NAWG Weekly Updates, November 19, 2020

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

 

NAWG NEWS

NAWG Provides Federal Update and 2021 Outlook to MN Wheat Board and IGPA
On November 18, 2020, NAWG Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager provided a federal update to the members of the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, and, on November 20, 2020, will speak to the Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA) Board. Tonsager discussed the potential impact of the 2020 Election on agriculture and provided an overview of NAWG’s legislative and policy wins for 2020. Additionally, he spoke on and will address NAWG’s remaining priorities for 2020 and  plan for moving into 2021.

NAWG Provides Federal Update During Oregon Wheat Growers League Shop Talk Series
On November 18, 2020, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule and Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager provided an update to the members of the Oregon Wheat Growers League. Goule and Tonsager discussed the potential impact of the 2020 Election on agriculture and provided an overview of NAWG’s legislative and policy wins for 2020. Additionally, both touched on NAWG’s remaining priorities for 2020 and NAWG’s plan for moving into 2021.

Senate Confirms STB Nominations, NAWG Signs on to Letter of Support
On November 18, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation confirmed the nominations of Mr. Robert Primus and Ms. Michelle Schultz to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). NAWG, along with 54 other ag groups, sent a letter to the Committee thanking Members for confirming these two nominations. A reminder that this coalition of ag groups, including NAWG, sent a letter expressing support for the nominations of Mr. Robert Primus and Ms. Michelle Schultz back in August 2020.

AMS Session Features Farm Policy Experts
On November 17, 2020, the Ag Media Summit hosted a panel which consisted of Mary Kay Thatcher of Syngenta, National Association of Wheat Growers Chief Executive Officer Chandler Goule, and Michael Torrey Associates Executive Vice President Tara Smith. The three ag policy exports explored key trade and regulatory issues and how they impact U.S. farmer profitability and freedom to operate. Listen to the discussion here: http://agwired.com/2020/11/18/ams-session-features-farm-policy-experts/?shared=email&msg=fail.

INDUSTRY NEWS

 

Apply Now for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
On November 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued a reminder to farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. For more information and to apply, visit farmers.gov/cfap.

2020 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Underway
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mailed ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the local FSA county office or postmarked by December 7. Eligible voters who did not receive a ballot in the mail can request one from their local FSA county office. Visit fsa.usda.gov/elections for more information.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS

USDA Opens Registration for the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently opened registration for the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF). The forum will take place on Feb. 18-19, 2021, and due to COVID-19 and current restrictions on large gatherings in the Washington, D.C. area, USDA will hold the 2021 forum virtually with free registration. The theme is “Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience,” which builds on USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

In-Person 2021 Event Will Not Take Place Due to COVID-19 Restrictions
Commodity Classic has announced it will transition its annual conference and trade show, originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Tex., to an alternative digital format. The change was necessary due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new format is expected to be offered the first week in March 2021. Read the release here.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

NWF Announces National Winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest
The National Wheat Foundation has officially announced the winners for 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. “This year the Foundation is awarding four Bin Buster winners, one from each of the four categories: Winter Wheat Dryland and Irrigated and Spring Wheat Dryland and Irrigated,” stated Foundation Board President David Cleavinger. “COVID-19 created many setbacks for growers across the country. It is exciting to see that it did not prevent wheat farmers from participating in this year’s Contest.” Read the release here and DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s article profiling the top winners of this year’s Contest.

DTN/The Progressive Farmer is the official publication of the National Wheat Yield Contest.

The National Wheat Foundation is Hiring!
The National Wheat Foundation is looking to bring on a Project Manager to oversee many activities for the Foundation including the operation of its annual National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC). The position reports to the CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), located in Washington, D.C., and can be done remotely. Deadline for applications is Friday, November 27, 2020. For complete details on the role and how to apply, visit https://www.wheatworld.org/about-us/careers/.

The National Wheat Foundation Begins Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 Scholarship Honoring Ag Students
The National Wheat Foundation is officially accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, honoring students pursuing a career in agriculture. The scholarship is available to college students for the 2021-2022 academic year with an application deadline of December 31, 2020. For more details on how to apply, visit https://wheatfoundation.org/education-and-scholarships/.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

USDA reverses on tighter farm subsidy eligibility

AgriPulse, November 18, 2020

GAO: Additional oversight needed on farm payments

Farm Progress, November 18, 2020

How RCEP, the huge new Asia-Pacific trade deal, could impact U.S. ag

Capital Press, November 17, 2020

NAWG MEDIA INTERVIEWS OF THE WEEK

On Thursday, November 19th, NAWG President Dave Milligan and USW Chairman Darren Padget participated in the 2020 National Association of Farm Broadcasters’ Trade Talk.

President Milligan carried out nine interviews, some jointly with USW. During his interviews, he provided a review of NAWG’s 2020 accomplishments, discussed NAWG’s remaining priorities for 2020, and outlined the impact of the 2020 election on the Senate and House Ag Committees.

NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK

Looking at the past seven days, this NAWG tweet had the most impressions and engagements.