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.
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