Wheat Growers’ Annual Meeting Celebrates Growth, Innovation and Ag Advocacy
January 16, 2015
January 16, 2015
Wheat Growers member-owners gathered in Aberdeen on January 14 for the 2015 annual meeting with the theme, Planted Here. Board President Hal Clemensen outlined Wheat Growers’ progress this year, “moving your cooperative forward on a number of fronts.” He said the groundbreaking last summer for the cooperative’s state-of-the-art grain and agronomy facility at Kennebec, South Dakota, was one example.
Wheat Growers CEO Dale Locken told the member-owners that 2014 was a year of adjustment, as the ag economy has adjusted back to more traditional times. He said the cooperative will continue to improve and prepare for growth with an eye to the future and a keen focus on efficiency.
Jeff Hainline, President of Advanced Trading, Inc., shared his views on “Record Crops and Dynamic Global Change.”
“The Future of Ag Innovation” was the focus of lunch speaker Ty Vaughn’s speech. Vaughn is the Monsanto Vice President of U.S. Technology Development and Agronomy.
Troy and Stacy Hadrick, Advocates for Agriculture, wrapped up the day, encouraging everyone involved in agriculture to combat negativity toward agriculture by standing up and telling their own story rather than letting someone else do the talking for them.
CEO Dale Locken summed up the day, noting that, “We are planted here in our communities, and we are planted here for our members’ growth as we continue to invest in services, technology, facilities and employees to help you ensure a bright future for generations to come.”
Wheat Growers also shared their Planted Here video that celebrates their cooperative’s vision: