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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry. 

Speaking of Wheat: There is a societal cost of not using new genome editing techniques or being slow in adoption. We have no time to lose in resolving our shared problems for food and nutrition security.” – Robin Fears, Director, European Academies Science Advisory Council, in a statement calling for reform of European regulation of plant breeding innovations. 

Today We Have Bread. All of us at USW feel very fortunate to continue working virtually, and our farmer board of directors agreed with our staff to share some of that good fortune with others in need. So, USW is donating bread, produced at Uptown Bakery, owned by Master Baker and USW consultant Didier Rosada, to three area food banks. One of the recipients is the food pantry at Columbia Baptist Church in Arlington, Va. Rev. Gregory Loewer recently shared this in a letter thanking USW for the bread donation: “The recipients of your donations were so grateful to receive the bread. I happened to be serving on the team yesterday and when I told the folks waiting in line that ‘today we have bread’ they were delighted.” 

“Killing Before Milling.” North Dakota State University (NDSU) researchers recently received a USDA Food Safety and Defense grant to explore the use of steam pasteurization to reduce pathogens in milled flour. Senay Simsek, NDSU’s Bert L. D’Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Professor, and Teresa Bergholz, associate professor of microbiological sciences, will work on a project titled “Killing Before Milling: Utilization of Vacuum Steam Pasteurization for Controlling Enteric Pathogens on Wheat.” The three-year USDA grant totals nearly $500,000. Read more about the project.  

Award of Excellence for Dr. Simsek. NDSU’s Senay Simsek has been awarded the NC-213 U.S. Quality Grains Research Consortium 2020 Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award of Excellence. Simsek, who has been with NDSU since 2007, leads the HRS wheat endquality project in the Department of Plant Sciences. Congratulations to Dr. Simsek, who is a frequent collaborator with USWRead more about the award and Dr. Simsek’s work. 

University of Maryland Professor Puts the UMD Small Grains Breeding and Genetics Program on the Map. Vijay Tiwari, assistant professor in Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, recently received the Leadership Award from the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). This award is given annually to scientists who make a crucial impact in wheat genomics. This year, Tiwari was the sole recipient for his leadership and expertise in Radiation Hybrid mapping or RH mapping, a technique that was used to validate the entire wheat genome assembly. 

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest June 15th Early Bird Registration for Spring Wheat. 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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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry. 

Speaking of Wheat: Most of the wheat that’s grown in the Pacific Northwest is delivered to the Asian market … I feel lucky that so far the COVID-19 has had very little impact on our operation.” – Matt Wood, a farmer who grows dryland wheat and hay near Helix, Ore., from an Oregon Public Broadcasting story. 

New Look for WGC Website. The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) has rolled out a new design and content on its www.wagrains.org website. The site now provides a direct link to wheat buyers, flour millers and wheat food processors around the world while offering Washington farmers information on its research, marketing and educational priorities. It is also the place to find episodes of the “Wheat All About It!” podcast. 

Nebraska Wheat Board Celebrates 65 Years. The Nebraska Wheat Resources Act was passed in 1955, allocating a fourth of every penny per bushel to create and fund the Nebraska Wheat Board. The board educates and promotes the wheat industry around the state, supporting public and private research; expands Nebraska’s domestic and international wheat markets and advocates for better farm policy on the federal level. Read more about the history of Nebraska Wheat Board here 

 USDA Garden National Wheat Foundation Wheat Exhibit Update. In September 2019, the Farm Journal Foundation installed its “Agriculture Through the Voice of the Farmer” exhibit on the National Mall near the USDA campus. By working with the National Wheat Foundation, the exhibit features a mobile phone guided walking tour of the garden that highlights crops growing in the space, as well as video and audio clips addressing various topics in modern agriculture. The exhibit features video interviews of farmers closely affiliated with the Foundation. Explore the digital garden tour here.  

U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Shares Appreciation for U.S. Wheat Shipments as Part of COVID-19 Response. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Food for Progress program, donated an additional 27,000 tons of high-quality U.S. wheat last week to support Georgia during the novel coronavirus outbreak. This is in addition to the 27,000 tons of U.S. wheat delivered in December. As other countries are banning export of their wheat and grains, the U.S. is finding ways to help by providing more,” says Ambassador Kelly Degnan. Read the Ambassador’s entire message here.  

Facebook Live Highlights U.S. Wheat Associates. USW Vice President of Communications Steve Mercer was featured in a Facebook Live conversation with Conrad Weaver, who produced and directed the “Great American Wheat Harvest” film, on May 4. The conversation focused on the state of the U.S. wheat export supply system, a topic that USW covered in 2013 with a series of videos. Weaver also spoke with National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule about domestic wheat issues on May 11. 

