NAWG joined 16 agriculture organizations in voicing support for sufficient financial resources to write the next Farm Bill. A joint letter was sent to House and Senate leaders of the Budget and Appropriations Committees and echoes the sentiments of the House Agriculture Committee’s annual budget and views and estimates letter to the House Budget Committee. Stressing the financial pressures on farmers, low commodity prices and high costs of production, the groups support writing the 2018 Farm Bill based on the clear need for a stronger farm safety net and more resources for key priorities. The House and Senate Agriculture Committees are in the process of reviewing the 2014 Farm Bill through a series of hearings, the first step in the development of the 2018 Farm Bill. NAWG will be fully engaged with the Agriculture, Appropriations and Budget Committees during the Farm Bill development process to ensure that wheat grower policy interests are clearly articulated and growers are well represented throughout the discussions.
The National Association of Wheat Growers was founded more than 60 years ago by producers who wanted to work together for the common good of the industry. Today, NAWG works with its 22 affiliated state associations and many coalition partners on issues as diverse as federal farm policy, environmental regulation, the future commercialization of emerging technologies in wheat and uniting the wheat industry around common goals.