NAWG Weekly Updates, August 10, 2017

NAWG Leadership and Staff Continue Outreach to Member States
NAWG leadership has been continuing their outreach to member states.  This past week, President David Schemm and NAWG staffer Josh Tonsager joined Vice President Jimmie Musick at the Oklahoma Association of Wheat Growers board meeting in El Reno.  This week, Musick and NAWG staffer Craig Berning joined President Schemm at the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers meeting in Wichita on Monday.  On Tuesday, they participated in the 2017 Wheat U in Wichita, Kansas. Wheat U is a farmer-focused event that provides resources to farmers to be able to make informed production decisions on their operations. Schemm and U.S. Wheat Associates Chair Mike Miller kicked off the event with welcoming remarks. David also spoke on NAWG’s recent activity including him testifying on July 25, 2017 to the Senate Committee on Agriculture on the importance of Crop Insurance, Title 1, and Credit programs in the Farm Bill. For more information visit www.wheatu.com or follow #WheatU2017 on Twitter.

NAFTA Renegotiations Begin Next Week
First round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations with Mexico and Canada are scheduled to begin start next week, August 16-20, in Washington, D.C. NAWG will continue to take an active role in these negotiations.
EPA’s Pruitt Gathers Input for WOTUS Redo
On August 08, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt held a roundtable with farmers, elected officials, and ag industry to hear feedback on re-writing the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The roundtable was held at the Iowa Farm Bureau in Des Moines. Pruitt told participants at the West Des Moines discussion that the Trump administration hopes to propose a new rule by March of 2018. The public is invited to submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov. AgriPulse covered the story here.

NAWG is currently working on comments to submit for the record.

Texas A&M Intern, Carolann (CJ) Wackerlin Concludes Summer at NAWG
On Wednesday, August 09, 2017, Texas A&M intern Carolann (CJ) Wackerlin concluded her summer internship with NAWG. Wackerlin graduated in May from the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Program (ANRP) and will begin law school this fall at Northern Illinois University. Read the release on her experience at NAWG here.

NAWG Opens Registration for Fall Conference!
NAWG has opened its registration and hotel links for its 2017 Wheat Industry Fall Conference. This year’s conference is scheduled for October 16-20, 2017 at the Embassy Suites North Charleston in North Charleston, SC. For more information and scheduled visit: http://www.wheatworld.org/newsroom/meetings-events/fall-wheat-conference/