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Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.

Quote of the Week: “I really think [spring] wheat acres will see a resurgence because of the value of wheat in the rotation. In Minnesota and North Dakota, spring wheat is a premier, quality crop.” – Dave Torgerson, Executive Director, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council and Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers.

Torgerson to Retire. Dave Torgerson has announced he will retire as Executive Director of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers on March 31, 2019. Dave began his service to wheat growers in June 1987 as a Marketing Specialist and accepted the Executive Director position in 1990. Thank you, Dave, for your service to the U.S. wheat industry. All of us at USW wish you and your family all the best in a long and happy retirement.

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.

Birth Defects Prevention Month. Enriched grain foods supply iron and folic acid that significantly lower the risk of some birth defects. The Food Fortification Initiative estimated in 2017 that 86 countries require wheat flour, maize and/or rice fortification and that 50,270 brain and spine birth defects were prevented due to flour fortified with folic acid — an average of 137 healthier babies every day! Throughout January, The Wheat Foods Council and the Grains Foods Foundation are featuring several resources including a fact sheet and infographic for promotional use.

Buhler-KSU Milling Short Courses. The IGP Institute offers milling courses this spring at its campus in Manhattan, Kan., including: The Buhler-KSU Expert Milling course, offered in English March 4 to 8, 2019, and in Spanish March 11 to 15, 2019; the Buhler-KSU Executive Milling course, offered in English May 20 to 24, 2019. Click here to register for these courses.

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.

Sincere Condolences to Ambassador Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and his family on the death of his mother, JoAnn Doud, following a tragic fall at the Doud family farm in Kansas. Amb. Doud is a former USW colleague who served as Market Analyst and Assistant Director of the West Coast Office.

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: “It’s been gratifying to witness the world’s receptiveness to U.S. farm and food products. Consumers worldwide have a true affinity for the American brand and immediately recognize the safety and quality of our products.”

— The Honorable Ted McKinney, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Read more here.

Congratulations. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month Financial Accountant Cathy Marais from the USW Cape Town Office, is celebrating 25 years. Thank you, Cathy, for your service to our organization, to U.S. wheat farmers and to our customers around the world.

USDA Reports Delayed. Due to a lapse in federal funding, several USDA reports have been suspended since Dec. 22, 2018, and remain suspended. Given the lead time required for analysis and compilation Crop Production, Crop Production-Annual, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), Grain Stocks, Winter Wheat Seedings and other reports will not be released on time. USDA will announce new release dates after funding is restored.

Promoting Wheat … Not Gluten-Free. The Michigan Wheat Program recently shared this: U.S. consumers are hearing less about gluten and staying away from wheat products. This fall, the top-rated Jimmy John’s® sub [sandwich] shops made U.S.-grown wheat used in sandwich rolls the focal point of its marketing campaign. Jimmy John’s didn’t just mention whole grain buns but focused an entire advertising campaign on U.S.-grown wheat being used in its bread products. Click here to see the ad, which was filmed in a North Dakota wheat field.

Climate Change Effect on Wheat Quality Modeled. A group of European scientists recently published results of a study that simulated “the combined effects of CO2, water, nitrogen and temperature on wheat grain protein concentration in a changing climate for the world’s main wheat producing regions.” The authors noted that based on their model, “climate change adaptations that benefit grain yield are not always positive for grain quality, putting additional pressure on global wheat production.” Full results of this single study are posted here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/gcb.14481.

Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and USW. USW is getting lots of coverage by WGC this month. USW Vice President of Overseas Operations is featured in the “Q&A” section of its website and Vice President of Communications Steve Mercer is interviewed for the “Wheat All About It!” podcast. WGC is one of 17 state wheat commission members of USW and we thank them for the recognition.

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: “After a rocky start, I’m just proud to turn a partisan bill into a bipartisan bill. That’s the way Congress is supposed to work.”

— House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) following passage of H.R.2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, by a vote of 369 to 47; the legislation now awaits President Trump’s signature. The Farm Bill includes renewed funding for export market development programs.

