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“[The] recent counter notification at the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding India’s rice and wheat subsidies is a step in the right direction in publicly addressing India’s blatant disregard for the commitments they made when they joined the WTO … India subsidized up to 81% of the value of their wheat crop in the 2020/21 crop year, far exceeding the … limit they are obliged to adhere to.” – Several members of the U.S. Congress in a letter to USTR Katherine Tai and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Read more here.
Farmer’s Wheat Crop a Complete Loss
Western Kansas farmer Jim Sipes tells Brownfield Network he has abandoned 4,000 acres of his winter wheat crop due to on-going drought. “All of our wheat for the first time in my farming career was a complete loss, zeroed out on appraisal about four weeks ago.” Sipes says the region received up to 3 inches of rain last week and that might help get the sorghum crop off to a good start. “If that doesn’t work, then we’ll plant it back to wheat a third time [as a cover crop].” Read more here.
Is Whole-Wheat Bread Healthier Than Whole-Grain Bread?
Fortunately, both types of bread can be healthy. Reproductive dietitian Rachelle Mallik, MA, RDN agrees, adding that “including whole-grain or whole-wheat bread to your diet can be an easy way to increase your whole grain intake.” The word “whole” implies all three parts of the kernel—the bran, germ and endosperm—were included when the grain was processed into flour. That maximizes its nutritional composition. Read more here.
EU’s Wheat Export Restrictions Explained
Reuters reports that farmers in eastern Europe initially benefitted from the Ukraine conflict as prices for their crops rose sharply in line with global grain markets. They have, however, faced increased competition in local markets from Ukrainian grain and oilseeds. The farmers have also found it more difficult and more expensive to transport their crops because of the added Ukrainian volume. Read more here.
American Woman Named 2023 World Food Prize Recipient
Heidi Kühn of the United States will receive the 2023 World Food Prize for her farmer-focused development model that revitalizes farmland, food security, livelihoods and resilience after devastating conflict. For more than two decades, she has shown more than a million people living in war-torn regions around the world a way forward for restoring peace and prosperity through agriculture. Read more here.
CIMMYT Director Wins Borlaug CAST Communications Award
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) announces the 2023 Borlaug CAST Communication Award goes to Dr. Alison Bentley, Director of the Global Wheat Programme at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Bentley is known for her global research on wheat genetics and proficiency in science communication. Bentley has a passion for delivering practical applications from innovation to farmers, extensive reach through communicating and influencing, and mentoring and support of individuals and community efforts. Bentley’s exceptional work in raising awareness about the importance of wheat as a food crop is also evidenced by her wide-ranging list of communication activities. Read more here.
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