Wheat & Sorghum Leaders Highlight Industry Issues

Lizzy Schultz

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) each held a press conference on issues facing their industries during the 2016 Commodity Classic. Representatives from NAWG discussed several pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on wheat growers and industry partners, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and GMO labeling laws. Their latest efforts …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, NAWG, NSP, sorghum, Wheat

Vilsack Makes 7th Appearance at #Classic16

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appeared at every Commodity Classic since he was confirmed, making this year the seventh time he has addressed corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat farmers. “Farmers are the linchpin of this country. They are the heart and soul,” said Vilsack, who concentrated much of his remarks on the importance of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) for …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, sorghum, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

U.S. Wheat Associates Directors Elected

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors will be under new leadership for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  The board elected officers at their recent meeting in Washington D.C.  New officers will begin their duties at the board meeting in July in Fargo, North Dakota. New members include; Chris Kolstad as Secretary-Treasurer, Jason Scott moving from Vice Chair to Chair, …

Ag Group, Wheat

Wheat Awards

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) were in Washington DC last week for their annual winter conference and during that time presented awards to friends in Congress. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) was presented with the 2015 Wheat Leader of the Year by the NAWG board of directors, including Washington farmer and NAWG president Brett Blankenship. “Senator Cantwell …

Government, NAWG, Wheat

NRGene Assists in Wheat Genome Sequencing

Joanna Schroeder

The bread wheat genome has now been sequenced. Wheat is one of the most widely grown cereals in the world, and the project will help accelerate global research into crop improvement. The project was led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). Using NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM software, the bread wheat variety Chinese Spring genome was assembled. The new data will …

Precision Agriculture, Wheat

#ASTACSS Features Wheat Improvement Panel

Taylor Truckey

During the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo this week, attendees were invited to a panel titled, “Value Chain Engagement in Wheat Improvement” that brought together representatives from across the wheat value chain to discuss needed innovation in the wheat industry. Justin Gilpin, CEO of the Kansas Wheat Commission, focused on the benefit of public/private partnerships as well as work the …

ASTA, Audio, Wheat

Wheat Growers’ Applicator Finalist for Operator of the Year

Taylor Truckey

Four finalists have been named to AGCO’s Operator of the Year award; one will be announced as the 10th Annual Operator of the Year at the 2015 ARA Conference and Expo in California December 1-3, 2015. Curtis Fick, Wheat Growers’ lead applicator at the Carpenter location, has been chosen as one of four national finalists for AGCO’s Operator of the …

AGCO, ARA, Wheat

TPP Big Topic for Ag Groups at #NAFB15

Cindy Zimmerman

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is no doubt the biggest issue for ag groups at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City this week. Representatives from six national farm groups joined USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Phil Karsting in Kansas City Wednesday for a press event to discuss the TPP. The event featured farmer leaders from the American …

Audio, Corn, NAFB, NCBA, NCGA, Pork, Soybean, Trade, USDA, Wheat

The Great American Wheat Harvest Wins Regional EMMY

Kelly Marshall

The 2014 documentary, Great American Wheat Harvest, has been awarded a Mid-America Regional EMMY Award!  The award was announced recently at the EMMY Gala in St. Louis, Missouri.  The film won Best Documentary- Cultural and features American harvesters traveling from Texas through the Western Plains to harvest wheat and other crops that feed the world. The film aired on WQPT …

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Planted Acreage Update From USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop and the second largest soybean crop on record in a new planted acreage update released today. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). That is actually a four percent decrease from last year’s production, but …

Audio, Corn, Cotton, MGEX, Soybean, USDA, Wheat