NAWG Weekly Updates, October 10, 2019
CropLife America Honors NAWG CEO Chandler Goule with Ag Award
NAWG CEO Chandler Goule was named a recipient of the 2019 CropLife America (CLA) Annual Jay Vroom Agricultural Ambassador Award. The award honors a member or an allied organization to CLA who has made a major contribution to public education about pesticides and their contribution to a safe, affordable and sustainable food supply. Read our release here: http://bit.ly/324WZmU.
NAWG Announces New Hire
On October 10, 2019 NAWG Chief Executive Officer Chandler Goule announced that Jake Westlin will be joining the staff of the National Association of Wheat Growers as their Government Relations Representative. In this role, Westlin will be responsible for supporting the policy team and providing key research on NAWG’s policy priorities. Learn more about Jake here: http://bit.ly/2OCbomO!
NAWG Attends Field to Market Senior Executive Forum/Board Marketing
On October 8, 2019, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule attended the Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Senior Executive Forum in New York City, New York. Overarching topics covered during the Forum included Field to Market’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan Implementation and Achieving Common Ground on Climate Change Across the Food & Ag Value Change.
On October 9-10, 2019, NAWG Environmental Policy Advisor Keira Franz attended Field to Market Board Meeting. The board reviewed programmatic work implementing the strategic plan and the new flexible project framework, the organization’s budget and approved new members.
NAWG Provides Policy Update for WA Grain Commission
On October 10, 2019, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule and VP of Policy and Communications provided a policy update to the Washington Grain Commission. In their update, Goule and Tonsager discussed NAWG’s remaining policy priorities for 2019 and provided an overview of the Strategic Planning Session NAWG will be holding in December.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE: U.S.-Japan Tariff Agreement Confirms Equal Access for U.S. Wheat
On Monday, October 7, 2019, NAWG President and Lavon, TX wheat farmer Ben Scholz and U.S. Wheat Associates’ President Vince Peterson attended the signing of the U.S.-Japan tariff agreement in Washington, D.C. The agreement will provide imported U.S. wheat the same preferential advantage that is now given to Canadian and Australian wheat under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Read the joint release here: http://bit.ly/2ItVze4.
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) Fall Surveys
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) fall surveys are underway and they encourage wheat producers to participate in the surveys when they receive them either by mail or telephone. The feedback producers provide can create a foundation for crop yield, production practices, and help set up loan rates, disaster payments, and crop insurance price elections. There are 3 NASS surveys a producer can expect to receive. The Agricultural survey which measures acreage, production, and stocks, the Agricultural Resources Management Survey which rotates crops each year, this year the survey seeks information on production practices and chemical use for barley, cotton, sorghum and wheat, and lastly, the County Agricultural Production Surveys which is seeking data down to the county level for small grain crops.
Registration and Housing Officially Open for the 2019 NAWG/USW Fall Conference
Registration and housing have officially opened for the 2019 NAWG/USW Fall Conference. This year’s conference will take place at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Hotel in Santa Fe, NM., from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6, 2019. To reserve your room under the NAWG Block click here. To register for the meeting, visit USW’s page here. For more details, including NAWG’s meeting schedule, visit our conference page here