Wheat All About It

Episode 60: Here Today, Japan Tomorrow

2.13.18 In Episode 60 entitled, “Here Today, Japan Tomorrow,” listen as Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, explains why the Pacific Northwest is on the edge of losing a substantial portion of the Japanese market, and what President Trump needs to do to save it. Spoiler alert: it’s all about America’s absence from the just concluded Trans Pacific Partnership trade treaty among its 11 remaining members, providing a pricing advantage for Australia and Canada wheat into the Japanese market.

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Episode 59: Part 2–A Conversation with Arron Carter, WSU Winter Wheat Breeder

2.6.18 In Episode 59 entitled “Part 2--A Conservation With Arron Carter, WSU Winter Wheat Breeder”, listen in as Carter talks about what it means to be a co-chair of the O.A. Vogel Endowed Chair in Wheat Breeding and Genetics, discusses how modern wheat breeding techniques are opening doors previously thought closed to researchers, touts the advantages his competition with private companies brings to farmers and explains how the advent of hybrid varieties could change his program.

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Episode 58: A Conversation With Arron Carter, WSU Winter Wheat Breeder

1.30.18 If you want to learn what makes a wheat breeder tick, listen to Episode 58 entitled: “A Conservation With Arron Carter, WSU winter wheat breeder”. In an interview with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, Carter reveals the importance of a 1969 Corvette Stingray to his career trajectory, the value of technicians, his big picture thinking and the organizational skills required to juggle a modern wheat breeding program.

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Episode 57: Better Wet and Cold Than Hot And Dry

1.23.18 In Episode 57, entitled “Better Wet and Cold Than Hot and Dry”, listen in as Bryce Anderson, meteorologist with DTN, handicaps this year’s Pacific Ocean La Nina phenomenon for an audience at the 2017 Tri State Grain Growers Convention. As the title of the podcast suggests, Anderson is looking for cold and wet conditions through the winter and into spring. Anderson also looks further afield at changing weather conditions and argues that man has impacted climate change.

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Episode 56: Important To Farmers, Important For America

1.16.18 In episode 56, Important To Farmers, Important For America, agricultural economist Matt Roberts provides his predictions about the farm bill, regulations, trade and the deficit, not to mention his opinion of USDA crop reports. One of several fascinating speakers at the 2017 Tri State Grain Growers Convention, Roberts predicts gridlock in the year’s ahead—which is not a bad thing for agriculture. You can access the podcast at the WGC website at wagrains.org, or by subscribing on iTunes, search for Wheat All About It!. Many smartphones have podcast apps which can be activated. Type “Wheat All About It” in the finder.

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Episode 55: Hold On Tight-The World According to Peter Zeihan continued

In Episode 55, “Hold On Tight-The World According To Peter Zeihan Continued”, listen in to the second part of the global strategist’s presentation at the 2017 Tri State Grain Growers Convention. There, he anticipated a coming famine that will be good for America’s farmers, explained why Southeast Asia’s difficult topography makes it a particularly valuable trading partner and suggested how demographics reveal Canada’s best days may be behind it. 

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Episode 54: Hold On Tight-The World According to Peter Zeihan

1.2.17 On many fronts, the U.S. appears to be losing its status as the world’s pre-eminent country. But Peter Zeihan says don’t bet on America’s decline. A global strategist who spoke at the 2017 Tri State Grain Growers Convention, Zeihan offers an optimistic take on America’s future as well as agriculture’s fortunes. He explains why in episode 54 entitled, “Hold On Tight-The World According to Peter Zeihan.

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Episode 53: Meet Derek Sandison, Policy Wonk

12.26.17 In Episode 53, “Meet Derek Sandison, Policy Wonk,” grab a seat during the 2017 Tri State Grain Growers Convention, to learn more about the challenges facing Pacific Northwest wheat farmers from the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Sandison dives deep as he addresses an array of issues including dam breaching, the Columbia River Treaty, NAFTA—even what fake news means for agriculture. You can access the podcast at the WGC website at wagrains.org, or by subscribing on iTunes. Many smartphones have podcast apps which can be activated. Type “Wheat All About It” in the finder.

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Episode 52: Straight From The Horse’s Mouth

12.19.17 In episode 52, “Straight From The Horses Mouth” listen as Mike Miller, chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates, Dwight Little, president of the National Barley Growers Association and Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers, discuss the challenges facing the small grain industry heading into 2018. Taken from a panel discussion during the 2017 Tri State Grain Growers Convention, the group addresses NAFTA, changing wheat trade trends and how a farm’s business structure will determine its tax obligations.

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Episode 51: Keep Your Eye On The Trump

12.12.17 In Episode 51 of Wheat All About It! entitled, “Keep Your Eye On The Trump,” Jerry Hagstrom, a Washington, D.C.-based agricultural reporter who spoke at the 2017 Tri State Grain Growers Convention, sits down with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, to talk about President Trump, NAFTA, 2016’s rural vote and the unhappiness of the white working class with mainstream politicians.

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