NAWG Weekly Updates, November 30, 3017

NAWG President and CEO Attend MGGA Annual Convention to Speak on Current Priority Issues for Wheat
NAWG President Gordon Stoner and CEO Chandler Goule attended the Montana Grain Growers 62nd Annual Convention and Trade Show from November 28-30, 2017 in Great Falls, Montana. NAWG President Stoner spoke to attendees on his current activities as NAWG President and updated the group on the Farm Bill, Proposition 65 and Glyphosate, and his participation in a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce panel on NAFTA and agriculture. NAWG CEO Chandler Goule provided attendees with a Washington, D.C insider look into the Farm Bill, Trade (NAFTA), policy issues impacting wheat, and tax reform. For more information, visit Montana’s Grain Growers Association’s site here: https://mgga.org/events/annual-convention/.

NAWG VP of Policy and Communications Speaks to Growers at Texas Wheat Symposium
On November 29, 2017 NAWG VP of Policy and Communications spoke to growers at the 2017 Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association Symposium. The 2017 Symposium was held at the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza in Amarillo, Texas. Tonsager spoke to attendees on NAWG’s latest activities and updated the group on the recent actions in Washington around the Farm Bill, Trade, and Tax Reform. Visit the www.texaswheat.org for more information.

General Mills Deepens Investment in Soil Health with $735,000 Contribution to National Wheat Foundation
General Mills continues to invest in soil health practices on U.S. agricultural farmland with its latest contribution of $735,000 to the National Wheat Foundation who together with the Soil Health Partnership, will advance widespread adoption and implementation. The funds, equally distributed over the next three years, will be used to conduct soil health research on wheat farms and education outreach to more than 125,000 wheat farmers across the Northern and Southern Plains. As part of this agreement, General Mills has partnered with the SHP and the National Wheat Foundation to provide on-farm mentorship for the farm operators. SHP farmers, the farmers’ agronomists, and SHP Field Managers will train new and existing farm staff in advanced nutrient management and tillage methods. Read the joint release highlighting the partnership here.

Update Tax Reform 2017
Yesterday, November 29, 2017, the Senate voted to move to debate on the tax reform measure. As this process is happening under budget reconciliation rules, there is an open amendment process that will lead to a vote-a-rama this evening/night, similar to what has taken place on budget resolutions in the past. NAWG is closely engaged on this and will keep its grower posted with updates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) needs 50 of his 52 GOP senators to support the legislation, if every Democrat opposes it.

NAWG has been active around tax reform and has recently sent a letter Senate leadership outlining some of its concerns and positives of the tax reform legislation. Read the letter here.

USDA News Release: RMA Announces Changes to its Crop Insurance Policy
On November 28, 2017, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to its crop insurance policies. Major changes for 2018 focus on conservation compliance certification and choice of unit structure based on the risk management needs of producers. Read the announcement here.

Wheat U Coming to Spokane, Washington
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Wheat U will be in Spokane, Washington. Wheat U is an educational event with experienced farmers and industry partners. The featured speaker is Dr. Pete Berry, a crop physiologist and 14-year veteran of ADAS UK Ltd. For more information or to register for this FREE event, visit www.wheatu.com Follow #WheatU2017

Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship Opportunity for Students in Agriculture
Jerry Minore was a longtime friend of the wheat industry and advocate for wheat farmers. To honor his work and life, his company, BASF, has partnered with the National Wheat Foundation to establish a scholarship for students with connections to the wheat industry who are planning careers in agriculture. The Minore Memorial Scholarship will fund four college scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year: two $1,500 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships. Deadline for applications is December 31, 2017. For more information on how to apply, visit the National Wheat Foundation site.