NAWG Weekly Updates, October 04, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: NAWG Disappointed in Farm Bill Expiration; Calls on Congress to Provide Certainty to Farmers
The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is disappointed that Congress has not acted to reauthorize the farm bill before the September 30th deadline. Expiration of the current farm bill leaves farmers with uncertainty moving forward at a time when net farm income is expected to be down 13 percent this year compared to last year. NAWG calls on conferees to finish negotiations as quickly as possible on a farm bill that provides a strong safety net for growers. Read our full statement here.

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Respond to New Trade Deal Between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
NAWG and U.S. Wheat are pleased that the Administration was able to move forward with a trade agreement including Mexico and Canada. Both countries are critical trading partners for American wheat. We are pleased that Canada has agreed to eliminate the law requiring unequal treatment for U.S. grain delivered to Canadian elevators; it is a welcome step forward. Read our joint release here.

American Farm Bureau (AFB) Evaluates MFP Per Acre Payments
The American Farm Bureau Federation has analyzed the initial per acre payment rates to farmers under the market facilitation program that the Trump administration has announced to assist farmers impacted by tariffs on U.S. farm products in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum. Read more here.

NASS Announces Census of Agriculture Response
On October 1, 2018, the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service concluded data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture with a 71.5 percent national response rate. The Census, conducted once every five years, was mailed to more than 3 million known and potential farms and ranches across the United States late last year. The 71.5 percent response rate for 2017 came in below the 74.5 percent response rate for the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Read USDA’s release here.

NAWG Guest Blog: Tips for Establishing A Successful Wheat Crop
NAWG member Illinois Wheat recently requested a blog contribution from Steve Joehl, Research and Technology Director for the Association, on tips for establishing a successful wheat crop.  In his blog, Joehl describes some of the most successful wheat production practices he has seen during his time as Director of the National Wheat Yield Contest.  He has provided these “tips” in one piece found here on IL Wheat’s blog page.

The National Wheat Foundation is Officially Accepting Applications for Scholarship Honoring Ag Students
The National Wheat Foundation is officially accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship, honoring a student pursuing a career in agriculture. The scholarship is available to both high school and college students for the 2019-2020 academic year with an application deadline of December 01, 2018. For more information on how to apply, read the Foundation’s release here.

Housing and Registration Opens for the 2018 NAWG/USW Fall Conference
NAWG and U.S. Wheat will be holding their 2018 Fall Conference at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay, Florida from October 30th to November 2nd. NAWG’s schedule of events, registration, and information on housing can be found here. Visit this link to go to straight to the registration page.