A number of Kansas wheat industry leaders plan to travel to Washington, D.C. later this month for the winter board meetings of the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates.
Joe Kejr, of Brookville, the President of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers will be attending, along with Vice-President Paul Penner of Hillsboro.
Two KAWG Past-Presidents, Jerry McReynolds of Woodston, and John Thaemert of Sylvan Grove will also be in the travel party. McReynolds recently announced that he is a candidate for Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of Wheat Growers, and Thaemert is NAWG's First Vice-President. The Kansas Wheat delegation will be hosting a reception for McReynolds as a part of the NAWG board activities. The NAWG elections will be at the Commodity Classic in Tampa, Florida later this winter. It is at those NAWG elections that Thaemert is expected to be elevated to the Presidency of the National Association of Wheat Growers.
Also among the Kansas travelers is Jay Cook of Garden City, who will be participating in the second session of the Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow program. Among other activities, the WILOT participants will be meeting with members of the Kansas Congressional Delegation and their staff members. Cook is a member of the KAWG Board of Directors.
Kansas Wheat Commissioners Ron Suppes of Dighton, Dean Stoskopf of Hoisington, and Larry Kepley of Ulysses will be participating in the U.S. Wheat Activities. Suppes is Vice-Chairman of U.S. Wheat, while Stoskopf is a U.S. Wheat board member and Kepley is serving as chairman of the U.S. Wheat Hard White Wheat Committee.
A number of the Kansans have key committee assignments in the NAWG organization. Kejr serves as a member of the Joint Biotechnology Committee and the Research and Value Added Committee; and McReynolds on the Budget Committee. KAWG Immediate Past President Kendall Hodgson is on the Domestic Policy Committee; and Kansas Wheat Commissioner Ron Suppes is an alternate member of the Joint Trade Policy Committee. Dr. Forrest Chumley from Kansas State University is an Ex-Officio Member of the Research and Value Added Committee.
Accompanying the wheat producers to Washington will be Dusti Fritz, Chief Executive Officer of Kansas Wheat. In support of the U.S. Wheat meetings, Kansas Wheat staff members Aaron Harries and Marsha Boswell will be a part of the travel party as well.
All of the NAWG committees will be meeting early in the week, with their formal reports to the NAWG board scheduled for January 25th. One of those reports, from the Operations and Planning Committee, will include the final plans for the Commodity Classic, the combined convention and trade show of the NAWG along with the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association. The Commodity Classic is scheduled for March 1 thru 3, 2007, in Tampa, Florida.