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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat. I believe soil is a living thing … Every living thing has rights. Therefore, soil also has rights. As long as you are consuming the natural resources – food, water, elements – coming from the soil, you owe it to soil to put something back, to give something back, whatever you can.” – Dr. Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate. For more information on how U.S. farmers are caring for the soil, visit our website at https://www.uswheat.org/policy/innovation-and-sustainability/.

Leading soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal officially received the 2020 World Food Prize Oct. 15 for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. Dr. Lal’s pioneering research on the restoration of soil health in Africa, Asia and Latin America led to revelations that impacted yields, conservation and climate change mitigation, practices that are now at the heart of efforts to improve agriculture systems in the tropics and globally.

Argentine government approves wheat variety with GMO trait. The wheat variety includes a drought resistant trait developed by the biotechnology firm Bioceres SA. However, the variety cannot be used commercially without official acceptance for import by Brazil’s government. There are currently no genetically engineered wheat varieties in commercial production in the United States. For more information, please see the Joint Statement on “Principles for Commercialization” from U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG).

Pioneering wheat work recognized. A U.S. research team earned the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) 2020 Gene Stewardship award for their work protecting global wheat crops from fungal pathogens. The plant pathologists, geneticists and agronomists from the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) were recognized for research leading to a diverse range of strategies introducing and improving resistance to stem rust—particularly the highly virulent Ug99 stem rust strain. Read more in Seed Today.

Extraordinary Biography of Wheat. A Montana State University (MSU) professor recently published the book, “Amber Waves: The Extraordinary Biography of Wheat, from Wild Grass to World Megacrop.” For Dr. Cathy Zabinski, a professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences in MSU’s College of Agriculture, the project meant getting out of her comfort zone in order to connect with her audience. “I wrote this to give us a sense of the history of our food production … helpful as we’re addressing the big question of how to produce enough food for the upcoming decades with a growing human population,” she said.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat: “There’s a future generation of farmers out there that will carry this through and have that passion that they learned from their family to love the soil and have that ambition to grow good crops.” — Michael Peters, Okarche, Okla., wheat farmer and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) 2020/21 Secretary-Treasurer

Congratulations to Janice Cooper, Executive Director, Wheat Marketing Center on her appointment to serve on the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Grain Inspection Advisory Committee beginning November 1, 2020. In addition, Steve Wirsching, USW Vice President and Director, West Coast Office, was appointed to the committee as an Alternate. The Advisory Committee represents the interests of all segments of the U.S. grain industry from producer to exporter. The committee is comprised of 15 members including grain processors, merchandisers, handlers, exporters, consumers, grain inspection agencies and scientists.

NAWG Blog: The 2020 Election: How the Next Presidential Administration Could Shape Agricultural Policy. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Intern Michelle Sutton has written a blog post comparing President Donald Trump’s and Former Vice President Joe Biden’s positions on U.S. agricultural policy. The blog post can be found on the National Wheat Foundation’s blog page here: https://bit.ly/3hUeI7A

Stripe Rust Resistant Wheat Varieties. Many farmers would prefer to grow wheat varieties that resist stripe rust disease. To help develop such varieties, scientists from the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Washington State University recently studied stripe rust resistance genes in 616 spring wheat varieties using the genome-wide association study approach. They used the GMS platform recently developed by the USDA-ARS Wheat Health, Genetics, and Quality Research Unit, which reduces the cost greatly compared to other methods. Read more at https://phys.org/news/2020-09-wheat-varieties-resist-destructive-stripe.html

The 2020 Borlaug Dialogues, sponsored by the World Food Prize Foundation, will be held virtually Oct. 12 to 16, 2020, and “will examine four major vulnerabilities or “cracks” in food systems: Climate Change, Finance & Investment, Nutrition, and Equity & Access. These concentrations will focus on actions and outcomes that reflect threats and opportunities in strengthening food systems resilience.” To learn more and register, visit https://www.worldfoodprize.org/en/borlaug_dialogue/2020_borlaug_dialogue/  #foodprize20

The CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (WHEAT) recently shared insights on the impacts and achievements of our vital partnerships, and recommendations to continue “delivering local solutions with a global perspective” to sustainably meet the growing global demand for wheat. WHEAT is a CGIAR Research Program launched in 2012 and led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Read more here: https://wheat.org/a-track-record-of-delivering-local-solutions-with-a-global-perspective-review-confirms-impact-and-importance-of-wheat-research/

