Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat. “Sixty-five percent of the varieties in the U.S. are produced by … the public sector. … That has made the international community of wheat a very collaborative group of people, so we try to share as much as possible.” says Dr. Jorge Dubcovsky, plant geneticist and professor of plant sciences who leads the small grains breeding program at the University of California-Davis.
Family Farms Comprise 96% of all U.S. Farms, account for 87% of land in farms, and 82% of the value of all agricultural products sold, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture Farm Typology report. Released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the report defines a “family farm” as one in which the producer and individuals related to the producer own the majority of the business.
Vilsack on Way Back to USDA. The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has voted in favor of President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, who served as Secretary for eight years in the Obama Administration. The full Senate must now approve the nomination. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO Chandler Goule said, “Secretary Vilsack demonstrated his qualifications … and his vast knowledge of issues important to production agriculture.”
NCI Cereal Innovators Webinar Series. The Northern Crops Institute’s “Cereal Innovators” interactive webinar series focuses on new and unique ways to use cereal grains. This month’s webinar on Feb. 10, will feature Andrew Ross, Oregon State University professor in the Crop and Soil Science Department covering “WHY cereal and whole grains, WHAT cereal grains, the HOW of cereal grains: milling and other processes, the WHERE of cereal grains and more.” Sign up for this webinar here.
NAWG is Hiring a Director of Communications and Partnerships. This position will focus on implementing a strategic communications and partnerships plan that will increase the organization’s exposure at the national and state levels as well as on Capitol Hill. Read the full job description and more information on how to apply here.
IGP Institute Flour Milling and Grain Processing Course Schedule. The IGP Institute at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., has several flour milling and grain processing courses planned in 2021, covering all aspects of managing the flour milling process from grain selection to finished products. View the full course schedule and register here.
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