NAWG Weekly Updates, March 15, 2018

WSJ Editorial: A Cancer Scare Defeat in California
On March 14, 2018, the Wall Street Journal released an editorial piece highlighting California’s Proposition 65 listing of Glyphosate as carcinogenic. In November 2017, NAWG joined a coalition of leading agriculture groups across the country as the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the State of California for its inaccurate classification of glyphosate under Prop 65. In early March, California District Court Judge William Shubb issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from compelling businesses to issue warnings about a chemical known as glyphosate. This WSJ editorial highlights the case and the District Court’s decision to uphold the injunction. Read “A Cancer Scare Defeat in California.”

National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC) Comes to Washington, D.C.
From March 18-20, 2018, wheat farmers and researchers from across the country will fly in to discuss with Members of Congress and their staff the importance federal funding of research to the wheat industry. Researchers will focus their remarks on the research priorities affecting wheat and funding needs, along with the 2018 Farm Bill’s Research Title. NWIC members will also have a meeting with the USDA ARS Administrator to learn more about the issues surrounding the hiring freeze and the Agency’s research needs and where researchers can help. The researchers will also have a meeting with Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Secretary Perdue Applauds DoT Secretary on Extension of Agriculture Exemption from ELD Mandate
On March 13, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for her announcement of an additional 90-day extension of the agriculture exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. Agricultural compliance with the mandate would have been problematic for the agriculture industry because the devices do not accurately account for the agricultural exemptions currently provided in the law. Read the release here. Read the release here.

Honey Bee Health Coalition, Partners Secure $475,000 Grant to Test Potential Treatments for Destructive Varroa Mite Infestations
On March 14, 2018, the Honey Bee Health Coalition announced that it has collaborated with an international team of 12 scientists to secure more than $475,000 in grant funds from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to facilitate the testing of chemical compounds that could help beekeepers more effectively treat Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestations. This funding, matched by participants and industry members to provide more than $1 million in total support, also will document how mites develop resistance to such treatment. For more information, read their update here.

NWF National Wheat Yield Contest: Winter Wheat Early Registration, April 1! 
The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) annual National Wheat Yield Contest continues to drive innovation in the industry by spotlighting the best practices among American wheat growers. In its third year, the contest added a quality requirement, raising the bar for what constitutes the greater grain among U.S. wheat growers. For more information on contest guidelines, deadlines and prizes, visit https://wheatfoundation.org/rules-and-registration/Enroll in the winter wheat early registration by April 1, 2018