IGP Institute Schedules New Flour Milling Courses. IGP Institute courses in this curriculum area cover aspects of managing the flour milling process, including technical milling, management practices, maintenance, quality control and food safety, and HACCP. Buhler-KSU courses provide milling courses on a variety of topics including soft wheat milling, expert milling, and executive milling. Some of these courses are offered in Spanish. Visit the IGP Institute website at https://www.grains.k-state.edu/igp/on-site-training/flour-milling/ to learn more.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat:[It has been] an immense honor to represent the people of the 11th district of Texas in Congress for the past 16 years. [I am] humbled [by] witnessing the hard work of Americans to feed, clothe and fuel the world and used it to help fight for America’s farmers, ranchers and the entire agriculture industry in the decisions that affect their lives and future generations.” – Former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, at the ceremony unveiling his official Chairman’s portrait for the House of Representatives’ art collection.

Vince Peterson Talks Trade, COVID-19 and more on Episode 195 of the “Wheat All About It!” podcast produced this week by the Washington Grain Commission (WGC). WGC Director of Communications Scott Yates talked to USW President Peterson about the Phase One China deal, the bi-lateral trade deal with Japan and the USMCA treaty. A second episode with Peterson will be posted next week. 

Grain Craft Relocates to the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center. On Sept. 10, Grain Craft announced plans to relocate its corporate laboratory to the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center in Manhattan, Kan., in 2021. The laboratory will be housed in newly finished space within the innovation center, which is located on the Kansas State University Campus. Grain Craft said the move is consistent with the company’s commitment to enhancing wheat quality as well as to flour quality and consistency and to “ongoing exploration of innovation activities.” Read the full announcement here.

Idaho Wheat Commission (IWC) Plans New HQ. The IWC plans to replace the building it owns near the state Capitol building in downtown Boise. The commission since 2003 has owned a 7,500-square-foot building with a partial second story. IWC aims to construct a three-story, 27,300-square-foot building that it hopes to be a central hub for many of the state’s agricultural organizations. Former USW colleague Casey Chumrau is the IWC Executive Director. Read more here.

Golden State Grains Community. The California Wheat Commission (CWC) is the prime mover behind a new “Golden State Grains” online community of participants in California’s grain economy. Golden State Grains is designed to be an innovative and sustainable marketplace for California grown and processed grain. In addition, this web tool is intended to bring all participants together to support production practices that improve the environment, increase profitability and sustainability, and provide food that improves human health. Find out more about Golden State Grains here.

NAWG Leads on Science Behind Glyphosate. Writing in a recent edition of “Agri-Pulse,” National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Dave Milligan detailed the effort of NAWG and top agricultural groups across the country to fight an unjustified California law that would have forced food manufacturers to put a warning label on products made from agricultural products that may have been treated with the herbicide glyphosate. NAWG and the other organizations cited the risk to the national agricultural economy and sustainable wheat production that would result from the loss of glyphosate as a valuable farming tool, as well as confusion among consumers when glyphosate has undergone decades of regulatory and safety review.

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Speaking of Wheat: “Every month, the top leaders of [NAWG and USW] … discuss our shared priorities. I feel both organizations are realizing more and more that when we work together, we are able to move the wheat industry forward and make it prosperous.” – Dave Milligan, 2020/21 President of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a wheat farmer from Cass City, Mich. Read more.

Congratulations. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at U.S. Wheat Associates (USW). This month, Ian Flagg is celebrating 15 years with the organization. Ian is the Regional Vice President for the European, Middle Eastern and North African Regions and is based in the USW Rotterdam Office. Thank you, Ian, for your service to our organization, U.S. wheat farmers and our customers.

Farmer Concerns About Climate Change. A 2020 study for Syngenta by IPSOS Mori found that 72% of large-scale farmers in the United States, France, China, Brazil, India and across Africa are worried about the impact climate change will have on crop yields, animal health and their ability to do business over the next five years. Globally, two-thirds (63%) of large farmers surveyed say they have already taken actions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions – and two-thirds would like to take (more) action in the next 12 months. Read more here.

