NAWG Weekly Updates, June 25, 2020
Note: Due to the federal holiday next week, NAWG will not be issuing weekly updates but they will resume on Thursday, July 9, 2020.
NAWG Provides Federal Update to MN Wheat Board
On June 23, 2020, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule and Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager provided an update to the Minnesota Wheat Growers Association (MN Wheat) Board of Directors. Goule and Tonsager discussed NAWG’s current activities, including collaborations with other organizations, around COVID-19, and congressional priorities for the upcoming months. NAWG also provided updates on Dicamba, glyphosate, and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
NAWG Issues Statement in Response to Bayer’s Glyphosate Litigation Settlement
On June 24, 2020, Bayer announced a total settlement of $10.1 billion to $10.9 billion to resolve outstanding Monsanto litigation, which included the Roundup™ product liability claims. NAWG’s statement in response to Bayer’s announcement can be found here.
Judge Rules in Favor of the American Farmer Over California’s Prop 65 Labeling of Glyphosate
On June 22, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb for the Eastern District of California decided in favor of the national agriculture coalition by granting summary judgment and issuing a permanent injunction enjoining the warning requirement of Proposition 65 as to glyphosate which required glyphosate-containing products to be labeled as “known to the state to cause cancer.” Dave Milligan, NAWG President and Cass City, Michigan wheat farmer, made the statement “From the beginning we made our case based on facts and science and this is a great win for wheat growers and farmers across the United States.” NAWG has been the lead plaintiff of the national agriculture coalition fighting California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate. Read NAWG’s statement here.
Wheat Industry Applauds Bipartisanship Around the Grain Standards Reauthorization Act
On June 24, 2020, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture held a business meeting to markup the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act (GSA) of 2020. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) released a joint statement to applaud the Committee for their bipartisan work to move the bill forward and reauthorize the GSA through September 30, 2025. This extension gives the authorization for the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue providing inspection services and to maintain an official marketing standard for certain grains and oilseeds.
Update: NAWG Signed Joint Dicamba Amicus Brief
On June 17, 2020, NAWG joined several agriculture groups in filing an amicus brief with the 9th Circuit Court urging it to reject efforts to invalidate EPA’s existing stocks order for three dicamba herbicides. On June 19th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced that it would support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) legal authority and deny an NGO petition that sought to invalidate EPA’s Cancellation and Existing Stocks Order issued June 8.
Farmers for Free Trade Holds USMCA Roundtable
On June 30, 2020, Farmers for Free Trade is holding a US-Canada Mexico Implementation Celebration virtual roundtable. This Virtual Farm Roundtable will bring together leaders from the 2019 Motorcade for Trade to celebrate the strong, bipartisan passage of the USMCA and thank our whistle stop hosts and alumni from across the country. NAWG President Dave Milligan will be part of the panelists speaking. Visit here to register.
BARN Media Interviews Past President Ben Scholz
On June 23, 2020, Brian Allmer, BARN Media (CO Outlet), interviewed NAWG Past President Ben Scholz on a variety of topics including COVID-19 Impacts on U.S. Wheat Industry & Trade, 2020 Wheat Harvest Update, USDA’s CFAP & Assistance for Wheat Producers, and the 2021 Commodity Classic. Listen to the interview here.
USDA Adds Digital Options for Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
USDA’s Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. FSA is also leveraging commercial document storage and e-signature solutions to enable producers to work with local service center staff to complete their applications from home. More details can be found here.
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.
Senate Ag Holds Hearing on Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020 Senate
On June 24, 2020, the Senate Committee on Agricultural, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020. Panelists included Mr. Brent Bible, Corn and Soybean Producer, Farmer Adviser, Environmental Defense Fund; Mr. Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation; Mr. Rob Larew, President, National Farmers Union; and Mr. Jason Weller, Vice President, Truterra Land O’Lakes, Inc. This hearing gave Senators on the Committee the opportunity to inquire opinions about the development of agricultural carbon markets. Agri-Pulse covered the hearing in which the common theme was that USDA “has a crucial role to play in developing agricultural carbon markets by ensuring the credits are legitimate and making it as easy as possible for farmers to participate.”
USDA National Pollinator Week
USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed June 22-26, 2020 as National Pollinator Week in recognition of the important contribution to agriculture and a sustainable food supply that pollinators provide. The USDA launched a new Pollinator website to promote the efforts being made in honor of National Pollinator Week.
ASA is Now Accepting Applications for the Conservation Legacy Awards
Share the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation and you could be recognized with a Conservation Legacy Award. The awards recognize farm management practices of U.S. soybean farmers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. More information on the award and how to submit your application is available in the “About” section under “Awards” on the ASA website. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2020.
AFBF: Entrepreneurs Needed to Rise to the Challenge
The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition that showcases U.S. startups developing innovative solutions that address challenges facing America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $145,000 in startup funds to ten businesses, culminating at a live pitch competition and networking event at the AFBF Annual Convention in January 2021 in San Diego, CA. Learn more here.
NAFB Award Nominations
NAFB is now accepting nominations for their prestigious annual awards. NAFB Farm Broadcaster of the Year and the Horizon Award are two awards given based on professional excellence. The Dix Harper Meritorious Service Award is the highest honor NAFB presents an Allied Industry or Management & Sales Council member who has demonstrated exemplary and committed service to NAFB. You can submit your nominations here.
NAFB Photo Contest – Deadline Sept. 30th
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.
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.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
2020 National Wheat Yield Contest
Registration for Spring Wheat – Deadline August 1st
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 is August 1st.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
(NET) Nebraska’s NPR & PBS Stations, June 22, 2020
Ohio Ag Net, June 25, 2020
Public Relations Society of American (PRSA), June 1, 2020
NAWG PRESIDENT MEDIA INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK
NAWG President Dave Milligan had an interview with Capitol Press on Proposition 65.
NAWG CEO MEDIA INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK
NAWG CEO Chandler Goule had an interview with WNAX re Prop 65 as well as Cromwell Ag re Prop 65, trade, China, and others. Goule is schedule to have an interview with RFD-TV tomorrow to discuss the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act and Bayer’s Glyphosate Litigation Settlement.
NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK
Looking at the past seven days, this NAWG tweet had the most impressions and engagements.