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2021 Annual Conference Recap

Last week, the National Association of Wheat Growers concluded its annual conference, which entailed organizational action and adoption of 2021 policy priorities. Given the impacts of COVID-19 over the past year, the board re-elected the same slate of officers to continue in their roles for 2021. With that action, the board has re-elected Dave Milligan (MI) as President; Nicole Berg (WA) as Vice President; Brent Cheyne (OR) as Treasurer; Keeff Felty (OK) as Secretary; and Ben Scholz (TX) as Past President. The board also adopted 2021 policy priorities, which the organization will take to the Hill and the Administration, including with a virtual Hill week next week.

Virtual Commodity Classic Underway – Stop By NAWG’s Booth!
Tomorrow concludes a great week for the virtual Commodity Classic. If you haven’t yet you can still register and check out several great learning center sessions tomorrow as well as to hear from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as part of the closing general session at 11:30 a.m. CST. Also stop by the NAWG virtual booth from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. CST to visit with NAWG staff!

Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program Sign-up Deadline TOMORROW!
TOMORROW is the deadline to sign up for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) program, which is intended to provide assistance to growers suffering poor quality as a result of extreme weather conditions in 2018 and 2019. NAWG has been working with other stakeholders on some issues related to the documentation required for the program. We are hopeful those issues will be addressed, but in the meantime we strongly urge producers to contact their local FSA office before the end of day tomorrow.


Senate Finance Committee Votes to Advance Tai to USTR
Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance Katherine Tai’s nomination to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative. Tai’s nomination now moves to the Senate floor for consideration. The Finance Committee’s vote follows a full committee hearing the week prior where Senators questioned Ms. Tai on a host of trade related issues, including several key wheat questions asked by members on both sides of the aisle on China and the European Union.

USDA Encourages Producers to Complete the Cash Rents and Leases Survey
Farmers and ranchers may have received a Cash Rents and Leases survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This survey provides the basis for estimates of the current year’s cash rents paid for irrigated cropland, non-irrigated cropland, and permanent pasture. For more information about the survey and why it should be filled out, visit this link.

NGFA Posts “Grain Bin Safety Saves Lives” Fact Sheet
The National Grain and Feed Association has create a flyer on the importance of adhering to grain bin safety procedures to prevent potential grain engulfments and entanglements. The document is preceded by a cover letter and includes best practices for safe grain bin entry and implores anyone working around grain bins to adhere to basic safety precautions if they find it necessary to entry a bin.


NWF Hosts Wheat 105 Educational Event
On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) held its fifth annual wheat education event for Congressional staffers, called Wheat 105. Hosted jointly with BNSF Railroad, Wheat 105 featured speakers from the NWF, BNSF, U.S. Wheat Associates, the McGregor Company, the North American Millers Association, and the Grain Foods Foundation, and it enabled Hill staff to interact directly with 18 organizations/companies throughout the entire wheat value chain. “Five years ago, we started hosting this annual educational event for policymakers and their staff in order to demonstrate just how big of a role the wheat value chain plays in not only the farm economy, but more broadly in feeding the country and the world,” said NWF Executive Director Chandler Goule. “Though it was virtual this year, we had great participation from Hill staff and look forward to continuing this event in-person in the future.”

NWF Hosts Event to Recognize 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest Winners
On Wednesday evening, March 3, 2021, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) honored the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest winners with a virtual awards ceremony, which ordinarily takes place during an in-person reception in conjunction with Commodity Classic. The event also marked the last event for Contest Director Steve Joehl, who has retired from his role. Anne Osborne, who began with NWF in January, has taken the helm of the contest. More information can be found here on the national and state winners of the National Wheat Yield Contest, and information on the 2021 contest can be found below.

NWF Board Approves New Projects Stemming from Strategic Planning Session
The National Wheat Foundation board approved three new projects at its annual meeting last week. The projects were selected after a series of strategic planning meetings with industry stakeholders from all segments of the wheat industry. The projects aim to answer these questions: Does high-yielding wheat equal high-quality wheat? Does high-yielding wheat equal higher profitability? Can potassium (K) levels in wheat grain be increased to help combat heart disease in Americans? These projects are in addition to the successful National Wheat Yield Contest, which is already open for entries for 2021.

REMINDER: The National Wheat Foundation 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest is OPEN
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is officially accepting grower enrollment for the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is accepting entries for Winter and Spring Wheat. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th with an early registration deadline of April 1st. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st, with an early registration deadline of June 15th. The wheat contest is administered entirely online, and growers can register at

Source: National Association of Wheat Growers