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Be Our Guest - 2014 Annual Meeting
It’s been a productive 90th year at Wheat Growers and now it’s time to report back to member-owners.
Please be our guest at the “Planted Here” Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Crossroads Hotel and Event Center in Huron – featuring South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch.
A bus service from Wheat Growers Aberdeen office to Huron is available. To reserve a spot please contact Linda at 605-225-5500 or LJohnson@sdwg.com
9:15 AM Registration Opens
10:00 AM Welcome & Business Meeting
Message from Board of Directors – Hal Clemenson,
Announcement of Election Results – Hal Clemenson,
Executive Report – Dale Locken, CEO
Financial Highlights – Blake Bomesberger, CFO
Leadership Team Panel
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM “Beijing, Baku and You … How the Developing World Will Affect U.S. Agriculture” Andrew McCrea
12:20 PM Lunch – Door Prizes – Introductions
2:30 PM “Investing in Our Future” – Lucas Lentsch, SD Secretary of Agriculture
1:50 PM Break
2:10 PM “Will A Drone Be Your Next Piece of Equipment?” – Robert Blair
3:00 PM Closing Remarks – Hal Clemensen
Robert Blair is a fourth generation Idaho farmer who started using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in 2006 on his operation and incorporated them with current precision ag technologies. In 2009 he was awarded the Precision Ag Institutes Precision Farmer of the Year. He is currently working with the University of Idaho to create a class for UAV applications in agriculture.
Often described as today’s Charles Kuralt, Andrew McCrea is a farmer and rancher, popular author and nationally syndicated radio broadcaster. Since 1996 Andrew McCrea has traveled the nation, producing the “American Countryside” features that are heard each day on radio stations coast-to-coast. He is the author of four books including the Ippy Award Winner, American Countryside: Where Does Lost Luggage Go?
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch
Secretary Lentsch’s upbringing rooted him to a state and industry he is committed to serving. By using his diverse experiences in production agriculture, small business entrepreneurship and military service, Secretary Lentsch is committed to creating opportunities for the state’s agriculture industry. With hands-on experience working on his family farm, Secretary Lentsch is enthusiastic about putting the same ethics he learned in his youth into his leadership of the state’s agriculture department.
At a Glance
- 37 locations
- 16,000 equity holders
- Marketing over 170 million bushels annually
- 5,400 active producer members
- Integrity in Business Dealings
- Provide Superior Service to Our Customers
- Focus on Present and Future Customer Needs
- Remain Financially Strong
- Maintain Progressive Leadership for Our Company
- Commitment to a Positive Safety Culture