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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week: “Trade policy throughout the past several decades has opened up new markets for agricultural exports, increased access in existing markets, and lowered or eliminated various tariffs and technical barriers to trade. Opportunities for improvement still abound; however, the benefits far outweigh the drawback for the agricultural community.” – Michelle Erickson-Jones, Wheat Farmer and Past-President of the Montana Grain Growers Association. Click here to read more.

Weekly Commercial Sales are Up. USDA reported net U.S. wheat export sales of 487,700 metric tons for the week to August 1. That is 27% higher than the preceding week and 17% above the prior four-week average. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) publishes a Commercial Sales report every Thursday with more details.

USDA Should Consider Export Customer Concerns. This week, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) submitted comments to the U.S Department of Agriculture on proposed rule changes to regulations on plant biotechnology. In a statement about its comments, NAWG said: “… its highest priority concern is that any rule change contemplated by the USDA APHIS needs to consider its impact on importing countries of U.S. produced grain. NAWG encourages USDA APHIS to develop and execute an international engagement strategy that defines USDA’s rationale on pre-market regulatory approaches. All foreign customers expect the continued oversight by USDA to ensure consistent food safety, which is fundamental to their confidence in purchases of U.S. wheat.” Click here to read the entire statement.

No Vote on USMCA “Disappointing.” In a news release, the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) said the failure of the U.S. Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Trade (USMCA) prior to its August recess “jeopardizes trade with two of America’s most reliable customers as it threatens wheat shipments to our most important market.” They urged Congress to schedule an expedited vote on the important trade agreement. Although the Pacific Northwest exports little grain to Mexico, wheat is traded on the world market and undermining exports to Mexico “will depress prices further for all wheat farmers” the organizations stated.

IAOM-KSU Basic and Advanced Milling Principles. Through hands-on training in the Kansas State University milling facilities and classroom discussions at the IGP Institute, these two courses will further develop participants basic and advanced milling skills and understanding of the milling process. The IAOM-KSU Basic Milling Course will be held Oct. 7 to 11, 2019. Click here for more information about these courses and the IGP Institute.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/uswheatassoc and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week: ““We are concerned that Chinese customers are learning to make do without us. We are hoping that business will bounce back if we return to normal tariff treatment and can again go toe to toe with other imported origins.” – Jeff Coey, Regional Vice President, Hong Kong and China, U.S. Wheat Associates, from an article in Agri-Pulse about the on-going effects of the U.S.-China trade dispute.

Spring Wheat Buying. Reuters reported that Asian flour millers have been actively buying U.S. and Canadian spring wheat since last week as competitive prices drive demand for the grain used largely in making breads and pizza crusts. Millers from the region’s top importer Indonesia, and other countries such as Japan, the Philippines and Thailand, have signed contracts to import about 300,000 to 400,000 [metric tons] since last week, two Singapore-based trade sources said. Read more here.

A Complicated Web of Ideas. Conservationist in the Pacific Northwest have long advocated for opening federally owned dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers to benefit salmon and other wildlife. Yet the lock and dam systems are essential for the highly efficient barge transportation system that benefits wheat farmers and their overseas customers. Boise (Idaho) Weekly examines this challenge in an article posted online here.

U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends. Farmers and overseas food processors may be interested in Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) 45th edition of U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, an annual look at grocery shopper attitudes and behavior. The 2019 report, prepared by The Hartman Group, Inc., studies what consumers want from their retailers when personalizing their grocery shopping. “One third of households have at least one family member following a non-medically prescribed diet, and this rate is higher for younger generations,” said the CEO of FMI. “In an effort to meet their idea of eating well, households are eating in increasingly personalized ways, challenging the food shopping experience.”

IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis. The IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis short course will be held at the IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 10 to 12, 2019. The course will focus on flour and dough analysis practices and methods and correct interpretation and understanding of the results. Click here to learn more and register.

