Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat: “While the past five months has turned our business, economic and personal worlds upside down, we have learned a great deal about ourselves and our resilience as people and as an industry. We have learned we all have immense capacity and untapped creativity helping us work through this pandemic and continue supplying critical food resources for our people and the world.” – Vince Peterson, President, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), from remarks to a virtual meeting with Japanese flour millers and wheat food processors, July 31, 2020.
NAWG OpEd: As Drought Conditions Continue to Spread Across Farm Country, Importance Of Crop Insurance Is Reinforced. High Plains Journal recently published an opinion editorial by National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Michigan wheat farmer Dave Milligan. In his piece, Milligan discusses the importance of crop insurance for America’s wheat farmers especially as many have experienced extreme drought conditions these past few months. Read here.
Commentary: The Long, Positive Relationship Between U.S. Wheat Farmers and Japan. USW President Vince Peterson recently wrote in a Capital Press op-ed about the long, positive relationship between U.S. wheat farmers and Japan. Read the op-ed here.
OK Wheat Brief Summer 2020. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission released its Summer 2020 Wheat Brief Newsletter on July 30, 2020. This newsletter discusses the continued explorations for product enhancement and field trial initiatives, trade updates, the “Governor’s Wheat Challenge” along with current virtual educational and recipe promotions. Read the entire Wheat Brief here.
The Strange Case of Unsolicited Seed Mailings. A very unusual situation occurred in the United States recently when small packages of various seeds were apparently mailed from overseas to a seemingly random selection of U.S. citizens. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and state departments of agriculture quickly warned people not to open nor plant the seeds, but instead to turn them in to authorities. None of the packages appeared to include wheat seeds. The American Seed Trade Association has posted more information on its website.
Registration Underway for Three September IAOM-KSU Milling Courses. IAOM has joined with Kansas State University’s IGP Institute to offer a variety of milling courses, which will be held in Manhattan, Kan. Register for these classes here.
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