by Courtney Kibblewhite, Northern Ag Network
NEW ORLEANS – The Montana Grain Growers leadership team introduced three, new resolutions at the National Association of Wheat Growers Convention.
Montana Grain Growers President Tryg Koch says, “It’s always great to get to attend these national conventions. We get to bring some greenhouse gas and cover crop policy in place. It’s just awesome to be able to work with fellow farmers from all across the country that grow wheat and we get to collaborate and make the best decisions for farmers.”
The three resolutions which the National Association of Wheat Growers adopted included:
- NAWG supports that in areas with average annual precipitation of 20 inches or less, no-till winter wheat and all fall seeded no-till crops that are harvested for grain, be considered as a conservation practice for cost share through NRCS. (MT)
- NAWG opposes expanding new National Heritage Areas. (MT)
- NAWG recognizes the release of Green House Gas, its negative impacts on agricultural production, and other environmental impacts from forest/wildfires and that forest management can reduce these impacts and risks. (MT)
While sustainable farming practices and national heritage areas have an impact in other parts of the country, Montana’s leaders hope to address their members needs directly by shaping national policy to support local efforts.
Montana Farmers are optimistic that 2022 will not resemble 2021’s historic drought. Looming large for producers however is also the current threat of a proposed National Heritage Area in Great Falls and environmental activists who demonize agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Immediate Past Grain Growers President Mitch Konen from Fairfield commented, “We keep hearing how much the farmer impacts green house gas emissions and we wanted to get something into national policy and the numbers related to the impact of forest and wildfires and make sure these are under consideration.”
Konen also recalled the resolution the team had previously put forth, that was brought into policy regarding soil testing and soil acidification.
Important to note, the National Association’s board of directors did pass a resolution to invite the North Dakota Wheat Growers back into the organization ahead of the next Farm Bill. North Dakota left the national association after 2019 saying the National Association was slow to respond to their concerns. Both organizations have communicated throughout the year, the North Dakota board will soon make a decision.