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Wheat Shines in the Spotlight

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Wheat shines in the spotlight

By Jennifer M. Latzke


Members of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., and Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation presented a $1.1 million check to the OSU wheat breeding program before the special screening of the “Great American Wheat Harvest” movie April 16. Much of the donation came from royalties earned by OSU-bred wheat varieties that were marketed through OGI. Gary Clark, OSU vice president, accepted the check. (Journal photo by Kylene Scott.)

It’s rare that farmers and custom harvesters get the red carpet treatment.

But at the recent screening of the documentary film “Great American Wheat Harvest,” wheat farmers and custom cutters finally got their due recognition.

An audience of about 200 gathered at the Oklahoma State University Student Union April 16 to view the film. The documentary follows three custom harvester crews on the harvest trail from Texas to Canada, including All Aboard Wheat Harvest correspondents Taylor Zeorian and Emma Misener.

The Misener family, of Misener Family Harvesters, Elk City, Okla., was on hand for the event. Dan Misener said that he and his family were happy to be a part of the movie because it serves as a great tool to promote agriculture and to show just what wheat harvest crews do for American consumers every year.

“This is a very real portrayal of what we do,” Misener said. Filming happened to fall in the midst of the worst drought covering much of the Great Plains, which presented a very real risk to custom cutters who have no insurance to fall back on when fields are unharvestable.

Director and Producer Conrad Weaver attended the screening and said it was a privilege to spend three years and more than 100,000 miles traveling up and down the trail to film the harvest crews and share their story with the public. Weaver said the idea to do this film came from his wife, who encouraged him to approach the topic.

“The general public needs to understand what goes on in agriculture, and what really goes on,” Weaver said. “This is real reality, not manufactured. It was filmed as it happened.” He found enough drama and inspiration naturally in telling the story of wheat harvesters who manage rising equipment and labor costs, Mother Nature’s moods, and traveling away from home for months on end.

The film has an Oklahoma connection. It features OSU wheat breeder Brett Carver, talking about the public wheat breeding at OSU and other land-grant universities. It also showed former Oklahoma Wheat Growers President Jimmy Musick, Sentinel, Okla., and Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte as they toured wheat fields in the state in the spring searching for freeze damage.

Much like harvest is a collaborative effort, so too was funding for the film, which came from a variety of industry and individual sponsors. Sponsors came from all segments of the industry, from state wheat commissions to equipment dealers and custom cutters themselves.

Just prior to the beginning of the film, the OWC, OWGA, Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., and the Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation presented a $1.1 million check to the wheat breeding program at OSU, much of which came from royalties earned by wheat varieties bred by OSU and marketed through OGI. Dignitaries took to the stage to take a picture with Gary Clark, vice president of OSU, as he was presented the check.

The “Great American Wheat Harvest” film is now available to theaters for exhibition. Weaver said he’s working on getting it into as many theaters as possible to share the message of agriculture. Farmers can help spread the word by talking to their local independent theaters and asking them to bring the film to their community. It’s also available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray via the film’s website, www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

The process of telling custom harvesters’ stories through this film was a privilege, Weaver said.

“Thank you,” Weaver said in his introduction of the film. “Thank you to the wheat farmers and those individuals who help them, from those of us who eat.”

Jennifer M. Latzke can be reached by phone at 620-227-1807 or by email at jlatzke@hpj.com.

Date: 4/28/2014

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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/

Media Coverage of Our Film Premiere

From KNEB.com

“Great American Wheat Harvest” film premiers

At the National Agriculture Day celebration in the nation’s capital, “The Great American Wheat Harvest” documentary made it’s debute. The film directed by Conrad Weaver set out to show how wheat goes from the field to the table. The film took more than two years to go from concept to finished project. Weaver is excited to see the project come to fruition. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, He compared the experience to childbirth.

“A lot pain leading up to it and then once we have the film out there it’s a big sign of relief and exciting,” Weaver said. “It’s a big day, glad to be on this side of things”.

The film explores the life of four custom harvest crews who travel from the heart of Texas to the Canadian border harvesting the wheat that feeds America and the world. Weaver says like agriculture, the story has several unexpected turns.

“The one harvest crew that we thought we would spend a lot more time with, actually had a lot very bad year as far as harvest,” Weaver said. “They had very little wheat to cut, so we didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with them. So I guess that’s a surprise and and a twist we didn’t really anticipate, but I guess it’s kinda par for the course for harvest. Every year is different and harvest season has its own surprises”.

The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary will now be shown around the country. Weaver says next week they will have screenings in Lincoln and Scottsbluff.

