November 15, 2018
Bring the Farm Bill Home
Originally published November 9, 2018
The long run up to the United States midterm election is over and (most) of the votes have been counted. There will be new members of Congress sworn in next January, some that may serve on the committees that focus on agricultural policy. Before then, however, the current Congress has an opportunity to pass the Farm Bill that their committees wrote. If that does not happen, the full trade service and technical assistance that U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has long provided to overseas wheat buyers and end-users is at risk. Read the full article here.
Farmer Driven EatWheat Campaign Reaches Millions of Consumers
Published on www.uswheat.org November 12, 2018
Reprinted with permission from Kansas Wheat
The phrase heard around the agriculture world is “tell your story.” Today most Americans are three generations removed from the farm so tales from the tractor are more important now than ever. Wheat farmers saw this need, and their conduit of conversation, EatWheat.org, is celebrating its first year of operation. Read the full article here.
Twenty-Three Pages You Cannot Miss
Originally published November 13, 2018
By Ben Conner, USW Vice President of Policy
Longtime readers of “Wheat Letter” know that there is a certain time of year when the “Wheat Letter” must be opened. When its content must be consumed with abandon. When one must read an article so important that – despite all the other wonderful “Wheat Letter” content provided throughout the year – this alone would justify the subscription. Read the full article here.
Human Wheat Consumption Sets New Record
Originally published November 14, 2018
By Stephanie Bryant-Erdmann, USW Market Analyst
USDA expects global wheat consumption to remain at record high levels in 2018/19 due to increased human consumption. Human wheat consumption is expected to reach a record high 602 million metric tons (MMT), 4 percent above the 5-year average. Over the past ten years, global human wheat consumption has increased 90 MMT, while feed wheat usage has increased 16 MMT. Read the full article here.
A Message to the Farmer Directors of U.S. Wheat Associates
Originally published November 15, 2018
By Chris Kolstad, USW Chairman and Montana wheat farmer
When I was in Rio de Janeiro in August for the USW Latin American Buyers Conference, I gave a presentation on farm economics. One of the things I told the customers there was that farming in the United States was a very stressful job. There are so many things out of our control that can affect whether we are financially successful or not. Obviously, the weather comes at the top of that list. We face temperatures that are either too hot or too cold and rain that never comes or comes so fast and so hard that it causes severe flooding. Hail, wind, frost and numerous other factors come into play. Add to that local, state and federal governments that set rules and regulations that affect the way we farm. From environmental regulations to trade policy, decisions made by our President or Congress can create big swings in our markets. Read the full article here.
“Farming is a challenging occupation, and I want to thank all of you and the thousands of farmers that you represent for staying the course.” — Chris Kolstad, USW Chairman and Montana wheat farmer
Thanksgiving. The USW Headquarters Office in Arlington, Va., and West Coast Office in Portland, Ore., will be closed Nov. 22 to 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Congratulations to Milling and Baking Technologist Tarik Gahi and his wife Sabrine who gave birth to a baby girl named Ayda on Nov. 2. We are very happy for our colleague and his family based in Casablanca, Morocco!
Commitment to Science-Based Regulations. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently welcomed the proactive, coordinated action by 13 countries, including the United States, in signing onto the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology. The statement reiterates an international commitment to the fair, science-based treatment of evolving plant breeding methods, like gene editing, around the world. “This is a strong showing of support by governments around the world in recognition of the necessity of continued evolution in plant breeding, and the critical role that it will play in ensuring a more sustainable and secure global food production system,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew LaVigne. The statement was released Nov. 2 in Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
Scholarship Awarded. The 2018 National Wheat Foundation (NFW) and U.S. Wheat Associates Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Winterholler, a senior majoring in agricultural communications at Texas Tech University, during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention Nov. 7. The scholarship is one of several awarded by the NAFB Foundation. NFW and USW donated funds for the scholarship to recognize the 75th anniversary of NAFB and U.S. farm broadcasters serving wheat growers around the country.
Washington Grower Breaks 200 Bushels Per Acre. Last week the National Wheat announced the winners of its 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Washington State wheat grower Phillip Gross topped the 200 bu/ac level for the first time ever in the contest and took top yield honors for the third year in a row. The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated with entries required to meet standard or better grade factors. Read more by clicking here.
A Project to Extend the Shelf Life and Improve the Flavor of whole wheat products was announced Nov. 6 as part of a new collaboration between U.S.-based Ardent Mills and Arcadia Biosciences Inc. The project relies on Arcadia’s patented “extended shelf life” wheat trait technology developed through traditional plant breeding. According to Arcadia and Ardent Mills, flour milled from that wheat oxidizes more slowly, extending its storage life, reducing waste and improving the taste by minimizing the bitterness some consumers associate with whole wheat products. Read more by clicking here.
National Wheat Foundation Scholarship. The National Wheat Foundation’s Jerry Minore Scholarship honors high school and college students pursuing an agricultural career. “The purpose of the Jerry Minore Scholarship is to help students who are passionate about agriculture at school and at home,” said National Wheat Foundation Chairman Wayne Hurst. “Our students are the future. They will go on to educate the next generation about wheat, agriculture and their role in society.” The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018. Click here to learn more and apply.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates