Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2017) – Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers, in conjunction with the National Wheat Foundation, held a Wheat Summit to address and collaborate on the challenges and opportunities facing the wheat industry. The Summit was attended by more than 20 industry professionals from across the wheat value chain.
NWF Executive Director Chandler Goule made the following statement:
“Wheat growers across the country have experienced a multitude of challenges the past couple of years, with record low commodity prices coupled with weather and disease problems affecting the crop. These hurdles are not only exclusive to wheat growers, but can impact every entity in the value chain.
“The National Wheat Foundation and the National Association of Wheat Growers brought these groups together to strengthen the relationships within the industry and improve collaboration on common issues. These wheat industry sectors are interconnected and facilitating open communication will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire chain.”
While the wheat value chain encompasses multiple companies, organizations, and third parties, the Summit hosted representatives from American Bakers Association, American Seed Trade Association, Ardent Mills, Bayer, Bimbo Bakeries, BNSF Railway, Cargill, CropLife America, Food Marketing Institute, General Mills, Grain Food Foundation, Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Wheat Improvement Committee, North American Millers Association, SNAC International, Syngenta, U.S. Wheat Associates, Wheat Foods Council, and Wheat Quality Council.
NAWG is the primary policy representative in Washington D.C. for wheat growers, working to ensure a better future for America’s growers, the industry and the general public. NAWG works with a team of 20 state wheat grower organizations to benefit the wheat industry at the national levels. From their offices in the Wheat Growers Building on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members, Administration officials and the public.
The National Wheat Foundation was established by the industry to serve as the national center for wheat research, education and outreach. Serving our mission, the Foundation works to advance the wheat industry through strategic research, education and outreach collaborations, guided by core values of grower centeredness, integrity, honesty and trustworthiness.