NAWG Weekly Updates, January 18, 2018

2018 NAWG/USW Winter Conference
The 2018 NAWG/USW Winter Meeting is taking place February 6-10, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Attendees can view the schedule and register for the conference on NAWG’s website.

NAWG President Addresses NWGA Board at Annual Meeting
On Monday January 15, 2018, NAWG President Gordon Stoner spoke to fellow growers at the 2018 Nebraska Wheat Growers Association (NWGA)’s annual meeting held at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Lincoln, Nebraska. He provided the NWGA board and other attendees with update on the status and timeline of the 2018 Farm Bill, NAWG’s priorities for the legislation, and NAWG’s recent activities.

NAWG Speaks to Growers at KSGGA Meeting
On January 18, 2018, NAWG’s Government Relations Coordinator Craig Berning spoke to growers at the 2018 Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association meeting in Bowling, Green. In his presentation, Berning focused on NAWG’s recent activities around the 2018 Farm Bill as well as Congress’ legislative agenda for 2018.

NAFTA Social Media Day – January 23
The business community will be holding a NAFTA Social Media Day next Tuesday, January 23rd to coincide with the Montreal round. All organizations are encouraged to participate by tweeting/posting about NAFTA using the hashtag, #NAFTAWorks. For more information, reach out to NAWG’s Director of Communications Caitlin Eannello (ceannello@wheatworld.org).

The National Wheat Foundation Officially Launches the 2018 NWYC
The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) annual National Wheat Yield Contest officially kicked off Jan. 17, 2018. In its third year, the contest continues to drive innovation in the industry by spotlighting the best practices among American wheat growers. This year, the contest is adding a quality requirement, raising the bar for what constitutes the greater grain among U.S. wheat growers. To learn more about the contest and how to enter, read the release here.

Ag Groups Form Coalition in Support of NAFTA
A broad-based group of more than 30 organizations representing growers, refiners, producers, transporters, retailers and consumers have announced the formation of Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a coalition that will work to ensure President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders understand the importance of preserving and modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to America’s agricultural and retail economies. NAWG is an official member of the coalition and has been vocally supportive of the trade agreement and has urged the Administration to remain in NAFTA. Americans for Farmers and Families is highlighting the impact of NAFTA on the economy through several resources including a FAQ document, issue backgrounder, leave behind document, a Myth vs. Fact piece, and a sign up form to help grow the coalition. Resources can be accessed here. AFF can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Registration and Housing Has Officially Opened for the 2018 Commodity Classic
The 2018 Commodity Classic is taking place from February 25-March 02, 2018 in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. Wheat growers can register and book housing online: www.commodityclassic.com/registration or via phone: (800) 465-0482. Tours may be reserved online at http://www.commodityclassic.com/optional-tours. If you have questions regarding tours, please direct them to: Hello! California at (619) 785-5828 or email: cc2018tours@hello-dmc.com. They are available 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Pacific Time, Monday-Friday. Tours may not be reserved by telephone. For more information on Commodity Classic, visit the conference site: http://www.commodityclassic.com/home.