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NAWG Weekly Update: April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015

Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Efforts Underway On Monday, NAWG sent a letter to members of the House Agriculture Committee concerning NAWG’s priorities for reauthorization of the Grain Standards Act. The Act, which governs grain inspections for export and authorizes the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS), is up for reauthorization this year and is under consideration […]

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NAWG Urges Close Oversight Over Federal Grain Inspection Service

April 21, 2015

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) sent a letter to the House Agriculture Committee concerning the Grains Standards Act that is up for reauthorization at the end of September. NAWG believes there must be a mechanism in place to ensure that the flow of trade is not disrupted and urges Congress to reject attempts […]

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NAWG Update: April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015

USDA Issues Conservation Compliance Rule On Thursday, April 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) posted its final conservation compliance rule for federal crop insurance premium support. It is available here for review and will be officially published in the Federal Register next week, followed by a 60-day public comment period. NAWG staff joined others from the […]

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Wheat Growers Support Quick Passage of Bipartisan TPA Legislation

April 16, 2015

The U.S. wheat industry applauds bipartisan support for the introduction of legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 includes improvements to the 2002 TPA law that are key to establishing the groundwork for progressive trade negotiations and outcomes for U.S. farmers and businesses. […]

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NAWG Weekly Update: April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015

NAWG Applauds CFTC for Addressing Possible Wheat Market Manipulation Last week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondelēz Global LLC with manipulation and attempted manipulation of the prices of cash wheat and wheat futures. The complaint, filed on April 1 with the U.S. District Court for the Northern […]

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NAWG Weekly Update: April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015

Wheat Leaders Attend 2015 ABA Convention  This week, NAWG President Brett Blankenship and NAWG CEO Jim Palmer attended the 2015 American Bakers Association (ABA) convention in Orlando, Fla. This year’s convention, “The Power of Baking,” focused on leadership and hosted record attendance with over 500 registered attendees. The annual event brings together bakers, retailers, suppliers […]

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NAWG Hires Oakes as Director of Operations

March 30, 2015

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) announces the addition of Brian A. Oakes as the Director of Operations to the wheat growers’ team. Oakes will assist in office management and coordination, and will work closely with the policy team to execute Wheat Policy strategy. “Brian’s proven hard work will be a great addition to […]

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NAWG Weekly Update: March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015

Senate and House Consider Budget Resolutions On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted its FY 2016 budget resolution on a vote of 228-199. The version of the budget resolution approved by the full House reflects the version passed by the House Budget Committee last week, but it includes an additional $2 billion for a […]

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Wheat Growers Express Concern over IARC Glyphosate Reclassification

March 26, 2015

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) expressed concern about the claims of a recent, stand-alone report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that moves to reclassify glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. NAWG President Brett Blankenship, a wheat farmer from Washtucna, Wash., provided the following statement on the issue: “I appreciate […]

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NAWG Applauds Introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

March 25, 2015

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds the introduction today of legislation that will create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and urges Congress to quickly pass the bill. “We are pleased by the introduction of this bipartisan legislation. A uniform standard will bring the clarity desired by […]

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