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest Entry DeadlinesThe National Wheat Foundation is  accepting entries for “Greater Grain. The National Wheat Yield Contest.  The deadline for winter wheat entries is May 15 and the spring wheat entry deadline is August 1, with an early registration deadline of June 15. 

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry. 

Speaking of Wheat: We see this transaction as the latest example of how working together and using technology to solve challenges can improve trade, as well as traceability, food safety, nutrition and more.” – Jennifer Davidson, Trade Execution Lead, Cargill, discussing a cross-continent wheat trade transaction on a blockchain platform. 

BLOG: Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years by Observing Climate ActionThis year marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrated on April 22, 2020The theme for Earth Day 2020 was climate action. Read the National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) recent blog highlighting some of the ways wheat growers are working to curb the effects of climate change. 

Corteva Opportunity: Genome Editing for Crop ImprovementAs part of their effort and commitment to building strong partnerships, Corteva is inviting scientists from academic and nonprofit research institutions to submit brief, non-confidential proposals for gene edits that have the potential to improve wheat, maize (corn), soybeans, canola or sorghum. The application deadline is May 31, 2020. Click here for complete details. 

Farm Foundation Supports Young FarmersThe Young Farmer Accelerator Program is aimed at helping young farmers grow their knowledge, experience and network. The program will engage young farmers in a year-long series of interactive learning and networking experiences, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of a wide variety of agriculture, agribusiness and government issues.  

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest Entry DeadlinesThe National Wheat Foundation is accepting entries for “Greater Grain. The National Wheat Yield Contest.  The deadline for winter wheat entries is May 15 and the spring wheat entry deadline is August 1, with an early registration deadline of June 15. 

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry. 

Speaking of Wheat: Despite all the disruption the coronavirus epidemic is causing the United States, the food supply system is working well. Disruptions are largely limited to changes in demand (such as hoarding), as opposed to challenges to supply. There is zero reason to expect the United States to need to bar food exports, – Peter Zeihan, April 15, 2020, “Coronavirus: The American Food Security Guide.” Copyright © 2020 Zeihan on Geopolitics. All rights reserved. 

Congratulations to our Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association friends celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2020. The WCWG has produced a commemorative book, “Warriors For Wheat,” illustrating its active engagement in Canadian agriculture policy on behalf of its farmer members. 

USW is Sad to Learn that Ben Handcock has passed away after a long illness. Ben directed the Wheat Quality Council for 25 years. Dave Green, who now directs the Council, called Ben a true friend of the industry and a close personal friend to many of us.” On his retirement in 2017USW thanked Ben for all he had done for wheat farmers and the amazing experiences shared on WQC tours. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his wife Patsy and their family. 

USDA Releases April WASDE Report. The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report showed an increase in wheat stocks and a reduction in expected 2019/20 (June to May) U.S. exports to 26.8 MMT on slower late year sales pace and higher prices compared to other exporters.   

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. Farmers can submit entries in winter wheat and spring wheat with subcategories for dryland and irrigated. NWF is accepting entries for winter wheat until May 15 and entries for spring wheat from June 15 to August 1. 

New Tool to Combat Major Wheat Disease. USDA/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues have discovered a gene that can be used to develop wheat varieties that will be more resistant to Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) or scab, a disease that is a major threat both overseas and to the nation’s $10 billion annual wheat crop. Collaborating scientists from the United States and China published a paper reporting the discovery recently in the journal Science.

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Speaking of Wheat: Our satellite vegetation greenness model suggests near-trend [yield] potential, largely due to a Great Plains crop that is in good shape as it emerges from dormancy, – Jude Kastens, PhD, Research Associate Professor at the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program (KARS) located at the University of Kansas.  

USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement: On March 24, 2020, the USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. The Agreement entered into force on February 14, 2020, and the recent actions described below build upon the actions announced by USDA and USTR on February 25 and March 10. 

Catlyxt Launches New Website Showcasing the Power and Possibility of Plants: Calyxt, a plant-based technology company, is doing what farmers and plant breeders have been doing for hundreds of years: choosing the best crops and breeding them to make stronger, more sustainable plants. A company release suggested the new website demonstrates a company at the forefront of accelerated plant breeding with a focus on wellness and sustainability. Visitors can also now access assets including sales sheets, seed variety technical specifications, as well as new videos and photos. 

