NAWG Weekly Updates, April 18, 2019

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates Issue Joint Press Release Welcoming WTO Ruling on China and TRQs
Today, April 18, 2018, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) issued a statement welcoming the ruling by a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel that China’s government does not fairly administer its annual tariff rate quotas (TRQ) for imports of corn, rice and 9.64 million metric tons (MMT) of wheat. This decision follows a separate ruling in late February that determined China provides excessive domestic price supports in excess of its WTO commitments. Read our joint release here. 

NAWG Joins Pesticide Policy Coalition in Submitting Comments to WOTUS Regulation
On Monday, April 15, 2019 the Pesticide Policy Coalition, to which NAWG is a member, submitted comments on the new Waters of the US (WOTUS) regulation. In its comments, the Coalition states its support of the revised definition of WOTUS and believes the new regulations are protective of water resources, while respecting the careful federal-state balance that Congress struck when it enacted the Clean Water Act. Read the full comments here. 

NAWG Vice President’s OpEd on USMCA Published
Through Northbridge Communications, NAWG Vice President Dave Milligan recently submitted an opinion editorial to the Cass City Chronicle which looked at the benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the impact it will have on the state of Michigan. Read his piece here.

NAWG Vice President Participated in FFT Motorcade Tour
On April 3, 2019, Farmers for Free Trade announced that it will be executing a 3,500 mile Motorcade for Trade tour in support of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. As part of the tour NAWG Vice President Dave Milligan hosted a farm event which included a panel to discuss the importance of USMCA: 

  • David Milligan (event host), National Association of Wheat Growers
  • Ed Smith, Community Outreach Coordinator, representing The Honorable Paul Mitchell- U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 10th congressional district
  • Jake Bennett, Deputy District Director, Congressman Dan Kildee, U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district
  • Joe Cramer, Executive Director, Michigan Dry Beans Association
  • Art Loeffler, Chairman of the Board, Star of the West Milling Company
  • Everett Eissenstat, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, General Motors

A recording of the Facebook like event, can be found here.

Follow the Basic Steps for Stewardship of Treated Seed
As planting season begins across the country, the National Association of Wheat Growers reminds farmers to follow the basic steps for stewardship of treated seed:

  1. follow directions on seed container labeling;
  2. eliminate weeds in the field prior to planting;
  3. minimize dust by using advanced seed flow lubricants;
  4. “BeeAware” of honey bees and hives located near the field;
  5. ensure that any spilled seeds are removed or covered by soil to protect wildlife and the environment; and
  6.  remove all treated seed left in containers and equipment.

Seed treatments provide farmers with an effective and economical way to protect their crops against damaging pests and diseases. Using treated seeds helps with more uniform stands, healthier plants and higher crop yields. It’s important to always remember to follow directions on seed container labeling for proper handling, storage, planting and disposal practices to minimize risk to applicators, wildlife and the environment.

For more information, visit seed-treatment-guide.com. Join in the conversation online by following @Better_Seed and #Plant19. The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship is a partnership between the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America, with support from: Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Association of Wheat Growers; and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

USDA Update on Farm Bill Implementation Progress
On Wednesday, April 12, 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA has held and continues to hold listening sessions with stakeholders and the public, specific to each agency’s respective mission areas. Areas of implementation include commodity programs, conservation, trade, nutrition programs, credit, rural development, research and related matters, forestry, energy, horticulture, crop insurance, and miscellaneous. For more details, read USDA’s release here.

Upcoming Changes to the May 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report
Starting in the May 10th issue, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Onlook Board will implement changes to its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report. The WASDE report includes forecasts for world wheat, rice, grains, oilseeds, cotton, sugar, meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. Now, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will eliminate price range forecasts and switch to single price points for all crops and livestock. Further, the International Supply and Use Tables will include value sheets outside of China.

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Partner with The Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide campaign against tariffs supported by trade organizations across industries, has joined The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), the non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public about the government’s effects on the economy, in sending U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin a letter reminding the administration that tariffs are taxes paid by Americans. The letter requests that the American people be reimbursed for the cost of the trade war. For more details, read their release here.

NWF Accepting Entries for 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is currently accepting grower enrollment for the 2019 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 Winter and Spring Wheat. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st with an early registration deadline of June 15th.