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US Custom Harvester’s Convention

The USCHI Convention Exhibit Hall

This past week I spent several days at the US Custom Harvester’s convention in Grand Island, NE. Over 900 people involved in harvesting attended this event which is held annually. Attendees can take advantage of meeting other harvest crews, equipment manufacturers, and support industries. The sharing of ideas and experiences helps harvest crews stay current with the latest technologies and tools to make the harvest more efficient and cost effective.

It was great to meet supporters!

We had a booth in the trade show to make people aware of the Wheat Harvest Movie. I was able to meet with quite a number of our supporters and hopefully gained some new supporters along the way. The convention is hosted by our Platinum sponsor for the Wheat Harvest Movie the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. I want to thank the board of the USCHI for letting me come and be a part of the convention, and I want to thank them for letting me speak the the entire group during the lunch meeting on Thursday.

The feedback I got from the harvesters and quite a number of supporting industries was very positive. People are excited that we’re telling the story of the harvest and not just trying to make a drama-filled TV show. They especially liked the beauty shots in the movie trailer; those are my favorite scenes too, of course.

While at the convention, one of my goals was to meet and talk with as many potential sponsors as possible. I was able to do that, meeting with representatives from MacDon, New Holland, Case IH, John Deere, Gleaner Combines, and others. Although I didn’t get anyone signed on board to sponsor during the convention, they were all very receptive, and a number of the larger companies ready for more discussions about this.

We’ll keep you posted, of course!  If you’re interested in supporting this project, please go to the web site and click on the “DONATE” button. We’re looking for a few $500 club  and $1000 club members. Would you consider joining us?

Thank you for reading, and we’ll keep you posted on our progress!


February 28 Press Release

U.S. Custom Harvesters 2012 Convention Features Promotional
Trailer for Upcoming Wheat Harvest Movie – An American
Documentary to Tell the Story of Where Our Food Comes From

GRAND ISLAND, NE – Feb. 28, 2012 – To showcase the lives of hard-working American families who spend as many as 100 days each year traveling from state to state harvesting the wheat that feeds the world, a promotional trailer of the Wheat Harvest Movie will be featured at the 2012 U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. annual convention March 1-3 at the Fonner Park Exposition and Events Center in Grand Island.

Promoting interest in the film, exploring and securing additional sponsorships opportunities, Wheat Harvest Movie executive producer and director, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, plans to interview harvest crews and families during the convention and allow them to tell their stories and capture the essence and understanding of where our food that contain wheat– like breads, cereals, flour – come from.

“The goal of this wheat harvest documentary is to tell the story of an important part of our American agriculture few people know about,” Weaver says. “They take incredible financial risks to get this vital crop from the field to the table.”

Weaver, who recently received a 2011 Telly Award for producing a documentary film about “Mi Refugio” – a story about a school for poor children in Guatemala, says the three-day U.S. Custom Harvesters annual convention offers the ideal locale for meeting and connecting with the harvesting community and third generation custom harvesters like, Dan Misener, who is featured in the promotional trailer.

“People need to know our story, so they can know and understand what it takes to get that loaf of bread on their table,” Misener says.

Tracy Zeorian, a custom harvester and current U.S. Custom Harvesters president, says the making of the documentary can only help better educate and communicate the understanding of where our food comes from.

“We can’t lose that focus or awareness.,” she emphasizes. “Because once we do that, how are we ever going to regain our ability to feed ourselves or the world.”

For media interviews and questions, Weaver will be available from Wed., Feb. 29 through Sat., March 3 at the Fonner Park Exposition and Events Center, 700 East Stolley Park Road, Grand Island, NE. Please contact him at (301) 606-7794.

Watch a promotional trailer for film at www.wheatharvestmovie.com. A digital file of the promo trailer is also available upon request.  The Wheat Harvest Movie is sponsored in part by the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.

