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U.S. Wheat Associates

Through the wheat tax, Idaho producers support marketing and promotion projects in Portland to grow export sales.  One of the projects is the west coast office of U.S. Wheat Associates, an organization that develops export markets on behalf of American wheat farmers.  U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) works in more than 100 countries offering information about American wheat, and education, and assistance to buyers, millers, bakers, traders, and government officials.

Read More. USW constantly tracks, analyzes and reports on world wheat supply and demand. This information can help growers, millers, wheat buyers, bakers and other flour users manage their supply and costs more efficiently. Visit www.uswheat.org to sign up for their bimonthly Wheat Letter for news and information, read the Price Report posted every Friday after the markets close, and study the World Wheat Supply and Demand Situation report updated every month after the USDA issues its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Growers’ help needed to improve crop insurance
Sprout damage from heavy rains in southern and eastern Idaho at the end of the 2014 growing season made evident the inadequacy of current crop insurance for wheat growers, which is based on yields and not quality.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has expressed a willingness to make changes to the quality standard for wheat by addressing the low falling number scale, but the agency wants to address the issue nationwide and needs strong data to support any changes.
Growers can assist the effort by providing multiple years of settlement data, at least the last six years but preferable the last 10 to 12.

RMA does not need and would prefer not to receive growers’ names, addresses and tax ID numbers.

The data must contain: the year; county and state where the crop was grown (not sold/delivered); quality of production; gross price received; net payment (gross less any dockage, but not considering any storage or shipping fees); test weight; and protein.

In addition, the agency needs at least one of the following: DON/VOM; falling number; or other quality spec of interest.
Growers are asked to send info to Blaine Jacobson at blaine@idahowheat.org.