Idaho wheat producer Wayne Hurst was elected and installed as NAWG’s president at the organization’s Board of Directors meeting held Saturday.
Hurst is from the Burley, Idaho, area, where he has operated a diversified crop farm since 1980, including cultivation of wheat, sugar beets, potatoes, dry beans and forage crops.
As an officer for the Idaho Grain Producers Association and on the NAWG Board, Hurst has been deeply involved in wheat policy issues for more than a decade. He has served on various NAWG policy committees and the NAWG Budget Committee and was chair of the NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates/WETEC consolidation committee in 2006.
Other members of the 2011 NAWG officer corps elected at Saturday’s meeting include:
- Erik Younggren, Hallock, Minn., first vice president;
- Bing Von Bergen, Moccasin, Mont., second vice president;
- Paul Penner, Hillsboro, Kan., secretary-treasurer; and
- Jerry McReynolds, Woodston, Kan., immediate past president.
Election of new officers was an important outcome of the NAWG Board meeting, held at the 2011 Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla., which also serves as NAWG’s annual meeting.
The Board also considered a multitude of policy issues and reviewed expiring policy resolutions. New resolutions included:
- “When solicited, NAWG will provide letters of support for wheat research grant applications, on a case-by-case basis, for projects that have broad national significance.”
- “NAWG supports the creation of a new type of charitable organization devoted to agriculture with an IRS tax structure similar to the medical research organizations.”
The full resolutions document as revised is available at http://www.wheatworld.org/wp-content/uploads/about-resolutions-following-classic-2011.pdf.
The Board also approved the Association’s budget for the 2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1, and approved a funding assessment increase that will help cover Association costs and new activities.
Also on Saturday, the NAWG Foundation Board of Directors met to continue consideration of implementation activities related to the Foundation’s strategic plan, revised this summer.
NAWG provided extensive coverage of happenings at the 2011 Classic, online at www.wheatworld.org/2011Classic. Additionally, an audio committee report from each NAWG panel’s chairman is at www.wheatworld.org/audio, and photos from the event are at www.facebook.com/wheatworld.
Bios for the new NAWG officers are at http://www.wheatworld.org/about-us/contact-us/.