U.S. Farmers More Optimistic. According to the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, U.S. farmers surveyed in mid-August were more optimistic about farmland values in the short and long term and about trade prospects. The sponsoring organizations cite the expectation of excellent crop yields and a rally in agricultural commodity prices for the more optimistic sentiments among the farmers they surveyed.

SHP to Host “Wheat Week” Series of Virtual Field Days

U.S. wheat farmers will share their challenges and goals for soil health on their operation during virtual field days Sept. 8 to 10, 2020, sponsored by the Soil Health Partnership (SHP). Farmers who partner with SHP will show participants their field trials Sept. 9 and 10. Click here for more details and to register.

Impact of COVID-19 on World Agricultural Trade. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat has published a new report noting that agricultural trade has fared better than other sectors during the pandemic, and that initial measures focused on guaranteeing the immediate availability of food have been followed by a second phase of policies seeking to mend broken supply chains and help producers to cope with the “new normal” situation. Read the report here.

Central Plains Farmers Try Spring Wheat. For many growers in Nebraska and Kansas, dryland rotation does help hold moisture and fight weed pressure, but it also leaves an entire year between corn harvest and winter wheat planting. That’s why some growers in the area are experimenting with hard red spring wheat, which is currently grown in the northern plains. Read more about this interesting opportunity for farmers in this article from Nebraska Farmer magazine.

Wheat Foods Council Videos Prove Popular. During the pandemic, the U.S. based Wheat Foods Council pivoted from presentations and exhibits to short, educational videos about health and nutrition targeting “personal trainers” who increasingly influence food choices. This week, WFC shared the news that those videos have now surpassed 1 million views. See the work for yourselves at the WFC YouTube channel, the WFC website or the Center for Nutrition and Athletics website.

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Speaking of Wheat: “Even though the customers cannot be here in person, we want to assure them that they are welcome to ask questions and reach out to us, as well as visit us when it is safe to travel.” – Glen Squires, CEO, Washington Grain Commission, from an article about virtual wheat export promotion by state wheat commissions and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) in Capital Press.

Congratulations to Ian Flagg and his wife Serena on the birth of their first child Aug. 11, a girl named Thea Juliette. Ian, who is USW’s Regional Vice President for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, says Mom and baby, who is named after her great grandmother, are doing well.

Pacific Northwest wheat producers rely on a complex system of rivers, rail, and highways to transport their product. Of all the wheat produced in Washington state for example, about 60% of it is transported via the Columbia-Snake River System. A comprehensive environmental impact analysis of the lower Snake River dams was recently completed and published. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) stated that the report balances the needs of farmers, salmon, power supply, and social welfare in the Pacific Northwest.

USW Recommends www.farmbabe.com. With an average social media reach of 2-3 million a month and 120K followers, Michelle Miller has made a name for herself as a dedicated myth-buster in the food industry as the Farm Babe™. Michelle brings a unique perspective as a big city globetrotter turned Iowa Farm girl, and plants the seed inside the minds of those looking to understand the truth about modern agricultural production. Farm Babe™ is one of the most popular and vibrant food and farming personalities in social media.

Registration Underway for Three September IAOM-KSU Milling Courses. IAOM has joined with Kansas State University’s IGP Institute to offer a variety of milling courses, which will be held in Manhattan, Kan. Review the class information and register here.

Our Hearts Go Out to Farmers in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana who lost crops and suffered damage from a devastating, long-lived thunderstorm Aug. 10. With straight line, hurricane-force winds, this “deracho” storm affected an estimated 37.7 million acres, primarily corn and soybeans. Reuters reported that “the toll from the derecho storm has worsened as farmers and grain handlers have spent the week assessing flattened corn fields and crumpled steel storage bins.” The storm also caused widespread damage to rural towns and cities in its destructive path.

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Speaking of Wheat: “While the past five months has turned our business, economic and personal worlds upside down, we have learned a great deal about ourselves and our resilience as people and as an industry. We have learned we all have immense capacity and untapped creativity helping us work through this pandemic and continue supplying critical food resources for our people and the world.” – Vince Peterson, President, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), from remarks to a virtual meeting with Japanese flour millers and wheat food processors, July 31, 2020.

NAWG OpEd: As Drought Conditions Continue to Spread Across Farm Country, Importance Of Crop Insurance Is Reinforced. High Plains Journal recently published an opinion editorial by National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Michigan wheat farmer Dave Milligan. In his piece, Milligan discusses the importance of crop insurance for America’s wheat farmers especially as many have experienced extreme drought conditions these past few months. Read here.

