The18th class of the Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) program of the NWF met this week in St. Louis, Mo. The five-day program, hosted by the National Wheat Foundation, will provides in-depth leadership training for current and potential state and national wheat grower leaders. Topics include information on how to lead different grower personalities, building consumer trust in agriculture, organizational communications, an overview of the various wheat industry organizations, traditional and social media communications training, what’s new in Monsanto wheat research and current issues impacting the wheat industry. Monsanto, sponsor of the WILOT program, will also give farmer-participants the opportunity to visit Monsanto labs and speak with their scientists working on wheat projects.
The 10-member graduating class represented the wheat-producing states of Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, North Dakota, Colorado and Kansas. The National Association of Wheat Growers – NWF’s sole member, First Vice President Brett Blankenship represented the NAWG Executive Committee at this year’s WILOT program.