Entries by Steve Mercer

Joint Statement – Wheat Industry Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Doug McKalip as USTR Ag Negotiator

Following almost two years without a Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are very glad that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Doug McKalip to fill the position. “Mr. McKalip’s work in conservation, with the Animal and […]


Joint Statement – Wheat Industry Applauds U.S. Senate Confirmation of Alexis Taylor

The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcome the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Alexis Taylor to serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs. Earlier today, the Senate confirmed Taylor by a voice vote. “NAWG applauds the confirmation of Alexis Taylor to this […]


News Release – Wheat Industry Rail Shippers Welcome STB Rulings on Rate Disputes

New U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) rulings provide more streamlined processes for rail rate disputes and may benefit agricultural shippers. The STB established a voluntary arbitration program and an entirely new procedure for rate challenges, known as Final Offer Rate Review (FORR). U.S. wheat farmers and the grain trade rely heavily on rail to transport […]

U.S. Wheat 2022 Crop Quality Videos Available

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has posted video presentations at a dedicated website, https://cropquality.uswheat.org/, to support the organization’s report on 2022 U.S. wheat crop quality. The video content includes eight presentations by wheat class and export location, a global wheat supply and demand summary and five special topic presentations. The annual crop quality effort to report […]

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Wheat Growers Welcome Introduction of CREAATE Act Supporting Increased Export Promotion Funding

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. wheat growers have a long history of recognizing the value of export market development by supporting the successful public-private partnership with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). That is why U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome the introduction of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural […]

Wheat Growers Applaud Rail Agreement

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the tentative agreement reached between the railroads and rail union representatives that averts a rail shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline. The agreement provides rail employees a 24 percent wage increase during the five-year period between 2020 and 2024, while also paying out […]


Ralph Loos Joins U.S. Wheat Associates as Director of Communications

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), Arlington, Va., has hired Ralph Loos as Director of Communications. He comes to the organization with nearly 14 years of experience in agriculture communications, serving both the grain and livestock industries. He replaces Amanda Spoo who left USW for another position in July. “Ralph’s experience working with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service […]


Brenda Taylor Joins U.S. Wheat Associates as Director of Information Technology

ARLINGTON, Virginia – U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has hired Brenda Taylor as Director of Information Technology in its Arlington, Va., headquarters office. Taylor is an experienced information technology (IT) manager having worked primarily in a local law firm. USW is the export market organization for the U.S. wheat industry.   “We are pleased to have […]