The Foundation’s Board of Directors work to uphold the vision and mission of the organization by seeking to aggressively expand the Foundation’s outreach and partnerships with other national and state wheat organizations, individuals and allied corporate sponsors. During the 2018 Commodity Classic, National Wheat Foundation Board of Directors approved new members for the 2018-2019 term.
These nine members represent the industry as farmers, millers, bakers and an agribusiness company representative. Together, the board members and volunteers help to fulfill the vision to become “the national center for wheat research information, education, and outreach.”
Ending the year on a strong note, NWF recognized Phil McLain’s service as Chairman during NAWG President’s reception held at Commodity Classic. Wayne Hurst will now serve the board as Chairman for the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year.
Hurst is the past President of the National Association of Wheat Growers and Idaho Grain Producers. He has served on the Foundation’s board since 2013. He operates a commercial-sized, diversified family farm near Burley, Idaho. His production includes wheat, sugar beets, dry beans and alfalfa. Additionally, Hurst is the Vice-Chairman of the Rail Shipper Transportation Advisory Committee to the Surface Transportation Board.
David Cleavinger, a fifth-generation Texas farmer and rancher, will still serve on the board of directors as Vice Chairman. His 3,500 acre farm and ranch in Wildorado, Texas produces wheat, corn, grain sorghum, seed mils, sorghum silage, cotton, sugar beets and stocker cattle.
Cleavinger also serves on Monsanto’s Leading Grower Advisory Board, along with being on the team that looks to advance technology used in wheat production. He serves on the Environmental Defense Fund Ag Advisory Board based in Washington D.C. and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Southwest Business of Agriculture.
To replace former director and industry representative, Ryan Findlay, Kimberly Magin, will serve as a director. Ryan left Sygenta to pursue his new position as CEO of the American Soybean Association.
Kimberly is currently the Director of Industry Affairs for Monsanto. She joined Monsanto in 1993, after graduation from the University of Missouri and research at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Over her career, she has contributed to the first ag biotech products from early field evaluations, regulatory submissions, product launches, to development of policies and strategies for seeds with new biotech traits with the grain, feed and food industries around the world.
Additionally, five members formerly serving the Foundation board of directors will continue their service. These board members are Chuck Elsea, Joe Kejr, Randy Marten, Jay Vroom and Scott Swenson.
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