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OWGL Comments on Climate Protection Program

October 25, 2021 -- The Oregon Wheat Growers League provided comments to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality regarding rulemaking to establish a new 'Cap and Reduce' Climate Protection Program. Read the comments in the pdf below.

$10B Disaster Aid Funding Passes in Legislature

October 4, 2021 -- Last week Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 3, 2021. The stopgap spending bill includes a disaster aid component, which provides $10 billion in agricultural disaster aid through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) in 2020 and 2021. The bill also includes language that would provide drought assistance to be triggered when counties experience D2 conditions for eight weeks on the U.S. Drought Monitor. It also includes previous causes of loss for WHIP+ and makes assistance for additional causes of losses experienced over the current and past year. Funds will be crucial in providing relief to Oregon farmers recovering from disasters.
Read more Senators Wyden and Merkley here.
Read more from NAWG here.

Gerald Maib Appointed Director of Communications

October 1, 2021 -- The Oregon Wheat Growers League is pleased to welcome Gerald Maib as the new Director of Communications. Growing up in the Walla Walla Valley area, Gerald has interacted and worked with the farming community for most of his life. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design and 3D Animation. He most recently received his Masters of Science and Game Design from Full Sail University. Amanda Hoey, CEO, stated "In addition to Gerald's professional design experience, he also comes to us with direct wheat farming experience. I am excited to have him bringing a well rounded set of skills and experience to our office." Read the full press release here.


Redistricting Maps Approved by Legislature

September 27, 2021 -- Governor Brown called Legislators into a Special Session Monday, September 20th to address redistricting and approve Congressional and Legislative maps. Legislators were charged with passing new Legislative and Congressional boundaries by September 27th. If they had failed, the Congressional map drawing would go to a panel of five judges named by the OR Supreme Court Chief Justice and Democrat Shemia Fagan would be tasked with drawing the legislative maps. Those maps would have been due October 18th. If maps are challenged in the Courts, the Oregon Supreme Court could end up redrawing the maps, with a deadline of February 7, 2022. Giving candidates one month (March 8th) to file for the May 17th Primary.

Adopted Oregon Congressional Map: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/redistricting/Ma...

Adopted Oregon Senate Map : https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/redistricting/Ma...

Adopted Oregon House Map: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/redistricting/Ma...

In the end the maps advanced on party line votes and now head to the Governor for her signature. It is possible a legal challenge could still be filed against either/both maps. Detailed analysis provided (members only access) in our legislative reports section.


NAWG Responds to Advancing Reconciliation

September 16, 2021 -- Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committees advanced its contributions to the proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, which included provisions to offset components of the bill. NAWG is glad to see that proposals to tax capital gains at death were not included in the committee advanced package, preserving stepped-up basis benefits. However, the current estate tax exemption will be lowered. NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, said that he appreciated the preserving of tax codes that helped protect family farms from being driven out of business. He also commented that NAWG will continue to work to protect the tax code and educate on how it is important in preserving family farms. To read the full press release, click here.


USDA RMA Publishes Harvest Prices

August 31, 2021 -- USDA RMA crop insurance harvest prices for wheat are now available. Use the Price Discovery App here. RMA will use a price of $9.86 per bushel for conventional winter wheat and $9.21 per bushel for conventional spring wheat.


Fusarium head blight controls

August 27, 2021 -- If your operation has corn production as an opportunity, it is critical to consider breaking the disease cycle with a non-grass crop following corn. When possible, tillage following the corn rotation before planting wheat is highly encouraged to help bury and break down corn residue and reduce the inoculum source.

Watch the short field day video about Fusarium head blight or our latest update from OSU here. The document is compiled as a follow up to the video, and is aimed as an informational resource for producers who plan to plant winter wheat, directly following corn.

Vietnam Wheat Import Tariff Suspension Welcomed

August 25, 2021-- As part of a bilateral package announced in August during Vice President Kamala Harris’ Indo-Pacific trip, Vietnam will reduce or eliminate import tariffs on several U.S. commodities including wheat. The newly announced reduction follows one from July 2020, when Vietnam reduced its tariff on imported U.S. wheat (excluding durum) from 5% to 3% in a revision of its Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariff rates. Vietnam is the last remaining Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) country applying a tariff against U.S. wheat imports but not against Canadian and Australian wheat, making the announcement particularly noteworthy for U.S. wheat growers.

Despite the tariffs, Vietnam’s imports of U.S. hard red spring (HRS), soft white (SW) and hard red winter (HRW) wheat exceeded 500,000 metric tons in marketing year 2020/21, second in volume only to Australia. Vietnam currently imports an average of more than 3 million metric tons of wheat per year.

The suspension was granted because of the dedicated work between USDA/FAS, cooperator organizations through US Wheat Associates and the Vietnamese importers who petitioned their government to reduce or eliminate certain MFN tariffs to help hold down rising food and feed prices.

See the full release here: https://www.uswheat.org/tariff-vietnam/


Magic Leads 2021 Plantings; Percent Share Lessens

August 25, 2021 -- Annually, the Oregon Wheat Commission compiles a variety survey, taking a historical look at estimated plantings across the state. For the 2021 crop, the survey for wheat and barley is now available on our website. Overall, the state had 86% of planted wheat acres to Soft White Winter, 7% to Hard Red Winter, 6% to Soft White Spring and 1% to Hard Red Spring.

On an individual variety level, while UI Magic CL+ continued to dominate the top of the list in planted acreage for the 2021 crop, the percentage share has decreased. With so many options, there are resources for growers in making the critical planting determinations:

  • View variety trial data to see what performed in relation to yield, disease resistance, and other controls. https://bit.ly/38iTgH7
  • Find the preferred variety brochure, with information of quality performance.https://bit.ly/2WsHUOe
Read more and fine the full 2021 Variety Survey here: https://www.owgl.org/p/commission/publications/var...

