Wheat producers from around the country are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week for the second Urban Wheat Field and to reach out to Members of Congress and Congressional staff who may rarely hear from our nation’s wheat farmers.
The Urban Wheat Field project is sponsored by the Wheat Foods Council, a NAWG sister association, and will be on display free to the public throughout Thursday and Friday.
It will bring a quarter-acre of live, growing wheat just steps from the U.S. Capitol, along with a full-sized combine, multiple demonstration flour mills and a mobile baking laboratory. The event will be staffed by 60 wheat growers coming for it as well as experts in the areas of milling, baking and nutrition.
To kick off the festivities, NAWG is sponsoring a grand opening reception for Congressional staff, VIPs and the media, scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is scheduled to join industry leaders and make remarks at a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Growers and staff from NAWG-affiliated state wheat grower organizations will be canvassing Capitol Hill Wednesday and during breaks from work at the Field on Thursday and Friday to introduce themselves to staffers and Members and extend an invitation to the event. They will be joined in their outreach activities by participants from the milling and baking industries.
NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates, many state wheat associations and commissions and representatives of the milling and baking industries have been working for a number of months to assist Wheat Foods in preparations for the unique outreach program.
“We are excited about this opportunity to bring the wheat chain together and reach out to the Capitol Hill community,” said NAWG Chief Executive Officer Dana Peterson. “The Urban Wheat Field project is both amazing to see and truly educational, and we’re proud to have it happening in our home city.”
Details for 2010 Urban Wheat Field
- Location: 3rd Street and Independence Ave. SW, adjacent to the National Museum of the American Indian (map at http://www.wheatworld.org/wp-content/uploads/Come-to-Urban-Wheat-Field.pdf)
- Grand opening event, House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson scheduled: Sept. 23 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. – *Note:* media should e-mail Melissa Kessler (mkessler (at) wheatworld.org) if planning to attend
- Open to the public: Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact : Melissa Kessler, NAWG, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-547-7800