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Wheat Industry Meets to Discuss Opportunities and Challenges

September 8, 2006

Washington, D.C. – September 8, 2006 – Wheat industry leaders concluded a Wheat Summit in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday agreeing to focus on four areas: technology and research; domestic competitiveness, primarily for growing acres; domestic farm policy; and export markets.

North American Millers’ Association Chairman Guy Shoemaker stressed the importance of having representatives of the entire wheat industry in a room discussing these important issues.

“At one place and one time the industry came together and developed a common understanding of four issues,” Shoemaker said. “It’s a matter of making the whole supply chain healthy so we can grow together.”

“The reason we came together today is that we have recognized that there is a great concern in the wheat industry about the economic future and viability of the production of wheat in this country,” said Dale Schuler, NAWG president and a wheat farmer from Carter, Mont., at a press conference immediately following the Summit.

The Summit included representatives of every part of the “wheat chain,” from producers to processors, from transportation interests to grocery stores.

Information and conclusions from the Summit will be compiled and the sponsoring organizations will meet with those who attended the Summit to formulate a strategic plan for moving forward.

The Wheat Summit was planned by NAWG and the North American Millers’ Association and was the follow-up to a paper released in June outlining some of the problems facing the American wheat industry. That paper was jointly authored by the National Association of Wheat Growers, the North American Millers’ Association, U.S. Wheat Associates and the Wheat Export Trade Education Committee.

The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) is the trade association representing the wheat, corn, oat and rye milling industry. NAMA’s 48 member companies operate 170 mills in 38 states and Canada. Their aggregate production of more than 160 million pounds per day is approximately 95 percent of the total industry capacity.

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CONTACT: Terri Long, Director of Communications
202.484.2200, ext.11
tlong@namamillers.org

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