ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — After 29 years with U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), Ed Wiese, regional vice-president, Sub-Saharan Africa, will retire on Dec. 31.

The regional office is in Cape Town, South Africa, where Gerald Theus, assistant regional director, will serve as interim regional director until a successor to Wiese is selected.

“Ed Wiese has had a very successful career with our organization and was instrumental in building U.S. wheat markets like Nigeria that continue to return so much today,” said Vince Peterson, president of USW. “We thank Ed for being a steadfast advocate for U.S. wheat farmers over many years and through many challenges in the region, and we wish him the best in his retirement.”

USW’s mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance wheat’s profitability for U.S. wheat producers and its value for their customers.” 

The organization’s activities in more than 100 countries are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 17 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided.