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Press Release: Maryland Meets Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Maryland Meets Montana: East Coast Filmmaker Collaborates with Big Sky Country PR, Marketing Consultants to Promote National Wheat Harvest Movie

Frederick, MD – April 23, 2012 – A Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC, names two independent public relations and marketing consultants of Billings, Mont., to serve as its national executive co-coordinators for the Wheat Harvest Movie, an American Documentary film project to tell the story of where our food comes from and how its produced.

Melody Dobson

Jody Lamp

Melody Dobson of Baseline Communications and Jody Lamp of Lamp Public Relations & Marketing will provide strategic planning, public relations and marketing services to bring a collaborated group of partners together for support of the project that will encompass a 10-state

region and 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.

Weaver says the new partnership with Dobson and Lamp will help build momentum, promotion and plans to secure national, regional and state sponsorship opportunities, as the 2012 wheat harvest commences across the country.

“I’m thrilled to have Melody and Jody on board with this national project,” he says. “Their ability to negotiate community cooperative partnerships and to build networks of organizations, businesses and agricultural advocates will help cultivate and foster awareness as we shoot for a film release date of Spring 2014.”
Its working title, the Wheat Harvest Movie recently was featured in Grand Island, Neb., at the 2012 annual convention of the  U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc (USCHI). The film will feature USCHI members, including custom harvesters, supporting vendors and equipment manufacturers.

“This story needs to be told as it’s an important part of our American agriculture few people know about,” Weaver says. “The farmers and harvesters take incredible financial risks to get this vital crop from the field to the table.”

The new movie title will be announced soon. A promotional trailer for the film can be seen at www.wheatharvestmovie.com. A digital file of the promo trailer is also available upon request.  For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, Lamp Public Relations & Marketing, call (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@lampprandmarketing.com.

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For More Information:                    Media Contact:

Conrad Weaver                                  Jody L. Lamp
44 North Market St.                         Lamp Public Relations & Marketing
Frederick, MD 21701                         jody@lampprandmarketing.com
(301) 606-7794                                 www.lampprandmarketing.com
info@conjostudios.com                    (406) 698-9675
www.wheatharvestmovie.com
Twitter: @wheat_harvest

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

Welcome Lamp Public Relations and Marketing

I want to wish a huge welcome to Jody Lamp who’s joined our team to help us with Public Relations and Marketing for the Wheat Harvest Movie. Jody has tons of experience and connections with people in agriculture and has already recently helped promote this documentary at the WyoBraska Spring Show in Western Nebraska. I’m so grateful to have connected with Jody and to have her on the team. We look forward to working with Jody to help promote this important film and bring the story of America’s wheat harvest to the world.

About Lamp Public Relations & Marketing
Jody Lamp is a public relations and marketing professional who specializes in agriculture advocacy. Jody produces strategic marketing communication plans and implements tactics for clients that include website content development; press releases; customer/dealer newsletters and other collateral; and establishes integrated social media campaigns. For more than 20 years, Jody has been an ambassador for her agricultural-based clients, working with pr/advertising agencies, magazine and newspaper editors, large and small companies, non-profits and individuals.
Resource Links
Website: http://www.lampprandmarketing.com
Blog: http://brightideasbrighterfuture.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lampprpro
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lampprpro
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jody-lamp/10/718/a6
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/lampprandmarketing

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!

 

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.

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.

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

Packing Gear, Heading West

The Wheat Harvest Movie crew is busy packing gear, and preparing for our departure today. Our itinerary has changed slightly and we’ll be heading west a day early. Our goal is to connect with the Misener harvesting crew in central Nebraska on Monday morning. They are transporting their combines and trucks from Oklahoma to Gregory, SD. We’ll be following them on their last part of the trip and filming the progress.  Once we arrive in Gregory, we’ll set up camp on the farm with the Misener crew. Looking forward to it!