NAWG Weekly Updates, February 6, 2020

USDA Issues Third Tranche of 2019 MFP payments
On February 3, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the third and final tranche of the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. These payments are aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. President Trump authorized the USDA to provide up to $16 billion in programs to assist farmers after a difficult 2019. NAWG applauded the Administration for the announcement in its release here: http://bit.ly/2vEU351.

EPA Finalizes Glyphosate Mitigation
On January 30, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded its regulatory review of glyphosate and has found that there are “no risks of concern to human health when glyphosate is used according to the label and that it is not a carcinogen”. EPA uses interim decisions to finalize enforceable mitigation measures while conducting other longer-term assessments, such as an endangered species assessment. EPA will next complete a draft of the biological evaluation for glyphosate, which is anticipated for public comment in Fall 2020. NAWG was pleased with the announcement reaffirming glyphosate to be a safe product when used according to the label. 

BLOG: Bayer Leadership Program: Access this Benefit as Member of NAWG
While there are many benefits to belonging to a national organization, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) uniquely offers the chance for its members, at no cost, to participate in some leadership development programs. NAWG has a longstanding partnership with Bayer Crop Science who works with us to provide a three-part leadership training course for our growers. The Bayer Leadership Program occurs annually and is carried out by NAWG staff. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2UmAgBC!

Commodity Classic is Right Around the Corner
The 2020 Commodity Classic is scheduled to take place from February 27-29, 2019 in San Antonio. The marketing assets for the 2020 show have been updated on the Classic website as well as the schedule. Additionally, 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.
Mobilizing Farmers, Ranchers and Scientists as Window of Opportunity Narrows on Climate Change
On February 6, 2020, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) announced that they are establishing an Agriculture-Climate Partnership. The groups issued a joint release which stated that this “unprecedented partnership will mobilize farmers, ranchers, and scientists to solve for climate change. Our goals is that the U.S. agriculture will be net negative for greenhouse gas emissions. We are making it clear to the world that farmers and ranchers in the U.S. and around the world are key to climate action.”

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.

U.S. Wheat Associates launches its 2020 40th Anniversary Campaign
On January 29, 2020, U.S. Wheat Associates launched their 2020 campaign Dependable People Reliable Wheat. The campaign’s goal is to emphasize the partnerships, commitments, and services wheat producers have provided that have helped make importing U.S. wheat so valuable. The platform emphasizes personal stories from American farmers to promote global trade. NAWG encourages you to help share this news by promoting U.S. Wheat’s Facebook post and Twitter post.