The third Wheat Summit meeting in as many years will take place next week in Kansas City, Mo., gathering leaders from throughout the wheat chain to discuss ongoing competitiveness issues facing the crop and movement in the area of wheat research.
NAWG and the North American Millers’ Association held the first Wheat Summit in September 2006 to allow representatives of interests ranging from trait providers to grocery stores to talk for the first time about myriad challenges facing domestic wheat production.
Those attendees formed workgroups focused on technology and research, domestic competitiveness, domestic farm policy, and export markets, all of which presented proposals at a second Summit meeting in April 2007.
Next week’s meeting will follow-up on the topics discussed at previous sessions; include analysis of recent announcements related to wheat research and biotechnology; and examine the wheat industries in Australia and Canada, which face some similar competitiveness issues.
While Summit meetings are closed to the public and press to enhance the openness of the discussions, key leaders will be available on a press call following the meeting to discuss take-aways and next steps.
Panelists available on the call will include NAWG CEO Daren Coppock; North American Millers’ Association President Betsy Faga; National Wheat Improvement Committee Chairman Dr. Jim Peterson; Grain Growers of Canada Executive Director Richard Phillips; and Agrifood Awareness Australia Executive Director Paula Fitzgerald.
The call, open to media and other interested parties within the industry, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m. Central time.
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