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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, U.S. — The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) concluded the 2018 Commodity Classic with a new slate of officers. Both NAWG and NWF have elected female wheat growers to their executive teams.

Gordon Stoner, president of NAWG, has passed the gavel down to vice-president Jimmie Musick, a farmer in Southwest Oklahoma. Ben Scholz moved up the ranks of leadership becoming NAWG’s next vice-president. Dave Milligan will serve as NAWG’s newest treasurer.

Nicole Berg, wheat farmer from Paterson, Washington, U.S., becomes the newest face in NAWG leadership with her election as secretary. Berg is the next woman since Washington wheat grower Judy Olson (1994) to be elected to the board.

Stoner will continue to serve on the executive committee in the role of past president.

“We are excited to announce the officer team for the 2018-2019 NAWG fiscal year,” said Chandler Goule, CEO of NAWG and executive-director for NWF. “With our new board in place we are ready to represent America’s wheat farmers during the 2018 Farm Bill negotiations.”

NAWG also had one new addition to its board of directors. Rockland, Idaho, wheat grower Jamie Kress replaces Joe Anderson, representing the Idaho Grain Growers Association.

The NWF also added a new face to its board of directors. Director Ryan Findlay left the Foundation’s board to pursue the position of CEO at the American Soybean Association. Kim Magin, director of industry affairs for Monsanto, will replace Findlay on the board and continue to amplify the Foundation’s strong connection with industry. Idaho wheat farmer Wayne Hurst also has moved up the ranks to replace Phil McLain as president.

“NWF again congratulates Ryan on his new role and is excited to bring Kim Magin on to the team,” Goule said. “Kim’s experience as director of industry affairs for Monsanto and her knowledge of industry will help move the NWF forward with its 2018-2019 projects.”