NAWG Chief Executive Officer Dana Peterson traveled to the west coast this week to visit with wheat producers and agriculture leaders in California.
In addition to tours of local growers’ fields and the California Wheat Commission wheat quality lab, Peterson attended meetings of the California Association of Wheat Growers, a NAWG state affiliate, and the California Wheat Commission.
She also met with the California Secretary of Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura, as well as leaders at the California Farm Bureau.
The visit allowed time to discuss the unique issues California growers are facing regarding water allocation, environmental regulation and wheat research projects and to build relationships with grower-leaders in one of our nation’s most populous, urban and politically-influential states.
The California trip is one of many Peterson has undertaken in her first year as NAWG CEO.
She recently went on the Wheat Quality Council’s Spring Wheat Tour in North Dakota, presented earlier in the year at the Profit Maximizer Wheat Summit in Kansas, and represented the industry at the Wheat Foods Council, U.S. Wheat Associates and U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative’s annual meetings.
Later in the year, Peterson plans to travel to Washington and other state association meetings and individual farm operations as her schedule allows.