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Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat. The government started to pay more attention to the grains industry, and while it has trumpeted the country’s position as the top wheat exporter, at the same time, it started to intervene in exports. After several years of temporary export restrictions, from June this year, Moscow implemented permanent export tariffs on all key grains in response to increasing domestic grain prices and to protect domestic consumers from rising food inflation.” Andrey Sizov, Managing Director, SovEcon, writing in a Sept. 24, 2021, editorial in Financial Times.

Congratulations to U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) colleague Ting Liu and her husband Boxuan Feng, who welcomed a daughter, temporarily known as Yoyo (悠悠), Oct. 3. Ting is a Technical Specialist in the USW Beijing Office. Congratulations to Ting and her family!

Grain Craft Opens Lab in Kansas Wheat Complex. Grain Craft opened its new Grain Craft Innovation and Quality (GCIQ) Lab within the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center in Manhattan Oct. 1. Announcing the opening, the company said the GCIQ Lab will support improvement in wheat quality, flour quality and flour consistency along with an ongoing exploration of innovation opportunities. Grain Craft is the largest independent flour miller in the United States, offering premium bulk and bagged flours for the baking, food service, tortilla and pizza industries. Read more here.

Grant to Increase Food Crop Nutrition Awarded. An approach that promises to increase nutrition literally from the ground up, Washington State University’s Soil to Society project, recently received a five-year, $10 million grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The project takes a comprehensive approach to increase the nutrient value in food made from six crops – wheat, barley, peas, lentils, buckwheat, and quinoa. Soil scientists will work to improve the soil quality where they are grown. Plant breeders will develop more nutritional varieties while food scientists will create products to bring to market, and health researchers will evaluate the impact of those foods. Read more here.

U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes Commercial Sales every Thursday, documenting wheat export sales-to-date by country and class for the current marketing year compared to the previous marketing year on the same date. The report includes a 10-year commercial sales history by class and country. Data is sourced from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Weekly Export Sales Report. Read the latest report on the USW website.

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Speaking of Wheat. “…While the [wheat] charts are showing some signs of stabilization (maybe…), they need a bullish input to re-start the rally, which…may, or may not…develop for a while. I mentioned the reports coming out [Sept. 30]. They could easily be market movers, and not necessarily what you hope for, so …please make sure you’re comfortable with your marketing plans.” Dan Maltby, Risk Management Group, Chanhassen, Minn.

Today’s USDA Small Grains Annual Summary report offered a better understanding of how much hard red spring (HRS) wheat was not harvested for grain (abandoned or baled for animal feed) in 2021. The report indicated that about 12% of HRS planted area in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota Montana was not harvested for grain, which compares to less than 2% not harvested in 2020. Total HRS production at 297.4 million bushels is down 44% from 2020 production. Durum production is down 46% from 2020 levels. USDA pegged total U.S. soft white (SW) production at slightly more than 175 million bushels, which is down about 37% from 2020. U.S. hard red winter, soft red winter and hard white production increased in 2021 compared to 2020.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in a recent report stated that “for all principal field crops, a low level of carry-in stocks (beginning year inventories) combined with a substantial decrease in production is expected to result in a 25% decline in total supplies, which more-than offsets a sharp decline in exports and results in a further tightening of carry-out stocks to a record low level.”

From Kansas Wheat. “The fall fieldwork season is a flurry of activity as Kansas farmers harvest fall crops, eye the end of haying and put this year’s wheat crop in the ground. As they do, the U.S. grain supply chain is also hard at work, moving this year’s crop through an extensive network to destinations foreign and domestic. Tracking the ebb and flow of wheat through the U.S. wheat supply chain is yet another tool Kansas farmers can use in their grain marketing plans for the upcoming year.” Read more here.

GMO Wheat In the News. Reuters reported this week that Brazilian flour millers stated publicly that they are against processing imported wheat with a transgenic trait that helps the variety be more drought-tolerant. Commercialization of the transgenic variety in Argentina is contingent on Brazil’s approval of the variety. Reuters reported that the head of Abitrigo, the Brazilian Wheat Industry Association, said its members may stop buying wheat from Argentina if Brazil’s government approves imports of the variety.

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Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat. “Wheat, and especially grain, have become valuable sources of foreign capital in a sanctions-hit economy. Some even anticipate Russian grain becoming the Kremlin’s new oil — a commodity through which to keep some countries dependent on its resources — or to at least open doors to others.” – Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, author of a Sept. 9, 2021, article in Financial Times.

