NAWG Weekly Updates, July 1, 2021

NAWG NEWS

NAWG Launches Industry Partners Program

Today, NAWG is launching its Industry Partners Program (IPP), which is an opportunity for companies to become more closely involved with NAWG. Among the first to join the program are Ardent Mills, Syngenta, FMC, and Farm Credit. These partnerships will be beneficial in achieving NAWG’s strategic goal to increase engagement with partners across the wheat industry while serving wheat growers through advocacy, alliances, and innovation. To learn more about the program, click here.

RFD-TV Interview with NAWG Leaders

Earlier this week, NAWG officers and CEO Chandler Goule interviewed with RFD-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. In the interviews, NAWG leaders discussed international trade policies, sustainability, conservation practices, the farm bill, and NAWG’s role in advocating for growers in Washington D.C.

Watch Dave Milligan’s interview here.

Watch Chandler Goule’s interview here.

Watch Ben Scholz’s interview here.

Watch Keeff Felty’s interview here.

RMA Strengthens Insurance Policies for Wheat

Yesterday, the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a rule that provides wheat growers with new options to improve crop insurance delivery and risk management options. This action will allow for enterprise units by type for wheat and clarifies policy provisions for consistency with other crop provisions that offer coverage on both winter and spring planted acreage. The changes will take effect in 2022. To read more about the changes, view NAWG’s press release here.

GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS

House Republicans Send Letter to EPA Regarding WOTUS

On Friday, top Republican leaders sent a letter to the Biden Administration outlining their concerns regarding the intent to revise the definition of the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). In the letter, Members wrote about the negative impact the definition revision would have on agriculturalists that are already facing numerous challenges this year with historic droughts and the pandemic. To read more about the letter, click here.

House Appropriations Committee Advanced FY 2022 Ag Appropriations Bill

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee advanced its version of a fiscal year (FY) 2022 spending bill for farm, food, and rural programs. The bill was advanced by voice vote out of the House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee on Friday, which included $26.6 billion for USDA and FDA programs. This bill includes several NAWG and NWIC’s research priorities, including funding for the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative, Crops Genetics Research, Small Grain Genomics, Soft Wheat Falling Numbers Test Research, Crop Degradation, the Genome to Phenome program, and more. Additional information about the bill can be found here.

USDA NASS Acreage and Grain Stocks Report

Yesterday, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its June Acreage Report, which noted all wheat planted area for 2021 is estimated at 46.7 million acres, up 5 percent from 2020. Additionally, NASS noted in its Grain Stocks report on June 30, that all wheat stored in all positions on June 1, 2021, totaled 844 million bushels, down 18 percent from a year ago. Click here to review the USDA’s June Grain Stocks Report.

House Committee on Agriculture Hearing on Supply Chain Recovery and Resiliency

On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing to discuss supply chain recovery and resiliency. Witnesses provided perspectives from a diverse range of agriculturalists, including farmers from the Virgin Islands, Georgia, Indiana, and New York. To view the full hearing, click here.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

NWF Board Member Serves as Panelist for AURI Fields of Innovation Webinar

On Friday, NWF board member Scott Swenson served as a panelist for AURI Fields of Innovation webinar. In the webinar, Swenson provided a farmer’s perspective on how to innovate wheat breeding practices and research for the future. To view the full webinar, click here.

Gifts of Grain

Gifts of Grain is a new fundraiser recently launched by the Foundation in hopes to raise money to continue wheat education and research. Farmers can donate “gifts of grain” from unsold crop inventory. Any commodity traded such as wheat, corn, cattle is eligible for donation. The donor may deliver the grain to the elevator of their choice and ask to transfer ownership of the donated bushels to the National Wheat Foundation. Click here for additional details or contact NWF project manager, Anne Osborne at AOsborne@wheatworld.org to learn more about how you can participate in Gifts of Grain.

Registration for National Wheat Yield Contest Spring Wheat
National Yield Contest spring wheat is open. Spring Wheat entries are accepted until August 1. The wheat contest is administered entirely online, and growers can register at yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org. Talk to your seed supplier or contact us at National Wheat Foundation if you need help entering or want more information.

Bayer Leadership Program Applications Deadline Approaching

The Bayer Leadership Program applications are due August 1, 2021. The program is for grower leaders and future leaders in the wheat industry at the state and national levels. Contact Anne Osborne at aoseborn@wheatworld.org for questions and an application.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Wild Weather Plagues Grain Crops as Demand Surges

– Feed and Grain, June 30, 2021

Ports of Indiana Economic Impact Increases, Study Shows

– World-Grain, June 30, 2021

Pre-Report Analysis of the June 30 USDA Reports

– AgWeb, June 30, 2021

With the holiday next week, NAWG will not be sending out an email with its weekly updates.