A New Twist on Take and Bake Month: March is Bake and Take Month, but in these unprecedented times, sharing baked goods with friends isn’t as easyMarsha Boswell offers ideas like handwritten notes, kid-drawn pictures and more to accompany baked treats dropped on a neighbor’s doorstep, in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

National Ag Day: A Celebration of Wheat: Farmers only make up 1.3% of America’s labor force, yet they have an enormous impact on feeding the world. This can be attributed to the advancements and improvements of plant technologies and farm management practices that started with Dr. Norman Borlaug in the Green Revolution. On March 24National Ag Day, the National Wheat Foundation recognized the importance of wheat farmers and programming that helps improve our crop.

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. Farmers can submit entries in winter wheat and spring wheat with subcategories for dryland and irrigated. NWF is accepting entries for winter wheat from April 1 and May 15, and entries for spring wheat from June 15 to August 1. 

Northern Crops Institute Online Pasta Course Open. The Northern Crops Institute announced a Pasta Production and Technology course to be offered online, April 28 to 30. For more course information and to register, click here.  

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat:These [export] customers are making million-dollar purchase decisions based on the data we generate. I know [farmers] are growing for bushels, but they are paying the high price for spring wheat because it has high quality for bread baking applications.” ­– Senay Simsek, Ph.D., Bert L. D’Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Professor, North Dakota State University, from an article in Farm and Ranch Guide. Photo above: Dr. Simsek (center) with Japanese wheat customers at a November 2019 reception in Tokyo recognizing the passage of the U.S.-Japan Agreement

“Feed Your Mind” Agriculture Biotechnology Education. On March 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new education and outreach initiative to inform and broaden understanding about agricultural biotechnology through science-based educational information. The Agency received $7.5 million from congress and has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make this outreach program possible.

Cuba Still a Wasted Export Opportunity. Paul Johnson, chair of the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba in an interview with Successful Farming, said this week: “Cuba wants … normalized relations with the U.S. farmers [who] have an advantage in the Cuban market, mainly logistics. We can get product down to Cuba quicker than any other country – in a few days. So not only can we get products there, which reduces the cost to the Cuban buyer, but also we promote the quality of the goods.” USW strongly supports a change in policy toward Cuba and an end to the trade embargo.

Consumer Research on Gene-Edited Food. Several food and agriculture organizations have released a U.S. consumer research study measuring market potential for gene-edited products. “Gene editing … is a relatively new food technology, so we believed it was important to establish a baseline for consumer understanding and how that level of understanding impacts purchasing decisions,” stated Leslie Sarasin, President and CEO of FMI, the Food Industry Association. “We … hope that these research results serve as a path forward for the food and agriculture industries to collaborate and facilitate a better understanding and a common language around gene-edited products.”

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. Farmers can submit entries in winter wheat and spring wheat with subcategories for dryland and irrigated. NWF is accepting entries for winter wheat from April 1 and May 15, and entries for spring wheat from June 15 to August 1.

IGP Institute Milling Courses. The IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., has announced a series of milling courses in its upcoming summer schedule, including two Buhler-KSU Executive Milling courses (one in English and on in Spanish), as well as an IAOM-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling course. Click here to register and for more information on these courses.

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Speaking of Wheat:Innovation in agriculture and food is the key to global food security; the world has to stop farming with systems that my grandfather gave up on 125 years ago. Innovation is an imperative — and it’s not just needed [in the United States], but around the world.Ambassador Kip Tom, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome and a seventh-generation farmer from Indiana.

Congratulations. Andrés Saturno and his wife Berenice “Bere” recently welcomed their first child, a baby boy, Alessio Massimiliano Saturno Ramos, 7 lbs, 9 oz, on February 19, 2020. Andrés is a Technical Specialist in the USW Santiago Office. Everyone is healthy and doing well.

China Lifts Some Trade Barriers in ‘Phase One.’ China has begun making policy changes and will soon be accepting applications for tariff exemptions as part of its agreements under the “phase one” trade pact with the United States, the Trump administration announced Tuesday, February 25. Imports of a wide variety of commodities will be eligible, including wheat, soybeans, pork, corn, whey, oranges, cherries, sorghum, soy oil and beef. Read more here.

Coronavirus Could Prevent China from Meeting $80B Agriculture Trade Pledge. With the phase one trade deal with China in effect for just under three weeks, agricultural experts fear the coronavirus outbreak will impede China’s ability to buy a promised $80 billion in farm goods from the United States over the next two years. Read more here.

Ancient Wheat Genome Reveals Clues to the Agricultural Past. A museum sample of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian crop plant yields genomic information that helps researchers track the plant’s domestication and migration reports “The Scientist.” The museum wheat, which carbon dating showed was from between 1130 and 1000 BC, was genetically much more similar to modern domesticated varieties than to modern wild ones, suggesting that the plant lineage the samples came from had already been domesticated. Read more here.

