NAWG Weekly Updates, September 14, 2017

NAWG CEO Discuss 2018 Farm Bill at the 2017 NASDA Annual Meeting
On September 12, 2017, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule spoke on a panel titled “The 2018 Farm Bill: Industry Perspectives on Policy, Politics, and Partnerships” at the 2017 NASDA Annual Meeting. The panel was moderated by Michael Torrey, Principal & Founder of Michael Torrey Associates and included Damon Wells, Senior Vice President, National Turkey Federation and John Keeling, Executive Vice President and CEO, National Potato Council.

NAWG President David Schemm Panels Ag Forum at Kansas State Fair
On Saturday, September 09, 2017, from 11:00am-12:00pm central, NAWG President David Schemm sat on a special agricultural forum with Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, and Dr. Roger Marshall (KS-O1-R) at the Kansas State Fair. The Special Agricultural Forum was hosted by WIBW Radio and The Kansas Agriculture Network. NAWG President David Schemm talked briefly on NAWG’s priorities around the 2018 Farm Bill and then answered questions from the audience. The recorded Webcast can be found here.

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on USDA Nominees
The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on September 19, 2017 for the nominees for USDA deputy secretary and undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. Stephen Censky, the administration’s pick for deputy, is head of the American Soybean Association. Ted McKinney, the nominee for the newly created trade post, is the Indiana Director of Agriculture, a position he was first appointed to by Vice President Mike Pence when Pence was governor of the state. Read the release here.

More Than 30 Ag Organizations Endorse Northey and Ibach in Letter to Congress
On September 14, 2017, more than 30 ag organizations sent a letter, initiated by NAWG, endorsing both Bill Northey for USDA Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation and Gregory Ibach as USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs up to Capitol Hill. This letter was addressed to Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition.

USDA wants input on reorganization plan
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is looking for public comment on his plan to reorganize the department. The deadline is Oct. 7. The department hasn’t released any new details of the plan beyond what was announced in a press release last week, but it includes a merger of the Agricultural Marketing Service with the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). Public comments can be submitted here.

NASS to Collect Additional Harvested Acreage Information
Many crops have been significantly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the subsequent flooding. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will collect harvested acreage information for a number of crops in affected states in preparation for the October Crop Production report. Specific states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Texas. For more information visit https://www.nass.usda.gov/Newsroom/Notices/2017/09_12_2017.php.

Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship Opportunity for Students in Agriculture
Jerry Minore was a longtime friend of the wheat industry and advocate for wheat farmers. To honor his work and life, his company, BASF, has partnered with the National Wheat Foundation to establish a scholarship for students with connections to the wheat industry who are planning careers in agriculture. The Minore Memorial Scholarship will fund four college scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year: two $1,500 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships. Deadline for applications is December 31, 2017. For more information on how to apply, visit the National Wheat Foundation site.

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/