NAWG Weekly Updates, October 15, 2020

NAWG NEWS

NAWG Urges Quick Congressional Action on Grain Standards Reauthorization
NAWG continues to urge Congress to pass S. 4054, the Grain Standards Reauthorization Act, which will reauthorize grain inspection and weighing services for five years and was reported out of the Senate Agriculture Committee by voice vote last June. The FY 2021 continuing resolution included a provision extending authorization for these services through December 11, 2020. Passage of S. 4054 before expiration of the extension is a priority for NAWG this fall, and we urge the Senate to approve this bill as soon as possible and for the House of Representatives to quickly process the legislation. Last month, NAWG joined with several other national agriculture organizations in sending this letter to the Senate about the importance of this legislation.

NAWG Holds Domestic and Trade Policy Committee Meeting
On October 14, 2020, NAWG’s Domestic and Trade Policy Committee held an informal business meeting to discuss rail rate regulation. During the meeting, the Committee heard a panel discussion about U.S. wheat competitiveness, the STB’s Final Offer Rate Review (FORR) proceeding, and other related issues and perspectives on rail rate regulation. 

NAWG’s 2020 Fall Conference Goes Virtual
Due to COVID-19, The 2020 NAWG Fall Conference will be a virtual even this year. Meetings will be spread out from October 29, 2020 to November 10, 2020. More details, including the schedule, can be found on NAWG’s site here. Registration for the Fall Conference closes at 12:00pm on October 16, 2020.

INDUSTRY NEWS

2019 Crop Year Farm Bill Program Payments
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will soon be making Farm Bill program payments through ARC and PLC. The PLC payment rate will be $0.92 per bushel. Additionally, FSA has recently posted a spreadsheet showing 2019 ARC-County benchmark yields and revenue, as well as payment rates, as of October 9, 2020. That spreadsheet, which is broken down by commodity, state, and county, can be found here.

USDA to Distribute $1.68B in CRP Payments
As reported in Agri-Pulse, “Landowners and producers enrolled in 21.9 million acres of the Conservation Reserve Program should begin receiving $1.68 billion in annual rental payments, the Department of Agriculture said Thursday.”

October WASDE Report Release
The USDA has released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for the month of October. The 2020-2021 supply and demand outlook for U.S. wheat this month is for reduced supplies, higher domestic use, unchanged exports, and lower ending stocks. Domestic use is raised to 10 million bushels, and exports remain at 975 million bushels. The season-average farm price is raised $0.20 per bushel to $4.70. Globally, the outlook is for larger supplies, increased consumption, greater exports, and higher stocks. For the full report, click here.

White House Executive Order on Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure
On October 13, 2020, the President issued a new executive order on modernizing America’s water resource management and water infrastructure.  The purpose of the order is to ensure effective management of our natural resources as well as to encourage modernization of water infrastructure so the needs of current and future generations can be met. The order will also ensure that agencies and departments collaborate more effectively on overlapping or joint issues. To view the full executive order, click here.

Focus on Farm Policy: The Food and Agriculture Platforms of the 2020 Presidential Candidates
The Farm Foundation held a forum on October 13, 2020, entitled Focus on Farm Policy: The Food and Agriculture Platforms of the 2020 Presidential Candidates. The moderated panel discussion examined farm policies and positions of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Some topics covered were agriculture trade, environmental policy, renewable fuels, estate taxes, and rural healthcare. You can watch the recording of the forum here.

Live Q&A with New FMC President & CEO
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, FMC is holding a live Q&A with its CEO Mark Douglas. Douglas has been CEO since June 2020 and, during the seminar, he plans on sharing his insights, company updates and his outlook for the industry and FMC. Register here.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS

RELEASE: USDA Hosts Virtual Data Users’ Meeting to Seek Public Input on its Statistical Programs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is hosting a virtual Data Users’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 12:30-3:30 pm EST. This event is held by NASS to share recent and pending program changes, and to solicit comments and input on various data and information programs important to agriculture. The event is free of charge and open to the public. To register, 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.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Biden Has 11-Point Lead Over Trump Less Than Three Weeks to Election Day
WSJ, October 15, 2020

AgVote 2020: Farm Foundation Forum
Ag Day News, October 14, 2020

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2020: World Food Programme
Nobel Piece Prize News Release, October 09, 2020

NAWG MEDIA INTERVIEWS OF THE WEEK

On Monday, October 12th, NAWG President Dave Milligan had an interview with Agview.net‘s Ken Rahjes on CFAP2, CEO Council’s Presidential Campaign Paper, and wheat conditions in Michigan.

NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK

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