Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Quote of the Week: “The most valuable commodity in the world is integrity.” — Peter Lloyd, USW Regional Technical Director, USW/Casablanca. Read the full story here.
How the United States Uses Its Land. There are many statistical measures that show productivity, but what can be harder to decipher is how a country uses its land. Bloomberg in 2018 created maps that give a general sense of how land in the United States is used for cropland, pasture, forest, special use and urban living. Agricultural land takes up about 20 percent of the country and it takes about 21.5 million acres (8.7 million hectares) to produce all the U.S. wheat exported in one year. Click here to view the Bloomberg maps.
Congratulations New NAWG Officers. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) recently elected officers for 2019/20. Texas wheat farmer Ben Scholz will serve as President, Michigan wheat farmer David Milligan as Vice President, Washington state wheat farmer Nicole Berg as Treasurer and Oregon wheat farmer Brent Cheyne as Secretary. Now Past-President Jimmie Musick of Oklahoma will continue to serve on NAWG’s executive committee. USW wants to thank Jimmie for his strong support of export development and his hard work for wheat farmers, and we congratulate his fellow officers on their election. Click here to read the full release.
NAWG Endorses USMCA. NAWG recently joined The National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, and National Sorghum Producers in support for the pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Mexico and Canada account for 25 percent of all U.S. agriculture exports and USMCA preserves and builds upon the existing trading relationship between the United States, Canada and Mexico, the organizations said in a news release. They will be advocating members of Congress to ratify USMCA this year, while also urging the Trump Administration to keep the current NAFTA agreement intact until the new agreement is ratified. Click here to read the full release.
Group Calls on USDA to Support Export Development in Cuba. In a recent letter, the United States Agriculture Coalition for Cuba urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to approve the use of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service export market development funds in Cuba to promote, educate and carry out research supporting U.S. agricultural goods. The USACC represents more than 100 agricultural commodity and farm member organizations, including USW and NAWG, that support improving rural economies and enhancing opportunities for U.S. agriculture through normalized trade with Cuba. Click here to read the letter.
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