Rail Merger Announced. Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroad and Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail announced Sept. 16 they have entered into a merger agreement, under which CP has agreed to acquire KCS in a stock and cash transaction. This would create the first single rail network serving Canada, the United States and Mexico. In a release, CP stated that “the U.S. Surface Transportation Board review of CP’s proposed control of KCS is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022. Upon obtaining control approval, the two companies will be integrated fully over the ensuing three years.” Read the CP announcement here.

Influencing Future Crops. The U.S. National Science Foundation is working to find “better ways for people to monitor what crop plants need,” noted an article in AgriPulse. It is one goal of a research center dubbed CROPPS (Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems) focused on the new field of digital biology. The National Science Foundation has funded the center at Cornell University where with researchers at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and the University of Arizona will use a multidisciplinary approach to develop tools to generate new data to help breed plants that can reach their full production potential under variable growing conditions.

British Prime Minister addressing Parliament.Why Was Boris Johnson Wearing Wheat on His Lapel? The British Prime Minister, members of the British Parliament recently wore wheat heads as a symbol honoring British farmers and the United Kingdom’s food production. The British National Farmers’ Union (NFU) created the symbol to improve awareness for local farming by celebrating “Back British Farming Day.” U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) honors wheat farmers around the world who provide healthy, wholesome food every day.

 

U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes Commercial Sales every Thursday, documenting wheat export sales-to-date by country and class for the current marketing year compared to the previous marketing year on the same date. The report includes a 10-year commercial sales history by class and country. Data is sourced from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Weekly Export Sales Report. Read the latest report on the USW website.

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Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat. “I am already looking forward to the next [year]. Cautiously. Hopefully wiser. Praying for rain. For more understanding. Thankful for what we have, have had, and will have. That this one is behind us, and better times are on the horizon. We’ll see you in ‘22.” – Cassidy Marn, Executive Vice President, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, in a message to industry as a challenging crop year was ending in the state.

Ask the Wheat Foods Council Anything. On Sept. 9, 2021, at 11 a.m. EDT, the Wheat Foods Council is bringing all four of its expert advisors together in its first “Ask Us Anything” webinar. Sports Nutrition, Diet & Exercise, Gut Health, and Wheat Breeding questions will all be addressed. To learn more and register for the webinar, visit https://event.webinarjam.com/register/44/x4z85tm8.

High Prices, Strong Demand Mean Back-to-Back Records for U.S. Ag Exports. USDA recently projected that U.S. farm exports will set a sales record of $173.5 billion during the current fiscal year, far above the previous record of $156.8 billion. Sales in fiscal 2022 could reach $177.5 billion. China will account for $1 of every $5 in exports during the two-year span, USDA predicted. Read more here.

Borlaug Dialogue 2021. Offered in virtual format Oct. 20-22, this event will focus on several critical areas in food systems transformation including: Research & Innovation; Gender Equity & Equitable Livelihoods; Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems; and International Cooperation. The World Food Prize sponsor of the Borlaug Dialogue believes there is opportunity to gain momentum toward improved food systems surrounding its event, the UN Food Systems Summit and other global events, Click here for more information.

Upcoming IGP Institute Flour Milling Courses. The IGP Institute in Manhattan, KS, has several upcoming flour milling short courses on its schedule. Courses in this curriculum area cover all aspects of managing the process from grain selection to finished products. Courses will explore technical milling, mill management practices, quality control, food safety, flowsheet design, process automation and controls, process efficiencies, hard and soft wheat milling, maintenance, and more. Learn more about course details and how to register here.

U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes Commercial Sales every Thursday, documenting wheat export sales-to-date by country and class for the current marketing year compared to the previous marketing year on the same date. The report includes a 10-year commercial sales history by class and country. Data is sourced from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Weekly Export Sales Report. Read the latest report on the USW website.

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Follow USW Online. Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter, video stories on Vimeo and more on LinkedIn.

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Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.

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“We need moisture.” – Glen Squires, Chief Executive Officer, Washington Grain Commission, in an article by the Associated Press on how drought in eastern Washington state has cut soft white wheat production and created concerns about the next crop.

Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Announces 2021 Global Wheat Conference. The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI), formed in 2005, will host a virtual conference Oct. 6 to 8, with the theme “Global Resilience: Science, Pandemics, and the Future of Wheat.” The 2021 BGRI Virtual Technical Workshop will explore how nearly two decades of monitoring and responding to wheat rust epidemics can teach other global disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. The online-only event is open to all and free for registrants. Learn more about the conference and register here.