USDA Announces 2019 Trade Missions. USDA will sponsor trade missions in 2019 to Taiwan, Colombia, Vietnam, Kenya, Mexico, United Kingdom and Canada. “Agricultural trade missions offer phenomenal opportunities for U.S. exporters to explore new markets and forge relationships with potential customers,” said Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. Click here to keep up to date on plans for USDA’s 2019 trade missions.

Planted Wheat Acres Down in Kansas. Wheat acres in Kansas will likely be lower than last year, possibly reaching 100-year lows in the state. Record precipitation throughout the state in October and below average temperatures in November helped add needed soil moisture, but also kept farmers out of the fields during fall harvest and wheat drilling time. Click here to read the full story.

Congratulations. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month Program Manager and Secretary Ms. Heydy Langbroek, from the USW Rotterdam Office, is celebrating 20 years. Thank you, Heydy, for your service to our organization, to U.S. wheat farmers and to our customers around the world.

IGP Milling Courses. The IGP Institute will host an Introduction to Flour Milling course Jan. 14 to 18, 2019. No milling experience or theory is required for this course. For more information, follow this link. To register, click here.  In March, the IGP Institute will offer its Buhler-KSU Expert Milling courses in English and Spanish. For more information on the training, follow this link. To register for the English offering, click here. For registration to course Spanish offering, click here.

Thrive Through Change. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently sponsored a seminar about how to be resilient in the face of change, featuring Australia’s Denis Hoiberg. Hosted at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, N.D., Hoiberg’s presentation is now posted online, compliments of Minnesota Farmers Union.

Wheat Marketing Center Activities. Over the next few months, the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Ore., has an active schedule of events including workshops for wheat growers, courses on laminated dough and an end-product collaborative event with USW. For more information, visit WMC’s informative website at https://www.wmcinc.org/.

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:Everywhere I traveled with Alvaro de la Fuente, his customers always welcomed him as family. Alvaro and his lovely wife Betsy always did the same for colleagues, U.S. wheat farmers and state wheat commission representatives who were lucky enough to visit them and his team in Santiago. That personal warmth and the consistent results of his work, I think, will be Alvaro’s lasting example and legacy.”– USW President Vince Peterson in celebrating the career of now retired Regional Vice President Alvaro de la Fuente.

Disputing Grain-Free Diets. At a recent Oldways Whole Grains Council conference in the United States, several speakers provided reasons to increase whole grain intake and steer clear of grain-free diets. “There are hundreds of studies that substantiate the health benefits of whole grains,” said Kathleen Zelman, director of nutrition for WebMD. Studies have linked whole grain intake to a healtheri gut micro biome, a lower risk of stroke and a lower risk of colon cancer, she noted. Click here to read coverage of the conference by “BakingBusiness.com.”

Farm Bill Status. Today House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders made the following announcement on the state of 2018 U.S. Farm Bill negotiations: “We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill. We are working to finalize legal and report language as well as CBO [Congressional Budget Office] scores, but we still have more work to do. We are committed to delivering a new farm bill to America as quickly as possible.” USW trade servicing, technical support and other activities with overseas customers are funded partially by export market development programs included in U.S. farm legislation.

2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Earlier this month, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national and state winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The 2018 Contest included 82 growers from 23 states. View the list of national winners here and the list of state winners here.

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: “Farming is a challenging occupation, and I want to thank all of you and the thousands of farmers that you represent for staying the course.” – Chris Kolstad, USW Chairman and Montana wheat farmer

Thanksgiving. The USW Headquarters Office in Arlington, Va., and West Coast Office in Portland, Ore., will be closed Nov. 22 to 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Congratulations to Milling and Baking Technologist Tarik Gahi and his wife Sabrine who gave birth to a baby girl named Ayda on Nov. 2. We are very happy for our colleague and his family based in Casablanca, Morocco!

Commitment to Science-Based Regulations. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently welcomed the proactive, coordinated action by 13 countries, including the United States, in signing onto the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology. The statement reiterates an international commitment to the fair, science-based treatment of evolving plant breeding methods, like gene editing, around the world. “This is a strong showing of support by governments around the world in recognition of the necessity of continued evolution in plant breeding, and the critical role that it will play in ensuring a more sustainable and secure global food production system,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew LaVigne. The statement was released Nov. 2 in Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

Scholarship Awarded. The 2018 National Wheat Foundation (NFW) and U.S. Wheat Associates Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Winterholler, a senior majoring in agricultural communications at Texas Tech University, during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention Nov. 7. The scholarship is one of several awarded by the NAFB Foundation. NFW and USW donated funds for the scholarship to recognize the 75th anniversary of NAFB and U.S. farm broadcasters serving wheat growers around the country.