IAOM-KSU Basic and Advanced Milling Principles. Through hands-on training in the Kansas State University milling facilities and classroom discussions at the IGP Institute, these two courses will further develop participants basic and advanced milling skills and understanding of the milling process. The IAOM-KSU Basic Milling Course will be held Oct. 7 to 11, 2019. Click here to learn more about this course and register. The IAOM-KSU Advanced Milling Course will be held Oct. 14 to 18, 2019. Click here to learn more about this course and register.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/uswheatassoc and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week:Today we can say that we’ve moved from precision ag to decision ag. The digital revolution is here … here to stay, and it’s going to have a profound impact on our [agricultural] business. I never in my wildest dreams, growing up on a 600-acre farm, thought any of this would be possible.”David Hollinrake, President, Syngenta Seeds.

Congratulations. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month, Stacy Taylor, Meeting Planner and Executive Assistant to the President, from the USW Headquarters Office in Arlington, Va., is celebrating 30 years. Thank you, Stacy for your service to our organization, to U.S. wheat farmers and to our customers around the world.

Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators Report. Agriculture is dynamic, adjusting in response to changes in the economy, technology, the environment, and policy – and agricultural production affects a wide range of natural resources. Understanding the complex links among public policies, economic conditions, farming and conservation practices, productivity and technological change, resource use, and the environment, is important for agricultural decision making. A new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service provides a comprehensive review of the use of natural resources (land and water) and commercial inputs (such as energy, nutrients, and pesticides) in the U.S. agricultural sector, as well as the impact of agricultural production on environmental quality.

Food Technologist Doug Engle Retires. After 35 years with USDA’s Western Wheat Quality Lab, food technologist Doug Engle retired on July 6. He will remain at the lab—based on Washington State University’s campus in Pullman, Wash.—for two years, working three-quarter time, in a new position funded by the Idaho Wheat Commission, Oregon Wheat Commission and Washington Grain Commission, to ease the transition as a replacement is hired. Read more about Engle’s career here.

Marketing Seminar to Offer Perspectives on 2019 Wheat Outlook. The North Dakota Wheat Commission is sponsoring a Pre-harvest Marketing Seminar in conjunction with the North Central Research Extension Fields Days in Minot, N.D., on Wednesday, July 17. The seminar will focus on marketing strategies for harvest and beyond, key issues affecting markets and demand outlook for hard red spring and durum wheat. Read more about the free seminar here.

A Cereal Science Events Calendar is available through Prof. Dr. M. Hikmet Boyacıoğlu. Contact him at [email protected] to join the subscription list.

IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis. The IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis short course will be held at the IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 10 to 12, 2019. The course will focus on flour and dough analysis practices and methods and correct interpretation and understanding of the results. Click here to learn more and register.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/uswheatassoc  and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week: “Gerry has a natural affinity for presenting information in a classroom setting or running a baking workshop in an interesting and engaging fashion. He is very creative in designing training activities and enthusiastically carries them out. I think that is why so many customers here want Gerry to put on workshops – and, of course, because he is such a nice guy.” – Joe Sowers, USW Regional Vice President for the Philippines and Korea, on the work of his colleague USW Baking Consultant Gerry Mendoza. Read the full story here.

Wheat Growers Join Nearly 1,000 Food & Ag Groups in Letter Urging Congressional Ratification of USMCA. Nearly 1,000 groups representing the U.S. food and agriculture value chain at the national, state and local levels have called on Congress to support the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter sent to Congress June 13, the groups reiterate that USMCA will benefit the U.S. agriculture and food industry while providing consumers a more abundant supply of high-quality, safe food at affordable prices. Read the full release from the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) here.

Congratulations. USW President Vince Peterson and his wife Sandi welcomed their eighth grandchild, a girl, Carly Reagan, born June 12.

Wheat Myth Debunked by a Major New Study. The myth that modern wheat varieties are more heavily reliant on pesticides and fertilizers is debunked by new research published in Nature Plants today. Lead author on the paper, Dr. Kai Voss-Fels, a research fellow at The University of Queensland, said modern wheat cropping varieties actually out-perform older varieties in both optimum and harsh growing conditions. Read the full story here.

USDA Announces ERS and NIFA Relocating to Kansas City Region. On June 13, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be relocating to the Kansas City Region. The USDA went through a selection process that included 136 locations expressing interest before coming to the decision. Read the USDA’s press release on the announcement for more information and background on the decision here.

