RAPID CITY, South Dakota – The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors installed new officers at its annual meeting July 1, 2013, in Rapid City, SD. Dan Hughes (Venango, NE) was installed as Chairman, while last year’s chairman Darrell Davis (Ipswich, SD) transitioned to Past Chairman and Chairman of the USW Budget Committee. Other officers installed included Roy Motter (Brawley, CA) as Vice Chairman and Brian O’Toole (Crystal, ND) as Secretary-Treasurer. USW officers were elected to these one-year positions at the January 2013 Winter Wheat Conference.
Committees met on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, including the Joint Biotech and Joint International Trade Policy committees that operate in conjunction with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). Official business was called to order on Sunday, June 30, and continued through Monday, July 1.
Reports from the meeting included a welcome from South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch, an update export market development activities in South Korea from USW Country Director Dr. Won Bang Koh, a report from NAWG President Bing Von Bergen, a market update from USW Market Analyst Casey Chumrau and reports from wheat producers who participated in an intensive industry tour to Asia. This year’s meeting also featured industry speakers, including:
§ Greg Guthrie, director of ag products, BNSF RailwayUSW's next Board meeting will be held jointly with NAWG in Portland, OR, November 4 to 6, 2013.
§ Norm Dreger, head of North America cereals, Syngenta
§ Dr. Kevin Kephart, vice president of research, South Dakota State University
USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers.” The activities of USW are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. For more information, visit www.uswheat.org or contact your state wheat commission.
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2013-14 U.S. Wheat Associates Officers (L-R):
President Alan Tracy, Arlington, VA.
Past Chairman Darrell Davis, Ipswich, SD
Vice Chairman Roy Motter, Brawley, CA
Chairman Dan Hughes, Venango, NE
Secretary-Treasurer Brian O’Toole, ND
2012-13 Chairman Darrell Davis (Ipswich, SD) passes the gavel to 2013-14 Chairman Dan Hughes (Venango, NE)Nondiscrimination and Alternate Means of Communications
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