GREAT FALLS, Montana—Ledger farmer Chris Kolstad has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of U.S. Wheat Associates. Kolstad is the fourth generation of his family to farm in Montana’s Golden Triangle. He and his wife Vicki have four children, including their son Cary who is a partner in their operation. They grow hard red winter wheat, dark northern spring wheat and durum, plus barley and dry peas.
As District 3 Director of the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee appointed by Governor Steve Bullock, Kolstad has represented Montana on the USW board since 2012. He is also a member of the Montana Grain Growers Association and Montana Farm Bureau. His community leadership includes serving on his local school board, as treasurer of his family’s church.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for one of our Wheat and Barley Committee Directors to share Montana wheat growers’ perspective and advocate on behalf of our state. Director Kolstad’s understanding of the U.S. wheat industry and his experience as a multi-generational farmer will benefit Montana wheat growers,” said Governor Steve Bullock.
“The Montana Grain Growers Association is very pleased with the election of Chris Kolstad to the USW officer team. As a long-time Montana grain producer and MWBC director, Chris recognizes that our local markets are highly dependent on the export market development priorities of USW. His expertise and insight will serve our growers well,” stated Lola Raska, Executive Vice President of the Montana Grain Growers Association.
“Wheat has paid the bills on my family’s farm for 100 years and I want to thank the board for giving me the opportunity to give something back to this country’s wheat industry,” Kolstad said. “I look forward to working with USW’s directors and staff, as well as with the National Association of Wheat Growers, to make sure U.S. wheat remains the world’s top choice for quality and value.”
Kolstad is currently in his second term with the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, and has recently served as Chairman. His term as Secretary-Treasurer will begin in July of 2016.
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USW’s mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers.” USW activities in more than 100 countries are funded with producer checkoff dollars managed by 18 state wheat commissions and USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service cost-share programs. USW maintains 17 offices strategically located around the world to help wheat buyers, millers, bakers, wheat food processors and government officials understand the quality, value and reliability of all six classes of U.S. wheat.
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The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee is a producer funded and directed check-off organization for wheat and barley growers in the state. Its mission is to protect and foster the health and prosperity of the Montana wheat and barley industry. Visit wbc.agr.mt.gov for more information.
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