NAWG president reflects on some “wins” for wheat growers this year
The president of the National Association of Wheat Growers is reflecting on a challenging year for growers experiencing covid-related losses.
Dave Milligan, a Michigan farmer, says the wheat industry called on the USDA to include all classes of wheat in the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments.
“Fortunately the USDA was able to see our need and got that covered so that was a help to the wheat growers,” he says. “It was certainly much appreciated.”
In the first round of CFAP, only hard red spring and durum wheat qualified for payments.
He tells Brownfield another “win” for the association this year was the ruling that California’s Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate was false and misleading.
“That was a big win, I think, for wheat growers and everybody else involved with that— end users and all the way back to the consumers that agreed that there was not sound science that supported the need for a label,” he says.
Milligan says the National Association of Wheat Growers is looking forward to working with the new Congress and discussing the importance of agriculture and some of the issues that wheat growers face.
Audio: Dave Milligan