Wheat Growers Annual Meeting Highlights Continued Financial Strength and Liquidity

January 19, 2014

Wheat Growers member-owners gathered in Huron on January 15 for the 2013 annual meeting with the theme “Planted Here.” Board President Hal Clemensen said the theme, “…says a great deal about your cooperative, its mission, its people and its goals.”

CEO Dale Locken noted that Wheat Growers finished with a record year in terms of sales that resulted in $14 million in local income for the cooperative. He added, “You can have confidence in our financial strength and liquidity….as we continue to be ‘Planted Here,’ building and investing for the coming generations.” Member-owners heard from farmer, rancher, author and nationally syndicated radio broadcaster Andrew McCrea, who shared his insights into how the developing world will affect U.S. agriculture.

The featured lunch speaker was South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch, who encouraged farmers to expect Congress to “do their chores” and pass a Farm Bill because it’s a food policy and national security interest.

The final speaker of the day asked Wheat Growers if a drone would be their next piece of equipment. Robert Blair is a fourth generation Idaho farmer who is an advocate of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for precision agriculture. He said agriculture will be the first industry that will be commercially allowed by the Federal Aviation Administration to use UAVs.