USDA RMA Issues FAQs on Price

August 24, 2021 -- USDA RMA has issued responses to a series of "Frequently Asked Questions" regarding prices.

  1. Soft white wheat protein levels are really high this year, is RMA taking that into consideration and does the RMA price reflect the value of SWW at 10.5 percent protein instead of SWW value generically?
  2. In the Commodity Exchange Price Provisions – Wheat document, it states prices for the Portland Merchants Exchange (PME), soft white wheat are used to compute the winter type harvest price for crop insurance. I can’t find the PME prices, where can I look to see prices that RMA is using?
  3. How is the winter wheat harvest price determined?
  4. Does RMA have a tool that shows the winter wheat harvest price?
  5. Is the same price used across the state or other areas?
  6. I am an elevator and I reported bids to Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – are my prices reflected in the AMS prices used to establish the harvest price for crop insurance?
  7. Why don’t the bid prices reported by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) match the bids at my local elevator?
  8. Why is there sometimes such a large range between the low and high bid prices Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) reports?
  9. Does RMA plan to adjust the prices reported by AMS in early August higher, since these early prices are lower than prices reported later in the month?

View Responses to these Frequently Asked Questions.


USW - Biggest need is face-to-face contact

Darren Padget is ready for another year as chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates. But he hopes to meet customers face-to-face again.Personal contact is the biggest need in the coming year, he told the Capital Press from his combine in Grass Valley, Ore."We've got everything else going, the exports have been flowing," Padget said. "That never got interrupted. "U.S. Wheat, the overseas marketing arm for the industry, has been able to have limited contact with overseas buyers."But we don't have the board trips and the farmer-to-end user contact that we relish," Padget said.


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Oregon Delegation Pushes Feds for More Relief

Oregon’s entire congressional delegation today joined with Western colleagues in the House and Senate to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to secure more relief for farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture producers in the West affected by historic wildfires, droughts, and extreme heat. Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio, Blumenauer, Schrader, Bonamici, Bentz: “Although the extent of damages relating to the extreme heat has yet to be fully determined, agricultural producers expect these impacts to be severe”

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici and Cliff Bentz, the Western lawmakers seek to open USDA relief programs up to more producers that have lost crops and livestock to the ongoing droughts, extreme heat, and wildfires.

In addition to droughts and wildfires, an extreme heatwave hit the Pacific Northwest in June with temperatures reaching as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In response, Secretary Vilsack issued several disaster designations, unlocking vital federal resources. However, many of the producers who suffered the greatest heat-related losses were either located in counties not covered by the drought designations, experienced losses not covered by drought assistance programs, or both.

The letter also encourages USDA to work with Congress to provide technical assistance as lawmakers craft additional authorities and appropriations to address the 2020 and 2021 seasons that include wildfire, drought, and excessive heat-related losses.


Wheat Research Funded By Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Legislature advanced the allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars directed by area Legislators. Senator Bill Hansell-R from Athena was able to secure critical funding for wheat research.

Oregon’s Wheat industry has been focused on a project to enhance its markets and competitiveness by expanding and upgrading the Oregon State University Research Bakery. Senator Hansell secured $100,000 for the project which will directly benefit eastern Oregon wheat producers, in cooperation with Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center branch of OSU’s Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, and all wheat growers throughout the state.

“This funding will allow Oregon’s wheat industry to seize new opportunities, enable a full spectrum cereal quality testing in-house and will ensure maintenance of grain samples in a food-grade-compatible manner. We are incredibly appreciative of Senator Hansell’s effort to prioritize wheat research,” said Amanda Hoey, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Growers League.

Senator Bill Hansell said “supporting Oregon’s wheat growers remains a priority for me in Salem. Our area growers need access to the best research and these funds will make a difference.”


RMA Strengthens Insurance Policies for Wheat

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a final rule that provides wheat growers new options designed to improve crop insurance delivery and risk management options for producers. Specifically, these changes will allow enterprise units by type for wheat, which will enable producers to separately insure all the acres of a type of wheat in the county.

In October, Oregon Wheat Growers League advocated in favor of additional new Enterprise Unit options, with a need to assure additional options did not add cost for producers. The League supported enterprise unit divisions by practice and by type. While a change in unit divisions by practice was not included Small Grains Crop Provisions Final Rule, the League is pleased that RMA is expanding the availability to Oregon wheat producers regarding the enterprise unit by type (eg winter/spring wheat). The comment period on the rule is open for 60 days and the League will be expressing appreciation for the changes incorporated that support wheat producers and seeking to provide input on additional areas for improvements.

“Crop insurance provides a critical risk management tool for wheat growers and today’s announcement helps provide additional coverage options in areas where both winter and spring wheat are grown,” said NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. “Previously, wheat producers could only get enterprise units for wheat, but this change breaks it out by type and prevents one type of wheat from impacting payments on another. Today’s announcement is welcome news, and NAWG will continue to work with its membership and RMA to provide feedback on how crop insurance can continue to provide additional flexibility and options to protect wheat growers and help manage risk on their operations.

Changes will be effective for the 2022 and succeeding crop years.


SB 590 Ensures Rural Lands are Fully Protected!

Senate Bill 590, a wildfire bill that expands protection options for cropland areas, passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The bill was a priority bill for the Oregon Wheat Growers League. The League thanks Senator Hansell, the bill sponsor, for his tireless efforts on SB 590 to ensure access to wildfire protection resources for all of Oregon’s wheat producing areas.

With the passage of Senate Bill 590, the state ensured the most efficient and effective use of limited resources to reduce the impacts of fires. The bill expands the areas that can be covered through a Rangeland Protection Associations (RPA) to include lands that are used primarily for cultivating crops. The legislature further extended resources to the Oregon Department of Forestry for additional positions to support the modernization of RPA’s and new RPA formation, providing access to assistance programs from the State Forester with organizing, training, acquisition of equipment, and insurance obligations.

