NAWG Weekly Updates, October 18, 2018
Reminder: Register 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. Thank you Bayer, Syngenta and WestBred® for partnering with us on this conference!
NAWG PRESS RELEASE: NAWG Welcomes ARC and PLC Farm Payment Relief
On October 12, 2018, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced farm program payments for the 2017 crop year through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, which were both created in the 2014 Farm Bill, have now gone out to producers. These safety net programs provide essential revenue and price support for farmers across the country. Approximately $3 billion in payments will be made under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2017 crop year, and approximately $1.8 billion in annual rental payments under CRP for 2018. Read NAWG’s press release here.
NWF Blog: Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship: Hear from Last Year’s Winners!
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is proud to announce that applications for the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted. NWF and chemical company, BASF, partner together each year to award four scholarships to students pursuing agriculture-related degrees. Read the Foundation’s recent blog highlighting testimonials from last year’s winners as well as directions on how to apply.
Global Agriculture Productivity (GAP) Report Shows Consumer Demand is Improving Sustainability
A new report authored by the Global Harvest Initiative was launched at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa on October 17, 2018. The 2018 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (2018 GAP Report®): Agriculture for a Healthy Sustainable World explores the consumer trends that are transforming the food and agriculture system. According to the report, today’s consumers expect much more from their agriculture and food systems than in previous generations. Through their purchases, consumers express their preferences and values and help shape decisions producers and retailers make. For more information, visit https://globalagriculturalproductivity.org/.
USTR Plans to Continue Developing Trade Agreements With Japan, EU, and UK
On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, US Trade Representative Lighthizer announced that “ Under President Trump’s leadership, we will continue to expand US trade with Japan, the EU and the UK. The USTR is committed to reaching agreements quickly to deliver for the farmers, workers and businesses that have suffered. USTR will continue to work under the Trade Promotion Act (TPA) and communicate closely with Congress throughout the negotiation process.” For more information, read here USTR’s release here.