NAWG Weekly Updates, November 29, 2018
Apply for the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship! – Deadline is December 1, 2018!
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is still accepting applications for its Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship. NWF and chemical company, BASF, partner together each year to award four scholarships to students pursuing agriculture-related degrees. Read the Foundation’s recent blog highlighting testimonials from last year’s winners as well as directions on how to apply.
PRESS RELEASE: NAWG Applauds Farm Bill Negotiators for Moving Process Forward
The leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have announced that they’ve reached a tentative agreement on a conference report for the 2018 Farm Bill, pending final scores from the Congressional Budget Office. While the bill still needs to be reported out of the conference committee, voted on by both Chambers and signed into law, NAWG is pleased the process is moving forward. Read our release in its entirety here.
NAWG Attends and Participates in MGGA Convention
From November 27-30, 2019, NAWG’s VP of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager attended the Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) Convention where he had an opportunity to update attendees on the status of the 2018 Farm Bill and NAWG’s activities/positions around the bill.
NAWG Provides Farm Bill Conference Update to NDGGA Board
On November 26, 2018, NAWG VP of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager joined, via conference call, the North Dakota Grain Growers Association (NDGGA)’s board meeting to discuss the current status of the Farm Bill and the landscape for agriculture before the end of this congressional term. Email Josh Tonsager if interested in having NAWG do a similar presentation for your board.
NAWG Provides Farm Bill Conference Update to Kansas Wheat and Commission Boards
On November 29, 2018, NAWG Energy and Environment Policy Advisor Keira Franz and Government Relations Representative Craig Berning spoke, via conference call, to the Kansas Wheat Association and Commission boards on the current status of the Farm Bill and other NAWG activities. Email Josh Tonsager if interested in having NAWG do a similar presentation for your board.
NAWG to Attend and Participate in USWBSI and NWIC Meetings
NAWG Director of Research and Technology Steve Joehl will be attending the annual US Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative Forum from Dec. 2-4 in St. Louis, MO. The goal of the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative is to develop as quickly as possible effective control measures that minimize the threat of Fusarium head blight (scab) to the producers, processors, and consumers of wheat and barley.
The USWBSI is guided by a Steering Committee that includes growers, farm organizations, food processors (e.g., millers, bakers, pasta manufacturers, and brewers), scientists (from Land Grant universities, USDA, and private companies), and consumer groups.
Shortly after, the National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 5., where Joehl will provide the group with an update on the 2018 Farm Bill and other NAWG activities. Steve serves in the role of Secretary for NWIC.
NRCS Action on CSP Contracts Expiring December 31, 2018
When the Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2018, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) lost the ability to enroll and re-enroll growers in its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Currently, growers who signed CSP contracts in fiscal year 2014 (2014-1 CSP) have contracts that will expire on December 31, 2018. Because CSP contracts are for 5 years, NRCS is taking action to extend those contracts for the full 5 years. For more information, read its USDA’s notice here.
NWF Blog: 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC) National and State Winners
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) has announced the national and state winners of its annual National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC). The Contest provides an opportunity for wheat growers across the nation to compete against one another by utilizing innovative techniques and improved production practices. Check out our most recent blog on the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest and remember why wheat is the “Greater Grain” http://bit.ly/2R21hWD
Soil Health Partnership (SHP)’s Annual Soil Health Summit
As the pursuit of improved soil health as an on-farm business and environmental strategy continues to grow, the Soil Health Partnership is taking a new step to foster that interest. For the first time, the organization has opened to the public the annual Soil Health Summit, January 15 – 16 in St. Louis, and encourages growers and agronomists to attend. Registration is open from the Soil Health Summit website. The registration fee for the two-day event is just $100 for farmers and educators. The cost for other attendees is $250. This registration fee includes the event meals, all sessions, and a reception.
Housing and Registration Opens for 2019 Commodity Classic
Housing and registration has officially opened for the 2019 Commodity Classic, which is scheduled for February 28th – March 2nd in Orlando, Florida at the Orlando Convention Center. NAWG has been assigned to the Rosen Centre hotel (9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819) which is located right next to the Convention Center. To register and book a hotel room, use the NAWG room block here.