NAWG hires new CEO

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has selected Chandler Goule as it’s new chief executive officer, replacing Jim Palmer who stepped down to spend more time with his family on his Missouri farm. Goule will assume his responsibilities on July 5.

Most recently, Goule served as senior vice president of programs at the National Farmers Union (NFU) where he was heavily involved in farm bill legislation. In addition to his CEO duties, he will also serve as the executive director of the National Wheat Foundation. Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ Natural Resources Chair and former WAWG President Nicole Berg served on the NAWG CEO selection committee.

“NAWG is very pleased to have Chandler on board,” said NAWG President Gordon Stoner, a wheat grower from Outlook, Mont. “With our industry at a critical juncture, we know that with Chandler’s guidance, NAWG will be in a great position to advocate on behalf of all wheat farmers. We are delighted to have such a talented and experienced person lead our D.C. staff.”

Originally from Texas, Goule holds degrees from Texas A&M and George Washington University and served as a subcommittee staff director for the House Agriculture Committee before moving to the National Farmers Union in 2009 as vice president of government relations. He was appointed senior vice president of NFU programs in 2014.

“There are many issues facing the national wheat industry, not the least of which is the upcoming battle for the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Kevin Klein, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. “We feel confident that with the selection of Chandler Goule as CEO, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is positioning itself to be a leader in the wheat industry when it comes to advocating for growers and protecting their livelihoods. The Washington state wheat organizations look forward to working with Chandler.”