Two Ohioans have been elected to serve the nation’s wheat growers at the national level.
Doug Goyings of Paulding was elected to serve on the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) executive board during the joint winter USW and National Association of Wheat Growers board meeting in Washington, D.C.
Goyings is a fourth generation grain farmer with more than thirty-five years of experience working on behalf of wheat and agriculture.
“I am honored to serve this industry that is so important to my family and our country,” Goyings said. “We need a strong, united industry guiding us forward as we overcome many pressing issues including future trade agreements. I am honored to continue our positive momentum and serve on the executive board.”
Goyings is a board member of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff and previously served three terms as chair. He will utilize his hands-on leadership experience from current and past positions during his four-year term on the USW officer committee. Goyings is the first member of the USW executive board to serve from Ohio.
“We’d like to congratulate Doug on his new leadership position,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of Ohio Corn & Wheat. “He will be a true asset to USW and his work as an officer will undoubtedly benefit all U.S. wheat farmers.”
USW is a worldwide organization that focuses on developing, maintaining and expanding international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers. USW activities in more than 100 countries are made possible through farmer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat checkoffs and cost-share funding provided by USDA/Foreign Agricultural Services.
Rachael Vonderhaar of Camden was elected to serve as the secretary/ treasurer of the Wheat Foods Council during the annual winter board meeting.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on the leadership team for the Wheat Foods Council,” Vonderhaar said. “I am excited to share the story of the U.S. wheat farmers with American consumers.”
Vonderhaar is a fifth generation grain farmer and the secretary of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff.
“We are very excited that Rachael was elected by her peers for this leadership position,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn & Wheat. “She is passionate about promoting agriculture and the benefits of wheat foods.”
The Wheat Foods Council is an industry-wide partnership dedicated to increasing domestic wheat foods consumption through nutrition information, research, education and promotional programs. The council provides health professionals and select influencer groups with valid science-based reasons to recommend wheat and wheat-based foods and to encourage their inclusion in a healthful eating plan.