Fire is a constant and annual threat to Oregon’s wheat producers, causing extensive damage to crops, farm equipment, structures, critical infrastructure, and livelihoods. The damages to Oregon’s wheat farmers from wildfire events extend beyond the immediate fire impacts and include sustained impacts from the loss of habitat, grazing land and vulnerabilities to soil erosion. OWGL President Clint Carlson stated: “We have been working since 2018 on a range of fire protection policies and supports following the devastating fires in our cropland areas. We appreciate the work of the legislature to ensure passage of this critical bill.”

The statutory change provided in the bill enhances coordination of limited fire resources for our rural communities and ensures tools are available to conduct effective fire suppression as safely and efficiently as possible. It is a big win for rural producers, especially Oregon Wheat Growers! OWGL is thrilled with the passage of SB 590 to ensure rural lands, including croplands, are fully protected.

Wheat Organizations Welcome End to U.S.-EU Dispute

ARLINGTON, Virginia -- U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) congratulate the Biden Administration and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai for resolving the long-running World Trade Organization dispute over aircraft subsidies and suspending retaliatory tariffs that were a barrier to U.S. wheat exports to the European Union.

Under the dispute, the EU placed retaliatory tariffs on non-durum U.S. wheat, which effectively blocked average annual imports of more than 538,000 metric tons of mainly U.S. hard red spring and some hard red winter wheat. Three months ago, the United States and the EU agreed to temporarily suspend all retaliatory tariffs and imports resumed almost immediately.

The agreement announced this week suspends the retaliatory tariffs for five years, pending how negotiations on aircraft subsidies go. That is welcome news for wheat farm families in the Northern and Central Plains.

For more information, visit the USW website .

USDA to Begin Payments for Producers by Disasters

More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks starting June 15 for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and for producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). These U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs provide disaster assistance to producers who suffered losses to 2018 and 2019 natural disasters.

Oregon Wheat Growers League actively advocated for resources to support our producers impacted by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including those suffering losses from devastating wildfires. I am pleased to see the release of additional funds to cover a portion of the qualified losses sustained by Oregon producers. The League appreciates dedicated staff at USDA-FSA who were able to fight for our producers.– Clint Carlson, OWGL President

Producers weathered some significant natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided support for crop value and production losses through QLA and crop quantity losses through WHIP+.

Producers with 2018 qualifying losses: For QLA, eligible producers will receive 100% of the calculated assistance. Additionally, the second round of WHIP+ payments (40%) was for 2018 losses. The first round payment was 50%, which brings the total WHIP+ payment to 90% with this announcement. USDA noted that should additional funds become available, a third round of WHIP+ payments may be issued.

More information and to apply visit farmers.gov.


Hessian fly pest alert!

There is one severe infestation that OSU Extension in Northern Willamette area has confirmed on Rosalyn winter wheat near Forest Grove and another less severe, but apparent, infection on Alturas spring wheat just south of Monmouth. Oregon State University Extension Service professors have visited these fields and/or examined samples brought in and confirmed that the Hessian fly is present. OSU sent an alert last week, and as more reports come in they will figure out how wide spread the issue is. The understanding is that neither of the spring varieties have Hessian fly resistance and that an insecticidal seed treatment was not used on the Alturas field.

Please contact your local extension educator for more information or to report any infestations.


Grower Feedback Heard!

Recently, Oregon was successful in securing a modification to an enhancement under the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) program. Conservation Practice 328: Conservation Crop Rotation “E328L – Leaving tall crop residue for wildlife” received a variance for very dry landscapes. For this specific enhancement, feedback provided by Oregon producers on challenges with the stubble height requirement in dryland areas resulted in USDA staff submitting a variance request for areas with low precipitation.

Through CSP, producers currently select from over 200 enhancements to address resource concerns in their operations. However, given the wide variation in landscapes for our wheat growing regions, there is a lot more opportunity for identification of new enhancements. In partnership with USDA NRCS, we want the program to work for producers in all of our wheat growing areas for that highest level of conservation and stewardship! OWGL encourages our member producers to be thinking ahead into next year and bringing forward ideas about other new enhancements – or modifications to existing enhancements- that would ensure CSP-Enhance can better work for wheat growing areas.

Talk with your OWGL county president and NRCS staff about what enhancements may be most beneficial for your environment and what could be proposed as a new or modified enhancement in the future. Growers know their environments and feedback to these programs for the varying areas is important.

CONSERVATION ENHANCEMENT ACTIVITY: CSP


United against SB 137-2 - NO MORE TAXES!

The Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Wheat Growers, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Oregon Dairy Farmers Coalition, Oregon Seed Council, Oregon Wine Coalition, Associated Oregon Hazelnut Industries and Oregon Family Farm Association have united against SB 137-2 which would tax emergency PPP loans given to businesses and farmers during the pandemic.

Read SB 137-2 here.

These groups signed a coalition letter of Ag and other business groups stating:

“PPP funds were intended to keep as many employees on payroll as possible when states were experiencing massive spikes in unemployment benefit claims due to the government-ordered business closures and other impacts of the pandemic. Congress was clear that these funds should not be considered income, and after the IRS issued a ruling that these funds would not be allowed as regular deductible business expenses, Congress responded by expressly fixing this unintended consequence with the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020. A Surprise Tax Increase – SB 137-2 would require forgiven PPP loan amounts in excess of $100,000 be added back as “taxable income” for Oregon businesses that used the program exactly the way it was intended. It is an unfair, retroactive tax increase on Oregon small businesses at time when Oregon is already projected to bring in more revenue than ever before. The Legislative Revenue Office estimates this unnecessary tax increase will cost Oregon businesses $450-$600 million.”




NAWG President Responds to Joint Session Speech

Washington, D.C. (April 28, 2021) – Tonight, President Joseph Biden delivered his remarks before a Joint Session of Congress. NAWG CEO Chandler Goule provided the following statement in response:

“While the President addressed many issues of importance to the American people, we are eager to hear more about agricultural-related policies, specifically how we can improve farm program delivery and advance a trade agenda that ensures a level playing field for wheat growers. However, what our farmers saw in President Biden’s American Families Plan earlier today includes changes in the stepped-up basis, which raised a lot of questions in wheat country.

“We understand the American Families Plan’s goal is to target the ultra-wealthy and corporations who are able to evade taxes. However, farmers have several concerns about how changes to stepped-up basis and higher capital gains taxes on inherited assets could negatively impact families looking to pass along the farm to the next generation. Although the President’s plan says these reforms will be designed with protection in mind for family-owned businesses and farms, we want more details about how this would be achieved.

“The new administration plans to address climate-related issues by implementing environmentally-friendly practices. Last week, NAWG launched the new Special Climate and Sustainability Committee. The committee will work together to review wheat sustainable practices that benefit farmers in diverse climates and guide the development of NAWG policy priorities on climate policy. With the committee’s recommendations, NAWG will continue to work with Congress to educate the Hill on the progressive and sustainable tactics farmers practice every day.

“As the Administration considers a new approach on the world stage, let’s make sure that we continue to work on trade deals that develop, maintain, and expand international markets that keep American wheat producers in a strong position.

“NAWG looks forward to continuing to work with the Administration on ways to improve the livelihood of the American wheat farmer.”


Oregon Redistricting

4.9-21 - An Oregon Supreme Court decision today ensures the State Legislature’s role in the redistricting process is preserved and provides an extended deadline of September 27, 2021. The news was welcomed by both Senate Republicans and Democrats in press releases today.

Senate Republican Press release: Supreme Court Strikes Down Secretary Fagan’s Argument As Flawed, Sides With Legislature on Redistricting

Senate Democrat Press release: Redistricting Chairs Laud Oregon Supreme Court Decision


Biden Unveils Infrastructure Proposal

President Biden released his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan investment in the nation’s roads, waterways, airports, electric grid, and broadband. The package would invest about 1% of the GDP per year over eight years. A second economic proposal focused on human infrastructure is expected later in April. This infrastructure plan includes significant corporate tax provisions that NAWG is currently evaluating.


Find the Fact Sheet here.


USDA Announces Additional CFAP Assistance

On March 24, USDA announced additional CFAP assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible crops identified as CFAP 2 flat-rate or price-trigger crops beginning in April. This includes alfalfa, corn, cotton, hemp, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat, among other crops. FSA will automatically issue payments to eligible price trigger and flat-rate crop producers based on the eligible acres included on their CFAP 2 applications. Eligible producers do not need to submit a new CFAP 2 application. For a list of all eligible row-crops, visit farmers.gov/cfap. USDA estimates additional payments of more than $4.5 billion to more than 560,000 producers, according to the mandated formula.

NAWG and OWGL had advocated for the inclusion of wheat in CFAP payments. OWGL is pleased to see the release of these additional funds to provide critical resources for our producers.

Read the full press release here.

Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Rancher

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Monday, April 5, announced the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The funding was made possible by USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, an effort to distribute resources more broadly and to put greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers impacted by the pandemic. Today also marks the reopening of FSA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) signup as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Farmers and ranchers will have at least 60 days to apply or make modifications to existing CFAP 2 applications.

Cooperative Agreements

The cooperative agreements will support participation in programs offered by FSA, including those that are part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Interested organizations must submit proposals by May 5, 2021.

“USDA is committed to making financial assistance available to a broader set of producers, including to socially disadvantaged communities, and we know that we need partners to help make that happen,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “This funding will support grassroots organizations and public institutions as we support their producers. I am excited to see their innovative, results-driven proposals to help us reach our producers, especially those who have not taken full advantage of the available assistance.”

Outreach and technical assistance cooperative agreements support projects that:

  • Increase access and participation of socially disadvantaged applicants in FSA programs and services.
  • Improve technical assistance for socially disadvantaged applicants related to county committees focused on urban agriculture as well as FSA programs, including loan, disaster assistance, conservation and safety-net programs.

FSA will prioritize review of proposals that support outreach on CFAP 2. To ensure effective outreach during the signup period for CFAP 2, these applications will be reviewed immediately following the submission deadline for prioritized approval and project initiation.


Read the full release here.

Toolkit for Stakeholders


Protecting the Lower Snake Dams - Letter

We are a diverse group of stakeholders of the integrated Columbia Snake River System of dams and navigation locks that provide hydropower, transportation, irrigation, flood control, and recreation in the interior Pacific Northwest. The use and management of this remarkably important system impacts the lives of millions of Americans throughout our region.

We write today to raise our serious concerns with a recent proposal by Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho to breach the four Lower Snake River dams and provide compensatory and reconstruction funding to those who rely upon their benefits, which we understand comes with a $34 billion price tag. The four lock and dam facilities on the Lower Snake River between Washington’s Tri-Cities and Lewiston, Idaho were authorized by Congress in 1945 and are foundational to the Pacific Northwest economy. They enable clean and reliable power generation, irrigation of some of America’s most productive farmland, and safe and efficient marine transportation of agricultural products to global markets.

Read Full Letter

Employer Toolkit: COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Oregon Health Authority thanks you for helping your employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. Your partnership will help save lives. We are committed to sharing information with you as we continue to roll out Oregon’s vaccination program. Please feel free to customize this content for the workers you reach. You are an important part of the state’s effort to make sure workers have accurate information about where they can go for a
vaccine.
If you have questions about this toolkit, please reach out to the OHA Health Information Center at COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Check for updates to the Communications Toolkit at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covidresources.