2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. Farmers can submit entries in winter wheat and spring wheat with subcategories for dryland and irrigated. NWF is accepting entries for winter wheat from April 1 and May 15, and entries for spring wheat from June 15 to August 1.

Farmers Join Forces for Sustainability and Responsible Climate Policy. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) joined twenty farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers to launch Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers considering climate policies. FSF’s guiding principles call for policies that support science-based research, voluntary incentive-based conservation programs, investment in infrastructure, and solutions that ensure vibrant rural communities and a healthy planet. Read the group’s recent release here.

Oklahoma Governor’s Wheat Challenge. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODA), working with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission (OWC) and the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Wheat Improvement Team recently featured the first ever State of Oklahoma’s Governor’s Wheat Challenge in an event at the ODA headquarters March 3. Wheat industry representatives welcomed Governor Kevin Stitt and Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell as they checked on respective wheat plots planted in their names last November in front of the agency’s headquarters, and to get an update from OWC Executive Director Mike Schulte on the marketing and research aspects of Oklahoma’s wheat industry. Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Ms. Blayne Arthur called it “a very exciting day for Oklahoma’s wheat industry,” with a friendly competition between the Governor and Lt. Governor spotlighting two newer wheat varieties developed by the Wheat Breeding Team led by Dr. Brett Carver of OSU. The wheat plots will be harvested and evaluated for flour and baking qualities. Read more here.

IGP Institute Milling Courses. The IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., has announced a series of milling courses in its upcoming summer schedule, including two Buhler-KSU Executive Milling courses (one in English and on in Spanish), as well as an IAOM-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling course. Click here to register and for more information on these courses.

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Speaking of Wheat:A lot of times, when there are issues that are important to us, the other side is very politically active. They’re there, they’re protesting and they’re making their voices heard. We need to make our voices heard as well.” – Fairfield, Wash., wheat farmer Marci Green, upon receiving an Excellence in Agriculture award Feb. 5. 2020.

UK Scientists Identify High Fiber Wheat Genes. “Farming UK” reported recently that an international group of scientists led by Rothamsted Research and the John Innes Centre have opened the door to high fiber white flour with as much as twice the fiber of traditional white flour. By looking for sections of genetic code shared by plants with the high fiber trait, the team homed in on the likely spots where high fiber genes reside. The researchers are hopeful high fiber wheat varieties can be commercially available within five years now that breeders have a new tool with which to screen wheat lines. Read more here.

Space Cookies! Recently, a batch of chocolate chip cookies (or biscuits) — the first food ever baked in space — returned to Earth aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule. The cookies started out from the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel chain as Earth-made dough, which launched to the International Space Station along with the Zero G oven (the first oven designed to work in space) in November 2019. The recipe for space cookies: bake at 325°F (167°C) for 130 minutes! Read and see more here.

Grains Important in Infant Diets. Sosland Publishing recently reported on a new study published in Nutrients, a peer-reviewed medical journal of human nutrition, highlights the importance of grains as part of a healthy infant diet — and the potential risks of excluding them. “This study is the first to examine grain consumption patterns among U.S. infants … and clearly provides evidence for what organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC, have been suggesting for decades: grains support the backbone of a healthy infant diet,” said study author Yanni Papanikolaou, of Nutritional Strategies Inc. Read the study in Nutrients can be found here.

IGP Institute Milling Courses. The IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., has announced a series of milling courses in its upcoming summer schedule, including two  Buhler-KSU Executive Milling courses (one in English and on in Spanish), as well as a IAOM-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling course. Click here to register and for more information on these courses.

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Speaking of Wheat:Wheat farmers and Mexico’s wheat buyers are very glad to see the cloud of uncertainty lifted from our trade relationship. Replacing NAFTA without harm to the wheat trade relationship was a priority for all of us – mission accomplished.” – Doug Goyings, USW Chairman and Wheat Farmer from Paulding, Ohio, noting one of the benefits of the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement signed into U.S. law last week by President Trump.

Our Sincere Sympathy to former USW colleague Pam Leckie Wiese and the family of former USW Regional Vice President, Sub-Sahara Africa, Ed Wiese who passed away at age 71 on Jan. 25, 2020, in Florida.

