Archive for March 2012

NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

The NAWG staff and officer team are headed to Chicago for business meetings over the weekend. The Washington, D.C., office will be closed Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30, with staff available periodically by e-mail and cell phones. In the meantime, here’s a quick update on actions and activities this week.

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Wheat Growers to Congress: No More to Cut from Ag Research

March 27, 2012

Wheat farmers, researchers, millers and bakers are in Washington, D.C., Tuesday and Wednesday to deliver a simple message to Members of Congress: there is no more to cut from federal funding for agriculture research.

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Preview of Wheat Research Fly-In With Jane DeMarchi

March 26, 2012

Listen to NAWG’s Director of Government Affairs for Research and Technology Jane DeMarchi talk about the upcoming wheat research fly-in with The Ag Network’s John Jenkinson. Special thanks to Jenkinson for the audio!

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Pacific Northwest Region

March 23, 2012

States Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington Acres 5,479,000 (2010) Wheat Classes Soft White Winter/Spring, Hard White Winter, Hard Red Winter, Hard Red Spring, Hard White Spring, Durum Number of Mills 31 Challenges Grain quality, weed management, Hessian fly control, cold tolerance, leaf and stripe rust, crown rot, root diseases, drought stress, nematodes, cadmium uptake USDA-ARS […]

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Eastern Region

March 23, 2012

States Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin Acres 5,390,000 (2010) Wheat Classes Soft Red Winter, Soft White Winter Number of Mills 98 Challenges Grain quality, Fusarium head blight, Hessian fly and insect resistance, leaf […]

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Great Plains Region

March 23, 2012

States Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota Acres 24,211,000 (2010) Wheat Classes Hard Red Winter, Hard White Winter, Soft Red Winter Number of Mills 36 Challenges Grain quality, weed management and wheat cleanliness, Hessian fly and aphid management/control, foliar diseases, root diseases, Fusarium head blight, post-harvest sprout tolerance, drought and heat stress, spring […]

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Northern Region

March 23, 2012

States Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming Acres 19,225,000 (2010) Wheat Classes Hard Red Spring, Hard Red Winter, Durum Number of Mills 25 Challenges Grain quality, weed management, wheat stem sawfly, stem, leaf and stripe rust diseases, Fusarium head blight, cold, drought tolerance and yield USDA-ARS Research Labs St. Paul, MN — Cereal Disease […]

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Hurst Testifies on Concerns with BNSF-Berkshire Sale Premium

March 22, 2012

Wheat growers are concerned about increased rail rates because of an acquisition premium paid by Berkshire Hathaway when it purchased the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad, NAWG Immediate Past President Wayne Hurst told members of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Thursday.

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House Budget Chairman’s Proposal Takes Knife to Ag

March 22, 2012

Agriculture leaders denounced this week a Republican budget proposal that instructs the House Agriculture Committee to cut a total of $180 billion from programs administered by USDA, including more than $30 billion from farm safety net programs and crop insurance.

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Ag Groups Call for Broad-based U.S.-EU Trade Agreement

March 22, 2012

Negotiators should work toward a comprehensive United States-European Union free trade agreement that addresses agricultural barriers, NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates and nearly 40 other agriculture groups wrote this week in an open letter.

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Doubled Haploid Video from CIMMYT

March 21, 2012

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PBS Report on Ug99 Threat

March 21, 2012

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Ag Research Programs Hit By Expenses to Close Labs

March 21, 2012

Agricultural research projects around the country will feel the spill-over effects of scheduled lab closings as USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) cuts from other projects the $40 million needed to move personnel and unwind real estate commitments.

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Small portion of research funding to ag factoid

March 21, 2012

Just 1.6 percent of the $142 billion federal investment in research is allocated toward agriculture research, according to American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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McReynolds at Classic General Session

March 20, 2012

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Sample Featured Report for the Research Microsite Launch

March 20, 2012

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Wheat President Calls for Farm Bill Reauthorization By Sept. 30

March 15, 2012

NAWG President Erik Younggren called on Congress Thursday to approve new farm policy legislation before the 2008 Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30.

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Ag Research Programs Hit By Expenses to Close ARS Labs

March 15, 2012

Agricultural research projects around the country will feel the spill-over effects of scheduled lab closings as USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) cuts from other projects the $40 million needed to move personnel and unwind real estate commitments.

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Bake and Take Day Encourages Outreach to Friends, Neighbors

March 15, 2012

When was the last time you baked something – from scratch or from a mix – for a friend or neighbor?

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Wheat President Calls for Farm Bill Passage Before Sept. 30

March 15, 2012

National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Erik Younggren called on Congress Thursday to approve new farm policy legislation before the 2008 Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30.

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U.S. Wheat Industry Welcomes U.S-Korea FTA Implementation

March 15, 2012

The U.S. wheat industry is very pleased to see the United States-Korea free trade agreement (FTA) implemented today. U.S. wheat farmers face effective competition for Korea’s milling wheat import market and the agreement immediately eliminates the bound tariff on U.S. wheat.

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Goodlatte, Holden Reintroduce Chesapeake Bay Program Bill

March 8, 2012

Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Tim Holden (D-Pa.) reintroduced on Wednesday legislation to restructure water quality efforts in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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EPA Ag Counselor Talks Reg Requirements, Frustrations

March 8, 2012

Farmers and agriculture industry representatives attending the 2012 Commodity Classic had the chance to ask questions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) top agricultural advisor at a learning center session sponsored by the NAWG Foundation.

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National Wheat Foundation Board Seated at Commodity Classic

March 8, 2012

Nine wheat farmers and longtime industry participants have been selected to lead a revitalized and restructured National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation (NAWGF), doing business as the National Wheat Foundation effective immediately.

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NAWG Wraps Up Meetings Amid Record-Setting Classic Crowd

March 8, 2012

A record 6,014 people attended the 2012 Commodity Classic last week in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss farm policy, learn about important issues facing the ag community and see the latest equipment and technologies in the Classic trade show.

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Conversation with EPA Ag Counselor Larry Elworth

March 8, 2012

Listen to a conversation with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ag counselor Larry Elworth, who spoke to farmers at the 2012 Commodity Classic. Recorded March 2, 2012.

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Research and Technology Committee Report from the 2012 Commodity Classic

March 4, 2012

Listen to NAWG Research and Technology Committee Chairman Hayden Eicher discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2012 Commodity Classic, held Feb. 29, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Report from the 2012 Commodity Classic

March 3, 2012

Listen to NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Chairman Brett Blankenship discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2012 Commodity Classic, held Feb. 29, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Operations and Planning Committee Report from the 2012 Commodity Classic

March 3, 2012

Listen to NAWG Operations and Planning Committee Chairman Jerry McReynolds discuss his committee’s meeting at the 2012 Commodity Classic, held March 1, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Younggren Elected NAWG President

March 3, 2012

Minnesota wheat farmer Erik Younggren was elected and installed as the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG’s) 50th president at the Association’s Board of Directors meeting held Saturday.

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