Third Wheat Summit Focuses on Wheat Research, Biotech

October 16, 2009 Bookmark and Share

Research and biotechnology’s introduction into the wheat crop dominated discussions at the third session of the Wheat Summit, held this week in Kansas City.

The sessions were attended by representatives from throughout the wheat chain and included discussion on a range of topics, including recent research announcements; steps to take toward a smooth introduction of biotechnology; and the state of research and biotechnology acceptance in Canada and Australia, also major wheat producers. University and private company representatives also held discussions on licensing.

NAWG and the North American Millers’ Association sponsored this week’s meeting. The two groups held the first Wheat Summit in September 2006 to kick-off industry-wide discussions on the competitiveness crisis facing wheat. A follow-up meeting was held in April 2007 to discuss the findings of topical work-groups, and this week’s meeting expanded further in the areas of research and biotechnology.

While Summit meetings are closed to the public and press to encourage frank discussion, NAWG and NAMA held a post-Summit press call on Wednesday and have done a number of interviews on the meeting.

For more about the wheat competitiveness issue and NAWG’s work on it, visit www.wheatworld.org/issues/competitiveness.

This week’s Word on Wheat includes commentary about the recent meeting from NAWG First Vice President Jerry McReynolds.