Jimmie Musick Moves Up the Officer Chairs for National Wheat Growers- Assumes Presidency at 2018 Commodity Classic in AnaheimWed, 28 Feb 2018 03:25:56 CST
On Tuesday, it was announced during the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. that Jimmie Musick, a wheat farmer from Sentinel, Okla., was elected to serve as President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn is in Anaheim this week covering the event and had the chance to speak with Musick about his new role, policy issues facing wheat farmers nationwide and also about his wheat crop condition at home. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of this story.
Musick says he is very humbled and feels blessed to have been elected to his new leadership position within the organization. During his term, Musick will have an increased role in lobbying on behalf of wheat producers in Washington. He says he will steadfastly support the needs of his fellow farmers as debate continues on existing issues and as new ones arise.
“I’m really proud to have this opportunity to serve wheat growers across the country and hope to bring wheat around to the point it needs to be,” Musick said. “We have a great staff and they’re on the Hill every day. Anything that goes on there, NAWG is right in the middle of it. We’ll be there for the wheat growers and stand up for them.”
Currently, the wheat industry is facing many challenges and Musick says he is committed to advocating for the necessary changes and improvements important to the commodity’s continued success, advancement and competitiveness in the marketplace.
“We’re behind on technology and price and everything else. There’s a lot that can be done. We’re looking forward to doing all those things. We’re trying to work towards better exports to get our prices up. And, we’re looking at new hybrid wheat varieties to give our producers more of an opportunity to make increased profits.”
Musick is hitting the ground running in his new position as talks regarding the next Farm Bill gear up. While NAWG has several priority issues pertaining to farm policy in this bill, Musick says one of the most important elements that directly impacts farmers is a robust crop insurance safety net program. He says NAWG is adamantly pushing for raising the reference price.
“We seem to have a lot of support for that. So, I’m really looking forward to them revitalizing the insurance portion of the Farm Bill. One of the main problems though, is with the money. Whenever we talk to members of Congress about a new program or raising the reference price, the first thing they want to know is where the money will come from.”
Undeterred, though, Musick remains confident that NAWG and its partner organizations will be able to successfully argue its position and improve the financial security and business climate for wheat producers as Farm Bill discussions and NAFTA negotiations progress.
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