Planning Committee Report from the 2011 Commodity Classic

March 4, 2011

Listen to NAWG Operations and Planning Committee Chairman Karl Scronce discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Commodity Classic, held March 3, 2011, in Tampa, Fla.

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Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Report from the 2011 Commodity Classic

March 4, 2011

Listen to NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Chairman David Schemm discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Commodity Classic, held March 2, 2011, in Tampa, Fla.

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Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Report from the 2011 Commodity Classic

March 4, 2011

Listen to NAWG Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Chairman Eric Hasselstrom discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Commodity Classic, held March 2, 2011, in Tampa, Fla.

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Research and Technology Committee Report from the 2011 Commodity Classic

March 4, 2011

Listen to NAWG Research and Technology Committee Chairman Darren Padget discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2011 Commodity Classic, held March 2, 2011, in Tampa, Fla.

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Bright Future of Wheat on Display at 2011 Classic Trade Show

March 3, 2011

Wheat growers and other attendees of the 2011 Commodity Classic kicked off the show’s major events Thursday afternoon with the opening of the Classic trade show, the largest ever in the history of the event.

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Bright Future of Wheat on Display at 2011 Classic Trade Show

March 3, 2011

Listen to David Cleavinger, a past NAWG president and current NAWG representative to the Commodity Classic planning committee, talk about the opening of the 2011 trade show and the Classic planning process.

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Grassroots Policy Set to Take Shape at NAWG Policy Meetings

March 2, 2011

Wheat growers who volunteer to represent their state producer organizations on the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Board of Directors are in Tampa, Fla., this week to meet as part of the 2011 Commodity Classic.

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Grassroots Policy Set to Take Shape at NAWG Policy Meetings

March 2, 2011

Listen to this short interview with NAWG President Jerry McReynolds, a wheat grower from Kansas, about NAWG’s policy process at the 2011 Commodity Classic.

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Wheat Growers Head to 2011 Commodity Classic in Tampa

March 1, 2011

Wheat growers from around the United States arrived in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday to begin the policy meetings and networking events that will highlight the 2011 Commodity Classic.

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Wheat Growers Head to 2011 Commodity Classic in Tampa

March 1, 2011

Listen to this short interview with NAWG CEO Dana Peterson on wheat growers’ work at the 2011 Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla.

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