Wheat Leaders Head to NAFB, NAMA Meetings Next Week

November 6, 2009 Bookmark and Share

Grower-leaders and staff from NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates will travel to Kansas City, Mo., next week for the annual Trade Talk interview fair, sponsored by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting as part of its annual convention.

Trade Talk, set for Thursday, allows farm organization leadership to meet with dozens of reporters in just a few hours at a one-day trade show. NAWG and U.S. Wheat typically share booths at Trade Talk and other farm media conventions and will again this year.

NAWG President Karl Scronce of Klamath Falls, Ore., NAWG Immediate Past President David Cleavinger of Wildorado, Tex., and U.S. Wheat Associates Vice Chairman Don Schieber of Ponca City, Okla., will represent their organizations and wheat growers at the event.

Likely topics of conversation will include a number of recent research and biotechnology announcements; the need for a robust trade agenda; declining acres and prices; and ongoing work on farm bill implementation, transportation concerns and crop insurance issues.

In the days before Trade Talk and other NAFB convention activities, the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) will hold its 2009 Trends in Agriculture conference, focused on managing communications in the ever-growing agriculture community.

Cleavinger will speak Tuesday afternoon on a grower panel at the event discussing ways in which he has changed his business to adapt to the modern communications environment. U.S. Wheat Associates Director of Communications Steve Mercer is the chairman of the 2009 Trends in Agriculture program.

For more information about either event or to set up an interview time, please contact Melissa Kessler at NAWG at 202-547-7800 or or Mercer at U.S. Wheat at 202-463-0999.