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For More Information:
Conrad Weaver
44 North Market St. Suite 2B
Frederick, MD 21701
Twitter: @wheat_harvest

Media Contact:
Jody L. Lamp
Lamp Public Relations & Marketing
(406) 698-9675

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
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/conjostudios
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Conjostudios
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/conjostudios
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/conjostudios

About U.S. Customer Harvesters, Inc: U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. is an association of professional custom harvesters serving the needs of the American farmer. Established and chartered in 1983 Texas, it serves as a link between the harvesters and the many groups of people they work with, such as farmers, businesses, state and federal Government. It works to educate its membership concerning safety, quality of workmanship, and information on equipment updates.

Movie Promoted on Kansas Ag Show

We want to give a huge thank you to Moriah Wagner for appearing on the AG am in Kansas show to promote the US Custom Harvesters and the Wheat harvest Movie!  AG am in Kansas is a 30 minute daily TV show highlighting the �Good News� about Kansas agriculture, including livestock, crops and AG Business stories along with features about Young Farmers, Master Farmers, Rural Lifestyles, Healthy Yards, Events around the state and much more!  Click here to watch the interview.


Preparations for USCHI Convention

I’m making my final plans for the US Custom Harvesters convention March 1-3 in Grand Island, NE.  I will be there representing the Wheat Harvest Movie and talking with people about the project and what we’re planning on doing with the film.  I’ve printed my Wheat Harvest Business cards, and am working on a banner and other items for the booth.

My goal at convention is to raise awareness about the movie, and raise additional funds so we can begin production in May. My plan is to be in Texas in mid-late May to meet several crews who will begin harvest there. We’ll then be catching up with harvest crews off and on all Summer long, and probably even into the Fall of 2012. Be sure to check back to this blog for updates all throughout the convention, and perhaps even a LIVE video stream from the exhibit hall floor. More about that later.

Several weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the National Association of Wheat Growers open house event. I met a ton of wheat growers and leaders of wheat organizations from all over the USA. It was a great event and it was awesome to meet so many people who are heavily involved in the wheat industry. Senator Baucus from Montana joined the group there and gave a short talk. (See photo).

As you may know the title: Wheat Harvest Movie is our current working title. It’s not the final name of this documentary. I’d love to hear your ideas for a name for our movie. Send me an email or message though this blog or through Facebook.

That’s all for this week… More updates coming next week.

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Update of our Supporter List

I wanted to bring everyone up to date on who is supporting the Wheat Harvest Movie. We are so grateful for everyone who has made a financial contribution toward the completion of the Wheat Harvest Movie. The US Custom Harvesters are our Platinum Level Sponsor at $35,000.00; we’re so grateful for their partnership in this project. The supporters listed below have made contributions ranging from $25.00 to $500.00, their generosity is an indication of the importance that wheat harvest plays in American agriculture. If you haven’t already made a contribution, please consider what you can do to support this important film. Without the generosity of our sponsors and supporters this story will not get told.

Click here to make a contribution.

Our Supporters
Misener Family Harvesting, Inc.
JKD Harvesting, Inc.
Herberg Harvesting
Shane Johnson
Jim Zeorian Harvesting & Trucking
Adams Harvesting
Kuntz Harvesting
David Studer
Kathy Afzali
Adam Schwartz
Clifford Preston
Darrell, Jason, & Josh Wagner
Judith Hayhurst
Timothy and Katie Crowley
Moriah Wagner
Lynn Prevost
Ernst Lutz
Anthony Gettig

Make a contribution.

Heading to Convention

USCHI Header

On March 1-3 we’ll be attending the annual US Custom Harvesters convention in Grand Island, NE. We’ll be setting up an booth in the exhibit hall and talking with tons of people involved in the wheat harvest industry. We’re looking forward to connecting with harvesters, vendors, equipment dealers, growers and more! Be sure to let us know if you’re coming as well, we’d love to see you!

