Wheat Harvest Film Debuted at Ag Day Festivities

AgDayPremiere-1-24The debut of The Great American Wheat Harvest was seen by many during Ag Day activities this year in Washington D.C. Chuck took time to chat with Barry Nelson, John Deere, who was a huge sponsor of the production. He also spoke with the director, Conrad Weaver. Both couldn’t have been more excited with how the film turned out and can’t wait to get it out for the whole world to see.

“It exceeded my expectations.” Barry said, “After being able to see the final cut of the film, seeing the reaction from the crowd, but also how Conrad Weaver the producer was able to tell the story of these different custom cutters going on the harvester trail and how difficult it is. Boy, I think it’s a great story and now we are excited to see where the film is going to be debuted and shown across the US.”

Barry believes this film sets itself apart from other documentaries because it really tells the story of the families involved in this and how hard it is to predict the weather, manage the equipment and make sure they are in the right place at the right time.

You can listen to Chuck’s complete interview with Barry here: Interview with Barry Nelson

Conrad said, “It’s kind of like giving birth. You have all the toil for years and now you have birthed this thing called a movie and it’s exciting, it’s thrilling and it’s a relief to be done. But now the real work begins of getting the message out to the people.”

For the next two years Conrad said he will be busy making sure the world sees this production. They are also still looking for sponsorships to help fund marketing dollars to help get this in theaters everywhere. In the future Conrad is toying with some other project ideas all relating to agriculture. We should expect to continue to see and hear his name mentioned as a true advocate for the agricultural community.

You can listen to Chuck’s complete interview with Conrad here: Interview with Conrad Weaver

Original Content: http://agwired.com/2014/04/16/wheat-harvest-film-debuted-at-ag-day-festivities/

National Premiere Sponsorships Available

NationalAgDayWow!!  Can you believe we are less than 30 days away from our National Premiere Screening of the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film!?  We’re excited that the screening of this important film is a part of National Ag Day in our Nation’s Capital and are thrilled to be able to show it at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

An important event like National Ag Day brings many people, organizations, companies, and government agencies who are all concerned with producing food for our growing world.  We are looking forward to showcasing this film to these groups of people in Washington, DC.

In order to make this a successful event, and to include as many people as possible, we are looking for companies, organizations, and individuals who would consider becoming a “Friends of the Film” Hospitality Sponsor at the National Premiere event.   A  “Friends of the Film” hospitality sponsorship will allow your organization or company to be recognized at the event and be among the representatives of other vested businesses, organizations and individual partners who help bring food from the field to the table and ultimately, to the consumer.

Your Hospitality Premiere Screening Sponsorship helps cover venue and reception expenses and commemorates the launching of this national treasure film that will be archived for generations to see and learn about the entire network of those involved in food production. We invite you to be a part of agriculture history!

Deadline: Hospitality “Friends of the Film” Sponsorship forms must be received by Monday, March 10.

For your sponsorship consideration, please see the following benefits:

Hospitality “Friends of the Film” Sponsorship ($1,000)

- Recognition in the Commemorative Program (Logo included) as a Hospitality Partner Sponsor  of the National Premiere.
- Recognition at the “Meet and Greet Breakfast Reception”
- Receive an autographed copy of the film upon release of the DVD/BLU-RAY.

Fan of the film ($500)

- Listed in the commemorative program
- Recognition at the Meet and Greet Breakfast Reception
- Receive an autographed copy of the film upon release of the DVD/BLU-RAY.

Supporter ($250)

- Listed in the commemorative program
- Receive an autographed copy of the film upon release of the DVD/BLU-RAY.

Individual ($100)

- Listed in the commemorative program
- Receive an autographed copy of the film upon release of the DVD/BLU-RAY.


To make a payment online using your credit card, make your selection below, then click the “Buy Now” button.

Sponsor Selection

If you would rather send a check, please make your check payable to:
ConjoStudios, LLC
343 Mountaineers Way
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Thank you for your consideration. For information about additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact: National Executive Coordinators

Melody Dobson & Jody Lamp
406-690-5503 or 406-698-9675

Email contacts:
Melody@GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com, Jody@GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com

With Highest Regards,

Jody & Team GAWH

New Sponsorship from Nebraska Wheat Board

Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film Enters Post-Production; Receives More State Support from Nebraska Wheat Board
Emmitsburg, MD – Nov. 12, 2013
nebraskaWith wheat harvest filming complete and post-production in progress, the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film, independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces the Nebraska Wheat Board (NWB) recently approved and appropriated funding to become one of the film’s new executive sponsors.

Weaver says NWB gave its endorsement early in the film project when in October 2012 NWB chairman, Von Johnson, and the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association (NWGA), president, Dayton Christensen, provided the Great American Wheat Harvest with a letter of support to endorse the film’s mission of connecting consumers with wheat farmers and harvesters.

