NAWG Weekly Updates, June 11, 2020
NAWG Provides Federal Update to MGGA Board
On June 7, 2020, NAWG Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager and Treasurer Brent Cheyne provided an update to the Oregon Wheat Growers League (OWGL) Board of Directors. Tonsager and Cheyne discussed NAWG’s current activities, including collaborations with other organizations, around COVID-19, and congressional priorities for the upcoming months. Specifically, they touched on the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board (FCIC), SECURE Rule/Part 340, and the National Predictive Modeling Tool Initiative (NPMTI).
NAWG Joins WRDA Coalition Letter
On June 09, 2020, NAWG joined a coalition letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee requesting a cost-share adjustment that would provide additional resources and investment into the U.S. inland waterways system. Several of NAWG’s state associations also joined onto the letter.
NAWG Signs on to Rural Broadband Letter
Further, NAWG signed on to a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of a “5G Upgrade Order,” which would promote the deployment of 5G networks in rural communities to bolster connectivity. Read the letter here.
NAWG Joins Other Ag Groups in Letter to EPA re Appeals Court Decision on Dicamba
On June 03, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s registration of three dicamba herbicides: XtendiMax (Bayer), Engenia (BASF), and FeXapan (Corteva). In response, NAWG, along with other national agriculture organizations, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Wheeler urging the Agency to take immediate action to provide farmers certainty about how to protect their crop in the middle of the growing season.
Note that on June 8, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a key order providing farmers with needed clarity following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 3, 2020 vacatur of three dicamba registrations. The order outlines limited and specific circumstances under which existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products can be used for a limited period of time. EPA’s order will advance protection of public health and the environment by ensuring use of existing stocks follows important application procedures.
June 30 Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2020 Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage Programs
Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign a 2020 enrollment contract. Learn more here.
USDA Releases June WASDE Report
On June 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its June Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. “U.S. 2020/21 wheat supplies are up on a larger crop and a slight increase in beginning stocks. The change in beginning stocks reflects a 5-million-bushel reduction in 2019/20 exports. World 2020/21 wheat supplies are raised 5.7 million tons on a 4.9-million-ton production increase and higher beginning stocks.”
2021 Commodity Classic Silver Celebration Schedule Announced
America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary March 4-6, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. The preliminary schedule for the 2021 Commodity Classic has been posted. More details will be posted as they become available. Registration and housing for the 2021 Commodity Classic will open in mid-November. While the trade show floor is sold out, applications are currently being accepted for the wait list.
U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes First Farm Family Video
U.S. wheat farm families grow six distinct classes of wheat across the diverse landscape of the United States. These farm families take great care in producing high quality wheat in a sustainable way to honor their family legacies and ensure greater value for their customers. U.S. Wheat Associates released first of several videos highlighting these wheat farm families.
2020 Wheat Foods Council Summer Meeting shifted to Zoom
The Wheat Foods Council (WFC) Executive Committee has cancelled its summer in-person meeting. To remain safe and conduct WFC’s important business, they plan to shift their July 16th Board meeting to Zoom. For more, visit wheatfoods.org.
NAFB Photo Contest — Now Open!
The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is accepting entries for its 2021 NAFB Membership Directory cover photo contest. The winning entry will receive $100. Entries will be accepted from June 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2020. To review contest information or to enter your photo(s), please click here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
2020 National Wheat Yield Contest
June 15th Early Bird Registration for Spring Wheat
On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 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 currently accepting entries for the Spring Wheat category. The deadline to submit it August 1st with an early registration date of June 15th.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
“Ag Economy Barometer Rises in May 2020”
Farm Progress, June 02, 2020
“Shattered Taboo: Death of a Farm and Resurrection of a Farmer”
Farm Journal, June 02, 2020
“Soil Health Trailblazer Honored as 2020 World Food Prize Laureate”
World Food Prize, June 11, 2020
NAWG CEO MEDIA INTERVIEWS
This week NAWG CEO Chandler Goule had an interview with Radio 570 WNAX’s Tom Riter re the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK
Looking at the past seven days, this NAWG tweet had the most impressions and engagements.