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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

 

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
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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:
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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.

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.

Case IH Sponsors Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film

CaseIHFrederick, MD Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces CASE IH  as a Silver Sponsor for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film. A global leader in agricultural equipment with headquarters in Racine, Wis., CASE IH validates the diversity of combine colors represented by the wheat harvesting machinery featured in the film with their sponsorship, says Weaver.

“We’re thrilled to have CASE IH on board as we capture the harvesting crews because we see first-hand their constant review of safety and operating procedures,” Weaver says. “We appreciate the leadership role CASE IH and their ProHarvest team take to train its customers.”

Earlier this spring, the filmmaker joined the more than 200 harvesting crews at the CASE IH ProHarvest kickoff in Frederick, Okla., at the Great Plains Technical Center. The kickoff is a combine safety training program for custom harvesting crews.

“Case IH is proud to sponsor the Great American Wheat Harvest because of our long history with many of the custom harvesting crews featured in it,” says Cy Werda, North American Combine Marketing Manager, CASE IH. “Not only are they important customers, their feedback has helped us build the equipment they need to be ready for almost any harvest condition.”

Werda says Case IH is committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment – designed to meet today’s agricultural challenges.

CASE IH now joins 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, TMCO/National Manufacturing Company 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 the development and education of telling this vital story. 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.

 

Production on Film Launched at John Deere Harvester Works

Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Filmmaker Launches 2013 Production at John Deere Harvester Works Factory in Moline, Ill.

Frederick, MD – Jan. 23, 2013 – The Great American Wheat Harvest (GAWH) documentary filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces the film’s 2013 production launch beginning with footage he recently shot at the John Deere Harvester Works Gold Key Factory Tour in Moline, Ill.

As a GAWH Legacy Sponsor, John Deere Moline factory executives and staff members opened its factory doors for the documentary film crew to record Jim and DeAnn Deibert of JKD Harvesting, a premier custom harvesting business based in Colby, Kan, as they took their fourth exclusive Gold Key Experience tour to pick up their John Deere STS combines.

While wheat harvest footage featuring the JKD Harvesting crew can be seen in the original GAWH trailer, Weaver says capturing the Deiberts with their new combines brings perspective to the innovative processes that exist today to help farmers and harvesters become even more productive in what they do. “We appreciate John Deere and their hard-working staff for helping us tell the Great American Wheat Harvest story,” he says.

Great American Wheat Harvest Legacy Sponsors will receive national recognition during pre- and post-production and credited for their support of the success at the film’s premieres and during distribution. John Deere celebrates 176 years as a long-time leader in agricultural equipment and technology.

Jennifer Hartmann, John Deere communications manager, says the Gold Key Tour experience gives its customers behind-the-scenes access to the factory, personalized interaction with the employees and an opportunity to start their own combine for the first time with a skilled Harvester Works operator.

“There is always a great sense of pride in the building when our employees can personally thank customers, who have a direct connection to those who produce and harvest the food we all eat,” Hartmann says. “We appreciate how the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film will tell the complete ‘farm-to-table’ story by including the important role
harvesting equipment helps to increase efficiency in the field.”

The Deiberts started their harvesting business in 1971 and have grown from a one combine operation to several STS John Deere combines with a variety of headers, grain carts and trucks. They travel May through December from North Central Texas to North Dakota harvesting crops such as wheat, oats, barley, durum, spring wheat, field peas, flax, wet corn,
soybeans, dry corn, milo, and sunflowers. “We’ve know many of our customers for more than 20 years,” Jim Deibert says. “We rely on our customers to raise good crops, and they rely on us to bring good people and equipment to
harvest them.”

Deibert commends Weaver for producing the Great American Wheat Harvest film. “This story has needed to be told for a long time,” he says. “Not only from an historical aspect, but to help the American people understand what wheat growers and custom harvesters go through to produce the food that ends up on their table.”

Follow the film’s 2013 production schedule and wheat harvest at www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com and find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to the development and education of telling this vital story of North America’s agriculture. For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, National Executive Co-Coordinator, at (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters Sponsor Film

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film Receives International Support and Sponsorship from the Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters Inc.

Frederick, MD – Jan. 15, 2013 – The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film outreach just got bigger with the recent support and sponsorship of the Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters Inc., (ACCHI), says independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC.