Washington Grower Breaks 200 Bushels Per Acre. Last week the National Wheat announced the winners of its 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Washington State wheat grower Phillip Gross topped the 200 bu/ac level for the first time ever in the contest and took top yield honors for the third year in a row. The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated with entries required to meet standard or better grade factors. Read more by clicking here.

A Project to Extend the Shelf Life and Improve the Flavor of whole wheat products was announced Nov. 6 as part of a new collaboration between U.S.-based Ardent Mills and Arcadia Biosciences Inc. The project relies on Arcadia’s patented “extended shelf life” wheat trait technology developed through traditional plant breeding. According to Arcadia and Ardent Mills, flour milled from that wheat oxidizes more slowly, extending its storage life, reducing waste and improving the taste by minimizing the bitterness some consumers associate with whole wheat products. Read more by clicking here.

National Wheat Foundation Scholarship. The National Wheat Foundation’s Jerry Minore Scholarship honors high school and college students pursuing an agricultural career. “The purpose of the Jerry Minore Scholarship is to help students who are passionate about agriculture at school and at home,” said National Wheat Foundation Chairman Wayne Hurst. “Our students are the future. They will go on to educate the next generation about wheat, agriculture and their role in society.” The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018. Click here to learn more and apply.

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:The annual U.S. Wheat Associates Crop Quality Report is one of the most useful tools available to buyers of U.S. wheat.” – Vince Peterson, USW President

Best Wishes to Alvaro de la Fuente. Longtime USW Regional Vice President for South America Alvaro de la Fuente has just started what we hope will be a long and enjoyable retirement. We will share some tributes and memories of Alvaro’s successful tenure with USW in Wheat Letter soon. For now though, thank you, Alvaro, for your dedication and service — you will be missed!

Congratulations. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month Marketing and Program Coordinator Jin Young Lee, from the USW Seoul Office, is celebrating 25 years. Thank you, Jin Young, for your service to our organization, to U.S. wheat farmers and to our customers around the world.

Farmers Frustrated by Winter Wheat Planting Delays. The waiting game that is winter wheat planting 2018 is about to run out of time. In Kansas – traditionally the nation’s largest producer of winter wheat – the USDA’s Risk Management Agency Planting Deadlines for Kansas ranges from October 15 (northwest Kansas) to November 15 (southeast Kansas). Delays in planting caused by rain have stalled planting progress so far, and could prompt farmers to halt wheat planting altogether and wait until corn, grain sorghum, or soybean planting in 2019. Read the full article from Successful Farming here.

Wheat Marketing Center Seats New Directors, Adds New State. The Wheat Marketing Center (WMC) Board of Directors met last week in Portland for its biannual gathering, where it welcomed two new state representatives to its board. Randy Hinebauch, a wheat farmer from Montana, will represent the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, while Philip Volk, a wheat farmer from North Dakota, will represent the North Dakota Wheat Commission. The WMC all welcomed the Oklahoma Wheat Commission as a new member to its board. Read the full announcement here.

Northern Crops Institute Welcomes Back Brian Sorenson. The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) recently hired Brian Sorenson for program manager. In his new role, Sorenson will use his background in cereal chemistry, grain milling and grain quality to provide organization and leadership in the development of educational programs to promote northern grown crops to global grain buyers and food processors. He previously served as technical director at NCI from 2001-2008 and director from 2008 to 2011. Read the full announcement here.

National Wheat Foundation Scholarship. The National Wheat Foundation’s Jerry Minore Scholarship honors high school and college students pursuing an agricultural career. “The purpose of the Jerry Minore Scholarship is to help students who are passionate about agriculture at school and at home,” said National Wheat Foundation Chairman Wayne Hurst. “Our students are the future. They will go on to educate the next generation about wheat, agriculture and their role in society.” The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018. Click here to learn more and apply.

