NAWG Weekly Updates, May 02, 2019

NAWG Press Release: Trade Dictates Conversation During NAWG Officer’s Annual Fly-In
This week NAWG officers traveled to Washington D.C. for their annual Fly-in to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss trade, 2018 farm bill implementation, and other issues of significance to wheat growers. NAWG concentrated its meetings on members sitting on the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance, and Freshman lawmakers. Read our release here and look for photos and follow #WheatinDC for updates and pictures from the event. 

NAWG Member News: Minnesota Wheat Research & Promotion Council and the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers Name Executive Director
On May 1, 2019, the Minnesota Wheat Research & Promotion Council (MWRPC) and the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers (MAWG) announced that they have hired Charlie Vogel to serve as the Executive Director for both organizations. Vogel holds a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education, with a minor in agriculture systems management from University of Idaho. He has more than 18 years of broad-based experience spanning the agricultural industry. For more details and contact information, read our release here. 

NFU: Farmer’s Share of the American Food Dollar Falls to All-Time Low
According to a recent report by the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), for every dollar American consumers spend on food, US farmers and ranchers earn just 14.6 cents. This value marks a 17 percent decline since 2011 and the smallest portion of the American food dollar that farmers have received since the USDA began reporting data in 1993. The ERS report supports a larger point about the weakened state of the farm economy: net farm income is estimated to be just $66.3 billion for 2018, a 12 percent drop from 2017 and a nearly 50 percent drop since 2013.

EPA Reaffirms Glyphosate Unlikely to Cause Cancer
On April 30, 2019 the EPA reaffirmed its conclusion that glyphosate, is “likely” not carcinogenic, in a proposed registration decision that would allow the herbicide to continue to be used in the United States. “EPA has found no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a news release. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said “USDA applauds EPA’s proposed registration decision as it is science-based and consistent with the findings of other regulatory authorities that glyphosate does not pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.” 

USDA Extends Deadline for Producers to Certify 2018 Crop Production for MFP Payments
On April 29, 2019, the USDA announced that it will be extending the deadline from May 1 to May 17 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). MFP helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. Producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh sweet cherries and shelled almonds qualify for MFP. Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline. Producers can certify production by contacting their local FSA office or through farmers.gov.

CBO Releases Updated Budget Projections for 2019 to 2029
The Congressional Budget Office projects the deficit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 will come in at $896 billion, little changed from January’s forecast. Over the next decade, deficits will total $11.4 trillion under assumptions that current laws remain in place, the agency predicts. That’s about $250 billion less than projected in January. The CBO’s updated 10-year budget and economic outlook can be found here.

NWF Accepting Entries for 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is currently accepting grower enrollment for the 2019 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 Winter and Spring Wheat. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st with an early registration deadline of June 15th.