Helping Your Employees Get COVID-19 Vaccinations


Wheat Grower Orgs Welcome USTR Confirmatiion

The Senate unanimously confirmed Katherine Tai to be President Joe Biden’s U.S. Trade Representative with a bipartisan 98-0 vote last Wednesday.

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Katherine Tai as the next U.S. Trade Representative. During the confirmation hearing process, Tai said she understands the values and rules that guide global commerce and the importance of enforcing those terms “vigorously.”

Most encouraging is Tai’s past work as a chief enforcer against China’s unfair trade practices under the Obama Administration and involvement in final negotiations for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Tai addressed these topics during her confirmation process.

“Tai’s confirmation comes at a crucial time for U.S. wheat trade,” said USW President Vince Peterson. “After seeing early, encouraging returns on the Phase One agreement with China, we are looking ahead as the WTO moves to the compliance phase of the 2019 dispute case won by the United States against China’s unfair administration of their grain tariff rate quotas. U.S. wheat farmers will also want Tai to hold China to the additional enforcement language in the Phase One agreement.”

Read more from NAWG & USW here.

Managing Wheat Stripe Rust in Eastern Oregon

Information in this article may be of interest to eastern Oregon growers who produce winter wheat varieties susceptible to stripe rust. The article summarizes the wheat stripe rust situation in eastern Oregon last year and discusses issues of wheat stripe rust management of relevance as we approach spring.

Wheat Stripe Rust in 2020
More than 70% of the eastern Oregon winter wheat acreage was planted to the variety UI Magic CL+ (hereafter called “Magic”) in the 2019-20 winter wheat season. This clearly set-up a scenario for increased virulence of stripe rust on that variety. Data collected from replicated trials (Table 1) show that high levels of rust on Magic in 2020 were specific to Magic and not to wheat varieties in general. Though Magic has always been susceptible to stripe rust, its degree of susceptibility was highly elevated in 2020. Table 1 lists stripe rust levels of some well-known non-Clearfield varieties in comparison to Magic, as well as rust reactions of more recently released two-gene Clearfield varieties that may be of future interest to Oregon growers. In the statewide soft white wheat variety trial at the CBARC station outside of Pendleton (Adams, Oregon), the susceptible variety Mary and the moderately resistant variety Stephens had substantially lower levels of rust as compared to the 47% observed on Magic. Similar, but even more striking results were found in an elite soft white winter trial at the “Ruggs site”, 5 miles east of CBARC, where much of the OSU wheat breeding work is conducted. Rust was generally low, yet averaged 89% on Magic.
READ MORE!


Welcome Tom Vilsack Back to USDA

Wheat Organizations Welcome Tom Vilsack Back to USDA
2.23.21
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) are pleased with the bipartisan U.S. Senate vote today approving the appointment of former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to that important post again under the Biden-Harris Administration.

“We welcome Secretary Vilsack’s return to USDA in a year that is projected to see record U.S. agricultural exports,” said USW President Vince Peterson, who currently serves on the USDA Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade. “We look forward to working with him again to continue building on the successful export market development partnership between U.S. wheat farmers and USDA.”

“NAWG applauds the Senate for its timely consideration and strong bipartisan support for confirming Secretary Vilsack to lead the USDA once again,” said NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. “Like many farmers across the country, wheat growers are facing economic challenges, and we are pleased to see the Senate and President work to fill these leadership positions at the USDA with qualified candidates, so we can continue to work on policy that benefits rural America. Secretary Vilsack is uniquely qualified to head up the USDA, having served there previously, and has an exceptional understanding of agricultural and rural issues. We look forward to working with him and continuing to build our relationship with the USDA.”

OWGL opposes Idaho Congressman proposal

Oregon Wheat Growers League strongly opposes the proposal floated by Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson to breach the four Lower Snake River dams. The Columbia-Snake River System provides the most environmentally friendly and safest mode of transportation for getting wheat to market. The loss of those dams would significantly increase emissions, requiring wheat and other products to move from barge to rail and truck transportation, directly conflicting with our region’s climate goals. The Congressman’s plan to create a “Columbia Basin Fund” for regional economic and environmental transition does not address the harm that would be caused to both the economy and environment by his proposal. We join our partners in firmly opposing this proposal which targets the lower Snake River Dams and the long-term viability of our agricultural economy.


USDA Extends General Signup for CRP!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity for the incoming Administration to evaluate ways to increase enrollment. Under the previous Administration, incentives and rental payment rates were reduced resulting in an enrollment shortfall of over 4 million acres. The program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for 10 to 15 years for land devoted to conservation purposes, as well as other types of payments.

OWGL appreciates Senators Merkley and Wyden in their support of our Oregon wheat producers in seeking an extension to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) deadline. Early last week both Senators sent a letter to USDA urging them to extend the short CRP sign up by one month. The current opening of January 4 to February 12, 2021 has been difficult for producers to complete paperwork due to the current pandemic climate and lack of availability to meet with Farm Service Agency (FSA) in person.

Read the full press release from USDA here.


New wireworm control a 'game-changer'

OWGL received word last week regarding approval of a new wireworm seed treatment in Oregon. The new seed treatment that helps wheat growers kill wireworms was recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, and a Washington expert calls it a “game-changer.”

Teraxxa, manufactured by BASF, was approved in mid-January by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in 2021, just in time for spring seeding. The ODA approved the label last week. According to BASF, the active ingredient in Teraxxa seed treatment, broflanilide, is a new class of chemistry that delivers a new mode of action to protect against wireworms. The product binds to the wireworm’s central nervous system, causing hyperactivity of nerves and muscles, ultimately killing the wireworm. Field trials showed 80-90% reduction in wireworms.

See BASF’s announcement.

Read more from the Capital Press.



Keep momentum going on trade for wheat farmers

Keep momentum going on trade for wheat farmers

With the United States bringing in a new administration, one of a different political party, some changes in trade policy and strategy could be expected. As the Biden Administration takes shape, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) encourages it to build upon the trade successes of the Trump Administration. Additionally, NAWG stresses the importance of coalition-building in pursuing solutions to trade disputes and to work towards restoring a functional appeals system at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Further, NAWG urges the Biden administration to advocate for wheat on the world stage by continuing to support export market development programs through the annual budget process and to work collaboratively to reduce trade barriers. The U.S. exports 50% of its wheat crop, making it a priority for America’s farmers, which should also mean a priority for the new administration.

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USDA, USTR Name New Agricultural Trade Advisors

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the appointment of 67 members to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is comprised of senior representatives from across the U.S. agricultural community who provide advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy matters including the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new agreements. Members of the six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs) provide technical advice and guidance from the perspective of their specific product sectors.

This group of appointed advisors will serve until 2025. Applications are encouraged at any time and will be considered for future appointments. Application information and a complete list of committee members are available at www.fas.usda.gov/atacs.

Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee appointment: Congratulations to Vince Peterson of U.S. Wheat Associates!



One Year Later - Phase One Trade Deal with China Producing Results for U.S. Wheat

Just over a year ago, on Jan. 15, 2020, the U.S.-China “Phase One” agreement was signed, leading to the eventual waiver of China’s retaliatory tariffs against U.S. agricultural products. Those actions opened the door again to the largest wheat consumer in the world after nearly two years in which U.S. wheat producers were all but shut out. While the final results of the Phase One agreement will not be written for several months, early returns show the agreement paid off in a big way for U.S. wheat producers and their Chinese customers.

The Phase One agreement contained both specific purchase targets for agricultural commodities, and structural changes to China’s import systems. To date, much of the celebration and criticism has centered on the purchase targets — with very little attention paid to the structural changes that in some instance resolved disputes decades in the making.

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Finalizing Quality Loss Adjustment in WHIP+

NAWG Applauds USDA for Finalizing Quality Loss Adjustment in WHIP+

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that it has finalized quality loss coverage in its Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Cass City, MI wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in response: “NAWG welcomes the news from USDA’s Farm Service Agency that it has finalized quality loss coverage in WHIP+.

This new Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) is intended to help growers who suffered crop quality losses due to extreme weather conditions in 2018 and 2019. Many wheat farmers in the northern Plains and across to the northwest experienced significant falling numbers problems as a result of excessive moisture at harvest time.

“Congress included language and funding for WHIP+ to be expanded to include quality losses as part of the FY 2020 funding bill, with additional funding being added as part of the FY 2021 omnibus appropriations bill passed last month. From the onset of the disaster conditions and throughout 2020, NAWG worked with its state associations and other national stakeholders in engaging FSA officials by demonstrating the quality losses that were experienced and exploring options for WHIP+ quality loss implementation.

“The news culminates important work done to get needed support to impacted producers. NAWG is diving into the details of the program and looks forward to working with FSA and our producers during the sign-up period.”

More information on the Quality Loss Adjustment program is available on the website: www.farmers.gov/quality-loss.



Newly Released BMP's Publication

Best Management Practices for Managing Herbicide Resistance, can be found here.



FY 2021 Omnibus and COVID-19 Relief Package Signed

On December 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed H.R. 133, the Consolidated

Appropriations Act of 2021, sending it to the President’s desk for his signature. The legislation includes all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, $900 billion in coronavirus relief, and authorizations.

The President’s signature on the extensive stimulus package and government funding bill agreed to by Congress included several elements for agricultural supports. Among those are an extension to a third round for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Payments. Included in the COVID-19 relief is an additional $13 billion for the agriculture industry, including $11.1875 billion to aid agricultural producers.

Other highlights:

• Supplemental CFAP payments of $20 per eligible acre for the 2020 crop year to producers of price trigger crops who meet a defined market trigger.

• Secretary of Agriculture may extend the term of marketing assistance loans to 12 months.

• Provides for additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) assistance and provides clarification that deductions are allowed for otherwise deductible expenses paid with proceeds of a PPP loan that is forgiven. Includes a provision establishing a specific loan calculation for the first round of PPP loans for farmers and ranchers who operate as a sole proprietor, independent contractor, self-employed individual, who report income and expenses on a Schedule F – these entities may utilize their gross income in 2019 as reported on a Schedule F – lenders may recalculate loans that have been previously approved to these entities if they would result in a larger loan. This applies to PPP loans before, on, or after the date of enactment, except for loans that have already been forgiven.

• FY 2021 Agriculture Appropriations also include several OWGL and NAWG priorities. Report language is included directing that no less than FY 2020 levels be spent on several ARS activities including resilient dryland farming.

OWGL appreciates Congress including the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, which will provide critical infrastructure improvements to maintain the flow of grain throughout the PNW.

Read the NAWG press release.



2020 News & Updates

Congratulations to Erin Heideman

Congratulations to Erin Heideman, the Oregon Wheat Growers League, Morrow County President, on her appointment to the DEQ Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) on Greenhouse Gas Emissions/Cap and Reduce Program. DEQ made two important additions to the RAC Thursday to provide representation for industries most affected by this rulemaking: adding a dedicated, experienced, and well-rounded agricultural-centered individual with Erin Heideman as our working lands/production representative and adding a well-known and respected face, Jana Jarvis from the Oregon Truckers Association, to provide representation for freight and trucking.

During DEQ town halls prior to the formation of the committee, OWGL members repeatedly reinforced the need to include working lands and production agriculture as a dedicated voice on the committee. We are pleased Erin will have the opportunity to serve in this capacity. Having a seat at the table to discuss the impacts of rulemaking on ag producers and rural communities is critical. The work of the committee includes making recommendations on program and policy options; Reviewing, evaluating, and suggesting draft rule language; and Evaluating the fiscal, environmental, and public health implications of draft rules.