Procedural Step on China TRQ Case. On June 24, the Chinese government formally notified the World Trade Organization that it will not appeal a ruling it lost in a case brought by the United States against Beijing’s adherence to a reduced duty tariff-rate quota on imported grain. China said it would abide by the WTO ruling within a reasonable period of time to be negotiated with the United States. This is a procedural process and in the domestic support case brought by the United States against China the “reasonable period of time” to comply is until March 31, 2020.

National Wheat Foundation Blog Series: The Science Behind Gene Editing. On June 20, 2019, NAWG Summer 2019 Intern Merrick Irvin drafted his second blog in a five-part series on the progression of wheat genetics from the beginning to present. The second blog provides a high-level overview of what is gene editing. Read it here.

Baking with Whole Wheat and Whole Grains Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on the utilization of whole wheat flour made from hard red spring (HRS) wheat and how to incorporate other whole grain ingredients into wheat-based products. The July 30 to Aug. 2, 2019 course will be at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, July 8.

IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis. The IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis short course will be held at the IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 10 to 12, 2019. The course will focus on flour and dough analysis practices and methods and correct interpretation and understanding of the results. Click here to learn more and register.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/uswheatassoc and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week:Storms are always very concerning for those of us in agriculture. It was very unfortunate, especially for our wheat producers here in Oklahoma, to have this much rain this close to harvest.” – Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, on the effects of constant rain and severe flooding that may significantly reduce final wheat yield potential in Oklahoma and many other states this year.

Best Wishes to Ben Conner who is leaving his position as U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Vice President of Policy on June 7, 2019, to become a partner at DTB Associates, Washington, D.C. Continuing the legacy of his predecessors at USW, Ben’s work the past five years has focused on reducing barriers to international trade for U.S. wheat farmers. Notable examples include Ben’s successful stewardship of USW’s positions on: WTO cases against China’s non-compliant domestic wheat support and its imported wheat tariff rate quota (TRQ); Brazil’s agreement to implement its WTO obligation to import 750,000 metric tons of wheat duty-free from non-Mercosur countries; potential long-term consequences from using a Section 232 national security exemption to implement tariffs on steel and aluminum imports; and unfair restrictions on U.S. farmers when selling their wheat across the border to nearby Canadian elevators compared to Canadian farmers who sell their wheat to U.S. elevators. We thank you, Ben, for all you’ve done for U.S. wheat producers, and for being such a dedicated and supportive colleague.

Spring Wheat Planting Progress. North Dakota Wheat Commission reported that farmers make some progress planting hard red spring (HRS) wheat since last week. Percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop planted has now reached 84 percent, compared to 91 percent on average. However, some acres will not get planted due to overly wet conditions in South Dakota and southern North Dakota. Read more here.

U.S.–Colombia FTA Pays Dividends. From USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, since the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) entered into force May 15, 2012, U.S. agricultural exports to Colombia nearly tripled to $2.9 billion in 2018. Colombia, the third-largest economy in South America, now purchases half its agricultural imports from the United States. Preferential access from CTPA and a strong and changing Colombian economy will keep demand for high-quality U.S. wheat and other products strong. Please click here to read more.

Borlaug Dialogue. Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, recently announced the opening of registration for the 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture, Oct. 16 to18, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition. Read the release here.

Sincere Sympathies to our colleague Joshua Tonsager​, Vice President of Policy and Communications with the National Association of Wheat Growers, and his family on the passing of his father Dallas Tonsager, chairman of the U.S. Farm Credit Administration since 2016, former Undersecretary for Rural Development at USDA and a South Dakota farmer. Read more here.

Baking with Whole Wheat and Whole Grains Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on the utilization of whole wheat flour made from hard red spring (HRS) wheat and how to incorporate other whole grain ingredients into wheat-based products. The July 30 to Aug. 2, 2019 course will be at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, July 8.

IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis. The IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis short course will be held at the IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 10 to 12, 2019. The course will focus on flour and dough analysis practices and methods and correct interpretation and understanding of the results. Click here to learn more and register.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/uswheatassoc and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week:U.S. wheat growers are facing tough times right now, and these additional tariffs will continue to put a strain on our export markets and threaten many decades worth of market development. Further, members from both sides of the aisle and chambers have reservations about the Section 232 tariffs in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Today’s announcement adds another political barrier, which may hinder Congressional consideration of the agreement.” – Ben Scholz, National Association of Wheat Growers President and Texas Wheat Grower, commenting on the latest actions in the U.S. trade conflict with China in a news release.

IGP Institute Names Associate Director. Grain Processing and Flour Milling Manager Shawn Thiele is promoted to Associate Director after having served as the Interim Associate Director since 2018. A Kansas State University milling science graduate, Thiele first joined IGP as the operations manager for the Hal Ross Flour Mill. In this new administrative role, Thiele will serve as the liaison with IGP’s stakeholder partners. Read the full announcement here.

Agricultural Export Expansion Act. On Tuesday, May 14, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act (S.1447), legislation that would make it easier for American farmers to sell their goods to Cuba by removing restrictions on private financing for U.S. agricultural exports to the island nation. Read the full release here.

Borlaug Dialogue. Registration is Now Open for the World Food Prize 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, Oct. 16 to 18, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Known informally as the “Borlaug Dialogue,” each year brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The three-day conference convenes a wide array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers and has been called “the premier conference in the world on global agriculture.” Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition. Click here to learn more.

Flour & Ingredient Quality Webinar. Dr. Jayne Bock, Wheat Marketing Center Technical Director, and Dr. Lin Carson are hosting a live, online-seminar focused on flour and other key ingredients to improve products and processes. Click here for more information and to register. To prepare for the webinar, listen to Dr. Lin and Dr. Jayne’s podcast that cover wheat breading and classes, milling flour, flour composition and functional ingredients. Listen here.

Baking with Whole Wheat and Whole Grains Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on the utilization of whole wheat flour made from hard red spring (HRS) wheat and how to incorporate other whole grain ingredients into wheat-based products. The July 30 to Aug. 2, 2019 course will be at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, July 8.

IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis. The IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis short course will be held at the IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 10 to 12, 2019. The course will focus on flour and dough analysis practices and methods and correct interpretation and understanding of the results. Click here to learn more and register.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/uswheatassoc and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week:I am convinced that the majority of American people do understand that we have a moral responsibility to foster the concepts of opportunity, free enterprise, the rule of law, and democracy. They understand that these values are the hope of the world.” – The late U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar who, with former Senate Finance Committee Chairman and Ambassador to China Max Baucus, founded “Farmers for Free Trade” in 2017. Sen. Lugar passed away April 28.

USDA Moves to New Notifications Platform. As of May 1, 2019, USDA moved its email subscription service to a different platform. To continue receiving notifications such as press releases, blogs and trade announcements you must re-enroll on their new site here.

2017 Census of Agriculture: Highlights for Wheat. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its 2017 Census of Agriculture statistics on April 11. The Census, released every 5 years, includes data on farm demographics, land area, production and production value and more at the national, state, and county levels. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) posted a blog highlighting wheat-specific data from the 2017 Census that shows a reduction in total U.S. farms producing wheat, production and planted area; spring and durum planted area increased. Read it here.

Earth Day. Monday, April 22, 2019 was the 49th Earth Day! In its recent blog, NAWG highlights how wheat growers incorporate conversation and sustainability practices into their operations. Read the blog here.

Minnesota Wheat Hires New Executive Director. The Minnesota Wheat Research & Promotion Council (MWRPC) and the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers (MAWG) recently hired Charlie Vogel to serve as the Executive Director for both organizations. Vogel will start his duties on June 1, 2019. Read the full announcement here.

U.S. EPA: Glyphosate Not A Carcinogen. From a press release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies. While the agency did not identify public health risks in the 2017 human health risk assessment, the 2017 ecological assessment did identify ecological risks. To address these risks, EPA is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.” Click here to read more.

Baking with Whole Wheat and Whole Grains Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on the utilization of whole wheat flour made from hard red spring (HRS) wheat and how to incorporate other whole grain ingredients into wheat-based products. The July 30 to Aug. 2, 2019 course will be at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, July 8.

IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis. The IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis short course will be held at the IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 10 to 12, 2019. The course will focus on flour and dough analysis practices and methods and correct interpretation and understanding of the results. Click here to learn more and register.

Buhler-KSU Executive Milling Short Courses. IGP Institute offers this executive milling course several times in 2019 at its campus in Manhattan, Kan. The course, focused on the underlying principles of the milling process and operational management, will be offered in English May 20 to 24, 2019, and Nov. 4 to 8, 2019, as well as in Spanish Aug. 26 to 30, 2019. Click here to register to these courses.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/uswheatassoc and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week: “With these decisions, we call on the Chinese government to come into compliance with the rules it accepted when it joined the WTO. The world now sees that their policies stifle market-driven wheat trade, block export opportunities and force private sector buyers and consumers to pay more than they should for milling wheat and wheat-based foods.” – Vince Peterson, USW President, commenting on the April 18 WTO dispute panel ruling that China does not fairly administer its annual TRQ for imports of corn, rice and 9.64 million metric tons (MMT) of wheat. Read the full news release here.

Congratulations. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month Accountant Ana Laura Salinas from the USW Mexico City Office is celebrating 20 years. Thank you, Ana Laura, for your service to our organization, to U.S. wheat farmers and to our customers around the world.

Our Sympathies. We have learned that William L. “Bill” Hulse of The Dalles, Ore., passed away in March at 98 years old. Mr. Hulse was the first Vice Chairman of USW, elected at the January 1980 meeting at which USW was established, and served as Chairman for 1981/82. During his chairmanship, the USW board hired the late Winston Wilson as President, who served until his retirement in 1997. Our condolences to Mr. Hulse’s family and friends.

Wheat Buyers from Morocco and Tunisia Visit Kansas and Texas. Wheat buyers from Morocco and Tunisia got a closer look at the intricacies and reliability of the U.S. grain infrastructure during their Cochran Fellowship Program experience in Kansas and Texas April 12 to 19. The program offers short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle-income countries, emerging markets and emerging democracies. Read the full story here.

2019 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) recognized Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University and California, Davis, with its 2019 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. This award is presented annually for outstanding achievement by a scientist, engineer, technologist or other professional working in the agricultural, environmental or food sectors for contributing to the advancement of science in the public policy arena. Read the full release here.

2017 Census of Agriculture Data Now Available. USDA announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture Apr. 11, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them. Read the full release here.

Refined Grains and Health. A study showing that current guidelines on refined grains are misguided was recently published in a respected nutrition journal, Advances in Nutrition. The article, Perspective:  Refined Grains and Health:  Genuine Risk, or Guilt by Association? was developed by Dr. Glenn Gaesser, Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, at Arizona State University. Gaesser conducted a comprehensive literature review looking specifically at the relationship between refined (or enriched) grain intake and risk of major chronic diseases. Read the article here.

Cassidy Anderson Joins IGP Institute Team. The IGP Institute welcomes Kansas State University agribusiness graduate Cassidy Anderson, as the new distance education coordinator beginning May 20, 2019. Anderson first joined IGP as a student intern in 2016 and has since supported vital distance education activities. Read the full release here.

Baking with Hard Red Spring Wheat Flour Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on hard red spring (HRS) wheat and flour May 14 to 17, 2019, at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Participants will spend time in the baking laboratory, making pan breads, hamburger buns, hard rolls, bagels, pizza crusts, wheat-flour tortillas and more. Click here to learn more and register by April 22.

Baking with Whole Wheat and Whole Grains Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on the utilization of whole wheat flour made from hard red spring (HRS) wheat and how to incorporate other whole grain ingredients into wheat-based products. The July 30 to Aug. 2, 2019 course will be at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, July 8.

Buhler-KSU Executive Milling Short Courses. IGP Institute offers this executive milling course several times in 2019 at its campus in Manhattan, Kan. The course, focused on the underlying principles of the milling process and operational management, will be offered in English May 20 to 24, 2019, and Nov. 4 to 8, 2019, as well as in Spanish Aug. 26 to 30, 2019. Click here to register to these courses.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/uswheatassoc and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week: “We have a plan, but it is only as good as the weather it is written on.” – Hurdsfield, North Dakota, farmer Jeff Mertz, discussing how he and his neighbors are preparing for what is likely to be a delayed planting season.

