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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.

Update on the Wheat Harvest Movie

Jim Zeorian checks condition of wheat

If you’re wondering whether the Wheat Harvest Movie project is still on…the answer is a huge YES!!   We’ve shot our initial footage this summer (read about our harvest adventures on the blog site: http://www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com/blog/ ) and are now working on raising the rest of the funds we need to make this movie happen.

Our plan moving forward is as follows:

1. Finish working on an updated movie trailer that we can use for promotions and fund-raising.

2. Raise the funds we need from companies that support the harvest: John Deere, New Holland, AGCO, Kansas Farm Bureau, and others. We’re also working on writing for grants from foundations and other organizations. We’re so glad the US Custom Harvesters organization has come on board as our primary sponsor! Without them, we couldn’t have even begun working on this!!

3. Next spring (2012) we begin full production on the film, following the harvest start to finish. We’ll begin by attending the USCHI convention in Grand Island, NE in March.  We’ll then connect with our harvest crews at their home bases to film harvest preparations and  follow them on their harvest run.

4. We’ll wrap up production in the Fall of 2012, begin editing, and have a finished product ready for national broadcast and distribution early in 2013. We hope to be able to have a premier at the same time as the 2013 USCHI convention; we’ll keep you posted on this.

Thanks for your interest, and please pass this information on to everyone who may be interested!

Conrad Weaver
Producer/Director, The Wheat Harvest Movie

PS: follow the Wheat Harvest Movie on Twitter: @wheat_harvest

A Message from the President of USCHI

USCHIA Message from the President of the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.

Hello! As president of U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., I want to thank you for your interest in “The Wheat Harvest Movie”! Nearly two years ago Conrad Weaver, President of ConjoStudios, LLC contacted me regarding his dream to produce a documentary following the annual wheat harvest. It’s our goal as an organization to make this dream a reality!

U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. is the only voice in America representing and promoting the custom harvesting industry. Our membership consists of 370 individual custom harvesting businesses and 170 industry support businesses. The organization works for the members by providing a positive voice when rules and regulations need challenged or created in Washington, D.C. We work to enhance the relationship between the custom harvesters, their clients (the American producer), service providers to the industry, and to the general public.

The custom harvesting industry has been around for more than 60 years with its beginnings dating back to World War II. Custom harvesters provide a vital link between the producer’s investment and the market. They provide the service of harvesting grain in a timely and efficient manner – sometimes trying to beat that storm cloud brewing on the horizon.

It’s the desire of U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. to help the “The Wheat Harvest Movie” make a connection between the agricultural world and the American public. We feel if consumers were more aware of where their food comes from, they will protect this valuable resource rather than pushing it out of business. If Americans forget where food comes from and have to begin importing food due to the rules and regulations that are pushing Ag industries out of business, it will be too late. Education is a tremendous tool to gain knowledge and this documentary
project is such a tool!

I would like to encourage you to jump on board and support this important documentary! Currently there is an effort in the agriculture world to tell the story of food production from start to finish, so the timing for the “Wheat Harvest Movie” is perfect! Your contribution – whether large or small – will benefit this important story which NEEDS to be told. Please help us make this dream a reality!

Sincerely,

Tracy Zeorian, President
U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.

With the Zeorian Crew in Limon, CO

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We’ve spent the past few days in Limon, CO with Jim Zeorian Harvesting. They have been more than gracious to us, and we’ve been able to shoot some really spectacular video: cutting wheat at sunset, unloading at the grain elevator and on the farm, riding in the combine and truck! Jim and Tracy and their two daughters run the operation here. Jim drives the truck, Tracy drives the combine, and the girls provide support from the trailer house at the campground. They have another day or two of cutting wheat here in Limon, then they will load up their equipment and head north to Jordan, MT.

We, on the other hand, will be wrapping up production for this trip and taking a break before connecting with harvest crews a little later this year as they finish up the wheat harvest for this year.  We’ll continue to provide updates and document our progress as the Wheat Harvest Movie begins to take shape.

If you would like to support this project, please visit our web site: www.wheatharvestmovie.com  You can make a donation and you can also order a Wheat Harvest Movie T-shirt.

Thanks for your support and continued interest in our project.

Conrad W.

Limon, CO

After a couple of days sightseeing and some much needed R & R we packed up the RV and headed south to Limon, CO where the Zeorian Harvesting crew has been for the past week. We arrived at the farm where they were cutting wheat just in time for a spectacular sunset and some great “beauty shots”. I’ll upload a few more pictures in a little while.

Conrad W.

Arriving in Wall, SD

Yesterday we arrived in Wall, SD. Before we got here, we were in Onida, SD. The night before we left there was a huge storm, and I thought the whole RV was going to be on its side by the end of the night.  I am not going to lie I was just a little scared. We finally got through the night, and the next day dad interviewed a few people while Spencer, Brandon, and I went to the pool in Onida.  We got on the road and the air conditioning in the RV decided not to work so we were in a hot RV all day long!

Once we got near Wall, Spence, Brandon, and I all got to ride in combines while they were cutting wheat. They are harvesting a little over 900 acres of wheat! It took two hours just to go around the perimeter of the field!  Riding in the combine was a lot of fun and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We look forward to going to Wall Drug and the Badlands today, and Mount Rushmore in the next few days!

Laken W.

With the Misener’s

Today we traveled to Onida, SD, but it was hard to leave the Misener Family behind. They were more than hospitable, they were like family to us. Tuesday, we did some lounging around and interviewed some of the family. Mom made homemade tomato sauce for the first time with Verena Misener. They made a wonderful spaghetti lunch. There has been some down time for the Misener Family because they are not able to harvest the wheat due to the wheat not being ripe enough.

During their down time, I learned, that the Misener Family does preventative maintenance on their machinery so that they do not have any problems when cutting the wheat. We all got to ride in the combine and that was pretty fun! Emma Misener trains people how to use the combine and started cutting wheat herself at age eleven.

Tuesday and Wednesday dad interviewed several people in the Misener family. I took some behind the scene photos while mom had the flip camera taking some behind the scene footage. I heard some very interesting stories about what they do on the harvest, and also I learned a lot about how they harvest the wheat and how they use the machinery.

I noticed throughout the whole trip that harvesting is not all about cutting the wheat. There is a lot of time and effort put into doing the laundry and cooking the food. Kristy, the mom, washes about ten pairs of jeans everyday. Kristy and Verena get up early and start cooking delicious meals. Throughout the day they watch the little kids and help clean up camp. I would have to say the Kristy is definitely the backbone of the family.

These past few days have been quite enjoyable, being able to learn new things and getting to know some amazing people. Back home before we came, dad would always talk about them non stop, and we were like we have got to meet these people, and now we know why he always talked about them. They were the nicest people I have probably ever met.

Laken W.