July 11, 2019
Wheat Buyers and Officials from Six Countries Kick Off USW Trade Team Season
Originally published July 2, 2019
Each year, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) invests funding from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service export market development programs to bring several teams of overseas customers and stakeholders to the United States. Visiting wheat-producing states connects customers with farmers as well as state wheat commissions and industry partners that co-sponsor local visits. The goal is the same for USW and partners: to promote the reliability, quality and value of all six U.S. wheat classes to customers around the world. Our success relies on the success of our customers and their ability to create products that appeal to consumers in markets around the globe.
Managing the New U.S. Wheat Crop: Wheat Blending for Consistency
Originally published July 3, 2019
By Mark Fowler, USW Vice President of Global Technical Services
Delivering a homogeneous mix of wheat to the mill is critical to optimize mill performance and assure consistently high-quality flour products for end-user customers. Blending wheat prior to conditioning and milling is a necessary part of this process and is even more critical as the farmers who grow your grist are harvesting their new wheat crop.
U.S. Wheat Prices Competitive with Corn for Domestic Feed Use
Originally published July 7, 2019
By Claire Hutchins, USW Market Analyst
According to USDA’s June WASDE (World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates) report, the United States will feed 64% more wheat in marketing year (MY) 2019/20 at 3.81 million metric tons (MMT), compared to 1.36 MMT in MY 2018/19. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) believes the current price relationship between domestic wheat and corn and the nutritional value of U.S. hard red winter (HRW) wheat and soft red winter (SRW) wheat support USDA’s estimates.
Promoting U.S. Wheat Around the World
Originally published July 11, 2019
As USW President Vince Peterson often says, at any given hour of the day there is someone, somewhere, talking about the quality, reliability and value of U.S. wheat. Wheat Letter wants to share some of the ways USW was working in June to promote all six classes of U.S. wheat in an ever more complex world wheat market.
U.S. Grain Chain Testifies on Health Benefits of Increased Grain Servings
Originally published July 11, 2019
Excerpts reprinted with permission from the American Bakers Association
The “Grain Chain”, a farm to fork coalition of stakeholders in the U.S. grain industry chaired by the American Bakers Association (ABA), testified July 11, 2019, on the nutritional benefits of bread and grain-based products at the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) meeting. The recommendations in the Committee’s scientific report, due next year, will form the basis of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). The DGAs are the cornerstone of U.S. federal nutrition policy and nutrition education guidelines, shaping consumer health decisions and doctor recommendations.
“Today we can say that we’ve moved from precision ag to decision ag. The digital revolution is here … here to stay, and it’s going to have a profound impact on our [agricultural] business. I never in my wildest dreams, growing up on a 600-acre farm, thought any of this would be possible.” — David Hollinrake, President, Syngenta Seeds
Congratulations. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month, Stacy Taylor, Meeting Planner and Executive Assistant to the President, from the USW Headquarters Office in Arlington, Va., is celebrating 30 years. Thank you, Stacy for your service to our organization, to U.S. wheat farmers and to our customers around the world.
Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators Report. Agriculture is dynamic, adjusting in response to changes in the economy, technology, the environment, and policy – and agricultural production affects a wide range of natural resources. Understanding the complex links among public policies, economic conditions, farming and conservation practices, productivity and technological change, resource use, and the environment, is important for agricultural decision making. A new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service provides a comprehensive review of the use of natural resources (land and water) and commercial inputs (such as energy, nutrients, and pesticides) in the U.S. agricultural sector, as well as the impact of agricultural production on environmental quality.
Food Technologist Doug Engle Retires. After 35 years with USDA’s Western Wheat Quality Lab, food technologist Doug Engle retired on July 6. He will remain at the lab—based on Washington State University’s campus in Pullman, Wash.—for two years, working three-quarter time, in a new position funded by the Idaho Wheat Commission, Oregon Wheat Commission and Washington Grain Commission, to ease the transition as a replacement is hired. Read more about Engle’s career here.
Marketing Seminar to Offer Perspectives on 2019 Wheat Outlook. The North Dakota Wheat Commission is sponsoring a Pre-harvest Marketing Seminar in conjunction with the North Central Research Extension Fields Days in Minot, N.D., on Wednesday, July 17. The seminar will focus on marketing strategies for harvest and beyond, key issues affecting markets and demand outlook for hard red spring and durum wheat. Read more about the free seminar here.
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IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis. The IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis short course will be held at the IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 10 to 12, 2019. The course will focus on flour and dough analysis practices and methods and correct interpretation and understanding of the results. Click here to learn more and register.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates