Speaking of Wheat: “We go that extra step to take care of the ground because we’re excited when it produces better. It’s a family heritage thing. This is what my grandparents did, they passed it down to my father and now it’s going to be passed down to me and I want to pass it on to my children.” – Kyler Millershaski, Kleeman/Millershaski Farms, Lakin, Kan. Hear more from Kyler about his family’s story here.
Congratulations Colleagues. We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at U.S. Wheat Associates (USW). This month, Vince Peterson and Mina El Hachimi are celebrating 35 years with the organization. Peterson is USW President in the USW Headquarters Office in Arlington, Va., and El Hachimi is Senior Administrative Consultant in the USW Casablanca Office. Thank you, Vince and Mina, for your service to our organization, U.S. wheat farmers and our customers.
USW Submits Export Plan to FAS. USW submitted its latest Unified Export Strategy (UES) plan to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on June 8, 2020. Funding is not guaranteed, and each year USW Vice President of Planning and Programs Jennifer Sydney and USW’s overseas offices work for several months to create this comprehensive U.S. wheat export plan.
World Food Prize Announces 2020 Laureate. Dr. Rattan Lal of Ohio State University, a native of India and a citizen of the United States, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. See more about Dr. Lal and The World Food Prize here.
Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Retires. After 18 years at the helm of the Idaho Wheat Commission (IWC), Blaine Jacobson will end his leadership tenure in June. Jacobson spent a decade as chairman of the joint USW and National Association of Wheat Growers Food Aid Working Group. We wish him a long and happy retirement. Former USW Santiago Marketing Manager Casey Chumrau will become IWC’s Executive Director. Read more.
Early Bird Registration for Spring Wheat Yield Contest. The National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest in February 2020. The Foundation is currently accepting entries for Spring Wheat until Aug. 1 with an early registration deadline of June 15.
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