Japanese Perceptions of Gene Editing. A team of Japanese researchers surveyed Japanese experts and the public about their perceptions of the benefits, risks, and value of using gene editing in Japan. A partial summary of results suggested that molecular biology experts had higher benefit and value perceptions, as well as lower risk perceptions regarding new technologies. Although the lay public tended to have more favorable attitudes toward gene editing than toward genetic modification, such differences were much smaller than their perceived differences between conventional breeding and genetic modification. Read more in Nature Communications Journal. Click here to read USW positions on plant breeding innovation.

California Wheat’s Claudia Carter Interviewed. Claudia Carter, Executive Director of the California Wheat Commission, was recently featured in an episode of the “Regenerative Agriculture Podcast.” Originally from Ecuador, Claudia leads research around the marketability of California wheat and helps to develop and maintain domestic and international markets for this commodity. She describes her educational journey in cereal sciences, and her focus on the durum quality parameters that processors need to develop a good pasta. Claudia and the host also discuss biofortification, the process of breeding wheat varieties for a specific nutritional profile. Listen to the podcast here.

Wheat All About It! Speaking of podcasts, Washington Grain Commission (WGC) publishes a very informative weekly podcast all about wheat and the wheat industry in the Pacific Northwest. Click here to listen to the latest episodes. You may also subscribe to “Wheat All About It!” on iTunes and other podcast apps like Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Overcast and Radio FM, or download multiple episodes from the WGC website at wagrains.org.

EPA Evaluation of Glyphosate. In January 2020, after receiving and considering public comments on the glyphosate proposed interim decision, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the interim decision for registration review. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks of concern to human health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label. EPA also found that glyphosate is unlikely to be a human carcinogen. EPA is requiring management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays to intended pests, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate. Read more here.

U.S. Flour Miller Invests in Wheat Quality. Grain Craft, the largest U.S. independent flour miller, has increased its commitment to improving wheat quality with another gift to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation (KWCRF). The gift will build upon previous support of research to improve wheat quality and yield through proper fertility management. “Preliminary results from the research indicate there is a strong correlation between proper fertility management of wheat by farmers and not only the quantity, but quality of the protein produced,” according to Dr. Romulo Lollato, Wheat Production Extension Specialist at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Read more here.

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Speaking of Wheat:The last time that U.S. farmers planted so few acres with winter wheat, William Howard Taft was president and the opening salvos of World War I were still five years away.” – Ryan Dezember, Wall Street Journal Reporter, from his article Jan. 17, 2020.

USMCA Pact Moves to Pres. Trump. Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), as president pro tempore of the Senate, led a ceremony Jan. 22, 2020, to sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act. Grassley’s signing of the legislation is the final step before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature within 10 days. Canada has still not ratified the measure, which its parliament must do before the agreement enters into force, which is expected to happen within the next two months.

Mid-Year U.S. Commercial Sales Update. As of Jan. 2, 2010, total U.S. export sales for marketing year 2019/20 (June to May) of 18.9 million metric tons (MMT) are 6 percent ahead of sales at the same time in 2018/19. Hard red winter (HRW) and durum sales are both significantly ahead of last year’s pace. USDA projects total 2019/20 exports will hit 26.5 MMT (973 million bushels) which, if realized, would be 4 percent greater than 2018/19 and 7 percent more than the 5-year average. USW believes the high quality and competitive pricing for select U.S. wheat classes and other factors support USDA’s estimate. Export sales to date are 71 percent of USDA’s total projected U.S. exports of 26.5 MMT. Commercial sales to 11 of the top 20 markets for U.S. wheat are ahead of last year. Read the latest Commercial Sales report here.

Farmers Follow the Wheat. Intermountain Farm & Ranch reported that group of Idaho wheat farmers and industry representatives visited Portland, Ore., recently on a tour designed to give them a better understanding of the region’s wheat industry and the importance of the Columbia-Snake River system. Portland is the third largest grain export gateway in the world and more than 50 percent of U.S. wheat that is exported travels through the port. Every January, the Idaho Wheat Commission takes two growers from each of five districts in Idaho, and a handful of industry representatives on similar tours. Photo above, Copyright Intermountain Farm & Ranch. Read more online.

Condolences. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) was sad to receive the news of Mr. Poyen Policarpio’s passing on Jan. 12, 2020. Mr. Policarpio for many years led Pure Foods and, through its acquisition, served as President of San Miguel Flour Milling in the Philippines. Always with a smile and warm, friendly outlook, Mr. Policarpio was a good friend to USW and our extended U.S. wheat family. We offer our sincere sympathy to the Policarpio family and to his many friends and colleagues.

In 2012 at an event in Manila celebrating USW’s 50 years with an office in the Philippines, Mr. Poyen Policarpio of San Miguel Flour Mills accepted this recognition from USW and U.S. wheat farmers.

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