Wheat growers from around the country who lead the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates traveled to Washington, D.C., this week for a series of meetings beginning Saturday morning.
Both organizations will hold a full slate of committee sessions as well as Board meetings at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in central D.C.
Joint NAWG and U.S. Wheat committees covering trade and biotechnology will also meet over the weekend, and the two Boards of Directors will hold a joint session on Monday to hear reports of mutual interest. The joint session is also scheduled to be addressed by representatives of America’s Heartland, a public TV show about American agriculture, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who will accept the industry’s 2009 Wheat Leader of the Year Award.
The meetings were preceded by the Wheat Organizations Leaders of the Future (WOLF) training program, targeted at incoming members of the NAWG Board of Directors. The program is generously sponsored each year by Bayer CropScience.
The meetings will be followed by the annual NAWG/National Wheat Improvement Committee fly-in highlighting wheat research funding priorities. A NAWG/NWIC briefing is scheduled for Tuesday morning, with Hill visits set for Tuesday afternoon.
More information about the meetings including dates, times and locations is available online at www.wheatworld.org/meetings-events/joint-winter-meeting/.