New Congress Begins
On Tuesday, the 114th Congress was sworn in on Capitol Hill, beginning the new session. Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees see new leadership in Chairmans Conaway (R-TX) and Roberts (R-KS), the Senate, now with republican majority, will have a new Majority Leader in McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Boehner (R-OH) will continue to serve the House.
Senator Roberts becomes first to Chair House & Senate Agriculture Committees
Senator Pat Robert has been selected to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee for the 114th Congress. During his time in the House of Representatives, Roberts served as the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Senator Roberts is the only Member of Congress to serve as Chairman of both committees. The Senate passed organizing resolutions this week establishing the committee membership and leadership for the 114th Congress.
FSA Announces New Yield Data for Safety Net Calculations
On December 22, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that new information was accessible to farmers to update program payment yields as a tool in their decision making process of protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini stated, “this is the first time that many producers have been able to update yields since 1986.” Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA county office to see if data is available for them, as this information will be available only to the producer associated with the crop insurance records. Please find your local FSA county office here: www.offices.usda.gov and additional information on the new programs here: www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.
Early Registration for 20th Commodity Classic Ends January 15
The deadline for saving on registration fees to the 20th Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz. ends Thursday, Jan. 15. Full registration includes admission to:
• All educational sessions including Learning Centers, Early Riser sessions and What’s New sessions
• The huge trade show, including box lunch on Thursday and Friday and a mid-morning snack on Saturday in the trade show
• The General Session featuring top-notch speakers and the leadership of the commodity organizations
• The banquet of the American Soybean Association or National Corn Growers Association (based on space availability and not guaranteed)
• The Evening of Entertainment featuring country music star Craig Morgan
• The Opening Reception
Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. Registration and additional details about the event are available at www.CommodityClassic.com.
2015 WOLF Program Participants Requested
The 2015 Wheat Organization Leaders of the Future (WOLF) Program will be held January 26-28 in Research Triangle Park (Raleigh), N.C., the site of the program’s industry partner, Bayer CropScience. The WOLF Program, an annual wheat grower leader orientation program of the National Wheat Foundation, provides new and/or “newer” NAWG board members with topical information and training to enable them to be more productive, knowledgeable and effective national wheat grower leaders. Participants in the 2015 WOLF program will initially meet in North Carolina, then travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2015 Winter Wheat Conference, January 28-31. State wheat grower organizations are urged to submit the names of their WOLF program participants to Hugh Whaley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jinger Eberspacher (email@example.com) by December 31.