Friend and Colleague Receives Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Buffalo Award. Reid Christopherson, executive director of the South Dakota Wheat Commission, one of USW’s state wheat commission members, will receive the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America. This is the highest award presented for volunteer service. Christopherson will be among 826 recipients since 1926. Christopherson has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for 53 years. Congratulations to our friend and colleague on this prestigious award! Read more here about this honor.

Oregon Wheat Hiring. The Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission are hiring a new Director of Communications. This position supports the Chief Executive Officer to provide the development and growth of Oregon Wheat communications, outreach, advocacy, education and public relations programs. Read more about the position and how to apply here. The position will stay open until it is filled but apply for first-round consideration by September 7, 2021.

U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes Commercial Sales every Thursday, documenting wheat export sales-to-date by country and class for the current marketing year compared to the previous marketing year on the same date. The report includes a 10-year commercial sales history by class and country. Data is sourced from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Weekly Export Sales Report. Read the latest report on the USW website.

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Follow USW Online. Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter, video stories on Vimeo and more on LinkedIn.

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Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat. It was just an excellent wheat crop. On our farm, we had the best wheat … we’ve ever had. It was a challenging harvest, between the [rain] showers, but the quality held up and our test weight stayed above 58. The genetics and farmers’ overall management of wheat is also better than in the past.”– Danny Rubin, farmer and President of the Illinois Wheat Association, describing in an article by “FarmWeek Now” how farmers in that state have harvested record yields of soft red winter wheat this year. Photo above: Illinois Wheat Field © Nordike899 | Dreamstime.com

FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley

FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley. Photo courtesy of USDA.

Congratulations to FAS Administrator Whitley. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named Daniel Whitley as Administrator of the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, who has served as the agency’s Acting Administrator since December 2020. He is no stranger to FAS stakeholders like U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the agricultural trade community, having served a 20-year career with the agency. USW President Vince Peterson congratulated Administrator Whitley, saying, “our worldwide staff, who so closely work with those on your side, all join me in expressing just how pleased we are to have you settled in this position.”

2020 Annual Report for the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) recently published its 2020 Annual Report for the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat. This report focuses on significant impacts made during a time of unprecedented challenges. Although they are reported for 2020, the stories reflect years of dedicated science and strong collaborative relationships with partners. Sixty-three new CGIAR-derived wheat varieties were released globally in 2020 – including six high-yielding and nutritious varieties in Nepal, a historic first. View the report online here.

School Meals: Nutrition, Health and Education for Every Child. Led by USDA, the United States is joining a global coalition focused on improving the nutrition, health, and education of vulnerable children and adolescents worldwide, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in June. The coalition, called “School Meals: Nutrition, Health and Education for Every Child,” will officially launch at the United Nations’ Food Systems Summit in September. It is led by U.N. member states and spearheaded by Iceland, Finland, and France, with support from the U.N.’s World Food Program (WFP). WFP is already a key partner in implementing USDA international food assistance programs. Read more about this coalition.

Close up of durum wheat kernelsNCI Offering Online Durum Foods Course from August 1 to 30. The course will touch on many unique traits of durum, nutritional components, baking and working with durum, as well as a basic understanding of the milling process through networked lectures and video tours. Participants can also interact with presenters during live Q & A sessions. Learn more and register by July 30 here.

U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes Commercial Sales every Thursday, documenting wheat export sales-to-date by country and class for the current marketing year compared to the previous marketing year on the same date. The report includes a 10-year commercial sales history by class and country. Data is sourced from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Weekly Export Sales Report. Read the latest report on the USW website.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes various reports and content that are available to subscribe to, including a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting recent Wheat Letter blog posts, the weekly Price Report and the weekly Harvest Report (available May to October). Subscribe here.

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Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat. “We know what the [world] population is expected to grow to, and … they are …  going to eat more so we need to improve our grain yield by 1.4% to 1.7% annually. And currently in the Great Plains, the breadbasket of America, we are at 0.9%. So, if you do not have a plan to raise grain yield by 1.4% to 1.7% annually, you have a plan to fail. And failure cannot be an option.” – Dr. Stephen Baenziger, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln describing an important reason why hybrid wheat should be developed and commercialized in an article, “At Last, A Future for Hybrid Wheat” by Josh Sosland in World-Grain.com.

