NAWG Weekly Updates, December 10, 2020

NAWG NEWS

PRESS RELEASE: NAWG Congratulates Tom Vilsack’s Nomination to Serve as Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture
On December 9, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to assume the role of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary under the Biden-Harris Administration. Vilsack is the current President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. NAWG President and Cass City, MI wheat farmer Dave Milligan issued the following statement in response.

NAWG Provides Federal Update and 2021 Outlook to MN Wheat
On December 8, 2020, NAWG President Dave Milligan and Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager provided a federal update to the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers. They provided an overview of NAWG’s legislative and policy wins for 2020. Additionally, they spoke about NAWG’s remaining policy priorities for 2020 and plan for engaging the Hill and incoming Administration moving into 2021.

Federation Elects Leadership During 99th Annual Meeting
NAWG Member State Association Alabama Farmers Federation has reelected President Jimmy Parnell to a fifth two-year term during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 99th annual meeting. Read the news release here: https://alfafarmers.org/federation-elects-leadership-during-99th-annual-meeting/

INDUSTRY NEWS

USDA to Open Signup for the Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Grasslands in Early 2021
On November 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the signup periods for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the CRP Grasslands in 2021. Signup for general CRP will be open from Jan. 4, 2021, to Feb. 12, 2021, and signup for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021 to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.

USDA also announced an increase in incentive payments for practices installed on land enrolled in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is upping the Practice Incentive Payment for installing practices, from 5 percent to 20 percent. Additionally, producers will receive a 10 percent incentive payment for water quality practices on land enrolled in CRP’s continuous signup.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS

USDA Opens Registration for the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently opened registration for the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF). The forum will take place on Feb. 18-19, 2021, and due to COVID-19 and current restrictions on large gatherings in the Washington, D.C. area, USDA will hold the 2021 forum virtually with free registration. The theme is “Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience,” which builds on USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

In-Person 2021 Event Will Not Take Place Due to COVID-19 Restrictions
Commodity Classic has announced it will transition its annual conference and trade show, originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Tex., to an alternative digital format. The change was necessary due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new format is expected to be offered the first week in March 2021. Read the release here.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

 

The National Wheat Foundation is Accepting Applications for its 2021-2022 Scholarship Honoring Ag Students
The National Wheat Foundation is officially accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, honoring students pursuing a career in agriculture. This scholarship is carried out in partnership with BASF. It is available to college students for the 2021-2022 academic year with an application deadline of December 31, 2020. For more details on how to apply, visit https://wheatfoundation.org/education-and-scholarships/.