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Here’s Dan Misener, the newest board member from the US Custom Harvesters, Inc giving us a tour of the USCHI trade show floor from Grand Island, NE during the convention last week.
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.
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!
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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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.
Website& Blog: http://www.conjostudios.com
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.
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.
NAWG OPEN HOUSE
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).
NAME THAT MOVIE
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.
The Wheat Harvest Movie
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!