Commentary: The Long, Positive Relationship Between U.S. Wheat Farmers and Japan. USW President Vince Peterson recently wrote in a Capital Press op-ed about the long, positive relationship between U.S. wheat farmers and Japan. Read the op-ed here.

OK Wheat Brief Summer 2020. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission released its Summer 2020 Wheat Brief Newsletter on July 30, 2020. This newsletter discusses the continued explorations for product enhancement and field trial initiatives, trade updates, the “Governor’s Wheat Challenge” along with current virtual educational and recipe promotions. Read the entire Wheat Brief here.

The Strange Case of Unsolicited Seed Mailings. A very unusual situation occurred in the United States recently when small packages of various seeds were apparently mailed from overseas to a seemingly random selection of U.S. citizens. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and state departments of agriculture quickly warned people not to open nor plant the seeds, but instead to turn them in to authorities. None of the packages appeared to include wheat seeds. The American Seed Trade Association has posted more information on its website.

Registration Underway for Three September IAOM-KSU Milling Courses. IAOM has joined with Kansas State University’s IGP Institute to offer a variety of milling courses, which will be held in Manhattan, Kan. Register for these classes here. 

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat: “I hope in another century our future generations look back at our world and see how we worked to improve it for all for them. And I hope that despite farming changes and progress, wheat remains growing in farm fields.” – Katie Pinke, Publisher, Agweek. Read more.

USW Past Chairman Awarded Dr. James R. Miller Award. Jason Scott, a Maryland wheat farmer who served as USW’s 2016/17 Chairman, was recently awarded the Dr. James R. Miller Award during Maryland’s 22nd Annual Commodity Classic, held virtually this year. This award recognizes an individual for their contributions to Maryland’s grain industry. Scott, who has been on the Maryland Grain Producers board for 16 years and has served in several leadership positions, works alongside his family growing wheat, corn, soybeans, malt barley, and sweet corn for processing, as well as selling seed for Pioneer. Learn more about Scott and the award here.

USW recommends a visit to the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) YouTube channel to see a series of presentations on how plant breeding innovations like gene editing can positively address continuing access to safe and affordable nutrition despite new and evolving threats to our global food security. Visit the channel here.

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is currently accepting entries for the Spring Wheat category. The deadline to submit is August 1. Learn more here. 

USW expresses sympathy to the family and friends of Dr. Owen J. Newlin, a U.S. grain industry pioneer who passed away recently. During and after his career with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Dr. Newlin actively supported: ballot initiatives to create state corn checkoff programs; initiating overseas industry missions to educate future farmer leaders; and defending the USDA/FAS Foreign Market Development program, a source of funding for USW export market development. Read more in this statement from U.S. Grains Council.

Cereal Science Events Calendar. Every month, cereal scientist M. Hikmet Boyacioglu, Ph.D., compiles an industry calendar of events. Click here to see the mid-July 2020 calendar. To receive the calendar, please write to Dr. Boyacioglu at [email protected].

BASF and PowerPollen collaborate in research on hybrid wheat. BASF and PowerPollen® have signed an agreement to further develop and apply the company’s patented pollen preservation and application technology to improve cross-pollination and enhance BASF’s proprietary wheat program. Read the joint statement here.

Study Finds Whole Grains Lower Risk of Diabetes. Researchers found consuming one or more servings a day of whole grain cold breakfast cereal was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of becoming diabetic. Read more about the study here.

Registration Underway for Three September IAOM-KSU Milling Courses. IAOM has joined with Kansas State University’s IGP Institute to offer a variety of milling courses, which will be held in Manhattan, Kan. Register for these classes here.

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Speaking of Wheat: “A completed USMCA finally gets us past the uncertainty and that is welcome news to U.S. wheat growers. Especially as we now see an opportunity for U.S. negotiators to take this as a gold standard agreement and launch negotiations with other countries, where U.S. wheat growers face tariff and non-tariff barriers.” – Doug Goyings, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Chairman and a wheat farmer from Paulding, Ohio.

Hybrid Wheat Grant to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Researcher. P. Stephen Baenziger, professor and Wheat Growers Presidential Chair in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, received a three-year grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture program to develop distinct germplasm pools to support the development of hybrid wheat. Read more.

