National Wheat Foundation Adds New Board Members

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) added three new faces on the board of directors last week at the Winter Wheat Conference in Washington, D.C. Joe Kejr, Randy Marten and Jay Vroom came aboard to serve as directors.

“We are very excited to have these men join our board,” said NWF Chair Dusty Tallman. “I believe with their knowledge, experience and passion, we couldn’t ask for a better mix for our group and our industry. “

Joe Kejr is a third generation farmer from Kansas. He farms with his wife, Geena, son, Josh, a nephew and a brother. He served three terms in the state’s House of Representatives. He has also served on the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) board, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers board, and chaired the Joint Biotech Committee with U.S. Wheat Associates and NAWG. He is currently working with area agricultural leaders to develop a relationship with a community in Central America to help meet its needs.

Randy Marten joins the board most recently from Miller Milling Company, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer from 2012-2015. In that role, he was responsible for all flour and semolina sales, wheat purchasing, risk management, transportation and technical baking services and industry relations. He has vast experience in the milling and baking industries, including leadership positions, with the most recent being the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry Board of Directors.

Jay Vroom has served as president and chief executive officer of CropLife America since 1989. Currently, he serves as the CropLife Foundation Vice-Chair. He is a former Future Farmers of America (FFA) member, and today is a member of FFA’s Individual Giving Council. Vroom has extensive agri-business experience. He was raised on a grain and livestock farm in north-central Illinois and continues to own the farming operation.

NWF is governed by a nine-person board composed of wheat growers and industry partners and is managed by staff of NAWG, the Foundation’s sole member. NWF focuses on promotional efforts, fundraising, and developing new partnerships to aid the progression of the wheat industry.

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