Benton County grower elected to NAWG board as secretary

Benton County farmer Nicole Berg (second from right) is only the second woman to go through the National Association of Wheat Growers’ chairs. She joins (from left) Texas farmer Ben Scholz as vice president; Michigan farmer Dave Milligan as treasurer; Oklahoma farmer Jimmie Musick as president; and Montana farmer Gordon Stoner as past president.

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) congratulates Nicole Berg, a grower from Benton County, on her election as secretary to the board of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG).

“I think there needed to be representation from the Pacific Northwest to make sure that our voices are heard at the national level,” Berg said on why she decided to serve on the NAWG board. “I’m hoping that through communication between the national association and our industry groups here in the Pacific Northwest, we can achieve good things for our growers.”

Berg said some of her priorities while serving on the NAWG board include making sure wheat growers have a voice in 2018 Farm Bill negotiations and elevating NAWG’s relevancy in Washington, D.C.

Berg served as WAWG president in 2013/14. She is also the current chair of WAWG’s Natural Resources and National Legislation committees. Berg will be the second woman to serve wheat growers at the national level since Washington wheat grower Judy Olson was elected to the board in 1994.

“We are excited to announce the officer team for the 2018-19 NAWG fiscal year,” said NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. “With our new board in place we are ready to represent America’s wheat farmers during the 2018 Farm Bill negotiations.”

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