Last week, NWF attended Commodity Classic in Arizona to convene their Board of Directors meeting. In addition to discussing the future of the American wheat industry, NWF announced their cooperation with BASF in the launch of a Wheat Yields Contest. The goal of the contest is to encourage wheat growers to get the most wheat out of every acre they own. Farmers should experiment with new techniques and create grassroots-level innovation, all while ensuring that there is enough American-grown wheat to meet the needs of the global market. Yield contest participants will compete by wheat class, by dryland or irrigated and by state and region to ensure the competition is between peers. Rules for the contest are still being developed. For more details about the announcement, click here.
The future leaders of America’s wheat industry were at Commodity Classic in force, as NWF and BASF teamed up again to recognize the four Jerry Minore Scholarship winners. The four scholarships were awarded to: Matthew Stubbs of Colorado State University, Maya Wahl of Lind-Ritzville High School in Washington, Faith Wendte of the University of Illinois, and John Rosman of Oklahoma State University. The scholarship is named in honor of Jerry Minore, who was a longtime friend of the wheat industry and an advocate for wheat farmers. More information about the winners can be found here.
The continued partnership between BASF and NWF shows that both the growers and their industry partners are committed to securing a bright future for the wheat industry and the American farmer.