Grain Companies Seek More Efficiency. Archer Daniels Midland Company, Bunge Limited, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus Co. are investigating ways to standardize and digitize global agricultural shipping transactions and are seeking broad-based industry participation to promote global access and adoption. Initially, they are focused on technologies to automate grain and oilseed post-trade execution processes to encourage shorter document-processing and wait times and better end-to-end contracting visibility. Longer term, the companies want to drive greater reliability, efficiency and transparency by replacing other manual, paper-based processes tied to contracts, invoices and payments, with a more modern, digitally based approach. Read more here.

Cereal Science Events Calendar. Cereal Scientist Dr. M. Hikmet Boyacıoğlu maintains a calendar of events related to the cereal science field. If you wish to receive this calendar, you may email Dr. Boyacıoğlu at mhboyaci@gmail.com.

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:Things have changed (and) it is going to take a while to dry out. Probably going to limit wheat planting increases as harvest delays will keep some fields from being double cropped back into wheat as previously intended. Good moisture out west will have corn acres up this spring. But, for the wheat in the ground that wasn’t under water, it looks pretty darn good.” — Justin Gilpin, Kansas Wheat CEO, describing the effects of recent heavy rain and cold in the Southern Plains on potential wheat planted area.

National Wheat Foundation Scholarship. The National Wheat Foundation’s Jerry Minore Scholarship honors high school and college students pursuing an agricultural career. “The purpose of the Jerry Minore Scholarship is to help students who are passionate about agriculture at school and at home,” said National Wheat Foundation Chairman Wayne Hurst. “Our students are the future. They will go on to educate the next generation about wheat, agriculture and their role in society.” The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018. Click here to learn more and apply.

U.S. to Start New Trade Negotiations. At the direction of President Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress on Oct. 16 that the Administration intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom. “Today’s announcement is an important milestone … we are committed to concluding these negotiations with timely and substantive results for American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses.” Read more here.

Borlaug CAST Communications Award. Marty Matlock, Executive Director of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center and winner of the 2018 Borlaug CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology) Communication Award was honored Oct. 17 during annual World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa. Recipients of CAST’s annual award are science or agricultural experts who demonstrate an ability to communicate through written material, public presentations, and various forms of media. Matlock said he was inspired by the late Dr. Norman Borlaug and paid tribute to his legacy by emphasizing the need for interdisciplinary efforts and social connections to help feed the world. Read more here.

Celebrating World Pasta Day, Oct. 25. 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of World Pasta Day, organized by the International Pasta Organization (IPO) and celebrated this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a gathering that will include pasta makers, industry members, scientists, media and other opinion leaders. The event will focus on pasta as a global food, its health benefits, great taste and social significance. For more information about the event and how you can celebrate World Pasta Day, visit https://2018.worldpastaday.org/.

Changes to USW Price Report. Due to increased demand for higher protein U.S. soft white (SW) wheat and the low average protein levels of the 2018/19 crop, the USW Price Report will change this week to show min 9.5 protein premiums (currently about a 20 cent per bushel premium to max 10.5 SW prices) and no longer show an unspecified protein level. Unspecified protein SW has priced equal to max 10.5 SW for the last several months. USW will continue to monitor market conditions and make changes to the report as necessary.

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:Each of us is still at the negotiating table, and we remain committed to working together on a Farm Bill. Our conversations are productive, and progress toward an agreement is taking shape. We are going to get this right.” — From a Sept. 26, 2018 statement, on progress of the 2018 Farm Bill by Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

Congratulations. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month Vice President of Finance Kevin McGarry is celebrating 35 years. Thank you, Kevin, for your service to our organization, to U.S. wheat farmers and to our customers around the world.

National Wheat Foundation Scholarship. The National Wheat Foundation’s Jerry Minore Scholarship honors a student pursuing a career in agriculture and is available to both high school and college students for the 2019-2020 academic year. “The purpose of the Jerry Minore Scholarship is to help students who are passionate about agriculture at school and at home,” said Wayne Hurst, Chairman of the National Wheat Foundation. “Our students are the future. They will go on to educate the next generation about wheat, agriculture, and their role in society.” The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018. Click here to learn more and apply.

