The boards of U.S. Wheat Associates, the Wheat Export Trade Education Committee (WETEC), and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) each have votes scheduled on a consolidation proposal for their organizations this coming weekend. The wheat groups will gather in Reno, Nev., as part of the North American Grain Congress, the inaugural joint conference of NAWG and the National Grain Sorghum Producers.

The consolidation plan, three years and three separate committees in the making, calls for the three Washington, DC-based wheat organizations to unite into one, with a single Board of Directors and staff. If accepted by all three boards, the new organization would assume responsibility for the trade policy, domestic policy, and overseas market development work of the existing organizations.

"We've been discussing and refining this proposal for three years, and we're looking forward to a final vote and some certainty," said WETEC Chairman Lynn Blair. "We have big challenges ahead, and this structure question needs to be settled."

"We plan to treat this issue as Congress treats conference reports - an up-or-down vote with no amendments," said NAWG President Mark Gage. "The proposal has been thoroughly discussed, analyzed, refined and amended into its present form. From my perspective, any postponements or amendments tacked on to the proposal at this point will be considered votes against consolidation."

WETEC will be the first organization to consider the question, with a Board meeting on Friday afternoon, February 18. U.S. Wheat Associates' Board meets on Saturday and Sunday. NAWG's Board meeting is Tuesday, February 22, on the closing day of the Grain Congress.

Source: Association Release