MILFORD, INDIANA, U.S. — Brock announced on Aug. 11 that Joseph (Joe) Helfrich has been named executive vice-president and general manager of Brock Grain Systems, a division of CTB, Inc., according to Doug Niemeyer, president and chief operating officer for CTB.
In his new role, Helfrich will be responsible for leading and providing strategic direction for the global Brock Grain Systems group including oversight of sales, manufacturing and an extensive worldwide network of independent dealers and distributors.
Helfrich has spent most of his career in equipment and heavy machinery. He served most recently as general manager of Global Mining at Caterpillar. His extensive experience includes proficiency in strategy development, business process improvement, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, distribution and customer service operations.
His educational background includes a master of engineering degree from the University of Detroit, and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Helfrich is a registered professional engineer and holds six patents as well as Lean Six Sigma certification. Currently a resident of Connecticut, he plans to relocate to the Milford, Indiana, area.
Helfrich moved into the new role following the promotion earlier this year of Niemeyer to president and chief operating officer for CTB.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.