Archive for February 2012

BASF, NAWG Foundation Establish Minore Scholarship

February 29, 2012

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Foundation and BASF will establish a scholarship fund for students pursuing careers in the agriculture industry to honor longtime wheat industry friend and BASF employee Jerry Minore.

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Wheat Growers Head to 2012 Commodity Classic

February 28, 2012

From Commodity Classic (Nashville, Tenn.) – Wheat growers from around the country are boarding planes and hitting the road for Nashville, Tenn.

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NAWG CEO Dana Peterson Previews the 2012 Commodity Classic

February 27, 2012

Hear NAWG CEO Dana Peterson talk about likely happenings for the wheat industry at the 2012 Commodity Classic.

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NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of Feb. 23, 2012

February 23, 2012

Congress is out for Presidents Day recess, and NAWG’s staff and grower-leaders are making final preparations for Commodity Classic. Watch our Twitter feed, www.twitter.com/wheatworld, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wheatworld, starting Tuesday, Feb. 28, for the latest from Classic. The next quick update will be released Thursday, March 1.

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Ahead of Senate Hearing, Groups Call for Farm Bill This Year

February 16, 2012

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee held the first farm bill hearing of the year this week, focusing on energy and rural development issues.

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LightSquared Broadband Plans Blocked Due to GPS Concerns

February 16, 2012

A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spokeswoman said this week that the agency would not allow LightSquared to proceed with plans to build a broadband network using technology that could interfere with existing GPS systems.

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Obama’s FY2013 Budget Cuts Direct Payments, Crop Insurance

February 16, 2012

The Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal arrived on Capitol Hill Monday, kicking off what is expected to be a contentious debate intensified by election year politics, conflicting desires to cut the federal budget yet maintain federal services and, for the agriculture community, the need to reauthorize the 2008 Farm Bill.

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USDA: Record 2011 Farm Exports Support 1 Million U.S. Jobs

February 16, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that U.S. farm exports reached a new record of $136.3 billion in the 2011 calendar year.

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NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of Feb. 9, 2012

February 9, 2012

In consideration of NAWG staff members who are focusing their energies on preparations for the 2012 Commodity Classic, we are offering only a quick update this week. The full NAWG newsletter will return next Thursday, Feb. 16.

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Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Report from the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

February 6, 2012

Listen to NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Chairman Brett Blankenship discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Report from the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

February 6, 2012

Listen to NAWG Environment and Renewable Resources Committee Chairman Jay Griffith discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 28, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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Research and Technology Committee Report from the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

February 6, 2012

Listen to NAWG Research and Technology Committee Chairman Hayden Eicher discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 28, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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Operations and Planning Committee Report from the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

February 6, 2012

Listen to NAWG Operations and Planning Committee Chairman Jerry McReynolds discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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Farm Bill On the Move: Groups Meet; Senate Hearings Set

February 2, 2012

The agriculture community took a number of important steps toward a 2012 Farm Bill this week, with commodity groups meeting in Washington to discuss the issues and the Senate Agriculture Committee announcing a hearing schedule.

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Department of Labor Says It Will Re-Propose Farm Kid Regulation

February 2, 2012

The Department of Labor said Wednesday it will re-propose part of a draft regulation related to minors working on the farm, seeking additional comments and modifications to “ensure protection of both children and rural values.”

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Gates Speaks Out on Need for Money, Innovation in Ag Research

February 2, 2012

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men in the world, highlighted the relative lack of money devoted to agricultural innovation and research in his annual letter outlining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s 2012 priorities.

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Joint Biotech Committee Report from the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference

February 2, 2012

Listen to NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates Joint Biotechnology Committee Chairman Michael Edgar discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2012 Wheat Industry Winter Conference, held Jan. 27, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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Commodity Group Release: Statement Following Joint Meeting

February 2, 2012

The following statement is sent on behalf of these organizations in reference to joint meetings held Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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