Latest News

Wheat Grower Organizations Welcome TPP Signing, Look for Rapid Congressional Review

February 4, 2016

The signing of the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) today in New Zealand marks another step toward putting the world’s largest free trade agreement into action. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcome this step and now call for rapid consideration and eventual ratification of TPP by Congress. “Wheat growers […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

Senator Maria Cantwell Selected as Wheat Leader of the Year

February 2, 2016

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) was selected as the 2015 Wheat Leader of the Year by the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) board of directors. NAWG leaders, including Washtucna, WA, farmer Brett Blankenship, president of NAWG, presented her the award during the annual Wheat Industry Winter Conference in Washington, D.C. “America is producing some […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

NAWG Weekly Update: January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016

Renewable Fuel Standard Attacks Possible in Senate This week, the Senate started debate on a bipartisan energy bill and attacks on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) are expected during the floor debate. An amendment to eliminate the RFS has been offered by Senator Cassidy (R-LA), and additional amendments are possible. NAWG supports maintaining the RFS and opposes […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

NAWG Weekly Update: January 21, 2016

January 21, 2016

NAWG Officer Joins Field to Market Board NAWG Treasurer David Schemm joined the board of Field to Market: the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture this month, taking one of the three grower representative slots on the board. Field to Market includes grower groups, food companies, processors, retailers, environmental organizations and others working to define and promote […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

NAWG Weekly Update: January 14, 2016

January 14, 2016

House Votes to Stop WOTUS Rule, Veto Looms The U.S. House of Representatives voted 253-166 in support of S.J. Res. 22, a resolution of disapproval of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. Under the Congressional Review Act, the House and Senate can pass a resolution of disapproval to stop regulations they feel overstepped […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

NAWG Weekly Update: January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016

USDA Releases “Actively Engaged” Final Rule On December 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was finalizing a rule to alter the definition of “actively engaged” for purposes of determining farm program eligibility. The final rule follows up on a proposed rule issued by the department last March and closely follows the […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

NAWG Weekly Update: December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015

FY 2016 Omnibus, Tax Agreement Reached, Congressional Action This Week Yesterday Congressional negotiators released the text of an agreement to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2016 and to make permanent a number of important tax provisions. The House of Representatives has taken the first step by approving the tax package, and […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

NAWG Weekly Update: December 10, 2015

December 10, 2015

Congress Completes Action on STB Reform Bill; Heads to President Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved S. 808—the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015. This action follows the Senate passing the legislation by unanimous consent in June. NAWG President Brett Blankenship thanked the House for taking this action, saying, “I applaud the House […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

Wheat Growers Commend Congress for Reversing Cuts to Crop Insurance

December 4, 2015

Congress passed legislation late last night reversing cuts to crop insurance that were made in the recent budget deal. The legislation—included as part of the highway bill—nullified what would have been a $3 billion cut to crop insurance over ten years. NAWG President, Brett Blankenship, a wheat grower from Washtucna, Wash., issued the following statement […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >

NAWG Weekly Update: December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015

Crop Insurance Fix Included in Highway Bill Conference Agreement, Action Needed This week, Congressional negotiators finalized a conference agreement to reauthorize highway construction projects, officially calling it the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The $305 billion conference agreement authorizes highway/transportation programs for five years, authorizing and funding projects related to the construction and repair […]

Bookmark and Share
Read Full Article >