Ten wheat producers from around the country will gather in mid-November to learn leadership and communications skills and more about the industry they hope to serve in the coming years.
The growers will be part of the 2010 Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) class, which will meet Nov. 15 to 19 in St. Louis, Mo.
Participants selected for the program include:
- Joe Anderson, Genesee, Idaho
- Paul Bracher, Helix, Ore.
- Dayton Christensen, Big Springs, Neb.
- Michael Jordan, Beloit, Kan.
- Eric Maier, Ritzville, Wash.
- Gary Millershaski, Ingalls, Kan.
- Sara Olsen, Yuma, Colo.
- Jim Parsons, Ducor, Calif.
- Chris Tallman, Brandon, Colo.
- John Weinand, Hazen, N.D.
They will be joined at the program by NAWG Second Vice President Wayne Hurst, a producer from Burley, Idaho, and NAWG Chief Executive Officer Dana Peterson.
The WILOT program is generously sponsored and produced each year by Monsanto, in partnership with the NAWG Foundation.
It is targeted at producers who want to become more involved in wheat grower associations, including those who may be interested in leadership roles.
Sessions on the agenda for this year focus on leadership training, media skills, lobbying best practices and the current state of farm policy. Since the program is held in Monsanto’s hometown, there will also be a number of opportunities for the growers to tour the company’s labs and interface with researchers.
Friendships made between growers during program training are another important element of WILOT, since many participants go on to work together in state and national wheat organizations.