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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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NAWG Weekly Update: November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week, the next NAWG Weekly Update will be sent on December 3. Happy Thanksgiving! Highway Bill May Get Another Short Term Extension Conferees from the House and Senate have begun formal negotiations of a long-term surface transportation reauthorization bill. Both chambers have passed their own versions, and a conference […]

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NAWG Weekly Update: November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015

NAWG Advocates for Swift Congressional Consideration of TPP Last week, the Obama Administration released the text of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Following initial review, the NAWG Board of Directors and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors together called on Congress to quickly consider the agreement once it is presented to them. The […]

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Wheat Growers Act to Revitalize U.S. Wheat Industry

November 10, 2015

Today, the leaders of the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) and National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) announced a joint effort to develop a comprehensive business plan to revitalize the U.S. wheat industry. The National Wheat Action Plan will be a collaborative effort developed with strategic input from key stakeholders across the industry. This effort will […]

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