November 29, 2018
USW Joins in Support of International Statement Plant Breeding Innovation
Originally published November 20, 2018
On Oct. 30, 2018, an International Statement on “Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology” was released at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. That statement reiterates an international commitment to the fair, science-based treatment of evolving plant breeding methods, like gene editing, around the world. To date, Argentina, which led this effort, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and the Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States have endorsed the statement. Read the full article here.
Diverse Group of U.S. Farmers Visit Cuban Farms, Discuss Future Relationships
Originally published November 21, 2018
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is very pleased to see that the grass roots effort to build a lasting, open trading relationship between Cuba is still going strong. Delegates from the U.S. wheat, soybean, corn, poultry, potato, rice, sorghum and barley industries recently traveled to Cuba to meet with Cuban government officials and farmers. Kansas wheat farmers Doug and Terry Jo Keesling and Kansas Wheat Director of Communications Marsha Boswell represented the wheat industry at the Cuba-U.S. Agriculture Business Conference sponsored by the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba. The coalition believes that the improvement of agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba is the foundation for building successful and enduring relations between both countries. Read the full article here.
IGC Data Shows U.S. Wheat Prices in a Rare Position
Originally published November 27, 2018
The expected turn to U.S. wheat supplies appears to be underway.
U.S. wheat exports to price sensitive markets and to typically self-sustaining markets are on the rise due to increased price competitiveness. Fueling this demand for U.S. wheat is, in part, shrinking wheat supplies, especially of high-quality milling wheat following decreased production in half of the world’s major wheat exporters — including Australia, the European Union (EU), Russia and Ukraine. The shrinking supplies in these countries have lifted their domestic and export wheat prices significantly over the past few months. At the same time, a large, high-quality crop pressured U.S. wheat prices lower, resulting in a convergence not seen for several years. Read the full article here.
Alvaro de la Fuente: Celebrating His Career and Legacy
Originally published November 28, 2018
The highlights of Great Plains Wheat (GPW) activities promoting U.S. wheat in South America in marketing year 1976/77 included a baking seminar, equipment donations to the Chilean Milling School, translation of GPW’s “U.S. Wheat” bulletin into Spanish and the hiring of a new Grain Marketing Specialist named Alvaro de la Fuente by Regional Director Don Schultz in the Caracas, Venezuela, regional office. In 1978/79, this young Peruvian national moved to Santiago, Chile, which would be his base for the next 39 years, to serve with GPW Regional Director Robert Drynan. He was named Regional Director with the newly formed U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) by 1981. Read the full article here.
“Everywhere I traveled with Alvaro de la Fuente, his customers always welcomed him as family. Alvaro and his lovely wife Betsy always did the same for [those] who were lucky enough to visit them and his team in Santiago. That personal warmth and the consistent results of his work, I think, will be Alvaro’s lasting example and legacy.”
– USW President Vince Peterson, celebrating the career of now retired Regional Vice President Alvaro de la Fuente.
Farm Bill Status. Today House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders made the following announcement on the state of 2018 U.S. Farm Bill negotiations: “We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill. We are working to finalize legal and report language as well as CBO [Congressional Budget Office] scores, but we still have more work to do. We are committed to delivering a new farm bill to America as quickly as possible.” USW trade servicing, technical support and other activities with overseas customers are funded partially by export market development programs included in U.S. farm legislation.
Disputing Grain-Free Diets. At a recent Oldways Whole Grains Council conference in the United States, several speakers provided reasons to increase whole grain intake and steer clear of grain-free diets. “There are hundreds of studies that substantiate the health benefits of whole grains,” said Kathleen Zelman, director of nutrition for WebMD. Studies have linked whole grain intake to a healtheri gut micro biome, a lower risk of stroke and a lower risk of colon cancer, she noted. Click here to read coverage of the conference by “BakingBusiness.com.”
2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Earlier this month, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national and state winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The 2018 Contest included 82 growers from 23 states. View the list of national winners here and the list of state winners here.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates