Visitors to the Wheat Industry Booth at the 2013 Commodity Classic got the opportunity last week to learn about the important role wheat plays in human lives and to express their opinions to their legislators.
The National Association of Wheat Growers, U.S. Wheat Associates and the Wheat Foods Council work together to present the Wheat Industry Booth each year. This year’s show ran until Saturday at noon.
At the exhibit, visitors were able to combine fun and learning by spinning a prize wheel and answering questions about the 10,000-year-old grain crop, which gets credit for helping human beings form permanent communities and provides 20 percent of world food calories today. Successful answers won respondents chances to enter the booth raffle for a ruggedized digital camera.
Around the corner was a “Write Your Member of Congress” area where volunteers talked with visitors about the most important policy issues of the day, including farm policy, trade promotion and environmental regulation. Visitors were able to then write a postcard to their Member and take an novelty oversized pen as a reminder of the need to write often.
“We are always encouraging farmers to be more involved in the decisions made at a national level that will affect their businesses and their communities,” said Bing Von Bergen, who was elected NAWG president Thursday.
“We hope the Wheat Booth this year will provide both some education and some energy for advocacy, which is what everyone – from Secretary Vilsack to farmers I talk to in the countryside – agrees we need to get a farm bill done.”
Leaders from NAWG, USW and WFC were at the exhibit throughout the Commodity Classic trade show to greet visitors and answer any questions about wheat industry policy, export market development and wheat nutrition.