Penner elected president of state wheat growers group

Paul Penner, Hillsboro, was elected president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers at the group?s annual meeting in Hutchinson Aug. 6.

Penner grows wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans near Hillsboro. He and wife Deborah have three grown children: Ben, Jessica and David.

Penner has been an active member of KAWG for more than 15 years, serving on numerous committees. He chairs the National Association of Wheat Growers? Environmental and Renewable Resources Committee.

?KAWG has a great history of serving the wheat grower, from its inception through this current year,? Penner said. ?There have been many challenges as well as opportunities while engaging state and national legislators on issues that matter to Kansas wheat producers.

?I am excited about the future for the Kansas wheat industry as we assist all stakeholders through effective policy work and providing the framework for advancements in wheat research that is beneficial for the Kansas wheat producer.?

David Schemm, Sharon Springs, is KAWG?s vice-president and Gary Millershaski, Lakin, is secretary-treasurer. New officers assume their roles Jan. 1.

KAWG members debated and supported several resolutions at the group?s annual business meeting. Foremost was the support of an increase in the Kansas wheat assessment, from one cent per bushel to 1.5 cents per bushel.

The assessment increase takes effect Jan. 1 after a 30-day comment period granted Kansas wheat producers.

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