NAWG Weekly Updates, October 1, 2020

NAWG NEWS

NAWG Vice President Appointed to FCIC Board of Directors
On September 28, 2020, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that four new members were selected for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors. NAWG is excited to announce that FCIC has accepted its nomination of the Association’s Vice President Nicole Berg to the Board. Berg will serve four-year terms starting in November 2020. Read NAWG’s release here.

NAWG Blog: “NAWG Shapes Policy with Quality Loss Option”
In a recent blog, NAWG President Dave Milligan discusses the Association’s work to get the new Quality Loss Option implemented into the federal crop insurance program. This is a big win for wheat farmers and for NAWG which has been working with our state associations for several years on making changes to how crop insurance works when problems like low Falling Numbers are experienced.

 INDUSTRY NEWS

USDA Releases 20 Small Grains Summary Report
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) recently released its 2020 Small Grains Summary. Total wheat production was 1.83 billion bushels in 2020, down 5 percent from the 2019 total of 1.93 billion bushels. The United States yield was estimated at 49.7 bushels per acre, down 2.0 bushels from the previous year. You can view the full report here.

House Ag Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Conservation
On October 1, 2020, the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing titled “Challenges and Successes of Conservation Programs in 2020.” The first panel included Mr. Kevin D. Norton, Acting Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service. The second panel consisted of a variety of folks including Mr. Johnathan Coppess, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. The subcommittee members discussed NRCS staffing, technical assistance and working with farmer during a global pandemic, stressing that a farmer’s work does not stop and NRCS continues to provide assistance to their farmer customers.

Senate Passes Spending Bill to Avert Shutdown Hours Before Deadline
A reported in The Hill, “On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Senate passed a short-term funding bill just hours before the deadline to prevent a government shutdown. Senators voted 84 to 10 to keep the government funded at current levels through Dec. 11, setting up another funding fight after the November elections and right before the holidays.”

 According to CNN, “the President signed the bill upon returning to the White House from campaign stops in Minnesota. Trump did not sign the bill before the midnight deadline to keep the government open, but no federal operations were expected to be affected by the shutdown that lasted less than an hour.”

EPA Shooting for Mid-October For Dicamba Decisions
Agri-Pulse recently reported that “the Environmental Protection Agency is working to complete registration decisions on dicamba by the middle of next month, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says. ‘We are currently reviewing the registration by two of the companies that produce dicamba,’ Wheeler told Red River Farm Network reporter Carah Hart on Monday, referring to Bayer, which makes Xtendimax, and BASF, which produces Engenia. ‘We hope to have a decision … by middle of October.’… Corteva’s FeXapan is the same formulation as Xtendimax, making its registration dependent on the outcome of the Xtendimax decision, Corteva has told DTN.”

Note that the products listed above are specific to Soy and Cotton.

USDA NASS to Suspend the October Agricultural Labor Survey
On September 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced that it will suspend the October Agricultural Labor Survey. NASS will not collect data in October and therefore will not publish the biannual Farm Labor report in November.  USDA has determined the public can access other data sources for the data collected in the Agricultural Labor Survey. Information about the farm labor program is available at www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Guide_to_NASS_Surveys/Farm_Labor.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS

FMC Leadership Exchange Webinar
The FMC Leadership Exchange is hosting a discussion and live Q&A with Ronaldo Pereira, FMC President of the Americas. He will share his insights, company updates, and his outlook for the industry. This live webinar will take place October 1, 2020 at 1:00pm EST. For more information on Pereira, or to register for the event, click here.

CropLife International’s World Food Prize Virtual Side Event
On October 13, 2020, Crop Life International will be hosting a virtual event entitled “Moving Beyond Food Security: The Intersection of Agriculture with Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Social Rights.” The event will be held at two times, 8:30am EST and 8:00pm EST. The panel will be discussing the journey agriculture will take in the next 50 years as well as recognizing Dr. Norman Borlaug for his achievements and impact on farming today. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

2021 Commodity Classic Covid-19 Response
Classic is on track to hold its Silver Celebration of the Commodity Classic. The 2021 Classic is scheduled to take place March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. The Classic Committee continues to monitor state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Their top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at Commodity Classic. If you haven’t already, sign up for email updates by clicking HERE.