NAWG Weekly Update: December 8, 2016

NAWG Welcomes Congress’ Prioritization of Funding for FSA Loans in Continuing Resolution

This week, Congress is working to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) spending package to fund the government through April 28, 2017. As of this writing, the House has passed it, and a Senate vote is expected tomorrow or Saturday. NAWG is pleased to see that Congress has allocated resources for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) direct and guaranteed operating and ownership loan programs, which have been in abnormally high demand following an extended period of low prices for wheat farmers. Section 146 of the CR includes language to ensure sufficient funding to cover the FSA loan programs “up to the rate for operations necessary to fund loans for which applications are approved”. NAWG applauds Congress’ attention to this important issue, particularly since funding through those programs ran out several months before the end of FY 2016. With commodity prices expected to remain at the current low levels, it is important that sufficient funding for these programs are available throughout the year. NAWG will also work to ensure fully authorized funding is authorized for critical research programs for wheat, including the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative and the Small Grains Genomic Initiative, as well as others that will help wheat growers.

National Wheat Foundation Announces Wheat Yield Contest Winners and Opens 2017 Contest

Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the winners of the 2016 National Wheat Yield Contest, including the fourteen national winners, and all the state winners. The highest yielding grower was Phillip Gross from Warden, Washington, who grew a yield of 192.85 bushels per acre, with Westbred Keldin seeds. A full list of the winners can be found here. With the announcement of the winners, NWF is also pleased and excited to open registration for the 2017 National Wheat Yield Contest. Registration for the fall wheat sector will end May 1, 2017 and registration for the spring wheat sector will end August 1, 2017. The Foundation expects to see an even larger number of entrants for the 2017 Contest, and encourages growers to participate in the revitalization of the wheat industry through the transfer of crucial knowledge between growers and the utilization of new and modern growing practices. The Yield Contest will allow successful growers to develop and share techniques that will bring the whole industry to the forefront of cutting-edge technology and practices. Growers can register for the 2017 Wheat Contest here.

Syngenta Herbicide Talinor™ Receives Federal EPA Registration for Wheat and Barley

This week, Syngenta received federal registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its herbicide Talinor™, enabling wheat and barley growers to safely utilize the herbicide for managing weed resistance. Talinor contains the company’s newest active ingredient in cereal herbicides, bicyclopyrone, combined with bromoxynil. According to Syngenta, Talinor provides excellent tank-mix flexibility, as well as flexible crop rotation and a wide application window.  NAWG is supportive of new herbicides being developed, and encourages growers to utilize modern technologies to improve yield and profit potential, while also addressing weed resistance issues.

Deadline for Jerry Minore Scholarship is December 31

The deadline for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, offered by the National Wheat Foundation, is December 31, 2016, and the Foundation encourages college freshman, sophomores, and juniors to apply for the chance to win either $1,000 or $1,500 for the 2017-18 school year. Students pursuing an agricultural-related degree, and with a connection or membership to NAWG, are eligible for the Minore scholarship, which honors Jerry Minore, a longtime friend of the wheat industry and advocate for wheat farmers. Students interesting in applying should click here for more information. The postmark deadline for the application is December 31, 2016.

Reminder: Next Week Is Final Newsletter Until January 5, 2017

Due to the holidays coming up, NAWG will be out of the office between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2, 2017, and there will be no newsletter published on Thursday, Dec. 22 or Thursday, Dec. 29. Next week’s newsletter will be the final one until Thursday, January 5, 2017. Make sure you tune in next week to read up on the issues that NAWG will be keeping an eye on throughout the rest of 2016.