NAWG Weekly Updates, January 14, 2021

NAWG NEWS

NAWG Presents to Michigan Agri-Business Association
On January 14, 2021, NAWG Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager presented to the Michigan Agri-Business Association on NAWG’s role and background, the Association’s legislative priorities for 2021, and the importance of the use of glyphosate by wheat farmers.

NAWG Provides Federal Update and 2021 Outlook to Kansas Wheat Board
On January 12, 2021, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule and Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager provided a federal update to the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers (KAWG). Goule and Tonsager discussed NAWG’s legislative and policy wins for 2020 and provided a brief overview of NAWG’s agenda for 2021.  

NAWG Participates in ESMC Meetings
On January 12th & 13th, NAWG President Dave Milligan and  Environmental Policy Advisor Keira Franz participated in the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) meetings.

NAWG Joins Field to Market Meeting with Biden-Harris Transition Team
On January 12th, NAWG Environmental Policy Advisor Keira Franz participated in Field to Market’s Board of Directors meeting with representatives from the USDA Agency Review Team (ART) as part of the Biden-Harris Transition. A reminder that NAWG is a member of Field to Market.

Capital Press Publishes NAWG Opinion Editorial on Trade
On January 13, 2021, Capital Press published NAWG CEO Chandler Goule’s opinion piece on how the Biden Administration can build upon the trade successes achieved by the Trump Administration. The piece can be accessed here. NAWG encourages its members and others to share on their social media platforms.

INDUSTRY NEWS

USDA Releases Agriculture Innovation Research Strategy Summary and Dashboard
On January 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its U.S. Agriculture Innovation Strategy Directional Vision for Research summary and dashboard that will help to guide future research decisions within USDA. The strategy synthesizes the information USDA collected as part of a public announcement earlier this year engaging the public on research priorities under the Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA).

FFAR Grant Develops Climate-Resilient Wheat
Wheat constitutes 20 percent of all calories and protein consumed, making it a cornerstone of the human diet, according to the United Nations. However, hotter and drier weather, driven by a changing climate, threatens the global wheat supply. To address this threat, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $5 million grant to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to develop climate-resilient wheat. CIMMYT leads global research programs on maize and wheat, sustainable cropping systems and policies to improve farmers’ livelihoods. These activities have driven major gains in wheat variety improvement across the globe for decades; in the US alone, for example, over 50 percent of the wheat acreage is sown with CIMMYT-related varieties. Read the release here.

USDA Releases January 2021 WASDE Report
USDA has released its World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates (WASDE) for January 2021. “The outlook for 2020/21 U.S. wheat this month is for stable supplies, higher domestic use, unchanged exports, and lower ending stocks …The 2020/21 global wheat outlook is for smaller supplies, increased consumption, higher exports, and reduced stocks.”                                                                                                                                                                                

USDA Announces Details of the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces details of the 97th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held virtually on February 18-19, 2021. The Forum’s program will begin with a presentation by USDA’s new Chief Economist, Dr. Seth Meyer, on the Department’s outlook for U.S. commodity markets and trade for 2021 and the U.S. farm income situation. A keynote address by the incoming Agriculture Secretary, presentations by Congressional leaders, and a session on genetic literacy are also scheduled for the morning on the first day of the Forum.

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.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS

Commodity Classic Virtual Event – Registration Opens January 26th
Registration will open Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at CommodityClassic.com. The registration fee is waived for the first 5,000 farmers thanks to the generous support of sponsors. All other registrants and farmers after the first 5,000 will be charged $20. The registration covers all online educational sessions and events as well as access to all archived sessions through April 30, 2021. Learn more here.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

PRESS RELEASE: The National Wheat Foundation Officially Opens its 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is officially accepting grower enrollment for the 2021 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. The wheat contest is administered entirely online, and growers can register at www.yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

National Wheat Yield Contest Underway

Montana Ag Network, January 14, 2021

Grains-U.S. Soy Rallies on Signs of Strong Demand; Corn, Wheat Rise

Reuters, January 14, 2021

Opinion: A Farmer’s View of The Impact of Agricultural Innovation

Agri-Pulse, January 14, 2021

NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK

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