NAWG Weekly Updates, August 20, 2020

NAWG NEWS

NAWG to Hold Policy Committee Meetings and Board of Directors Meeting
NAWG is scheduled to hold a Domestic and Trade Policy Committee meeting on August 21st, an Environment and Research Policy Committee meeting on August 25th, and Board of Directors meeting on August 27th.

DTN: Ninth Circuit Court Denies Companies’ Petition to Rehear Dicamba Case
On Monday, August 17, 2020, three dicamba registrants lost one of their last remaining legal options to overturn a federal court’s mandate ending the registrations of three dicamba herbicides. On June 3, a panel of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision to vacate three dicamba herbicides, XtendiMax (Bayer), Engenia (BASF) and FeXapan (Corteva Agriscience). On July 20, all three companies petitioned for a broader group of Ninth Circuit judges to rehear that case…On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court disagreed and dismissed those requests, known as petitions for “rehearing en banc”. Read more here.

A reminder that when Bayer, BASF, and Corteva filed their motion for a rehearing before the full 9th Circuit Court panel regarding the earlier decision to vacate dicamba product registrations that NAWG joined with other groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the motion.

Reuters: Mexico to Phase Out Use of Herbicide Glyphosate
“Mexico will gradually phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate by the time the current administration ends in late 2024, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday, following a ministerial spat over the product. Acknowledging differences between his agriculture and environment ministries over the herbicide, which is used in brands such as Roundup, Lopez Obrador said the government would immediately stop using glyphosate on its own projects.” Read the entire article here.

In May 2020, NAWG, with several other ag groups, sent a letter to President Donald Trump addressing Mexico’s attempts to suppress the use of certain pesticides and impact a ban on biotechnology crops.

 INDUSTRY NEWS

Farm Journal Field Days: August 25th-27th
Farm Journal’s Trust In Food has convened experts from across the food supply chain for four unique conversations at Farm Journal Field Days – the largest virtual trade show for tens of thousands of U.S. farmers and agriculture professionals – on the forces shaping the future of food and agriculture. Join us to discover how these forces can drive more resilient food production and rebuild consumer trust in the food system. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a deep dive on issues critical to a sustainable food future. Register now for this FREE event for dialogue on subjects including:

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.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS

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.

2021 Commodity Classic Covid-19 Response
We are on track to host the Silver Celebration of Commodity Classic, March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. Please rest assured that we will continue to monitor state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at Commodity Classic. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. If you haven’t already, sign up for email updates by clicking HERE.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

SHP to Host “Wheat Week” Series of Virtual Field Days
From September 8-10, 2020, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) will be hosting a “Wheat Week” where attendees will hear perspectives on soil health from SHP’s wheat industry partners. On days two and three of the “Wheat Week”, attendees will hear from SHP farmer partners to see the wheat trials they are implementing. They will share their challenges and goals for soil health on their operation. For more details and to register, visit https://www.soilhealthpartnership.org/blog-posts/shp-to-host-wheat-week-series-of-virtual-field-days/.

NAWG Participates in SHP Meeting
This past week, NAWG Environmental Policy Advisor Keira Franz participated in the Soil Health Partnership’s Steering Committee meetings.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

U.S., China to Plan Resumption of Delayed Trade Deal Talks

Bloomberg, August 19, 2020

 Texas A&M Agronomist Highlights Wheat Silage at the Sorghum U/Wheat U Virtual Event

High Plains Journal, August 18, 2020

 OpEd: Proposed Legislation Could Give Farmers Revenue Opportunity

Farm Journal, August 5, 2020

NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK

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