Archive for April 2011

NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

The House and Senate continued their two-week spring recess this week. Though the Hill remains quieter than normal, items of importance to agricultural producers continue. Here’s a short update; the complete Report will return next Friday, May 6. SURE Options Clarified for Growers with Disaster Crops Colorado wheat growers, with devastated winter wheat crops, can […]

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Recess Update on Wheat Policy Happenings

April 22, 2011

Both chambers of Congress began this week a two-week spring recess for Passover and Easter. As has become our practice during recess weeks, here’s a short report on happenings in the worlds of wheat policy and agriculture. The complete Report will return on Friday, May 6. Welcome Break in U.S.-Panama FTA Talks U.S. Wheat Associates […]

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Wheat Industry Welcomes Break in U.S.-Panama FTA Talks

April 20, 2011

Following is a joint statement from U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Don Schieber, a wheat grower from Ponca City, Okla., and National Association of Wheat Growers President Wayne Hurst, a wheat grower from Burley, Idaho: “The U.S. wheat industry applauds Ambassador Kirk’s announcement that the Obama Administration is ready to take the next steps toward ratification […]

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Wheat Chain Reps Meet in Chicago for Fourth Wheat Summit

April 15, 2011

Representatives from across the U.S. wheat value chain met Tuesday in Chicago for the fourth Wheat Summit.

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Congress Finishes FY2011 Budget as FY2012 Debate Heats Up

April 15, 2011

The debate over how and how much to cut federal spending produced both some answers and more questions this week in Washington.

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Rail Coalition Leaders Meet; Ag Groups Write STB with Concerns

April 15, 2011

Rail competition and service for wheat producers were the focus of meetings and lobbying efforts this week in Washington.

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USW Report: WTO Trade Talks Still Face Challenges

April 15, 2011

Doha round negotiations are showing no sign of an immediate conclusion as the tenth year of talks continue.

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Wheat Chain Statement Following 2011 Wheat Summit

April 12, 2011

Following is a joint statement from Dana Peterson, chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers; Alan Tracy, president of U.S. Wheat Associates; Mary Waters, president of the North American Millers’ Association and Lee Sanders, senior vice president of the American Bakers Association, whose organizations jointly hosted the fourth Wheat Summit on Tuesday.

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FY2011 Budget Situation Unresolved as Shutdown Looms

April 8, 2011

The federal government’s remaining FY2011 budget was still undetermined Friday, with a government shutdown fewer than 10 hours away if no solution is found.

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Administration Announces Major Colombia FTA Breakthrough

April 8, 2011

The U.S. wheat industry applauded a Wednesday announcement from the Obama Administration that negotiators have reached an agreement that should speed passage of a long-pending free trade agreement with Colombia.

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House Ag Learns About Key Market Development Programs

April 8, 2011

Members of a House Agriculture Committee subcommittee heard about the immense return on investment provided by USDA overseas market development programs at a hearing held Thursday to examine them.

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Wheat Industry Praises Progress on U.S.-Colombia FTA

April 6, 2011

A joint statement from National Association of Wheat Growers President Wayne Hurst, a wheat grower from Burley, Idaho, and U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Don Schieber, a wheat grower from Ponca City, Okla., on the U.S.-Colombia FTA.

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Women’s Program Participants Head to Leadership Training

April 1, 2011

Seven women seeking to learn how to become more involved in farm education and advocacy in their communities will travel to Arizona next week for the 2011 NAWG Women’s Leadership Class.

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House Passes Bill to Remove Duplicative Pesticide Permitting

April 1, 2011

The House passed H.R. 872 by a 292 to 130 vote on Thursday, signaling strong support for removal of duplicative new permitting requirements related to pesticide applications.

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July Target for Colombia-Canada FTA to Cost U.S. Farmers Billions

April 1, 2011

The Colombian government said this week that a free trade agreement between the Latin American country and Canada could be in effect as soon as July 1, an outcome that would be devastating to U.S. wheat producers’ market share there.

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Negotiations Continue Toward FY2011 Budget Agreement

April 1, 2011

Work toward a budget to fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year continued this week, with word that Republicans and Democrats might land on cutting approximately $33 billion from overall FY2010 spending, including some outlays to entitlement programs.

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