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Productive Meetings in Kansas

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On November 16 and 17, several of us met in Manhattan, KS to talk with potential supporters and sponsors about the Wheat Harvest Movie. Attending the two-day meetings were Conrad Weaver, Director/Producer, Tracy Zeorian, Sponsor & President of USCHI and her daughter Jenna, and Moriah Wagner who helps with PR and Marketing for the Wheat Harvest Movie. We were privileged to attend a meeting with the reigning Miss America, Teresa Scanlan.

Along with meeting with Miss America, we met with Kerry Boydston Wefald from the Kansas FFA Foundation; Elaine H. Edwards, Coordinator at News Media and Marketing for K-State Research and Extension; Bill Spiegel with the Kansas Wheat Commission &
Kansas Assn. of Wheat Growers; Mark Fowler: International Grains Program and Grain Science Industry at Kansas State University; and Brian Strouts at AIB International.

We also stopped by the Kansas Farm Bureau and Tall Grass Brewing Company where we sampled a great wheat beer!

It was a very educational two days, and we hope that a number of these organizations will come on board with us as sponsors. Thanks to Moriah Wagner who did a great job of coordinating these meetings!

Meetings in Manhattan, KS

Teresa ScanlanToday, I’m on my way to Manhattan, KS for  couple of days of important meetings with a number of agriculture organizations, Kansas State University, and the current Miss America, Teresa Scanlan.  Moriah Wagner, our public relations assistant for the Wheat Harvest Movie has been working hard to arrange these meetings. Tracy Zeorian, President of the US Custom Harvesters, Inc. will also be joining us.  The USCHI is the platinum sponsor for the movie. We’re looking forward to presenting the story of the Wheat Harvest Movie to the following people and organizations:

The International Grains Program and Grain Science Industry at Kansas State University.

K-State Food For Thought, College of Agriculture and Miss America, Teresa Scanlan

Kansas FFA Foundation

American Agri-Women

Bill Spiegel with the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers

Kansas Farm Bureau

AIB International

As you can see, we have a very full schedule. Our goal is to bring on a number of new sponsors who will partner with us in telling this important story! I’ll be sure to post updates and photos after our meetings.

– Conrad

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.

Wrapping up in Gregory

We’re wrapping up in Gregory, SD and heading north toward Onida, SD connecting with several crews who are/or will be cutting wheat Thursday or Friday. The wheat has not been ready here in Gregory, but we did spend an awesome 2 1/2 days with the Misener family.

Laken will be posting more details about our stay in Gregory on Thursday.

 

Conrad W.

Arriving in Gregory, SD

Today we arrived in Gregory, South Dakota! You can look down the road and see for miles and the closest Walmart is 110 miles away, you really have to travel to get somewhere! We started off the day in Grand Island, Nebraska. Dad driving and everyone else asleep. We stopped at a Walmart to get some food then we headed down the road but went back to the Walmart to make and eat lunch. Sandwiches for everybody! After filling up our stomachs we headed to get an unbalanced tire, well…balanced. Dad met some pretty neat people while mom and I took the dog to a park where we swung on the swings and went on the teeter totter.

After all of that, we got loaded up on the RV once again and we’re off.  We went through a little town named Spencer and my brother got a picture next to the sign because his name is Spencer. Spence said that he felt appreciated because the town was named after him.  We kept moving along and stopped every once in a while to take a picture (of course).  We played cards and slept all the while poor old Dad was behind the wheel of the ferocious RV.  The dog was the queen of the RV always taking the front seat with the most air conditioning.

Finally after a long day of sitting around in the RV we arrived in Gregory, South Dakota.  We ate at a little diner named Ranch House. The food was excellent and we met some very nice people. After that we went back to the farm and set up camp. Dad and I went out to the wheat fields to shoot some B-Roll and take pictures. Mom and I went on a nice walk while Dad met the farmer and his wife (Tom and Lois).

We have enjoyed ourselves a lot today.  We look forward to the days ahead of shooting the Wheat Harvest Movie! Be sure to check back daily for our updates.

Laken W.

The Crew

Today we arrived in Grand Island, Nebraska. It’s pretty hot here, but we’re surviving, and glad to be ready to begin production on the Wheat Harvest Movie. Some of you may have wondered who are these people behind this project.

USCHIFirst of all, we couldn’t be making this film without the endorsement and full support of our Platinum level sponsor, the US Custom Harvesters!  We’re so excited that they have made this movie project possible!  We hope that with their commitment to the project that other organizations and companies will decide to commit to supporting this important work too.

 

Second, I couldn’t produce a project like this without the support and involvement from the people I love most, my family! They are committed to helping out with the first part of this documentary, and are working as part of my crew this summer.

Third, but not least are the custom harvesters themselves! I’ve had many crews contact me about being involved in telling this story, and I’ve had a number of them make financial commitments as well. Thanks so much!!

If you want to make a financial contribution to the film project, please visit our web site at www.wheatharvestmovie.com