As we’ve traveled throughout Nebraska this past year, we’ve come to know and appreciate how this state’s wheat board supports its producers and the whole network of people it takes to grow, produce and harvest their crop, Weaver says. “This is an organization that understands the educational impact this film will have by bringing conversation about food from the field to the table.”

In 2009, NWGA created the Mobile Baking Lab as a tool to educate consumers on where their food comes from and connect producers and consumers through fresh-baked wheat foods like cinnamon rolls, bread, cookies and pasta. The Mobile Baking Lab, along with its NWGA volunteers, travels across the United States to events to provide demonstrations of wheat nutrition, education and food choices.

“The cities of Lincoln and Scottsbluff are slated as the two-film premier sites for Nebraska during our state wheat-belt tour, so we look forward to working with NWGA and having the Mobile Baking Lab at these events,” Weaver says. “We welcome more state wheat commissions, businesses, organizations and individuals to collaborate with us in their cities and state’s film events.”

Von Johnson, chairman of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says the board supports the film as it strengthens the organization’s mission of promoting Nebraska wheat farmers and providing an interactive tool to help explain wheat’s role in the world’s agricultural food production and diet. “We believe the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film shows an overall perspective of American agriculture and will highlight how our state’s wheat farmers take an active role in growing the world’s wheat food supply,” Johnson says. “We hope viewers will
come away with a better understanding of our modern farming practices.”

The Nebraska Wheat Board now joins Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee as state wheat sponsors. Other Great American Wheat Harvest major sponsors include: John Deere; U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc.; C& B Operations; MacDon Industries; Case IH; Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters;
TMCO/National Manufacturing; and media partner, AgWired, an online media service at http://agwired.com.

Local Broadcaster to be in Documentary


MINATARE — Farm Broadcaster Howard Hale has been following wheat harvests for more than five years.

Now, he has company in documentary filmmaker Conrad Weaver, director, producer and president of Conjostudios LLC of Maryland. Weaver is creating a documentary on wheat harvesting that will follow wheat from the seed to the table. Since January, he has been on the road filming across the wheat belt, which includes Nebraska.

Stops in the Panhandle included one in Chappell, with Jesse Smith at a grain elevator; with Meghan Spyke at Frenchman Valley Coop in Lodgepole; and Wednesday morning with Hale.

Hale was born and raised in Minatare. He was raised in agriculture and was selling ads at KOLT when he had the opportunity to become a broadcaster.

“The station manager said I was the only person there that knew about agriculture, and I moved over to broadcasting in 1985.” Hale said.

He did harvest reports and was doing part-time work for a station in Brush, Colo., when U.S. Custom Harvesters approached him in 1992 to do contract work.

“I did harvest reports from coast to coast and from border to border,” Hale said.

Weaver and his camera have also been moving across the wheat belt. He has had help from Jody Lamp and Melody Dobson, national executive co-coordinators of “The Great American Wheat Harvest” documentary.

“We are at the halfway point, halfway through with the harvest and halfway through with the film,” Dobson said.

Weaver has been following three harvest crews across the wheat belt — Deibert Harvesting; Tracy Zeorian, a custom harvester and president of the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.; and Misener Family Harvesters.

Since the documentary started three years ago, Conrad and his wife, Jody Weaver, have met many harvesters.

“These are really hardworking people,” Jody said. “I’ve learned so much growing up in the city. I never thought of the process it took and all the partners involved to get my loaf of bread to the table.”

The growers themselves do some of the wheat harvesting, but many will hire harvesting crews. With time the equipment has become bigger and better, where GPS systems can pretty much drive a tractor.

“There are fewer harvesters, but they can cover more acres as the equipment has changed,” Hale said.

He added that it’s cost effective for a large farm to hire harvesters, with two to 10 machines, than have the machines sit around most of the year.

“Harvesting wheat has to be done on a timely basis. When it’s ready, you have to get it out of the fields,” Hale said.

Hale has been inducted into the hall of fame for U.S. Customs Harvesters, Inc.

The documentary is expected to be done in March, and Lamp said they are hoping to do theatrical presentations, including one in Scottsbluff.

For more information on the documentary, visit www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

Rural Radio Foundation contributes to Wheat Harvest movie


Rural Radio Foundation contributes to Wheat Harvest movie

The Great American Wheat Harvest movie is moving through the panhandle and Wednesday it got a financial boost when the Nebraska Rural Radio Association Foundation donated $1,000 toward the project.

Westco CEO and President David Briggs, who is chairman of the Foundation Board, says the film which will document the 2013 wheat harvest, fits one of the key missions of the Foundation, educating America about the story of agriculture.

Producer-Director Conrad Weaver graciously accepted the check from Briggs during a presentation at the KNEB studios.

