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National Association of Wheat Growers President Discusses 2012 Farm Bill Priorities and Biotech Wheat

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:12:35 CST

National Association of Wheat Growers President Discusses 2012 Farm Bill Priorities and Biotech Wheat There is a lot of activity and anxiety when it comes to the 2012 Farm Bill says Wayne Hurst, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. With many different agricultural organizations working together to make sure that the 2012 Farm Bill still protects farmers and ranchers, Hurst says there are some key principles that NAWG has been working towards.


Working closely with state representatives, Hurst says they have tried to develop a policy that will reflect good, solid principles and are also keeping the priorities of wheat growers in mind. According to a survey conducted by the NAWG organization a few years ago, crop insurance is a very important aspect to wheat growers.


Hurst says that they have fought to maintain this risk management tool for farmers and have really stressed the importance of crop insurance to those in government.


Another topic that is very important to NAWG is the development of biotech wheat. Hurst says biotech is really a move in the right direction and the organization is working hard to promote research and wheat production more vigorously for several reasons and biotech is a part of that equation.


Hurst adds that he believes that there is a lot of progress with research and it is all very positive and very exciting for the industry. Overall, Hurst says in the next five to ten years, producers will see the quality of wheat go up, the yield potential go up, and the consumer benefits go up as well, which he says is going to be a win-win for everyone involved.


Click on the LISTEN bar below to hear the rest of Ron Hays and Wayne Hurst's conversation on the 2012 Farm Bill, what NAWG is doing to help and what biotech means for the wheat industry.


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Ron Hays and Wayne Hurst discuss 2012 Farm Bill and biotech wheat
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