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KAWG E-Update


We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of KAWG E-News.

K-State wheat plot tours for June 12 – 16

Monday, 6/12/2017, 7:00 a.m.
Location: Decatur Co., Oberlin
Contact: Keith VanSkike, 785-877-5755,
Directions: Roger May, 2 ½ mi west of Oberlin on Hwy 36 to 800th Rd., then ½ mi south.

Tuesday, 6/13/2017, 7:30 a.m.
Location: Thomas Co., Levant
Contacts: Kurt Sexton, 785-460-4582,
Directions: Solomon Creek farm, (Mike, Jeanene, & Tanner Brown) 5 miles south of the Levant/I-70 interchange, at the shop on the east side of the road.

Tuesday, 6/13/2017, 4:00 p.m. MDT
Location: Sherman Co., Kanorado
Contact: Jeanne Falk Jones, 785-443-3403,
Directions: Truman Hooker 4-H plot. From Kanorado, go east one mile to Rd 3, go north to Rd 64 and go ¼ mi west.


Tuesday, 6/13/2017, 5:30 p.m. MDT
Location: Sherman Co., Goodland
Contact: Jeanne Falk Jones, 785-443-3403,
Directions: F&J Farms. 10 mi. north of Goodland on Hwy 27.


Wednesday, 6/14/2017, 7:30 a.m. MDT (6:30 a.m. breakfast)
Location: Wallace Co., Sharon Springs
Contact: Jeanne Falk Jones, 785-443-3403,
Directions: Mai Farms, 9 mi south of Sharon Springs to Field Rd and 3 1/2 mi east.


Wednesday, 6/14/2017, 10:0 a.m. MDT
Location: Wallace Co., Weskan
Contact: Jeanne Falk Jones, 785-443-3403,
Directions: E&H Farms. From Weskan, go 3 mi west on Hwy 40 to Rd 3. Then go south 6 1/4 mi to Field Rd.


Wednesday, 6/14/2017, 5:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Cheyenne Co., Wheeler
Contact: Jeanne Falk Jones, 785-443-3403,
Directions: Sunny Crest Farm, 5 mi south of Wheeler on Hwy 27 to Rd I, west ¼ mi. (Read more of the K-State Agronomy E-Update)

Lawmakers override Brownback veto of tax increases, rolling back 2012 cuts

Lawmakers rolled back Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature tax policy over his objections Tuesday night, forcing into law tax increases to fix a budget shortfall and provide more money for schools.

The legislation ends the “march to zero” income tax cuts that Brownback heralded for much of his time as governor.

The Senate and House voted 27-13 and 88-31, respectively, to override Brownback’s veto. The action took place on the 109th day of the legislative session and paves the way for lawmakers to wrap up their work quickly, potentially this week. (Read more.)

Congressman Yoder Questions Acting CFTC Chairman Giancarlo About Changes in the HRW Wheat Contract

Dighton farmer testifies on importance of food aid

On June 7, Ron Suppes, a Kansas wheat farmer and former U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman, testified in front of the House Agriculture Committee on the importance of food aid, discussing his recent trip to Tanzania where he viewed programs that used wheat.

Suppes is a wheat farmer from Dighton, and food aid is a topic that hits home to him. On his recent trip to Tanzania, Suppes gained more knowledge than ever about wheat food aid programs. He then decided to take his knowledge back to America to talk to farmers about the value these programs offer. (Read more.)


Congressman Marshall Questions Kansas Farmer About Importance of Food Aid in Kansas

News from National Association of Wheat Growers

House Committee on Agriculture Hearing Re The Next Farm Bill: The Future of International Food Aid and Agricultural Development

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on food aid programs. Most notably, Ron Suppes, Kansas grower and former USW Chairman, testified on food aid and his recent trip to Tanzania where he saw programs that used wheat. The majority of his testimony focused on Food for Progress and monetization, two issues that other commodities have not testified on in the past but are important to the wheat industry. Additional panelists included Dr. Thomas Jayne, on behalf of the Farm Journal Foundation; Mr. Brian Schoeneman on behalf of USA Maritime; Ms. Navyn Salem, founder and CEO, Edesia Nutrition; and Ms. Margaret Schuler, Senior Vice President of the International Programs Group, World Vision.

