NAWG Weekly Updates, September 10, 2020

NAWG NEWS

NAWG Applauds Congressional COVID-19 Wheat Letters to USDA
On September 02, 2020, 21 Senators, led by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), issued a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture “regarding the deteriorating economic conditions being experienced by wheat farmers across the country” and the compounding impact this is having with COVID-19. NAWG issued a statement applauding the Senators for their work. The Senate Agriculture Committee issued a release as well Senator Klobuchar (D-MN)’s office on the letter.

Shortly after, on September 4th, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (MN-07), House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway (TX-11), and 23 other House colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting funds in the CARES Act be provided to wheat growers of all wheat varieties to address price impacts from COVID-19. NAWG issued a press release in support of the letter. Congressman Lucas (OK-03) also issued a release.

Below are some media interviews NAWG carried out around the letters:

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

USDA Reminds Farmers of September 30 Deadline to Update Safety-Net Program Crop Yields
On September 8, 2020, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued a statement reminding farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is September 30, 2020, to update yields, which are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through 2023. Additionally, producers who elected Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) should also consider updating their yields. Read more here.

USDA Seeks Input its Ag innovation Agenda
The USDA is asking for suggestions on how to increase United States agricultural production by 40% through innovative technologies. Under their Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA), the USDA strives to assist farmers in adopting new management tools so they can meet the needs of the 2050 global population, while also decreasing the environmental footprint of American agriculture. NAWG is working on providing input to this USDA effort. You can view the full release here.

USDA Issues Final Rule for Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation
On August 28, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule for the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended (the 1985 Farm Bill). USDA published an interim rule, with request for comments, on December 7, 2018, to clarify how USDA delineates, determines, and certifies wetlands located on subject land in a manner sufficient for making determinations of ineligibility for certain USDA program benefits. Read more here.

USAID Publishes “Feed the Future” COVID Fact Sheet
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has published a fact sheet on how its Feed the Future program is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check it out here.

Deadline Extension for CRP Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) Pilot
On August 21, 2020, the USDA announced that it will extend the deadline to enroll cropland in CRP through SHIPP from August 21, 2020, to November 20, 2020. All offers must be submitted no later than COB November 20, 2020.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS

NAFB Photo Contest – Deadline Sept. 30th
The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is accepting entries for its 2021 NAFB Membership Directory cover photo contest. The winning entry will receive $100. Entries will be accepted from June 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2020. To review contest information or to enter your photo(s), please 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.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

SHP Hosts “Wheat Week” Series of Virtual Field Days
From September 8-10, 2020, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) hosted a “Wheat Week” where attendees heard perspectives from SHP’s wheat industry partners on soil health. On days two and three of the “Wheat Week”, SHP farmer partners talked about the wheat trials they were implementing and shared some of their challenges and goals for soil health on their operation.

On September 8th, NAWG’s Environmental Policy Advisor Keira Franz, along with Kansas Wheat’s Justin Gilpin and Minnesota Wheat’s Charlie Vogel, participated in the event. On September 9th, NAWG Board of Director Justin Knopf and Kansas Wheat’s Michael Jordan provided recordings for attendees. Lastly, on September 10th, attendees had the opportunity to hear from several Minnesota wheat growers on soil health and a chance to take part in a live Q&A with all the farmers who contributed to “Wheat Week”

For updates from the wheat week, follow @soilpartners and #SHPWheatWeek.

NAWG Participates in USFRA’s Honor the Harvest Forum
In partnership with The Aspen Institute, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action (USFRA) is convening a six-day-long virtual Forum from September 8-18, 2020. The purpose of the forum is to convene leaders who will jointly develop solutions and mutually beneficial outcomes for food and agriculture for decades to come. More details can be found here.

NAWG’S Director of Communications Caitlin Eannello and Former Board of Director Marci Green (USFRA Farmer Ambassador) is participating in the event. For live updates from the event, follow USFRA on Twitter.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

New York Times, September 8, 2020

Really Diabolical’: Inside the Coronavirus That Outsmarted Science

Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2020

Is the Future of Wheat Farming Inside and Up?

Modern Farmer, August 25, 2020

NAWG TWEET OF THE WEEK

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

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