“So we’re excited to be there to bring this film to the general public,” Weaver said. “Beyond that we have screenings the next three or four weeks in various cities and we’re working on big plans to get this film into theaters around the country”.

The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary will be premiered in western Nebraska at the historic Midwest Theater on Friday, April 4 at 7:30.

 

From Agwired.com

Great American Wheat Harvest Premier

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Great American Wheat HarvestThe National Premier Screening of The Great American Wheat Harvest movie took place yesterday as the first of many National Ag Day activities. On hand were the stars of the documentary that include:

Jim Deibert – JKD Harvesting
Jim & Tracy Zeorian – Jim Zeorian Harvesting
Dan, Kristy, & Emma Misener – Misener Family Harvesting
Lee Petersen – L. Petersen Farms
Eric Wolgemuth – Wolgemuth Harvesting

I spoke with this group of awesome and passionate custom harvesters before the film premier. I asked them about their experience of being filmed for the project. They all really enjoyed working with the producer, Conrad Weaver, and believe he truly captured their livelihood as it really is. They hope the non-farm public will feel what they feel.

You can listen to my interview with the harvesters here:Interview with Custom Harvesters

The film is now ready for prime time and Conrad is busy working on distribution. Later this year we’ll also be able to order a copy of the movie. I’ll announce that when we get the details.

You can find photos from all National Ag Day activities online here: 2014 Ag Day Photo Album

 

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.

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


Sponsor Selection
Name/Organization



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

Feed My Starving Children Partners with Documentary Filmmaker

FMSC_logo_horizontal_PMS_647CConjoStudios, LLC., President, Conrad Weaver announces his plans to support the efforts of FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN through the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN, a Christian nonprofit based in Coon Rapids, MN, and founded in 1987,  provides nutritionally complete meals for starving, malnourished and hungry people in nearly 70 countries. The prepackaged dry meals cost less than a quarter to make and are 100 percent donor funded and assembled by volunteers in the United States.

Weaver says the mission of FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world aligns with the related theme of the Great American Wheat Harvest’s efforts to raise greater awareness to the production, harvesting and distribution of a necessary, sustainable food supply, like wheat.

Mark Crea, executive director/CEO of FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN, says the nonprofit partners with other faith-based and humanitarian-minded organizations, like ConjoStudios, to maximize its ability to feed God’s children. The group currently has concentrated relief efforts in the Philippines where one of the worst storms ever recorded — Typhoon Haiyan — struck the southeast Asian island last November.

“Because of our partners, we were immediately able to open and fill extra food-packing sessions and ship an additional 5.4 million emergency meals to the Filipinos,” Crea says. “We will continue to pack meals for our Filipino brothers and sisters, as we keep our meal commitments to other countries, too.”
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN has received nine consecutive 4-star evaluations from Charity Navigator; putting them in the top 1 percent of charities in the United States that they review; is recognized by Intelligent PhilanthropyTM for its Commitment To Transparency; and has met the all 25 Accountability Standards of the Charities Review Council.
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About ConjoStudios, LLC
ConjoStudios, LLC is owned and operated by award-winning videographer and producer,
Conrad Weaver. Conrad has provided video services for government agencies, media
agencies, large and small companies, non-profits and individuals.
Resource Links
Website& Blog: http://www.conjostudios.com
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SAVE THE DATE: The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film National Premiere Screening kicks off National Ag Day on March 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Seats are limited and you must RSVP for this event at: https://gawhpremiere.eventbrite.com

For more information, visit the www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com website. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities/benefits or more information about the national premiere in Washington, D.C., contact me, Jody L. Lamp at 406-698-9675 or by email at jody@GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com

New Sponsors Announced for Documentary

NorthwestFarmCreditServices

westbred_logo For Immediate Release:
The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary filmmaker, Conrad Weaver, of ConjoStudios, LLC  announces the addition of three new executive sponsors:
claas
CLAAS of America, Inc., WestBred, and Northwest Farm Credit Services.

In addition to its sponsorship, Weaver says CLAAS of America Inc., recently hosted the film’s “After the Harvest” post-production interviews and wrap-up with the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., at its facilities in Omaha, NE.

“As we near our national premiere screening at National Ag Day in Washington, D.C., we welcome the capacity and partnership with the addition of these new executive sponsors,” Weaver says.

CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products.  For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

WestBred® specializes in the development of small grains germplasm with assets in all classes of wheat. WestBred varieties are based on one of the leading sources of small grains germplasm and proprietary seed genetics in North America and sold through a nationwide network of more than 100 licensed seed companies.

