NAWG Launches Special Climate and Sustainability Committee on Earth Day
Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2021) – Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers launched their new Special Climate and Sustainability Committee. The committee will work together to review wheat sustainability issues and guide the development of NAWG policy priorities on climate policy..
“Wheat growers are having a positive impact on the environment and have increased resource-efficient practices in land, water, and energy use,” stated NAWG President and Cass City, MI wheat farmer, Dave Milligan. “Launching the Special Climate and Sustainability Committee will enhance NAWG’s ability to have an effective seat at the table as Congress and USDA consider options for farmers playing a role addressing climate change. This farmer-led venue will prioritize having discussions on what climate-related policies and principles NAWG should advocate.”
The committee will report to the NAWG board and will provide recommendations on policy options and NAWG’s engagement in climate discussions. The committee is made up of current and past NAWG board members, representing a broad variety of production areas:
Chairs: Justin Knopf (KS) and Derek Jackson (WY)
Members: Marci Green (WA), Ty Iverson (ID), Brian Books (CO), Clay Pope (OK), Eric Spates (MD), Aaron Heilers (OH), Vince Mattson (MT) and Tate Perry (MN)
“As we celebrate Earth Day, NAWG is excited to take initiative by engaging in climate policy discussions and focusing on practices that benefit the environment, wheat producers and the general public.” Milligan said.
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NAWG is the primary policy representative in Washington D.C. for wheat growers, working to ensure a better future for America’s growers, the industry and the general public. NAWG works with a team of 20 state wheat grower organizations to benefit the wheat industry at the national level. From their offices on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members, Administration officials and the public.