Weaver says production on the movie has already chronicled significant differences in yield, from crippled drought stricken crops in Texas and western Kansas to tremendous yields in eastern Kansas, where rain has been plentiful. The film crews were in the Chappell area and southwest of Kimball recently and will move north into Montana and all the way to Saskatchewan, Canada.

The goal is to have the movie debut on National Ag Day in Washington, D.C in March of 2014 and then tour in movie theaters throughout America, including the Historic Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff.

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On the Move

July1-0595Come out and join us as the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film crew heads north and back out on the wheat harvest with its U.S. Custom Harvester Inc., crews in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana!

We don’t want to miss an opportunity to visit with you.

Please see the schedule below for filmmaker Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC:

July 23-24: Imperial and Scottsbluff, NE

July 25-27: Wall, SD and surrounding area

July 28-30: Billings, MT and surrounding area
BlackIn addition, we are taking pre-orders for the NEW Great American Wheat Harvest T-Shirts! Show your support and help share the story by ordering your 2013 Harvest Crew shirt (see attached pictures) at http://www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com/t-shirt-order-page Please expect to wait a couple of weeks to receive your shirt. We’ll send them out as soon as we can. Thank you so much!

To schedule media interviews, speaking appearances or inquire about sponsorship opportunities/benefits contact me, Jody L. Lamp at (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

TMCO Sponsors Great American Wheat Harvest Film

TMCOWorld-Renowned TMCO INC/National Manufacturing Sponsors Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film

Frederick, MD – June 4, 2013 – Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces Total Manufacturing Company (TMCO INC) a of Lincoln, Neb., and its National Manufacturing equipment division, as a Silver Sponsor for the Great American Wheat Harvest
documentary film.

Established 1974, TMCO specializes in one-stop, concept-to-completion metal manufacturing services from any stage of design, fabrication, paint, assembly and makes parts for some of the world’s top pivot irrigation, weed control, seed planting and harvesting equipment companies. As a division of TMCO working directly with the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), National Manufacturing, produces equipment utilized in the initial processing stages of wheat breeding, storage and milling, test baking and also in product development and quality control.

Conrad Weaver meets with Executives from TMCO

Conrad Weaver meets with Executives from TMCO

With its roots deep in the agriculture industry, TMCO and National Manufacturing work with wheat breeders, food research laboratories, universities and companies worldwide that all have direct links to the food supply chain,” says Weaver. “This association further helps our efforts to better connect consumers to those who produce their food as we share the stories of North
America’s wheat growers and custom harvesters.”

Dan Moore, director of operations of National Mfg., Division of TMCO Inc., says for companies that depend on consistency in taste, texture and appearance, and in high-quality wheat, the analysis machines produced at National Mfg., allow for continuous testing of every batch and the monitoring of any necessary correction. “Our equipment exemplifies how much the owners of TMCO, Roland Temme, Tony Marquez and John Albers, are dedicated to the grain and food industry, Moore says. “As soon as they
learned there was a documentary being made about the wheat harvest, they wanted to know how they could be of assistance.”

Since 1939, National Mfg., has been involved with all facets of the wheat industry and worked with the industry leaders who are committed to the challenge of investing all of their time, finances, equipment and hard work for as long as it takes to see the job to completion.

“This is a mindset TMCO INC is familiar with and the Great American Wheat Harvest is a true story that everyone should experience,” Moore says.

TMCO and National Manufacturing Company now join other Great American Wheat Harvest major sponsors including: John Deere, MacDon Industries, U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc., Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, and
media partner, AgWired, an online media service at http://agwired.com.

For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, GAWH National Executive Co-Coordinator, call (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

The Great American Wheat Harvest is the first film that TMCO INC has sponsored, but it’s not the first time TMCO has been in close proximity to the filming process. In 1983, the building that currently houses the National Mfg division of TMCO was used to shoot a few scenes for the Paramount Pictures film, Terms of Endearment winner of five Academy Awards®: Best Picture 1983; Best Actress—Shirley MacLaine; Best Supporting Actor—Jack Nicholson; Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation—James L. Brooks.

Harvest Crews Heading South

Crews heading southHere’s an update on the progress of the movie project! Last week we spent time with Jim Deibert of Deibert Harvesting (JKD INC) and his crew as they made final preparations for their first trip south to Texas. The exciting part for us was to actually film their journey to Texas. Seeing 8 semi trucks and a couple of pickups all loaded with harvesting equipment was quite an experience. Unfortunately, we even had a couple of flat tires – but I guess when you have more than 150 tires on the road, you’re bound to have a flat or two. Overall it was a great experience, and we look forward to shooting more footage of harvest crews on the road. More importantly we can’t wait to actually see them in the fields harvesting wheat. tirerepair

Next week we’ll be in Frederick, OK attending the Harvest Kickoff event sponsored by CASE IH. We’re looking forward to seeing many of the harvest crews at this annual event.

Harvest Kickoff