2012 WILOT Leadership Training Class To Meet in November

September 20, 2012 Bookmark and Share

The National Wheat Foundation is pleased to announce the 10 participants selected for the 2012 Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) training program.

WILOT is held annually for wheat growers who would like to become involved in state or national association leadership for the first time. The program is a project of the Foundation and is planned and generously sponsored by Monsanto.

The five-day program will be held in mid-November and cover a broad range of topics necessary for effective leadership within wheat associations.

Scheduled presentations and trainings focus on the structure of the wheat industry; personality types and group facilitation skills; communicating with the public; media and social media; emerging policy issues; and lobbying.

Additionally, WILOT participants will have the opportunity to tour Monsanto’s biotechnology research facilities near St. Louis and talk with key members of the company’s wheat team about the research they are undertaking.

Members of the 2012 class include:

  • Charlie Bumgarner, Great Falls, Mont.
  • Dayton Christensen, Big Springs, Neb.
  • Mark Formo, Mandan, N.D.
  • Paul Fruendt, Guthrie, Okla.
  • Steve Griffin, Washington, N.C.
  • Michael McClellan, Palco, Kan.
  • David Milligan, Cass City, Mich.
  • Randon Peters, McCook, Neb.
  • Chris Schmidt, Auburn, Mich.
  • Will Stafford, NAWG, Washington, D.C.

NAWG First Vice President Bing Von Bergen, a wheat producer from Moccasin, Mont., and Director of Government Affairs for Environmental Policy Mark Gaede will both join the WILOT participants during the training.

More about National Wheat Foundation leadership programs is at http://www.wheatfoundation.org/projects-programs/leadership-training/.