Wheat Ambassadors Highlights

Wheat Ambassadors Highlights

Wheat Ambassadors’ Highlights
I’m KayDee Gilkey with the Northwest Farm and Ranch Report.

Last fall two high school seniors were selected to represent Washington wheat farmers as the first annual Washington Wheat Ambassadors. I caught up with both of them at a recent Washington Grain Commission meeting and had the opportunity to see how they have been enjoying their role of representing Washington Wheat growers.

JD Rosman, a high school senior from Creston, recipient of a WA Association of Wheat Growers $2,500 scholarship, shares what has been the most impactful thing he has learned so far.

Rosman: “Being able to learn the political aspect of farming. Seeing how vital organizations like WAWG is to the success of the farmers for without them we are forgotten and basically run over and there wouldn’t be funding for programs. So thanks to WAWG and the people who have gone through the chairs and who support WAWG -- that is a huge aspect of farming that is necessary.”

Charlene Gray, a senior from Reardan and winner of a $1,000 scholarship, tells what her experience’s highlight has been.

Gray: “Gaining knowledge of the wheat industry. It’s a great experience.”

Gray encourages wheat youth who are currently juniors in high school to consider applying in the fall for the second annual Washington Wheat Ambassador program.

Gray: “It would definitely be a worthwhile experience because you get to meet all these farmers, and listen to presentations about all this money that is going to all these productions and it is really amazing and it is a really great experience that they should do.” ? 

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