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Frederick Film Maker Announces Maryland Premiere of Documentary

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Frederick Film Maker Announces Maryland Premiere of the Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary
Emmitsburg, MD – August 15, 2014   Documentary filmmaker and video producer, Conrad Weaver of Emmitsburg, MD announces that his film, the Great American Wheat Harvest will make it’s Maryland debut at the Holiday Cinemas in Frederick, on Thursday, August 28.  The evening will begin at 6:00PM with a meet and greet with Weaver, and the film showing at 7:15PM. There will also be a Q & A time after the film shows.
Weaver produced the documentary over the past four years that took him on a journey of more than 100,000 miles.  “The Great American Wheat Harvest is a compelling story that few people know about. It’s a story about agriculture, and about the process of harvesting that helps get our food from the field to the table,” Weaver explains.

The film tells the story of five harvesting families and crews who travel from Texas to the Canadian border each year harvesting wheat. “At first I thought it would be a film about big farm machinery and beautiful landscapes – and those things are there – but it’s really a story about people.” The harvesting families and farmers Weaver met over the past four years have become some of his best friends, and the film explains how they take incredible financial risks most people wouldn’t dream of taking, in order to make a living. The work they do enables the rest of us to have food on our tables.
The Great American Wheat Harvest had it’s national Premiere at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC on National Ag Day in March, and has since been screening in theaters and special events around the country. According to Weaver, thousands of people have already seen the film and the response is overwhelmingly positive. Weaver says he hopes people will have a better understanding of where their food comes from and what it takes to get a loaf of bread to the table.

In addition to the film, Weaver has recently published a coffee-table book containing beautiful photos of harvest scenes he and his crew shot while making the documentary. The photo book is available for purchase at the film web site: GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com and will be available at the Frederick event.

Weaver is releasing a DVD and Blu-ray disc in October that will contain the feature film, as well as many extra features not seen in the film. For more information about the film, or to pre-order a DVD or Blu-ray, visit www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com.

Holiday Cinemas is located at 100 Baughmans Lane, Frederick, MD 21702.

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New Holland Agriculture Sponsors North Dakota Premiere

Emmitsburg, MD – August 14, 2014 –
Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces New Holland Agriculture as the North Dakota Premiere sponsor for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film, featured at the Bismarck’s Grand 22 movie theater Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m.

Weaver invites and welcomes the public to attend and recognizes New Holland Agriculture as one of the many companies and agricultural organizations that provided support for the production of the film. Earlier this year, the North Dakota Wheat Commission, along with other North Dakota state agriculture groups and agencies, also teamed up to sponsor the film.

“We are excited to be back in North Dakota and and welcome the support of New Holland as we present the film for the first time to North Dakota movie goers,” he says. “The state’s wheat farming families will recognize many scenes and relate to the family farm story of Stuart and Katie Dilse near Scranton.”

The Zeorian Harvesting & Trucking of Manley, Nebr., and the L. Petersen Farms of Hodgeville, Saskatchewan, both run New Holland combines on the wheat harvest route from Texas and Canada and also are profiled in the film. The Zeorian’s tell their story of the wheat harvest through the All Aboard Wheat Harvest custom harvester blog, produced by High Plains Journal and sponsored by New Holland Agriculture.

“New Holland is pleased to sponsor the showing of this important documentary film in North Dakota, the state that leads the nation in hard red spring wheat and durum production,” says Mark Hooper, New Holland Director of Marketing, North America. “As an advocate for agriculture, we feel this film is a smart way to connect consumers with the North American wheat growers and custom harvesters who produce their food.”

New Holland provides combine service to custom harvesters through the New Holland Harvest Support Team, which travels with the wheat harvest. The Harvest Support Team of equipment experts will be attending the film showing in Bismarck. The Grand 22 Theatre is located at 1486 Interstate Loop.

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.

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.
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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.