Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat
“Because Ukraine is a major producer of food and livestock feed, as well as a leading export hub, suppression of the nation’s media … can have destructive impacts on a global scale…IFAJ vigorously urges an immediate end to attacks on Ukraine’s population, including our colleagues in the media and communications fields, and a resumption of the free flow of news and information.” — The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, from a statement on the Russian invasion of Ukraine
We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month Pansy Shepherdson, an accounting technician in the USW Singapore Office, is celebrating 40 years, while Aska Tam, a program coordinator in the USW Hong Kong Office, is celebrating 35 years. Thank you, Pansy, and Aska, for your service to our organization, U.S. wheat farmers, and our customers worldwide.
Congratulations, Don Schieber!
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) 2010/11 Chairman Don Schieber of Ponca City, Okla., was recently honored with the 2022 Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture and will be the 25th inductee into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame. “He is an exceptional agriculturist, is extremely passionate about what he does, and has truly raised the bar for Oklahoma wheat producers,” said Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur. Don, you were already in the USW hall of fame, but congratulations on a well-deserved honor! Read more here.
USW Participates in Ag on the Mall for National Ag Day
On March 21 to 22, USW was out on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with the National Association of Wheat Growers and North American Millers’ Association for the Celebration of Modern Agriculture for National Ag Day! Staff from all three organizations enjoyed great weather while talking to visitors from all over about U.S wheat and flour milling. The exhibit included an interactive display for people to mill wheat into flour, a trivia game, and wheat food snacks. USW friend and consultant Didier Rosada baked several beautiful loaves of bread for the display (picture above), which were great conversation starters with people from all walks of life. Rosada is an award-winning Master Baker with his own bakery, Uptown Bakers, in Hyattsville, Md. Thank you, Didier!
Threat to Snake River Dams Growing
Pacific Northwest newspapers recently reported growing bipartisan support in Washington, D.C., for breaching dams on the Lower Snake River. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., organized a roundtable discussion in Richland, Wash., on National Agriculture Day (March 22, 2022) to discuss and build awareness of the threat to the four federally managed dams on the Snake between Lewiston, Idaho, and Washington’s Tri-Cities. Read more here.
NAWG Launches Farm Bill Survey
Current Farm Bill programs will expire or lapse with the 2018 Farm Bill on September 30, 2023. As the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) continues to develop its Farm Bill priorities, it has launched a Farm Bill Survey to gather feedback from wheat farmers about policies of most importance to them and the wheat industry. Access the survey on the NAWG website here.
Farm Bill Hearing
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture will hold a hearing on “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: International Trade and Food Assistance Programs” Wed. April 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. A live stream of the hearing will be available on YouTube here.
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