NAWG Weekly Updates, August 24, 2017

Next NAFTA Rounds Begin in Early September
Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States will sit down in Mexico City over Labor Day weekend for round 2 of the NAFTA negotiations. According to Politico Pro, they’ll then head to Canada two and a half weeks later for round 3. The Mexico City round, slated for Sept. 1-5, will come less than two weeks after the opening round wraped up in Washington this past Sunday. The Canadian round is anticipated to take place Sept. 23-27, although the city has not yet been set.

WOTUS Deadline for Comments Extended
The federal government has extended the public comment period on a waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule that would revert the definition of navigable waters to the pre-2015 regulation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be providing an additional 30 days to receive comments. The deadline has been extended from Aug. 28 to Sept. 27. The Progressive Farmer covered the story.
 
Call for 2017 Pollinator Advocate and Agricultural Pollinator Conservation Awards

NAPPC, through its recognition and appreciation of Pollinator Advocates, encourages their activities and hopes to catalyze future actions on behalf of pollinators. Each year the awards are given in Canada, the United States, and Mexico supporting all of the work that goes into protecting North American pollinator populations. Winners of the Pollinator Advocate Awards will be recognized at a VIP reception opening the 17th Annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Conference hosted at US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, or in their hometown if they are unable to attend. Nominations are due – FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st, 2017. Link to the nomination forms and for more information can be found here.

WILOT Leadership Program Has Few Remaining Openings
The Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) program of the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is a five-day program providing in-depth leadership training for current and potential state and national wheat grower leaders. This year’s program be taking place from November 13-17th, 2017 in St. Louis, MO. With two spots remaining, this program is quickly filling up. Pease email NAWG’s Federal Government Relations’ Coordinator Craig Berning with any questions about the program or for application information.

August Farmer Spotlight Series Honoree Announced
Field to Market has announced its August Farmer Spotlight series honoree. Justin Knopf of Gypsum, Kansas is a 5th generation farmer growing alfalfa, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, and wheat. You can read how Justin is “Fostering a Long-term Connection with the Land” by clicking 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/