FoodQuest Segment on Food Network and Cooking Channel

The National Wheat Foundation was invited by WGST Productions to take part in a series called FoodQuest which aired Fall 2017. The series was hosted and co-hosted by Robin Leach, Alonzo Mourning and Kim Alexis and commenced on September 24 as a national cable, independent production on the Food Network and Cooking Channel.

Former NAWG President and Kansas wheat farmer David Schemm was interviewed for the segment. The segment can be found below. The entire episode can be found here.

Food Quest Project Partners

Wheat 103

In continuation of our Wheat 102 educational event, the Foundation held Wheat 103 to teach Congressional Members and their staff the role of the wheat industry plays in growing the agricultural economy. Wheat 103 was held on February 14, 2019 in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Building.

Participants included the American Bakers Association, American Seed Trade Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Bayer/WestBred, BNSF Railway, CropLife America, Farm Credit, Food Marketing Institute, General Mills, Grain Foods Foundation, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Indigo Ag, Inc., John Deere Agriculture & Turf, National Pasta Association, North American Millers’ Association, Texas A&M University, Syngenta, U.S. Wheat Associates, Wheat Foods Council, Wheat Marketing Center, and the Wheat Quality Council.

Additionally, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) presented it’s Wheat Leader of the Year Award to Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska for all of his work to help wheat farmers.

Previous Events

Wheat 102

To educate the Administration, Members of Congress, and their staff on just how expansive and important the entire wheat value chain is to the economy and to our food supply, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) hosted a wheat industry educational event on February 08, 2018 in the U.S Senate.

The Wheat 102 participants included American Bakers Association, American Seed Trade Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, BASF, Bayer, BNSF Railway, CropLife America, Farm Credit Council, Flowers Foods, Food Marketing Institute, General Mills, Grain Foods Foundation, Monsanto, National Wheat Foundation, North American Millers’ Association, Texas A&M University, Syngenta, U.S. Custom Harvesters, U.S. Wheat Associates, Wheat Foods Council, Wheat Marketing Center, and Wheat Quality Council.

Success Files

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) has been invited to take part in a documentary program titled “Success Files”. Hosted by Rob Lowe, “The Success Files” is a program that highlights new stories and innovative concepts in short-form and long-form documentary presentation. This educational program is currently doing a documentary on the role and purpose of the National Wheat Foundation and how it educates different audiences on the value of wheat and farmers.

Building a Library of Resources re Glyphosate Use in Wheat

Wheat growers face many challenges to growing a quality crop that is sustainable and economically viable. Growers are faced with threats to the viability of the crop from many pests across these 42 states. One of these pests is weeds. Glyphosate is one product commonly used by wheat growers that is very effective at controlling grass weeds prior to planting or after wheat is harvested.

The Foundation has sought to build a library of resources around glyphosate use in wheat. This comes out of its National Wheat Action Plan and is geared toward educating policymakers, government officials, wheat farmers, and others who are interested in this topic. Visit our library here and read below real testimony from farmers who use glyphosate on their crop or know why it is a effective tool for growers.

“A very small percentage of America’s wheat farmers use glyphosate in their practices. For those that do, it is a very simple and cost-effective way of controlling many types of weeds.”

– Jimmie Musick, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers and Sentinel, OK wheat farmer

“Glyphosate is an essential tool in our no-till system. It is an effective and economic weed control pre-plant tool for our crops. The soil saving benefits of no- till would not be possible without it.”

– John Weinand, Hazen, North Dakota Wheat Farmer

“It’s one of the main tools used by our wheat farmers in Nebraska to control volunteer wheat after harvest. That matters, because if volunteer isn’t controlled, we run the risk of challenges with Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus.”

– Caroline Brauer, Executive Director, Nebraska Wheat Growers Association

“Glyphosate is an essential part of our farms pre seed and post harvest weed control strategy. Glyphosate combines safety of use with cost efficiency and effective control of problem weed species.”

Lyle Benjamin, Vice President of the Montana Grain Growers Association

National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Foundation Scholarship

About the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Foundation

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting is the recognized voice of agriculture. Through programs and services, NAFB deepens the farm broadcasting industry’s understanding of agriculture and agribusiness, and empowers its members to investigate and educate rural America about leading-edge technology and productivity.

As a vital element of NAFB, the NAFB Foundation helps ensure a strong future for the farm broadcasting profession and industry. The NAFB Foundation is the nonprofit charitable and educational arm of NAFB. It is focused on enhancing the value of agriculture, food production and rural lifestyle through the various forms of broadcasting, while assisting and benefiting industry partners, students, future broadcasters and the general broadcast audience.

In November 2018, for the first time, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) and the U.S. Wheat Associates co-sponsored a NAFB Foundation scholarship. The scholarship was given to Matthew Winterholler, a senior at Texas Tech University, who is majoring in Agricultural Communications. Matthew was recognized at the NAFB Foundation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 7th where USW and NAWG (on behalf of the Foundation) presented him the award.

Since 1977, the NAFB Foundation has awarded more than $365,000 in scholarships to 114 students pursuing careers in agricultural communications. NWF and USW hope to contribute to the growth of this number in the future.

For more information, visit

2019 Commodity Classic Learning Center Session

U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2019 Modern Agriculture Garden

The 2019 USDA Modern Agriculture Garden is a joint project between the USDA and the Farm Journal Foundation. Undersecretary Greg Ibach has the USDA mission that includes the garden on the National Mall adjacent to the USDA Whitten Building Headquarters. As part of his vision, he pictured using the garden space, which has been there for years, to better showcase Modern Agriculture. Thus formed the 2019 USDA Modern Agriculture Garden. Through broad support and engagement from the US food & ag community, the USDA is able to showcase 26 crop varieties including wheat.

National Wheat Foundation Board Member Jay Vroom is playing an instrumental role in the initiative and has worked closely with the USDA to get this project off the ground. Additionally, NAWG Board Member Eric Spates donated corn, soybean, and wheat seed from his farm in Poolesville, MD. Jay Vroom is seen below with his wife planting the seed from Eric’s farm in various plots in the garden.

Wheat Tour for Congressional Staff

On Monday, June 24, 2019, the National Wheat Foundation hosted a wheat farm tour for congressional staff. The farm belonged to NAWG Board of Director and Maryland farmer Eric Spates who discussed how he incorporates conservation practices, farm bill programs, pesticides, etc. into his operations. NWF also invited some representatives from USDA to speak to the group:

  1. Keith Gray, Chief of Staff, USDA’s Risk Management Agency
  2. Buddy Bowling, Outreach Coordinator, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Maryland
  3. Bob Wevodau, Farm Program Chief at USDA Farm Service Agency

For more pictures from the event, visit the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter or click on #NWFWheatTour19.

Foundation Chairman Wayne Hurst Kicks Off First Annual Wheat Tour

Footage of Eric Harvesting His Wheat Crop