NAWG Weekly Updates, February 20, 2020

*Please note that NAWG will not be issuing weekly updates on February 27, 2020 as we will be at the 2020 Commodity Classic!*


PRESS RELEASE: The National Wheat Foundation Officially Opens its 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest

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 accepting entries for Winter and Spring Wheat. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th with an early registration deadline of April 1st. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st, with an early registration deadline of June 15th.


Commodity Classic is Next Week!

The 2020 Commodity Classic is scheduled for next week from February 27-29th in San Antonio, Texas. NAWG will be holding it’s Committee meetings, Board of Directors Meeting, and reception in the Marriott RiverCenter. NAWG’s booth #1747 is located right inside the Hall 3 entrance, and we hope that those of you able to attend this year’s Classic can stop by and participate in our raffle.


NAWG is selling WheatPAC Auction bid cards, which can be purchased at this link. The registration fee for buying an auction bid card is $100 per person, which will be increased to $125 at the door. So we encourage registering and purchasing your auction bid card ahead of time. All attendees who are 21 or older will need to register and buy a bid card at the same link. Bid cards will be handed out at Commodity Classic. The event will take place on Thursday, February 27, starting at 7:30 PM in Grand Ballroom H,K,L, which is adjacent to the preceding National Wheat Yield Contest Winners Reception. Under applicable federal law, participation in WheatPAC is limited to only NAWG state wheat grower organizations, individual-direct members, individual indirect members and associate sponsors.


USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Confirmed As Keynote Speaker At 2020 Commodity Classic

On February 13, 2020, Commodity Classic announced that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be the keynote speaker during the General Session at the 2020 Convention held Feb. 27-29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas. The General Session is scheduled for Friday morning, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Henry B. Gonzáles Convention Center.


Farmers Join Forces for Sustainability and Responsible Climate Policy

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has joined twenty farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. FSF’s guiding principles call for policies that support science-based research, voluntary incentive-based conservation programs, investment in infrastructure, and solutions that ensure vibrant rural communities and a healthy planet. Read the groups recent release here.


SHP: Wheat Trials Evaluate Soil Health And Environmental Indicators

On February 20, 2020, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) published a blog highlighting Knopf Farms as one of the three new wheat sites in the SHP network. Read the blog to learn more about how Justin Knopf incorporates healthy soil practices into his operations.


New Field to Market Report Identifies Opportunities for the U.S. Food and Ag Value Chain to Advance Responsible Pest Management

On February 18, 2020, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture released a report on Trends in Pest Management in U.S. Agriculture. The report combines both scientific research and feedback from the grower community to describe how pest management has changed and how to combat these challenges. The report covers nine different commodity crops and focuses on chemical use and pest management practices from surveys taken from 1992-2018 by the USDA.   


FSA Encourages Producers to Enroll Soon in Agriculture Risk and Price Loss Coverage Programs

On January 15, 2020, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that agricultural producers can now enroll in the Agriculture Risk (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The FSA estimates that there are 1.3 million producers left to enroll, so to ensure program delivery expectations, they urged producers to enroll now. The deadline is March 15, 2020, for the 2019 crop year.