Weaver announces the new ACCHI sponsorship after being a keynote speaker at the association’s recent annual convention in Saskatoon, SK, where harvesters and industry representatives from both the United States and Canada gathered to work towards improving the custom harvesting business.

“We now have support on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border in our effort to help better connect consumers to the North America wheat growers and customer harvesters who make their food supply a reality. Weaver says. “We thank ACCHI for recognizing the opportunity to collaborate on this international documentary film.”

Formed in April 1983, ACCHI initially dealt with a specific and immediate immigration issue program to successfully guaranteed future access to the United States market through the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Act and NAFTA.

However, as the group celebrates its 30th anniversary, ACCHI president Shawn Gallagher of Vermillion, AB, says the organization quickly evolved to promote and improve communication and understanding with farmers, the public, equipment dealers, manufacturers and all levels of government.

“This project meets the objectives of our organization very well, therefore it was not a difficult decision for our members to agree to support it,” Gallagher says. “The thought of ‘telling your story or someone else will’ truly resonated with me personally.

“On behalf of ACCHI, we look forward to working with Conrad Weaver as he documents the endeavors of everyone involved in supplying much of the world’s wheat supply and thank him for sharing this with the public.”

In addition, Weaver acknowledges the opportunity and potential to update the name of the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film as more Canadian-based individuals, businesses and organizations come on board to financially back the film.

In 2012, Great American Wheat Harvest major sponsors and strategic partners included John Deere, MacDon Industries, U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc., Teresa Scanlan Miss America 2011 and Harvest For Kids. Upcoming 2013 events for the Great American Wheat Harvest include the Ag Connect Expo & Summit and U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc., Annual Convention, both in Kansas City, Jan. 29-31; and National Ag Day, March 18-19 in Washington D.C.

Visit the website at www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com to find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to the development and education of telling this vital story. 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.

Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, Signs Strategic Partnership

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Agriculture Advocate Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, Signs Strategic Partnership with Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Filmmaker

Frederick, MD – Nov. 14, 2012 – Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, as a strategic partner for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film. Earlier this year, Scanlan filmed a public service announcement to help recruit interest in sponsorship and create awareness to the story of connecting consumers to North America’s wheat growers and custom harvesters. (more…)

John Deere Sponsors Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film

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Frederick, MD – Oct. 24, 2012

Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces John Deere, as a Legacy Sponsor for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film. In an effort to help better connect consumers to those who produce their food, the film encapsulates the stories of North America’s wheat growers and custom harvesters.

“It speaks highly of the commitment and foresight of a company like John Deere to help us capture, preserve and showcase the cultural heritage that has shaped our way of life,” says Weaver. “A production of this magnitude only becomes reality with the support of those visionary leaders, like John Deere, to see it through to the end.”

John Deere celebrates its 175th anniversary as a long-time leader in agricultural equipment and technology. Barry Nelson, manager of media relations for John Deere Ag and Turf Division, says John Deere applauds the contributions hard-working U.S. and Canadian custom harvesters and farmers make every day to help produce the world’s food supply.
“We want to thank and honor those farmers whose mission it is to provide healthy and nutritious food to a growing world population,” says Nelson. “We recognize the value of supporting a documentary film like the Great American Wheat Harvest to further open the dialogue between producer and consumer and to demonstrate how we bring food from the field to the market.”

In addition, Nelson says that through their extensive dealer network, John Deere provides innovative farm machinery, technology and services to help producers gain even more efficiency in their farm operations.

Weaver acknowledges the many milestones and innovations made by John Deere that have helped farmers and harvesters become even more productive in what they do. “The folks at John Deere are the hard-working, pioneering, kind of people who we are featuring in our film. We’re thrilled that they have joined us in telling the Great American Wheat Harvest story,” he says.

Weaver recently worked with Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, who endorsed and supported the project by filming a public service announcement to help recruit interest in sponsorship. The film’s trailer recently received international recognition when it won the 2012 Silver Award at the 33rd Annual Telly Awards competition.

Great American Wheat Harvest Legacy Sponsors will receive national recognition during pre- and post-production and credited for their support of the success at the film’s premieres and during distribution.

Visit the website at www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com to find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to the development and education of telling this vital story of North America’s agriculture production. A digital file of the promo trailer also is available upon request. For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, National Executive Co-Coordinator, at 406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com.
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