Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat. “Clearly health care workers [should get the vaccine] first, and the vulnerable, the elderly, people with pre-existing conditions. We will advocate that, then, the essential workers – I would include the food-supply chain – should be right at the top.” – David MacLennan, CEO, Cargill Inc., from a Nov. 23 Wall Street Journal article on preventing food supply disruptions as the pandemic surges.
Pandemic Raises Positive Image of Farming. For the first time, Americans answering a Gallup tracking poll about various business and industry sectors put farming and agriculture at the top of their list with a 69% positive rating. The former top-ranking industries – restaurants and computers – remain in the top four, with the grocery industry rounding out the group. Wheat producers and wheat production, of course, have always been “Number One” in our opinion. Read more here.
Concerning Trends in Farm Financial Well-Being. Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, recently release a report highlighting trends in farm financial well-being. The report titled Economic Sustainability: Trends in Financial Well-Being. The report found that a prolonged period of low commodity prices has created significant financial pressures for U.S. agriculture, jeopardizing many farming operations and challenging the ability of supply chains to meet ambitious sustainability goals absent more direct support for growers.
Best Wishes to Montana Wheat Executive. The Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) recently announced that executive vice president Lola Raska will retire at the end of December and Alison Vergernot will take that position effective Jan. 1, 2021. MGGA represents the interest of Montana grain growers at the state level and is a member of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Lola has been involved in Montana agriculture for over 40 years and served on the MGGA Staff for 21 years. Her friends at U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) thank her for her service and wish her a long and happy retirement.
NWF Announces National Winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) 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. The NWF recently announced the national winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest, which recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. Read about the winning entries here and here.
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