2017 Wheat Yield Contest Winners Announced

We are happy to announce the 2017 North Carolina Wheat Yield Contest results have been finalized and the winners are in the attachment included in this email. Thank you to everyone who participated this year and we look forward to another successful wheat season going forward. For questions, please contact Dr. Angela Post Small Grains Specialist at angela_post@ncsu.edu.

2017 Wheat Yield Contest Winners


2017 Stanly County Ag Awareness Days

The NCSGGA participated once again in the 3-day Stanly County Agriculture Awareness Days held October 10th-12th in Albemarle at the Agri-Civic Center. Each day began at 9:00am and concluded around 2 pm. The event was attended by almost 100% of Stanly County 3rd graders, approximately 700 students over a 3 day span. During the event, students rotate through 12 hands-on agriculture stations where they learn about different aspects of agriculture and the environment. The NCSGGA station educated students on Wheat Production Practices, crop management, wheat products, nutrition, and ended the presentation with a warm chocolate chip wheat cookie. To see pictures from the event please visit our photo gallery on our website at ncwheat.com


National Association of Wheat Growers: Weekly Update

115 Ag Companies and Associations Send Letter to Senate in Support of Gregg Doud
Initiated by the North American Export Grain Association, 115 Ag companies and associations, including NAWG, joined a letter sent to the Senate Finance Committee last Thursday urging the confirmation of Gregg Doud as Chief Agricultural Negotiator.

NAFTA Day on Capitol Hill

“On Capitol Hill last Wednesday, there were signs of the increased stakes in the NAFTA talks: Business and agricultural groups mounted a lobbying push targeting more than 250 House members, and the Ways and Means chairman seemed to say businesses have reason to worry,” reported Politico. “At the White House, in the most visible and symbolic moment of the day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with President Donald Trump, who relishes being unpredictable…The current set of discussions is expected to be the most contentious yet, and business and agricultural groups prepared accordingly. Their lobbying effort, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was estimated to bring together more than 100 representatives of various groups — an “army,” as Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue phrased it — assembled to end the ‘roller-coaster ride’ of uncertainty and to ensure that a reworked pact meets the needs of commerce in the 21st century market. Among those sending foot soldiers to the effort included the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Foreign Trade Council, the Coalition of Services Industries, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council.” NAWG’s Molly O’Connor also participated in lobbying efforts around NAFTA that took place on Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

USDA’s Advisory Committee on Ag Statistics to Meet in November

The annual meeting of USDA’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics will take place in Louisville, KY on Nov. 2-3, 2017. The agenda includes a discussion of the 2017 Census of Agriculture and census programs; the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Strategic Plan; big data; and the Agricultural Resource Management Survey and Chemical Use program. There will also be an update on NASS by Administrator Hubert Hamer. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at The Brown Hotel, 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY. There will be an opportunity for public questions and comments at 8:15 a.m. on November 3rd. Registration is required. To attend, please contact NASS by email: HQOA@nass.usda.gov (ACAS RSVP in subject line); Phone: 202-720-2707; or eFax: 855-493-0445.

Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship Opportunity for Students in Agriculture

Jerry Minore was a longtime friend of the wheat industry and advocate for wheat farmers. To honor his work and life, his company, BASF, has partnered with the National Wheat Foundation to establish a scholarship for students with connections to the wheat industry who are planning careers in agriculture. The Minore Memorial Scholarship will fund four college scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year: two $1,500 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships. Deadline for applications is December 31, 2017. For more information on how to apply, visit the National Wheat Foundation website.



NCSGGA Upcoming Events

October 16th – 20th
Fall Wheat Industry Mtg. (NAWG)
Charleston, SC
October 24th – 26th / 8:30a-2:00p
Hoke County Ag Awareness Week
Hoke Robeson Gin
7480 Old Maxton Rd,
Red Springs, NC 28377
October 31st, 2017
PSI Ground Breaking Ceremony
Raleigh, NC
November 2nd, 2017
Northeast Regional AG Expo
Bob Martin Eastern Ag. Center
2900 NC Highway 125 S.
Williamston, NC 27892
November 3rd / 9:00am – 2:00pm
Person County Ag Field Day
Roxboro, NC
November 7th-8th / 9:00a-3:30p
Ag Youth Day
Richlands, NC
November 9th, 2017
Farm City Week Banquet
Elizabeth City, NC
December 7th – 8th, 2017
NCSGGA Board Meeting
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
4700 Emperor Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703

The Wheat Beat: October 17th, 2017- Nikki Johnson

The North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation formed to encourage, promote and develop more efficient and effective small grain marketing and production practices and to participate in all matters relative to the interests of small grain producers. For more information please contact Dan Weathington, Executive Director of NCSGGA at danweathington@gmail.com / 910-736-8258 or Nikki Johnson for Outreach Events and Communications at nfjohnson0902@gmail.com / 919-809-8657.