Mar 09, 2023

NAWG elects officers, names president

Brent Cheyne was elected president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG).

Brent Cheyne. Photo courtesy of NAWG

Brent Cheyne was elected president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG).

Cheyne farms with his son Rodney near Klamath Falls, Oregon, where they raise wheat, barley, oats, alfalfa and Angus cattle. In 2011, Cheyne began his time with the Oregon Wheat Growers League as the Oregon president before accepting the position of NAWG Secretary in 2015.

“It is an honor to have been elected president of NAWG during this Farm Bill year," said Cheyne. "NAWG’s purpose is to advocate for all wheat growers and we have an excellent opportunity to do just that with the 2023 Farm Bill. I hope to see, and I encourage, more involvement and commitment from farmers as we come together to improve the agricultural community."

During Cheyne's term, he will continue to work across the industry on the upcoming Farm Bill and advocate for the nation’s wheat growers.

Along with Cheyne being elected president, the board of directors elected a new slate of officers:

  • Keeff Felty from Oklahoma was elected vice president
  • Pat Clements from Kentucky was elected treasurer
  • Jamie Kress from Idaho was elected as the new secretary
  • Nicole Berg from Washington state transitioned to the role of past president

“We greatly appreciate Nicole Berg’s service to the National Association of Wheat Growers," said NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. "Nicole has led our organization as we developed our initial 2023 Farm Bill priorities, testified in front of Congress three times in reviewing the 2018 Farm Bill, and acted as a national spokesperson for wheat with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

"She has been a true advocate for wheat growers, and we are thankful for her commitment to agriculture,” Goule continued. “We are looking forward to our new leadership this upcoming year as we continue to promote unity amongst wheat growers and support policy efforts that create an environment that is beneficial for wheat growers in our nation.”

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