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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!

Conrad

February 28 Press Release

USCHIFOR IMMEDIATE 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
301.606.7794
conjostudios@gmail.com
www.wheatharvestmovie.com
Twitter: @wheat_harvest

Media Contact:
Jody L. Lamp
Lamp Public Relations & Marketing
jody@lampprandmarketing.com
www.lampprandmarketing.com
(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.

Preparations for USCHI Convention

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.

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.

Conrad
Producer/Director
The Wheat Harvest Movie
www.WheatHarvestMovie.com

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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!

 

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.

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