NAWG NEWS

NAWG Signs Join Dicamba Amicus Brief
On June 17, 2020, NAWG joined several agriculture groups in filing an amicus brief with the 9th Circuit Court urging it to reject efforts to invalidate EPA’s existing stocks order for three dicamba herbicides. In the amicus brief, the groups support EPA’s position “that farmers should be allowed to use the herbicides this growing season  and there will be catastrophic consequences for farmers if the continued use of dicamba is disallowed.” Read the groups’ joint release here.

Coalition Urges USDA to Allow Grazing and Harvesting on Prevented Plant Acres
In a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, members of Congress urged USDA to allow producers to graze or harvest cover crops on prevented plant acres before November 1. Members of Congress argued, “this would help ensure that producers have adequate sources of feed for the backlog of livestock due to the meat processing capacity shortfalls because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It would also encourage the adoption of cover crops, which improve soil health, suppress weeds, and reduce erosion.”

Read NAWG’s tweet in support of this letter here.

Additionally, Sens. Thune and Stabenow are seeking cosponsors for the Cover Crop Flexibility Act of 2020, which also seeks to address this issue by allowing producers to hay, graze, or chop cover crops on prevented plant acres outside of the primary nesting season.

Read NAWG’s tweet in support of this bill here.

NAWG Signs on to Letter to President Trump re Phase I of the U.S.-China Trade Agreement
On June 16, 2020, NAWG joined a coalition of 192 agriculture groups in sending a letter to President Donald Trump saying they appreciate his efforts on China trade, but reminding him that China’s imports of U.S. products are “below the pace needed to meet the phase one goals.” In the letter, the groups note that “while the current pace of U.S. agricultural exports to China is below the pace needed to meet the Phase One goals, American farmers, ranchers, and rural communities remain optimistic that the purchases under this agreement will accelerate and be fulfilled by China, and that as a result, the American agriculture sector will enjoy important market opportunities.”

Open Position in OWGL
NAWG Member Oregon Wheat Growers (OWGL) is looking to fill their Administrative Assistant/Membership Coordinator position. For more details on the job opening and how to apply, visit www.owgl.org/careers!

INDUSTRY NEWS

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Climate Bill Hearing, Grain Standards Reauthorization Markup
The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have announced that the Committee will hold a legislative hearing on S. 3894, The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020, as well as hold a business meeting to consider the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020.  The meeting will take place on June 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The public can watch a live stream of the meeting here.

June 30 Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2020 Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage Programs
Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign a 2020 enrollment contract. Learn more here.

Guidance on Satisfying the Annual Pesticide Safety Training Requirement under the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard during the COVID-19 Emergency
On June 18, 2020, the EPA released guidance regarding the annual pesticide safety training requirements outlined in the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that offers flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

EPA Administrator Appoints New Members to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee
On June 17, 2020, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of 33 members to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). These committee members, coming from 24 states and one territory, represent a variety of relevant sectors, including agriculture, academia, nongovernmental organizations and state, local, and tribal government.  The FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA administrator on environmental issues and policies of importance to rural communities.

ASA is Now Accepting Applications for the Conservation Legacy Awards
Share the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation and you could be recognized with a Conservation Legacy Award. The awards recognize farm management practices of U.S. soybean farmers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. More information on the award and how to submit your application is available in the “About” section under “Awards” on the ASA website. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2020.

AFBF: Entrepreneurs Needed to Rise to the Challenge
The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition that showcases U.S. startups developing innovative solutions that address challenges facing America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $145,000 in startup funds to ten businesses, culminating at a live pitch competition and networking event at the AFBF Annual Convention in January 2021 in San Diego, CA. Learn more here.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS

New Virtual Offerings for Women in Agribusiness Event Series: Europe in July and U.S. in September
In a pivotal move to ensure event excellence during the changing business climate, the Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit series has announced virtual attendance options for its 2020 U.S. and international conferences. Its WIA Summit Europe, July 2-3, originally scheduled to take place in Paris, will now be held completely virtual, and its flagship Women in Agribusiness Summit U.S. has added a remote attendance choice for the September 16-18 event in Nashville, Tenn. Planning is now underway to ensure these virtual experiences mirror the benefits of networking, intelligence gathering and interactivity that have come to be the hallmarks of WIA events.

NAFB Photo Contest – Deadline Sept. 30th
The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is accepting entries for its 2021 NAFB Membership Directory cover photo contest. The winning entry will receive $100. Entries will be accepted from June 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2020. To review contest information or to enter your photo(s), please click here.

Farm Credit Council – Communications Specialist Opening
The Washington, D.C.-based, trade association is looking for “a driven, creative and digitally forward-thinking person to join our communications team. This position plays an important role in execution of this strategy by leading and implementing our social media campaigns, developing editorial calendars for our membership, reporting on social analytics and monitoring the media to determine our response.” Learn more here: https://farmcredit.com/job/communications-specialist.

2021 Commodity Classic Silver Celebration Schedule Announced
America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary March 4-6, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. The preliminary schedule for the 2021 Commodity Classic has been posted. More details will be posted as they become available.  Registration and housing for the 2021 Commodity Classic will open in mid-November. While the trade show floor is sold out, applications are currently being accepted for the wait list.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest
Registration for Spring Wheat – Deadline August 1st
On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is currently accepting entries for the Spring Wheat category. The deadline to submit it August 1st.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

“Improved heat-resistant wheat varieties are identified” – EurekAlert, June 16, 2020

“Crop residue decisions affect soil life between planting seasons”  – Phys.org, June 16, 2020

What’s it like to apply for CFAP” – Successful Farming, June 16, 2020

NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK
Looking at the past seven days, this NAWG tweet had the most impressions and engagements.