All Rulemaking Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and each meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to comment. Comments are only open for a time period during and following the meeting. Visit http://bit.ly/3iOXlHl to learn more about how to comment and attend the meetings.

Rulemaking contact: Nicole Singh, ghgcr2021@deq.state.or.us or call 503-706-7210.

View here: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/ghgp/Pages/capandreduce.aspx.

Congratulations- and thank you- to Erin for stepping up to serve on the RAC!


ODA Issues New Chlorpyrifos Rules

Oregon Department of Agriculture Issues New Chlorpyrifos Rules

ODA released their final rules for chlorpyrifos use in Oregon this week. The agency received over 1000 comments on the draft with the vast majority from the environmental and farmworker community asking them to go even further and supporting an immediate prohibition. The new rules significantly limit chlorpyrifos' uses immediately and phases out nearly all use by December 31, 2023 with few allowances in seed treatments and granular use.


Congressional Passage of GSRA

The House of Representatives passed the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act (GSRA) of 2020, S. 4054. OWGL applauds both the House and Senate for their bipartisan work to move the bill forward and reauthorize the GSA through September 30, 2025. OWGL in collaboration with our national organizations of NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates have worked collaboratively over the last year and a half on this key issue of reauthorization, given the critical importance of the United States’ weighing and inspection system to our competitiveness in the world market.

Read more here.



Enhanced Coverage with RMA

The Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) provides area-based coverage for a portion of the deductible of your underlying policy in a manner similar to the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO). It uses the same expected and final area yields, projected and harvest prices and payment factors as SCO but covers a band from 86 percent (where SCO coverage ends) up to 90 or 95 percent of expected crop value.

ECO follows the coverage of your underlying policy. The amount of ECO coverage depends on the crop value, which is based on the liability and coverage level for your underlying policy. ECO will first be available for the 2021 crop year nationwide for 31 crops (Wheat included!) with a contract change date of November 30, 2020, or later.

Read more, https://bit.ly/2Vtk3dy


USW Submits Comments to USTR

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) submitted comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for the annual National Trade Estimates (NTE) report.

The NTE report allows U.S. industry organizations to highlight and comment on trade barriers impacting their trade opportunities to the U.S. government. USW highlighted several key U.S. wheat markets where there are many barriers in market access, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, export subsidies and domestic support. Two of these barriers are highlighted below.

India

India maintains a trade distorting market price support system that encourages domestic wheat production. This leads to distortion in the international market due to domestic crop size and price. When stocks are too large, India has a history of applying export subsidies to move these excess wheat supplies out of the country. If they were to comply with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and eliminate these subsidies it would create a more level playing field for U.S. wheat exports and increase U.S. wheat annual value of production by an estimated $516 million per year by 2028/29, according to a study by a Texas A&M University economist.

China

China has long been featured in USW NTE submissions with its violations of domestic support and TRQ policies. This year, both of those sections received substantial updates as China works toward compliance in the WTO case rulings and in implementing the Phase One agreement. When China joined the WTO, it agreed to an annual 9.64 million metric ton (MMT) tariff rate quota (TRQ) with a one percent duty but have always manipulated its administration to prevent proper use. USW is encouraged by the recent changes that have promoted extensive use of the TRQ this year but remains vigilant in monitoring the TRQ administration to ensure full compliance with the WTO ruling. That TRQ administration, coupled with real domestic support reforms, are key to unlocking the long-term potential of China’s wheat market for U.S. farmers and to providing consistent access to U.S. supplies for Chinese millers.

For more details and to read about trade barriers in other countries, USW comments to the USTR can be found at, https://bit.ly/2UhtgVv

USTR will use these comments to develop its annual NTE report to be released in early 2021.



Wheat Remains Vital for U.S. Food Aid

Major organizations supporting the U.S. commitment to international food aid confirmed that U.S. wheat remains their most donated crop for monetization and feeding assistance.

Representatives from World Food Program (WFP) USA, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International food Assistance Division of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service provided that information at a meeting of the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Food Aid Working Group Nov. 10.

USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) has procured 697,280 metric tons of U.S. wheat, including a small amount of flour, in fiscal year 2020. That represents nearly 47 percent of all commodities purchased by BHA and makes wheat the largest commodity used in emergency and non-emergency food assistance. Of note, more than 58 percent was in-kind soft white wheat destined for Yemen.

Read more here.


AG BILL

AG BILL WITH TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN KEY INVESTMENTS, POLICY GUIDANCE FOR WIDE VARIETY OF OREGON AGRICULTURE PRIORITIES

The draft Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill released today includes continuation of critical Resilient Dryland Farming Initiative funding, resources for a soil carbon health center and proposed expansion of broadband resources. “We thank Senators Merkley and Wyden for their advocacy on programs that will expand agricultural practices benefitting the economics of wheat farming and the environment.”

“A new Soil Carbon Research Center will provide Oregon wheat growers with valuable research to recognize and expand agricultural practices scientifically proven as a benefit to the economics of wheat farming and the environment," said Amanda Hoey, CEO, Oregon Wheat Growers League. "It will assure data specific to the regional differences in Oregon and will ultimately lead to increased profitability and crop yield—good for our agricultural economy, our environmental stewardship, and our rural economies. We appreciate the work to include this important funding for Oregon agriculture.”

View the draft highlights ➡️ https://bit.ly/32zasWq
Read Senator Jeff Merkley’s release ➡️ https://bit.ly/3liGJsc

Dams & Salmon

OWGL joined two dozen other region- and state-wide organizations this week in sending letters to the governors and governors-elect of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, identifying principles that should be adopted to guide the development of a region-wide salmon recovery plan.

The letters request that solutions must consider warming, acidifying oceans; be holistic in nature; assess social costs of carbon; weigh likely socioeconomic and health impacts on under-represented and vulnerable communities; not add to the risk of wildfires and other climate-driven disasters; recognize the Congressionally-authorized multiple purposes of our river systems; and undergo non-partisan and rigorous scientific testing.

Read the full letter here.



USW Soft White Report Online!

2020 Soft White Wheat Crop Yields Excellent Performance Characteristics!

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) experienced excellent growing conditions in 2020 resulting in a soft white (SW) and white club (WC) crop with very good quality and yields. The crop had lower protein and moisture with consistently high grade factors. Overall quality is characterized by very weak to medium gluten strength with excellent potential to produce SW and SW blended flour products. Average test weights for SW and WC are greater than in 2019 composites with good falling number and kernel characteristics. Flour characteristics align with protein contents and show good color and FN values with slightly lower flour yield than the 5-year average. Farinograph water absorptions are desirably low for both SW and WC, with weak to medium gluten characteristics for SW and very weak gluten for WC. For finished products, low protein composites produced good sponge cake total scores and cookie diameters. Higher protein composites showed good total scores for Chinese southern-style steamed breads.

Read more about the crop here.



Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage

Enrollment Begins for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs for 2021

Agricultural producers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year.

Enrollment for the 2021 crop year closes March 15, 2021.Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium and short grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.

Producers can elect coverage and enroll in crop-by-crop ARC-County or PLC, or ARC-Individual for the entire farm, for the 2021 crop year. Although election changes for 2021 are optional, enrollment (signed contract) is required for each year of the program. If a producer has a multi-year contract on the farm and makes an election change for 2021, it will be necessary to sign a new contract. If an election is not submitted by the deadline of March 15, 2021, the election defaults to the current election for crops on the farm from the prior crop year.

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USW Crop Quality Report

U.S. Wheat Associates announced the publication of the 2020 Crop Quality Report. The report is now available online! With essential, objective information to help buyers get the wheat they need at the best value possible. In addition to the Crop Quality Report, sharing regional quality reports from partners and additional U.S. crop quality resources.

Please find these reports (and previous years) linked directly on the USW website.

Celebrating our Farm Families

Padget Ranches sits on the arid Columbia Plateau above the John Day River in Oregon, where Darren Padget’s family has farmed since 1910.

Today, Darren farms with his wife Brenda and their son Logan, as well as his dad Dale. Their dryland wheat and summer fallow rotation currently produces registered and certified seed on 3,400 acres annually.

Learn more about this Oregon wheat farm family.

Philippines Government Extends Anti-Dumping Duties

The Tariff Commission of the Republic of the Philippines has extended anti-dumping duties on imports of wheat flour originating and exported from the Republic of Turkey until 2023. The commission’s ruling, announced September 9, 2020, extended anti-dumping duties that were first imposed in 2014 after PAFMIL, the Philippine Association of Flour Millers, Inc., proved that Turkish flour imports threatened to cause material injury to the domestic milling industry. The decision marks the culmination of a decade-long effort by the Philippine flour industry to deter Turkey’s unfair trade practices and secure a fair and competitive market for wheat and flour trade.

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Top Ag Commodities Announced

Agriculture remains vital to Oregon’s economy. The state is home to more than 37,200 farms and ranches and with the commercial fishing industry, the state produces more than 220 commodities, generating about $5 billion in annual farm gate sales and services a year.
OWGL is proud to advocate for all of Oregon’s wheat producers.
According to the latest estimated data, Oregon wheat provided an estimated value of production of approximately $283 million in 2019.

TOP TEN COMMODITIES

1 Greenhouse & nursery $955,166,000

2 Hay $674,280,000

3 Cattle & calves $625,158,000

4 Milk $552,096,000

5 Grass seed $517,406,000

6 Wheat $282,948,000

7 Grapes for wine $237,784,000

8 Potatoes $198,889,000

9 Blueberries $134,254,000

10 Pears $108,774,000



For additional statistics on livestock, crop production, commercial fish landings, agricultural exports, and more, please see the Oregon Agricultural Statistics brochure in English here.

Top 20 Commodity Print Out

Decision to Include All Wheat Classes in CFAP 2

OWGL Welcomes USDA’s Decision to Include All Wheat Classes of Wheat in CFAP 2

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a second round of coronavirus relief payments which extends eligibility to additional classes of wheat. The new $14 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) package covers producers of all classes of wheat. It assures support for all Oregon Wheat producers affected by price declines, market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

“The Oregon Wheat Growers League thanks Secretary Perdue and USDA for the inclusion of all wheat classes in CFAP 2 to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 on wheat prices.” stated OWGL president Clint Carlson. The Oregon Wheat Growers League encourages qualifying producers to work with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) on their application. FSA will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

Producers will be able to apply online (https://www.farmers.gov/cfap) or work directly with their local FSA office. To complete the CFAP 2 application, producers will need to reference their sales, inventory, and other records.

The expansion of CFAP 2 to include all classes of wheat recognizes the impacts of market disruptions to all wheat producers. NAWG President and Cass City, MI, wheat grower Dave Milligan stated that “This relief comes at a much-needed time when producers are being hit with depressed prices resulting in part from the effects of COVID-19. Futures prices have dropped more than 12% since beginning of 2020 until early August.” NAWG was a key advocate for the program expansion, meeting with senior USDA officials throughout the summer. Clint Carlson stated that “The partnership with NAWG and the support of our congressional members has been critical to achieving this support.” Earlier this month, letters signed by Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, and Representative Walden, along with 19 other US Senators and 25 other House members identified the need for this program expansion to address the deteriorating economic conditions for wheat producers.

The effectiveness of OWGL, NAWG and other state associations in providing feedback and expressing the need for program support helped ensure CFAP 2 would be open to wheat producers. Dave Milligan stated: “NAWG applauds USDA’s work on CFAP and will continue to work with the Agency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure all wheat farmers in need of support have access to it.” OWGL appreciates USDA’s responsiveness and will provide further information for our members to access resources. Producers can visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap for further details.

NAWG release, here.
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