U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is looking forward to joining 22 U.S. wheat production, handling, milling and food processing organizations at an event in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2019, to educate U.S. government officials about our industry. The event is sponsored by the National Wheat Foundation with a goal to demonstrate the breadth and influence of the wheat industry to the U.S. economy and food supply as well as its prominent place in the global food supply chain.
USW agrees that helping Administration officials, members of Congress and their staff understand the many challenges U.S. wheat growers have faced the past few years is very important. Our organization participated in a similar event a year ago that came at a critical time when Congress was debating the 2018 Farm Bill that was approved and implemented in December. That legislation renewed export market development programs administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service — programs that help USW continue its trade service and technical support activities with the world’s wheat buyers, millers and food processors.
USW and many of our state wheat commission members work closely with the organizations participating in the event including public and private seed producers, crop input companies, farm equipment manufacturers, railroads, Wheat Quality Council, Wheat Foods Council, Wheat Marketing Center, North American Millers’ Association, American Bakers Association and Grocery Manufacturers Association.
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) works to advance the U.S. wheat industry through strategic research, education and outreach collaborations. It is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., governed by a nine-member board of directors and managed by staff of the National Association of Wheat Growers, the NWF’s sole member.