FY2013 and Farm Bill Priorities

Wheat farmers, millers and bakers urge Congress to protect funding for vital wheat research projects and programs around the country.

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), the National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC), the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) and the American Bakers Association (ABA) support the following policy priorities for the 112th session of Congress:

Fund

The wheat industry urges Congress to adopt the FY2013 Obama Administration proposal of $1.103 billion in funding for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

The industry also urges Congress to appropriate $325 million for USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant program. This program was authorized at $700 million in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Reauthorize

The wheat industry urges Congress to reauthorize USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant program at $700 million in the 2012 Farm Bill. This program was created in the 2008 Farm Bill under the auspices of the Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The wheat industry also urges Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI) in the 2012 Farm Bill. This collaborative project has been creating and disseminating tools to help farmers fight Fusarium head blight (scab) since the late 1990s with dramatic results.

Create

The wheat industry requests Congress create within the 2012 Farm Bill a non-profit research entity within USDA for public-private collaborations..