Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat: “This solution to a long-standing problem is a result of the Administration’s advocacy for American farmers and will allow our wheat exporters to compete on a level playing field. We look forward to increased exports of American wheat to Brazil.” – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announcing Brazil’s intention to implement an annual duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) of 750,000 metric tons of wheat imports from outside the South American trading bloc. Read more at https://bit.ly/2XbvC9e.
Connecting with Customers and Farmers. November is a busy time for wheat and flour industry meetings around the world. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) representatives have started the last legs of the 2019 Crop Quality Seminars in North Asia following several seminars in the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and Africa earlier this month. The annual meeting of the Latin American Millers Association (ALIM) is underway in Mexico this week and many USW staff, farmer directors and state representatives have tickets to Japan to participate in a USW sponsored Buyers Conference there. In addition, USW and the National Association of Wheat Growers are participating in the Tri-State Wheat Growers Conference with farmers from the Pacific Northwest states this week in Spokane, Wash.
2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Earlier this week, NWF announced the national winners for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. Read the full release here.
National Wheat Foundation Scholarship Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2019. The Jerry Minore Scholarship is awarded to deserving high school or college students pursuing a career in agriculture for the 2019/2020 academic year. This year the Foundation will be issuing two scholarships for $2,500 each.
Registration for 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum. USDA has opened registration for the 96th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) on Feb. 20 to 21, 2020, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. “The Innovation Imperative: Shaping the Future of Agriculture” sessions will focus on innovations in agriculture, global trade trends, food loss and waste, frontiers in conservation, and the science of food safety. More information will be released in November. USW is a cooperator with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
Wheat-based Ingredients Offer Nutritional and Functional Benefits. That was a positive headline for an article in “Supermarket Perimeter” promoting the value of defatted wheat germ in many different products. The article notes that food formulators are exploring ways for other wheat-based ingredients than flour to help them create products for today’s trends – germ, bran, fiber and protein. Read the article online at https://bit.ly/2QhBJHp.
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