Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio, was seated as the new chairman of the U.S. Wheat Associates during the organization’s annual meeting June 12 in Whitefish, Mont. USW is the export market development organization representing U.S. wheat farmers.
Doug Goyings’ family has been farming in northwest Ohio since 1884. Goyings and his family grow soft red winter (SRW) wheat and have hosted numerous trade teams on their farm. He has served in Ohio and national agricultural leadership positions for 37 years. Goyings has been a member of the USW board since 2009 and is a past chairman of the USW Long-Range Planning Committee. He serves as a director for the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff Board, is a past president of his local farm bureau and has served as a director for Ohio Veal Growers Inc., Creston Veal Inc. and Paulding Landmark Inc.
Other USW officers include: Darren Padget, vice chairman, Grass Valley, Ore.; Rhonda Larson, secretary-treasurer, East Grand Forks, Minn.; and Chris Kolstad, past chairman, Ledger, Mont.
USW officers were elected to these one-year positions at the January 2019 board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C.
Alberta wheat growers guests at meeting
At the annual meeting, the board of directors also welcomed representatives of the Alberta Wheat Commission as special guests. Geoff Backman, AWC business development and markets manager, and Gary Stanford, AWC chairman and a wheat farmer from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, discussed the Canadian side of the current shared trade issues.
Casey Chumrau, USW marketing manager, Santiago, Chile, and a Montana native, updated the directors on new export opportunities in South America.
Padget is a fourth-generation farmer in Oregon’s Sherman County, with a dryland wheat and summer fallow rotation currently producing registered and certified seed on 3,400 acres annually. Kolstad is the fourth generation of his family to farm in Montana’s “Golden Triangle” region. He and his wife, Vicki, have four children, including their son Cary, who is a partner in their operation. They grow hard red winter (HRW) wheat, dark northern spring wheat, durum, barley and dry peas.