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Co-sponsors Wheat Quality Initiative. A research project just underway aims to prove properly managed wheat of specific varieties can simultaneously be high yielding, high quality and be highly profitable for the grower. The project will unfold over the next three years under the auspices of the Wheat Action Plan, created collaboratively by the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Wheat Foundation and key partners from several segments of the wheat industry including USW, which has contributed funding and quality analysis concepts. Read more about the project from Sosland Publishing.

Spring Wheat Prices. DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman on July 6 wrote that September Minneapolis (hard red spring) wheat prices turned more volatile the past three months, but continue to challenge their highs, while crops have USDA’s lowest good-to-excellent rating since 1988, (see DTN ProphetX chart below). Meanwhile, Kansas City (hard red winter) and Chicago (soft red winter) futures prices are down considerably from May 7 highs of $7.45 and $7.67 per bushel respectively.

DTN chart of HRS futures for Wheat Industry News story.

Source: DTN Prophet X

Israeli Scientists Test Lost Wheat Varieties. Under a project called “Land of Wheat,” scientists and other researchers in Israel are collaborating with a commercial mill to produce flour and bread from ancient wheat lines discovered and preserved from archives and plant gene banks in Israel and then produce breads. Reviving such heirloom grains as cultural touchstones is the goal. Read more in an article about the project.

Harvest Reports Available. Every Friday through the U.S. harvest season (May to October), U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and its partner organizations compile a Harvest Report. It includes updates on crop quality, harvest progress and crop conditions for hard red winter, soft red winter, hard red spring, soft white and durum wheat. Read the latest report on the USW website.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes various reports and content that are available to subscribe to, including a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting recent Wheat Letter blog posts, the weekly Price Report and the weekly Harvest Report (available May to October). Subscribe here.

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Speaking of Wheat.

“I don’t think anybody is expecting to see anything that is above average, for certain. Average would be ambitious. We’re probably looking at below-average overall. As an industry, agriculture has a huge ripple effect down the supply chain. You need to have a healthy agriculture industry to have a healthy economy overall. We’re resilient. I will say, it will be an extraordinarily tough year with what we have out there.” – Amanda Hoey, chief executive officer, Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission. Read more about the record-breaking drought condition U.S. wheat farmers are facing here and here.

NAWG CEO Visits PNW to Discuss the Importance of the Columbia-Snake River System. This week, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule toured the dams and rivers that transport 40% of all U.S. wheat to markets overseas. Approximately 15 million metric tons (MMT) of wheat were transported on the Columbia-Snake River system in 2020, making it the nation’s single largest wheat export gateway. Goule joined several national and regional agricultural leaders to learn and join discussions about preserving the waters and how crucial they are to the success of U.S. wheat farmers. Read more about the visit here and here.

National Wheat Yield Contest for Spring Wheat. Registration for the spring wheat portion of the National Wheat Yield Contest is open. Spring wheat entries will be accepted until August 1. The contest offers U.S. wheat farmers the opportunity to compete with their peers across the United States and learn from each other’s innovative techniques to improve wheat productivity. Registration is available here.

From the Field: Farm Chat with Idaho Wheat. The Idaho Wheat Commission has taken its monthly webinar series “From the Field: Farm Chat with Idaho Wheat” and repurposed it for listening on the go. The webinars are now available as podcasts on Spotify and other preferred podcast platforms and YouTube. Join Idaho Wheat for conversations with Idaho wheat growers and experts on a wide range of topics related directly to production and profitability on the farm.

The Passing of Lajpat “Pat” R. Kandhari. USW received news today that our retired colleague Pat Kandhari has passed away in India. Pat was promoting U.S. wheat in India even before there was a Western Wheat Associates, already working as Assistant Director in a New Delhi office funded by Pacific Northwest state wheat organizations in April 1958. He continued in that position until he was named Director in 1974, six years before USW was formed. USW closed the Delhi office almost exactly 20 years ago, in June 2001, when Pat retired. We send our sincere condolences to Pat’s family and friends.

The late Lajpat “Pat” Kandhari, left, visited the USW office in Washington, D.C, in 2007. He is joined here (left to right) by USW Vice President of Finance Kevin McGarry, former Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing Programs Fleur Noeth, former Vice President of Marketing Programs Rick Callies, and former Vice President of Planning Jim Frahm.

U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes Commercial Sales every Thursday, documenting wheat export sales-to-date by country and class for the current marketing year compared to the previous marketing year on the same date. The report includes a 10-year commercial sales history by class and country. Data is sourced from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Weekly Export Sales Report. Read the latest report on the USW website.