U.S. Wheat Exports Up this Week. USDA reported commercial net sales of 704,700 metric tons (MT) were reported for delivery in 2018/2019, up 48% from last week’s 475,000 MT and 70% from the estimated previous 4-week average of 457,000 MT. Sales were well above trade expectations of 300,000 to 600,000 MT. Increases were reported for Iraq (200,000 HRW), Egypt (-491 HRS, 120,000 SRW), Indonesia (80,000 HRS, 35,000 white), the Philippines (41,000 HRS, 29,000 white), and Mexico (37,355 HRW, 10,000 HRS, 15,121 SRW).

Pasta Production and Technology Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a Pasta Production and Technology Course April 30 to May 2, 2019, at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. This course introduces participants to the fundamental and applied aspects of pasta production and quality. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, Apr. 8.

Baking with Hard Red Spring Wheat Flour Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on hard red spring (HRS) wheat and flour May 14 to 17, 2019, at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Participants will spend time in the baking laboratory, making pan breads, hamburger buns, hard rolls, bagels, pizza crusts, wheat-flour tortillas and more. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, Apr. 22.

Baking with Whole Wheat and Whole Grains Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on the utilization of whole wheat flour made from hard red spring (HRS) wheat and how to incorporate other whole grain ingredients into wheat-based products. The July 30 to Aug. 2, 2019 course will be at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, July 8.

Buhler-KSU Executive Milling Short Courses. IGP Institute offers this executive milling course several times in 2019 at its campus in Manhattan, Kan. The course, focused on the underlying principles of the milling process and operational management, will be offered in English May 20 to 24, 2019, and Nov. 4 to 8, 2019, as well as in Spanish Aug. 26 to 30, 2019. Click here to register to these courses.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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 page at https://www.facebook.com/uswheat for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/uswheatassoc and video stories at https://www.youtube.com/uswheatassociates.

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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week: “Not only would establishing the TRQ increase export opportunities for American farmers, it would also benefit certain Brazilian flour mills that have petitioned their own government in the past to remove the tariff to increase their access to high-quality U.S. wheat.”  — From a letter to President Trump from 11 U.S. Senators encouraging negotiations with Brazil to open a duty-free tariff rate quota on wheat imported from non-Mercosur countries.

USDA Celebrates National Ag Day with New Youth Website

On March 14, 2019, the USDA joined the nation in celebrating National Ag Day by launching a new Youth and Agriculture website. The new website seeks to engage, empower, and educate the next generation of agricultural leaders by featuring three key components of agriculture-focused youth engagement – classroom studies, experiential learning, and leadership training. Young people can learn about USDA summer outreach programs, youth loans for business projects, outdoor volunteering and employment opportunities.

Agricultural Economist Joins IGP Institute. With more than 25 years of industry experience in international commodities trading and marketing supply chains, Guy H. Allen has been hired as the senior agricultural economist for the IGP Institute beginning March 25, 2019. Allen will lead grain marketing and risk management curriculum and serve as an outreach specialist hosting teams and engaging with IGP Institute stakeholders. He will also work to identify research opportunities and collaborate with other grain science and industry faculty to support their teaching efforts. Read the full release here.

2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is now accepting grower enrollment for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. The Contest includes winter wheat and spring wheat primary categories and dryland and irrigated subcategories. NFW is accepting winter wheat entries between April and May 15, 2019, and spring wheat entries between June 15 and Aug. 1, 2019. Learn more here.

Pasta Production and Technology Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a Pasta Production and Technology Course April 30 to May 2, 2019, at its facilities in Fargo, ND. This course introduces participants to the fundamental and applied aspects of pasta production and quality. Click here to learn more and register.

Baking with Hard Red Spring Wheat Flour Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on hard red spring (HRS) wheat and flour May 14 to 17, 2019, at its facilities in Fargo, ND. Participants will spend time in the baking laboratory, making pan breads, hamburger buns, hard rolls, bagels, pizza crusts, wheat-flour tortillas and more. Click here to learn more and register.

Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of 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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