Farm Credit Services also known as Northwest Farm Credit Services or Northwest FCS, is part of the 97-year-old Farm Credit System, the largest single provider of credit to American Agriculture. With corporate headquarter offices in Spokane, Wash.,  Northwest FCS has branches in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film National Premiere Screening kicks off National Ag Day on March 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Seats are limited and you must RSVP for this event at: https://gawhpremiere.eventbrite.com

For more information, visit the www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com website. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities/benefits or more information about the national premiere in Washington, D.C., contact me, Jody L. Lamp at 406-698-9675406-698-9675 or by email at jody@GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com

North Dakota State Agriculture Groups Sponsor Film

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North Dakota State Agriculture Groups; Lead Economic Development Agency Collaborate to Sponsor the Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film

NDgroupEmmitsburg, MD – Jan. 16, 2014 – To help tell the wheat production story from the state that leads the nation in hard red spring wheat and durum production, independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC., announces the North Dakota Wheat Commission, along with other state agriculture groups and agencies, have teamed up to sponsor the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film.

Weaver says the North Dakota Wheat Commission now joins the Nebraska Wheat Board, Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee as state wheat sponsors. The film focuses on connecting consumers to those who produce their food and will feature stories of North America’s wheat growers and custom harvesters.

“The North Dakota collaboration is unprecedented and speaks to the powerful message we are compelled to share through the Great American Wheat Harvest, Weaver says. “Wheat and North Dakota are synonymous and we are proud to work with each representative and Governor Jack Dalrymple to highlight this state’s stories.”

Value-added agriculture remains one of the target industries at the North Dakota Department of Commerce to broaden the state’s economic base, create new wealth and generate quality jobs for North Dakotans. In October 2013, Governor Dalrymple and North Dakota Wheat Commission Chairman Francis Leiphon joined members of a Taiwanese agricultural trade delegation in signing a joint statement demonstrating Taiwan’s intent to purchase 62.5 million bushels of U.S. wheat valued at about $485 million.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture first endorsed the film project in November 2012, when Commissioner Doug Goehring, wrote a letter of support for the Great American Wheat Harvest and the film’s mission to provide non-agricultural viewers a better understanding of where food comes from
and feature all those involved in food production.

While North Dakota’s early homesteaders raised many crops, growing conditions of the Red River Valley favored wheat on what became known as the “Bonanza Farms”, where the grain grew from fence line to fence line, says Commissioner Goehring.

“Wheat is so important to North Dakota that a state-owned wheat milling operation was established in 1919 to guarantee a market and provide a reasonable price for our most important crop,” Goehring states. “Today, the North Dakota Mill is the largest single-site wheat milling facility in the country.”
Included in the North Dakota collaboration is the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Mill and Elevator. 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.

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.

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.

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Film Gains New Sponsor

c-b-operations-clearance-center-id-id-c-b-clearance-center,dafd20b5 C & B Operations, LLC Becomes Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film New Gold Sponsor

Emmitsburg, MD – November 6, 2013 – Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces C & B Operations, LLC, as a new Gold Sponsor for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film.  With corporate headquarters in Gettysburg, S.D., C & B Operations, LLC represents 24 John Deere dealerships in South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, all featuring agricultural equipment, service and parts.

“We value the family-owned business traditions of C & B Operations, LLC, and the historical impact this company and the town of Gettysburg brings to the overall narrative of our film project,” Weaver says. “Their management and marketing practices provide the leadership that has laid the foundation of attracting generations of loyal customers, which we appreciate.”

Gettysburg was founded in 1883 by veterans of the Civil War, and in 1991, because of their shared heritage, became “sister-cities”  with Gettysburg, Penn. C & B Operations, LLC began in 1988 when Dan Cronin and Rod Burwell purchased the John Deere store in Gettysburg to maintain a John Deere dealership in Cronin’s hometown. In 1999, Cronin passed away and his son, Matt, took the role of president to date, while Burwell remains chairman.

“A film like the Great American Wheat Harvest encapsulates the heritage of farmers, custom harvesters and life in rural America,” says Matt Cronin, president and CEO, C & B Operations, LLC. “It is important to use communication vehicles, such as this documentary, to show the American public how important the agricultural industry and the family farmers are in feeding the world.”

Having grown up on his family’s farm, which his brothers operate today, Cronin says he values the opportunity for his hometown and state to be a part of the film. “It’s a story that will feature people, like our customers, who are dedicated to producing our nation’s food supply,” he says.

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

Visit the website at www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com to find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to help bring the film to a premier city in your area. 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.