We’re working on putting together our booth space. We’ll have T-shirts to sell and give away, movie posters, and DVDs of the trailer. We’ll also have sponsorship forms for anyone who wants to come on board as a sponsor. We’re still needing to raise quite a bit of money in order to make this movie project a reality. So if you haven’t already made a contribution and would like to do so, please visit www.wheatharvestmovie.com and click on the “DONATE” button. Or if you’re a business and would like to be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze sponsor, send me an email and I’ll send you a sponsorship packet.

Until next time, have a great day!


Custom Wheat Harvesters to be Featured in Documentary

Original Article provided by Kansas Wheat Commission

Nov 23, 2011

Listen to the audio version here.

Promoting the 2013 feature film, “The Wheat Harvest Movie” are producer Conrad Weaver, custom harvesters Tracy and Jenna Zeorian and Moriah Wagner, movie publicist.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For most communities throughout the Wheat Belt, harvest represents two weeks of non-stop action, one time a year. Custom crews hired to bring in the crop, however, spend four months battling Mother Nature, weariness, and breakdowns.
The plight of custom harvesting operations will be chronicled in an upcoming documentary entitled, “The Wheat Harvest Movie.” Currently in production by Conjostudios, LLC, it will debut in 2013. The operation owned by Jim and Tracy Zeorian is one of several to be featured in the movie, which according to producer/director Conrad Weaver will “… tell the stories, struggles and pleasure that custom harvesters share in time spent with family and friends harvesting the wheat that feeds the world.”

Several additional custom harvesting operations will be profiled, including JKD Harvesting of Colby; Misener Family Harvesters of Elk City, Oklahoma and Braathen Harvesting, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Tracy Zeorian, who is president of the U.S. Custom Harvesters Association, Inc., says being a custom harvester gets into one’s blood.

I’ve oftentimes said it is more of an addiction than anything. It’s something that you just love. It’s your lifestyle, like a farmer. It keeps you going, because that’s what you’ve been involved with. We’re ready to go as soon as the combine is put away, we’re looking forward to the next spring again,” Tracy says.

The Zeorian crew hails from Manley, Nebraska. Since 2009, its annual harvest campaign (along with that of three other crews) has been chronicled in a popular feature called, “All Aboard Harvest,” in the High Plains Journal newspaper. The All Aboard Harvest series has generated global interest in the custom harvesting business and the people who own and operate these custom harvest crews.

“I think the people that have found the HPJ series have enjoyed the stories they hear from the correspondents. It comes from the heart. People see that and realize how important we are in the link between the farmer and the market,” Tracy says.

The Zeorian crew has a rich history. About 60 years ago, Tracy’s grandfather and his brother founded their own custom operation. Tracy became a part of that crew as a 12-year-old girl, who wanted to help her grandmother keep the crew’s living quarters clean. Tracy’s grandfather invited her out to the field one day, and “…when grandpa taught me how to run the combine, I was hooked,” she recalled.

Tracy met her husband on the crew in 1975. He was a hired man, who eventually bought a combine of his own. In 1990, Jim and Tracy to took off on their own; now they run one combine and a truck, making stops in five states. Youngest daughter Taylor works in the family’s camper-trailer, cleaning, preparing meals and performing chores. Tracy drives a truck and Jim runs the combine. Older daughters Jenna and Jamie have also worked in the family business. Jim and Tracy’s youngest daughter is Callie.

“We get along very well. Everyone works together; no one job is more important than the other. We’re a team and we pull together. And once the job is done we load up, hit the road and start all over again,” Tracy said.

Taylor, Jenna and Jamie represent the fourth generation of Zeorians to make the harvest run. Tracy is involved in the U.S. Custom Harvesters Association, Inc., in part to ensure the industry’s future.

“There is another generation of harvesters that and that excites the heck out of me, because it will continue, just like farming,” she said. “I just hope the rules and regulations don’t discourage the young people.”

For more about the Jenna Zeorian’s All Aboard Wheat Harvest blog and photos, click on this link to the High Plains Journal project.

To view the trailer for the upcoming film, “The Wheat Harvest Movie,” click here.