NAWG Weekly Updates, September 21, 2017

NAWG Policy Fly-In, September 26-27, 2017
The National Association of Wheat Growers is hosting more than 30 growers from various wheat states next week. NAWG’s annual Policy Fly-in is taking place September 26-27, 2017. With the Farm Bill set to reauthorize in 2018, this Fly-in will be especially important for growers to get in front of key members of Congress and discuss their concerns and priorities. Follow NAWG @wheatworld next week using this year’s hashtag, #WheatinDC, to see pictures from next week’s event.

Senators Introduce Legislation Strengthening Trade Programs for the Wheat Industry
On September 19, 2017, Senators Angus King (I-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) introduced the “Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act” which will increase the funding for the Foreign Market Development Program from $34.5 million to $69 million annually and the Market Access Program from $200 million to $400 million. Read NAWG’s release here.

House Ag Committee Hearing on CFTC Agenda
On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s agenda for 2017. Members will hear testimony from CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo. The hearing will be held in Room 1300 of the Longworth House Office Building at 10 a.m.

Senate Committee on Agriculture to Hold Farm Bill Hearing
The Senate Committee on Agriculture has announced that it will be holding a hearing titled, “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 9:30am. Visit the Committee site for more information.

New Version of WOTUS To Be Proposed Next Year
Working to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States rule, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt stated that the new version of the WOTUS rule will be proposed “sometime in the first quarter of next year,” reported Politico Pro. Pruitt originally announced in August that he hoped for an unveiling by the end of this year at Concordia Annual Summit. The EPA is also separately working to repeal the Obama administration’s 2015 WOTUS rule, which determines which waterways fall under federal versus state jurisdictions.

Reuters Reports: U.S. Regulator Aiming to Allow Controversial Herbicide Use with Safeguards
According to Reuters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to allow farmers to spray the controversial weed-killer dicamba next year, but with additional rules for its use. Reuben Baris, acting chief of the herbicide branch of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, stated the EPA is planning to allow farmers to use dicamba next year with to-be-announced rules to prevent damage to chemical non-resistant crops. The agency is working with Monsanto and BASF FE to alter promote dicamba-resistant crops created and to alter how the herbicide is used. Read the article here in its entirety.

National Wheat Yield Contest – October 01, 2017 Deadline
Harvest Data for the National Wheat Yield Contest must be submitted by October 01, 2017. For more information visit https://wheatfoundation.org/projects-programs/national-wheat-yield-contest/.

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/