Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Quote of the Week: “There’s a real purpose in this job … there’s a calling when you’re working for an entire industry … I’ve made a lot of relationships and worked for some great companies in the ag space, but the opportunity to represent the U.S. farmer in foreign markets is really something that appeals to me.” – Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council quoted in an article in “Feed Navigator.com”.
Genetic Diversity Crucial to Wheat Supply. To safeguard food supplies and ensure durable disease resistance in wheat, scientists must embrace a globally integrated strategy that deploys resistance genes in a coordinated way, according to Maricelis Acevedo, associate director of science for the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project in International Programs in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read more in this article from the “Cornell Chronicle.”
Brazil Wheat TRQ to Open? Reuters reported Sept. 3 that the president of the Brazil’s wheat industry group Abitrigo said at a press conference that Brazil is expected to introduce a tariff-free wheat import quota of 750,000 metric tons per year starting from 2020. The report said Brazil announced the opening of the TRQ earlier this year in connection with President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to the United States, with U.S. wheat producers seen as potential beneficiaries, although the policy has yet to be instituted. Read the story here: https://reut.rs/2ks5BU3.
Trade War Impacts. The folks who work at USW are big fans of Michelle Erickson-Jones of Montana or, as she is known on Twitter, @bigskyfarmher. In a recent article by Helen Santoro in “High Country News,” Michelle talks about the additional strain from trade issues on Montana farmers already hit hard by low crop prices. From the article: It may still be a while before producers like Erickson-Johnson turn a profit. “I would like to keep operating,” she said, but the trade war “definitely puts a little bit of a dimmer on the future of agriculture.” Read the entire article online at http://bit.ly/2jVlpyi.
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