Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat. “American strength in agricultural exports has been built on … the principle that all markets matter. Cuba … imports $2 billion in food each year, less than ten percent from the United States. U.S. exports of potatoes, wheat … and other products stand to grow significantly.” – From a Letter to President Biden from the United States Agriculture Coalition for Cuba.
Group to Biden: Open Relations with Cuba. In a Jan. 14 letter to now President Biden, United States Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) urged “a return to policies of engagement toward Cuba, for the sake of the U.S. national interest, to boost U.S. food exports to Cuba, and to support the development of beneficial relations between our countries’ agricultural sectors.” U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is a USACC member and signed the letter to the President.
In Case You Missed It, USW’s new film “Wholesome: The Journey of Wheat” can now be viewed on Facebook and Vimeo. USW premiered the film Jan. 12 and it has now been shared with USW’s 13 overseas offices to support U.S. wheat export market development. The film was produced with funding from the Agricultural Trade Promotion program administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and in cooperation with USW state wheat commission members.
Wheat Industry Well-Represented on USDA Advisory Panels. Retired Washington wheat farmer and USW Past Chairman Randy Suess was recently appointed to USDA’s Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. He joins North Dakota Wheat Commission Administrator Neal Fisher, Kansas wheat farmer and USW Director Ron Suppes and USW Vice President of Policy Dalton Henry on that committee. In addition, USW President Vince Peterson serves on USDA’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC). The advisory committee system was created to ensure U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect U.S. public- and private-sector interests.
Sincere Sympathy to USW/Cape Town Regional Programs and Marketing Specialist Domenique De Oliveira Opperman and her family on the recent passing of her father.
National Wheat Foundation (NWF) Hires Project Manager. NWF has hired Anne Osborne to manage the National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC) and educational projects. Osborne, formerly a sales agronomist for the Farmers Union Oil Co-op, will replace Steve Joehl, who is retiring in early 2021. Read the full release here.
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