Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat
“We strongly oppose proposals advanced by India and other WTO members that would lead to an unlimited allowance of trade distorting price supports tied to public stocks at MC12. This would render WTO rules on agricultural domestic support meaningless to the world’s farmers while benefiting only a few developing countries.” – From a letter to President Biden from U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), National Association of Wheat Growers, North American Millers’ Association and 18 other U.S. agricultural organizations before the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) June 12 to 15, 2022.
2022 Hard Spring Wheat and Durum Tour
The annual Wheat Quality Council spring wheat tour is planned for July 25 to 28, 2022. The tour will provide the first production estimate for the 2022 U.S. hard red spring and durum crops. Tour information and registration are posted here. Customers can follow the tour in real-time by checking #wheattour22 on Twitter. And keep up to date on the entire U.S. wheat harvest with the weekly USW Harvest Report.
U.S. Consumer Attitudes Toward Gene-Edited Food Products
A new report follows up on FMI Foundation research, first published in 2020. It delves deeper into what U.S. consumers want to know about gene-edited food products and who they consider trustworthy sources in addressing biotechnological applications in food. Read the report here.
Comments Filed on U.S. Dietary Guidelines
More than 900 comments were submitted to HHS and USDA on the proposed scientific questions to be reviewed by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) as the next version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is developed. The Nutrition Coalition is urging a close examination of diets low in carbohydrates. HHS and USDA are also expected to look at “ultra-processed foods” and, notably separate from the DGA process, plan to examine the issue of “sustainability and the complex relationship between nutrition and climate change.”
National Wheat Yield Contest Opens for 2022 Contest Entries
The National Wheat Foundation is accepting spring wheat entries for the National Wheat Yield Contest until Aug. 1, 2022. To get the early entry price of $100 per entry, enter by June 15. Winter wheat entries are closed, and there are 260 entries from 26 states. Read more about the contest and how to enter here.
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