Archive for May 2012

NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012

It was a short work week in Washington, D.C., with the Memorial Day holiday on Monday and the Senate on recess. Here’s a quick update on key happenings.

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Hints About Farm Bill Timing Abound, But No Confirmations

May 24, 2012

Ag media is buzzing with hints about timing for farm bill consideration on the Senate floor and in the House Agriculture Committee, though Congressional agricultural leaders have announced no official dates.

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Groups Praise Bioeconomy Plan’s Focus on Technology, Science

May 24, 2012

NAWG and other agricultural groups wrote President Barack Obama this week, commending him for his Administration’s support of agricultural technology in the recently-released National Bioeconomy Blueprint.

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Plethora of Options Available to Follow Wheat Harvest Online

May 24, 2012

Wheat harvest is in full swing, earlier by weeks than most can remember. Readers have many options for following along online.

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At House Ag, Younggren Calls For Multi-Legged Farm Safety Net

May 17, 2012

The coming reauthorization of federal farm and food policy should include a multi-legged farm safety net with crop insurance as its foundation, NAWG President Erik Younggren testified Thursday to Members of the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.

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Six Years On, U.S.-Colombia FTA Implemented on Tuesday

May 17, 2012

The United States and Colombia officially implemented on Tuesday a free trade agreement (FTA) first signed in 2006, immediately eliminating all tariffs on wheat imports to the South American country.

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Heartland Achieves 280 Million Views in First Seven Seasons

May 17, 2012

Nearly 280 million Americans will have seen America’s Heartland by the start of the show’s eighth season this fall, according research by TRAC Media, producers told show Advisory Board members this week at their biannual meeting.

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NAWG President Voices Support for Multi-Legged Safety Net

May 17, 2012

The coming reauthorization of federal farm and food policy should include a multi-legged farm safety net with crop insurance as its foundation, NAWG President Erik Younggren testified Thursday to Members of the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.

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Wheat Growers Celebrate USDA’s 150th Anniversary

May 15, 2012

The U.S. wheat industry congratulates the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as it celebrates its 150th anniversary on Tuesday.

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Wheat Industry Hails U.S.-Colombia FTA Implementation

May 15, 2012

In a huge victory for U.S. wheat farmers, the United States and Colombia officially implemented on Tuesday a free trade agreement (FTA) first signed in 2006.

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10 Ways To Celebrate USDA’s 150th Anniversary on Tuesday

May 14, 2012

USDA’s 150th birthday is Tuesday, May 15, and the agriculture community is asking farmers and consumers to help it celebrate.

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Anticipation Builds for Action in Senate, House on Farm Bill

May 10, 2012

Anticipation is building for 2012 Farm Bill action in the coming weeks, with reauthorization before the current bill’s expiration on Sept. 30 looking possible.

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Groups Urge Rail, Waterways Measures in Transport Bill

May 10, 2012

The conference process for divergent House- and Senate-passed surface transportation bills began this week with a public hearing on Tuesday that was dominated by opening statements and calls for passage of a long-term bill.

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Consumers Not Avoiding Biotech Foods, Don’t Want Labels

May 10, 2012

A new survey of U.S. consumer perceptions of agricultural technology shows a strong majority would be willing to purchase foods made with wheat produced using biotechnology if the innovations delivered nutritional or environmental benefits.

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NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012

Congress was out of session again this week. NAWG encourages all readers to visit with their Representatives and Senators during these times, to deliver information about the needs of wheat producers directly. Meanwhile, here’s an update on what’s been happening in D.C.

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Stafford Promoted to Government Affairs Representative

May 2, 2012

The National Association of Wheat Growers promoted Will Stafford this week to the position of government affairs representative, covering trade, transportation and financial markets policy for the organization.

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