While the panel was diverse, all delivered a similar message: the U.S. should continue to fund food aid programs. Witnesses assured the Committee that these programs put America first by supplying jobs, supporting farmers, and creating good relationships with other countries. One common question asked by Committee members was how do these programs help countries become self-sufficient rather than reliant on aid.  The speakers argued that U.S. food aid’s true purpose is to stimulate economic growth and ultimately produce future trading partners. Specifically, Suppes responded “these people aren’t looking for charity, but rather for a way to build a better life for their families and communities.”

House Committee on Appropriations Re Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Budget Hearing 

The House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee held on hearing on June 8th to review the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Budget. J. Christopher Giancarlo, Acting Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, testified before the committee. Hard Red Winter (HRW) wheat contracts were brought up in a question from Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS-03). The question surrounded the issue of a significant spread between the farmer’s local cash price and the futures price, with some farmers getting a cash price more than a dollar less than what was on the board. This past April, The CME Group announced that it would implement a Variable Storage Rate (VSR) on the Kansas City HRW futures contract beginning in March 2018. Representative Yoder asked for an update on that process. Chairman Giancarlo stated the application will be processed by July, that everything is on schedule with the application, and that he expects a successful result from that application. He also stated he will watch the outcome to make sure the issue is resolved.

The U.S. and Mexico Reach Trade Agreement on Sugar

On June 06, 2017, The U.S. and Mexico announced a preliminary agreement on a new system to regulate the flow of Mexican sugar into the U.S. Mexico first agreed to the limit on its sugar exports as part of a “suspension agreement” in December 2014, after the U.S. threatened to levy stiff countervailing and anti-dumping duties. That limit effectively cut Mexican exports in half and dictated that only 53 percent could be refined product. In his statement, USDA Secretary Purdue stated that “the accord sharply reduces the percentage of Mexican refined sugar that may be imported into the United States and also lowers the polarity dividing line between refined and raw sugar. We also achieved better pricing agreements for the industry.” Specifically, the new agreement requires that 70 percent of imports from Mexico be raw and allows the remaining 30 percent to be refined.

USTR Requests Comments and Schedules Hearing on NAFTA Negotiations

On May 23, 2017, The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a Notice of a “Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement With Canada and Mexico.” In the Notice, USTR advised that it will accept written comments by June 12, 2017 and will hold a public hearing at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, DC, on June 27, 2017 regarding the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA. USTR’s solicitation of comments and scheduling of a public hearing follow upon the notice provided by USTR Robert Lighthizer to Congress on May 18, 2017 indicating the Administration’s intent to renegotiate NAFTA.

FONA: Dinner Under the Stars

Each year in June, when the Arboretum grounds are in full bloom, Friend of the National Arboretum (FONA) hosts its Annual Dinner Under the Stars. With a cocktail reception in the National Herb Garden and dinner in the meadow overlooking the Capitol Columns, the Dinner brings together people from business, government and the community to support the gardens and programs at the Arboretum. NAWG CEO and FONA Board Member Chandler Goule kicked off the June 6 dinner with welcoming remarks. Additionally, NAWG staff attended the event and had an opportunity to meet Secretary Sonny Purdue.

Established in 1927 by an Act of Congress, the Arboretum is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. Its 446 acres are located in Northeast Washington, D.C. to serve the public need for scientific research, and education of plants and conservation.

USDA: 2017 Census of Agriculture

The census is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. The information produced by the Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.

Please note that new farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through the end of June at The survey takes less than a minute – and will ensure that you receive a Census form (that you can fill out in paper form or online.)  If a farmer/rancher is not on our list frame by June 30th, 2017, the producer will not have an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. For more information about the census, please visit, follow NASS on Twitter @usda_nass, or call (800) 727-9540.

Best Regards,

Kansas Wheat Staff




Source: Kansas Association of Wheat Growers