NAWG Priorities in 2001
Wayne Hammon, government relations director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Wheat
Growers, briefed attendees of the Prairie Grains Conference about NAWG legislative priorities in 2001, including the advancement of new farm bill ideas, and federal assistance this year to help
wheat producers weather another growing season of poor crop prices, compounded by higher energy costs and the scheduled reduction of transition payments under the 1996 Farm Bill.
Hammon suggests several ways to support NAWG’s endeavors on Capitol Hill:
• Join your state wheat association, or recruit new members. Members of state wheat associations automatically become members of the NAWG.
• Donate to Wheat PAC (Political Action Committee),which serves as a huge lobbying asset to NAWG. Wheat PAC is funded by voluntary contributions only, not by dues or checkoff funds.
• Write your Senator or Congressman (see list of lawmakers, page 42). Producers need to tell and retell their story, especially as the new year starts and new members to Congress are installed.