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Speaking of Wheat. “Jumping from colder than usual temperatures to high heat, crop conditions are unlikely to stay this favorable for long, especially if drought conditions worsen. These weather shocks are likely to impact estimates for crop supply in the 2021/22 marketing year as demand continues to increase and push prices toward their highest levels since 2013.” – Shelby Myers, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation. Read more here.

USDA’s New WASDE Report released 6/10/21 raised 2020/21 U.S. exports by 544,366 MT to 26.81 MMT. USDA also estimates larger U.S. wheat supplies, higher domestic use, unchanged exports, and slightly lower stocks for 2021/22. All wheat production is now projected at 51.66 MMT on increased HRW and SRW production, offsetting lower white winter production. The global wheat outlook for 2021/22 is for larger supplies, higher consumption, increased trade, and higher stocks. Global production and use are expected to set new record highs in 2021/22. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) will update its World Wheat Supply and Demand Report this week.

Creating Value of U.S. Wheat: Through Solvent Retention Capacity. Registration is open for USW’s next monthly technical webinar on June 16. This webinar series provides technical guidance to add value for customers as they make their wheat purchasing decisions. USW technical experts Roy Chung and Tarik Gahi will discuss using SRC analysis as a tool for product quality, with fresh insights into SRC methods, solvent preparation and troubleshooting. Register for the webinar here.

Montana Wheat and Barley Committee is Hiring. The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee (MWBC) is recruiting to fill its Market Development & Communications Specialist position. This position is responsible for the administration of MWBC’s market development activities, as well as content development, communications and outreach efforts. Learn more about the position and how to apply here.

The 2021 U.S. Wheat Harvest is underway. USW publishes its Harvest Report every Friday afternoon, Eastern Daylight Time, throughout the season with updates and comments on harvest progress, crop conditions and current crop quality for hard red winter (HRW), soft red winter (SRW), hard red spring (HRS), soft white (SW) and durum wheat. Subscribe to receive the report directly to your inbox here. Follow along on social media using #wheatharvest21.

U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes Commercial Sales every Thursday, documenting wheat export sales-to-date by country and class for the current marketing year compared to the previous marketing year on the same date. The report includes a 10-year commercial sales history by class and country. Data is sourced from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Weekly Export Sales Report. Read the latest report on the USW website.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes various reports and content that are available to subscribe to, including a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting recent Wheat Letter blog posts, the weekly Price Report and the weekly Harvest Report (available May to October). Subscribe here.

Follow USW Online. Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter, video stories on Vimeo and more on LinkedIn.

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“The drought monitor has been around for more than two decades, and we have only seen four springs where we’ve seen more than 40% drought coverage in the lower 48 states. For the record, those years were 2000, 2003, and then in the wake of the big 2012, drought with the spring of 2013. 2021 is among those years, with nearly 60% of the U.S. seeing drought.” – Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist and an author of the monitor. Read more.

The 2021 U.S. Wheat Harvest has begun with the winter wheat crop in Texas. USW publishes a harvest report every Friday afternoon, Eastern Daylight Time, throughout the season with updates and comments on harvest progress, crop conditions and current crop quality for hard red winter (HRW), soft red winter (SRW), hard red spring (HRS), soft white (SW) and durum wheat. Subscribe to receive the report directly to your inbox here. Follow along on social media using #wheatharvest21.

NAWG Promotes Jake Westlin. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) recently promoted Jake Westlin to Senior Director of Policy and Communications. Jake joined NAWG in October 2019 and has been a key part of NAWG’s policy team, and has managed many projects during his tenure. Through Jake’s six years working with Capitol Hill and his work on two farm bills as part of Senator Heitkamp’s (D-ND) legislative team, he has brought a fundamental understanding of agricultural policy to NAWG. Additionally, from his time at Forbes Tate Partners as a research and policy analyst, Jake has an extensive background in agriculture, public lands, and food and nutrition policy. In Jake’s new role, he will oversee the policy and communications team and continue being a voice for wheat growers on the Hill.

IGP Institute Flour Milling and Grain Processing Course Schedule. The IGP Institute at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., has several flour milling and grain processing courses planned for 2021, covering all aspects of managing the flour milling process. View the full course schedule and register here.

Brett Carver Explains. The newest video series from the Wheat Foods Council (WFC) features Brett Carver, Oklahoma State University wheat breeder and WFC Board of Advisors member, covering a range of wheat topics. The most recent video is called “How our choices influence wheat production.” View the series and other WFC video resources here.

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