NAWG Weekly Updates, April 05, 2018

NAWG Secretary Nicole Berg Visits California!
Over the Easter holiday, NAWG Secretary Nicole Berg traveled to see her family and attend their fourth annual Easter lamb BBQ in Southern, CA. While there, Berg visited NAWG Board Member Jim Parsons’ farm located a few hours outside of Anaheim. Among many crops, Jim grows wheat, oranges, and pistachios. Visit our Twitter and Facebook pages for pictures of the trip!

NAWG/NWF PRESS RELEASE: China’s Response to New U.S. Tariffs Will Hurt U.S. Wheat Farmers
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) believe wheat farmers are going to get hurt by the 25 percent tariffs China quickly proposed after the United States government announced new tariffs on $50 billion of imported Chinese goods on April 4, 2018. The proposed Chinese tariffs would further erode the incomes of farm families who strongly support addressing the real concerns about China’s trade policies. USW and NAWG know that farmers still want our organizations to keep fighting for fair opportunities to compete in China and other countries. Read the joint release here.

Soil Health Partnership Seeks New Executive Director
As the Soil Health Partnership heads into its fourth year of long-term data collection on working farms, some changes are afoot among the staff due to promotions, and several positions are open. An initiative started by the National Corn Growers Association, the program’s goal is to quantify the benefits of soil health-promoting practices from an economic as well as environmental standpoint, showing farmers how healthy soil benefits their bottom line. The National Wheat Foundation joined the Soil Health Partnership in November 2018 to expand the farmer network to wheat production sites.

Nick Goeser, who has served as the project’s director since its launch in 2014, has been promoted to the position of NCGA Vice President of Production and Sustainability. Goeser said while the promotion offers a great new opportunity for professional impact, the decision to leave SHP was exceptionally difficult. However, in his new role at NCGA, he will serve as a member of the SHP Steering Committee and remain engaged with the Science Advisory Council.“The Soil Health Partnership is a project I have poured my heart and soul into for the last four years,” Goeser said. “My hope is that this change will bring additional opportunity and support to the partnership. This program will continue to grow to scale impactful change across agricultural and non-agricultural communities – and our enrolled farmers and staff deserve credit for the success.”

A search is on for the next Executive Director of the Soil Health Partnership.  Details can be found on the SHP website: http://soilhealthpartnership.org/careers.html

National Wheat Foundation Outreach on the Soil Health Partnership
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is working to recruit wheat grower participants in the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer network researching soil health practices, production and profitability.  NWF is interested in working with growers to expand the existing Soil Health Partnership network into wheat production.  NWF was in Kansas last month participating in education events tied to Field to Market  wheat supply chain sourcing projects.  Events were held in Garden City and Hutchinson, Kansas, focusing on sourcing regions for General Mills.  For more information on NWF’s involvement in the Soil Health Partnership, visit the NWF website  https://wheatfoundation.org/projects-programs/national-wheat-foundation-receives-grant-from-general-mills/

NWF Blog: Meet the New 2018-2019 NAWG Officers
The National Association of Wheat growers met in Anaheim, California February 27 through March 1 for the 2018 annual Commodity Classic. During Commodity Classic, NAWG held a Board meeting in which a new group of officers were elected to continue to serve the mission and purpose of NAWG. Read our recent blog which highlights this new slate of officers.

Treated Seed Stewardship – Cover Up
Used responsibly, seed treatments benefit the farmers without creating unacceptable risks to applicators, wildlife and the environment. Proper stewardship of treated seed is important and growers should always follow label directions and always know where and when spills are likely to occur. The greatest potential for seed spillage occurs at the loading site, at the point of entry to the field, and at the turn rows. When a spill occurs, remember immediately cover them up with soil to avoid potential risks to wildlife. For a complete guide to seed treatment stewardship visit https://seed-treatment-guide.com/

NWF National Wheat Yield Contest: Winter Wheat Early Registration, April 1! 
The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) annual National Wheat Yield Contest continues to drive innovation in the industry by spotlighting the best practices among American wheat growers. In its third year, the contest added a quality requirement, raising the bar for what constitutes the greater grain among U.S. wheat growers. For more information on contest guidelines, deadlines and prizes, visit https://wheatfoundation.org/rules-and-registrationEnroll in the winter wheat early registration by April 1, 2018.