NAWG Weekly Updates, January 28, 2021

NAWG NEWS

NAWG Signs on to Letters of Support for USTR Political Appointment 
On January 26, 2021, several ag groups, including NAWG, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee Finance leadership urging confirmation of Katherine Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative.

2021 NAWG/USW Annual Conference, February 22-25, 2021
Due to COVID-19, NAWG has combined its Winter Conference and annual meeting at Commodity Classic into one Annual Conference. The 2021 NAWG/USW Annual Conference will be a hybrid event. For a copy of the agenda, to book your housing, and to register, visit NAWG’s website here.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Family-owned farms account for 96% of U.S. farms, according to the Census of Agriculture Typology Report
Family farms comprise 96% of all U.S. farms, account for 87% of land in farms, and 82% of the value of all agricultural products sold, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture Farm Typology report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Read more here.

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 opened on 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

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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

“US Winter Wheat Conditions Face Challenges”

World-Grain, January 28, 2021

“It’s Time to Act”: Biden Rolls Out New Actions on Climate Change”

CBS News, January 28, 2021

“Daybreak Jan 27: Stabenow Eyes Quick Action on Vilsack”

Agri-Pulse, January 28, 2021

NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK

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