NAWG Weekly Updates, October 29, 2020
REMINDER: WHIP+ Deadline TOMORROW
As a reminder, tomorrow is the deadline to sign up for WHIP+ for 2018 and 2019 disasters, except for quality losses which will be announced soon and have a separate sign-up period. If you haven’t signed up but intend to, you need to either submit an application or contact your FSA office to be added to their Register for applications. More information from FSA can be found here.
2020 NAWG Fall Conference, October 29th – November 10th
This week, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) kicked off its 2020 Virtual Fall Conference. On Thursday, October 29th, the NAWG Officers, CEO, Committee Chairs, and Staff met to prepare for and discuss the agendas of the upcoming Policy Committees and Board of Directors meetings. On Friday, October 30, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, NAWG will hold its first policy committee meeting – Domestic and Trade Policy Committee. NAWG’s Board of Directors will meet on November 6, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Any questions related to NAWG’s conferences can be directed to NAWG Director of Communications Caitlin Eannello (firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be no weekly updates next week due to the Fall Conference.
NAWG Participates in ESMC New Member Session
On October 26, 2020, NAWG Environmental Policy Advisor Keira Franz attended a new-member orientation session for the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC). ESMC is a non-profit organization working to advance ecosystem service markets that incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health systems that benefit society. NAWG joined ESMC in early October.
More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since CFAP 2 enrollment began on September 21, FSA has approved more than 443,000 applications. For further information, click here.
USDA Announces Early Release of Select Commodity Tables for USDA’s Agricultural Projections to 2030
On November 6, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release select tables prepared for the upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2030 report. The tables included contain long-term supply, use, and price projections for major U.S. crops and livestock products, as well as supporting U.S. and international macroeconomic assumptions. The complete projections report will be released in February 2021. Read more here.
USTR and USDA Release Report on Agricultural Trade between the United States and China
On October 23, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a report highlighting the progress made to date in implementing the agricultural provisions in the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement, which is delivering historic results for American agriculture. Read the press release here.
EPA Announces 2020 Dicamba Registration Decision
On October 27, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that EPA is approving new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and extending the registration of an additional dicamba product. All three registrations include new control measures to ensure these products can be used effectively while protecting the environment, including non-target plants, animals, and other crops not tolerant to dicamba.
FMC Announces Appointment of Newly Created Chief Sustainability Officer
FMC Corporation recently announced that Dr. Karen Totland, vice president, Procurement, Sustainability, and Global Facilities, has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president and chief sustainability officer. Thaisa Hugenneyer, director of Business Process Transformation, has been elected vice president, Procurement and Global Facilities. Both roles are effective January 1, 2021. For more information about these two individuals and their new positions, click here.
DTN/Progressive Farmer Photo Contest
DTN/Progressive Farmer has officially launched its #MyHarvest20 photo contest. Each person can submit one photo. Click here to read the contest’s full terms and conditions at the bottom of our entry page. To submit a photo for consideration, enter 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
World-Grain.com, October 27, 2020
Successful Farming, October 27, 2020
National Journal, October 25, 2020
NAWG MEDIA INTERVIEWS OF THE WEEK
On Monday, October 26th, NAWG President Dave Milligan had an interview with Northshore Production’s Farm to Fork publication where he discussed NAWG’s successes and activities during COVID and the 2020 Fall Conference. Also, on Monday, NAWG Secretary Keeff Felty spoke with AgView.Net on the 2020 Fall Conference and NAWG’s recent policy activities.
NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK
Looking at the past seven days, this NAWG tweet had the most impressions and engagements.