USMCA Enters into Force. On July 1, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement officially replaced NAFTA. USW welcomes the agreement as crucial to maintaining the free flow of wheat from the United States to our Mexican customers and help farmers who may wish to trade across the Canadian border. Read more. 

Wheat Foods Council Publishes Educational Video Content. The Wheat Foods Council focuses on developing educational and promotional nutrition resources on wheat food products that reach health and nutrition professionals, opinion leaders, media and consumers. Recently the Council has added several new videos to its available resources. View these videos on its YouTube here and additional content on its website here.

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is currently accepting entries for the Spring Wheat category. The deadline to submit it August 1.

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Speaking of Wheat: “Our export markets are critical to U.S. wheat farmers’ bottom lines as they see 50 percent of U.S. wheat exported each year. The grain inspection system is one of our key advantages over our competitors that has helped wheat and other U.S. commodities grow export markets. Our overseas customers value the independent system in place through the Grain Standards Act.” – Doug Goyings, USW Chairman and Paulding, Ohio wheat farmer, in response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture’s business meeting to markup the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act (GSA) of 2020

Congratulations Colleagues. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at U.S. Wheat Associates, including two that recently celebrated milestones. Ann Murchison, Office Manager, USW West Coast Office, recently celebrated 25 years with USW, while Joe Sowers, Regional Vice President for Philippines and Korea, USW Manila Office, recently celebrated 15 years. Thank you, Ann and Joe, for your service to our organization, U.S. wheat farmers and our customers.

Phase One Deal with China Still Needed. USW joined the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and a coalition of almost 200 other agricultural organizations in a letter reiterating to the Trump Administration the importance of the U.S.-China Trade Agreement for U.S. agriculture and exports. “Today, the world grain and oilseed market is experiencing the greatest oversupply of production since the 1980s, and the United States is facing increasing competition from foreign sources,” the letter stated. Read the letter online here.

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is currently accepting entries for the Spring Wheat category. The deadline to submit it August 1.

New Virtual Offerings for Women in Agribusiness Event Series. In a pivotal move to ensure event excellence during the changing business climate, the Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit series has announced virtual attendance options for its 2020 U.S. and international conferences in July and September.

Open Position in OWGL. Oregon Wheat Growers (OWGL) is looking to fill their Administrative Assistant/Membership Coordinator position. For more details on the job opening and how to apply, visit www.owgl.org/careers!

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Speaking of Wheat: We go that extra step to take care of the ground because we’re excited when it produces better. It’s a family heritage thing. This is what my grandparents did, they passed it down to my father and now it’s going to be passed down to me and I want to pass it on to my children.” – Kyler Millershaski, Kleeman/Millershaski Farms, Lakin, Kan. Hear more from Kyler about his family’s story here.

Congratulations Colleagues. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at U.S. Wheat Associates (USW). This month, Vince Peterson and Mina El Hachimi are celebrating 35 years with the organization. Peterson is USW President in the USW Headquarters Office in Arlington, Va., and El Hachimi is Senior Administrative Consultant in the USW Casablanca Office. Thank you, Vince and Mina, for your service to our organization, U.S. wheat farmers and our customers.

USW Submits Export Plan to FAS. USW submitted its latest Unified Export Strategy (UES) plan to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on June 8, 2020. Funding is not guaranteed, and each year USW Vice President of Planning and Programs Jennifer Sydney and USW’s overseas offices work for several months to create this comprehensive U.S. wheat export plan.

World Food Prize Announces 2020 Laureate. Dr. Rattan Lal of Ohio State University, a native of India and a citizen of the United States, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. See more about Dr. Lal and The World Food Prize here.

Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Retires. After 18 years at the helm of the Idaho Wheat Commission (IWC), Blaine Jacobson will end his leadership tenure in June. Jacobson spent a decade as chairman of the joint USW and National Association of Wheat Growers Food Aid Working Group. We wish him a long and happy retirement. Former USW Santiago Marketing Manager Casey Chumrau will become IWC’s Executive Director. Read more.

Early Bird Registration for Spring Wheat Yield Contest. The National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest in February 2020. The Foundation is currently accepting entries for Spring Wheat until Aug. 1 with an early registration deadline of June 15.

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