Sending Our Concern. Mother Nature has taken her toll recently in many of the nations that import U.S. wheat. Our thoughts go out to the people of the Philippines, Hong Kong and southern China affected by Typhoon Mangkhut, and to Indonesia’s grieving families and refugees left in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami. We also recognize the many farmers and others in the wheat industry recovering from the flooding after Hurricane Florence in North Carolina.

Congratulations. Erica Olson, Marketing Development and Research Manager at the North Dakota Wheat Commission, recently welcomed with her husband Craig, a baby girl named Paige Evelyn, who joins her three older siblings. USW wishes the Olson family all the best!

Changes to USW Price Report. Due to increased demand for higher protein U.S. soft white (SW) wheat and the low average protein levels of the 2018/19 crop, the USW Price Report will change this week to show min 9.5 protein premiums (currently about a 20 cent per bushel premium to max 10.5 SW prices) and no longer show an unspecified protein level. Unspecified protein SW has priced equal to max 10.5 SW for the last several months. USW will continue to monitor market conditions and make changes to the report as necessary.

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: Though the Russians have been quick to deny potential [wheat] export curbs, we believe truth lies somewhere within these statements and that some restriction is forthcoming. The question remains when and how much.” Oklahoma-based market analyst Brady Sidwell.

 

Analyst Believes U.S. Wheat Demand Can Grow. Brady Sidwell, Principal of Sidwell Strategies in Enid, Okla., told farm broadcaster Ron Hays on Oklahoma Farm Report that U.S. wheat prices are nearing some key support levels and are within only a few dollars per metric ton with Russian supplies. He notes that only 45 percent of the new Russian crop meets milling quality and that could be another factor leading its government to intervene in exports. Listen to this interesting analysis at https://bit.ly/2xjWzMd.

Changes to USW Price Report. Due to increased demand for higher protein U.S. soft white (SW) wheat and the low average protein levels of the 2018/19 crop, the USW Price Report will change this week to show min 9.5 protein premiums (currently about a 20 cent per bushel premium to max 10.5 SW prices) and no longer show an unspecified protein level. Unspecified protein SW has priced equal to max 10.5 SW for the last several months. USW will continue to monitor market conditions and make changes to the report as necessary.

 

September is Whole Grains Month. Wheat is the most widely grown crop in the world and serves as an excellent source of nutrition. Read more about whole grains from the National Wheat Foundation here. Visit the Wheat Foods Council website for additional whole grains and wheat foods resources.

 

Curious About the Latest Innovations in Plant Breeding? The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has prepared a great resource on plant breeding innovations like gene editing. You can find these materials on a special section of ASTA’s website at https://seedinginnovation.org/.

 

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: “It’s hard to hide the optimism associated with the potential of gene editing for wheat. While bread wheat has existed on the planet for 10,000 years, science has only started to understand its complex genetic structure in the past few decades.” – Aaron Harries, vice president for research and operations, Kansas Wheat Commission. Read full article here.

USAID Awards $21.9 Million for Efforts to Help End Hunger, Poverty. Officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Aug. 23, 2018, that they have awarded $21.9 million to Kansas State University (KSU) to continue funding three research labs that work to end global hunger and poverty. In 2013, USAID awarded three “innovation labs” to KSU through the Feed the Future initiative, which is the U.S. government’s effort to end global hunger. Read the press release in its entirety here.

Cereal Science Events Calendar. Prof. Dr. M. Hikmet Boyacýoðlu, associate editor of “Cereal Science,” contributing editor to “World Grain” and a cereal science consultant continues to track industry events. Contact him to receive the calendar.

September is Whole Grains Month. Wheat is the most widely grown crop in the world and serves as an excellent source of nutrition. Read more about whole grains from the National Wheat Foundation here. Visit the Wheat Foods Council website for additional whole grains and wheat foods resources.

2018 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. Registration is open for the annual Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium Oct. 17 to 19, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. This year’s theme is “Rise to the Challenge” and will include a panel of leaders in genome engineering and agriculture that will discuss potential uses for CRISPR-CAS technology in agriculture as well as ethical implications of the technology. Click here for registration and more information.

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.