May 17, 2012
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The Barn was buzzing with excitement last week. We were honored to be hosts to Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC, producer of the documentary, “The Great American Wheat Harvest”. Meeting at the Barn with him from Billings, Montana, were Melody Dobson of Baseline Communications and Jody Lamp of Lamp PR & Marketing. To get the marketing campaign for the documentary jump started Teresa Scanlan, 2011 Miss America, was also here to tape a PSA for the film, before she boarded a plane for the Middle East to visit with America’s troops. ”The Great American Wheat Harvest” tells the agricultural story of America’s wheat producers and the combine crews that travel the plains of the Midwest from Texas to the Canadian border. Their annual cross country trek is a saga which captivated Conrad Weaver’s imagination and thus the impetus to create the film. The documentary will tell the saga of America’s harvest crews, who cut deep furrows through 10 states, not only with the wide swaths that their combines and harvest machinery have sculptured the prairies with, but also the personal drama of deep human relationships, arduous work, tragedies and joys and celebrations. It is an American story that all Americans need to know. After having seen the film, you will definitely have a deeper appreciation for the loaf of bread that you lift from the grocery store shelf and load into your shopping cart. And you will have a deeper respect for American agriculture!
Written by Cher Maybee of Barn Anew Bed & Breakfast.
March 4, 2012
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The USCHI Convention Exhibit Hall
This past week I spent several days at the US Custom Harvester’s convention in Grand Island, NE. Over 900 people involved in harvesting attended this event which is held annually. Attendees can take advantage of meeting other harvest crews, equipment manufacturers, and support industries. The sharing of ideas and experiences helps harvest crews stay current with the latest technologies and tools to make the harvest more efficient and cost effective.
It was great to meet supporters!
We had a booth in the trade show to make people aware of the Wheat Harvest Movie. I was able to meet with quite a number of our supporters and hopefully gained some new supporters along the way. The convention is hosted by our Platinum sponsor for the Wheat Harvest Movie the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. I want to thank the board of the USCHI for letting me come and be a part of the convention, and I want to thank them for letting me speak the the entire group during the lunch meeting on Thursday.
The feedback I got from the harvesters and quite a number of supporting industries was very positive. People are excited that we’re telling the story of the harvest and not just trying to make a drama-filled TV show. They especially liked the beauty shots in the movie trailer; those are my favorite scenes too, of course.
While at the convention, one of my goals was to meet and talk with as many potential sponsors as possible. I was able to do that, meeting with representatives from MacDon, New Holland, Case IH, John Deere, Gleaner Combines, and others. Although I didn’t get anyone signed on board to sponsor during the convention, they were all very receptive, and a number of the larger companies ready for more discussions about this.
We’ll keep you posted, of course! If you’re interested in supporting this project, please go to the web site and click on the “DONATE” button. We’re looking for a few $500 club and $1000 club members. Would you consider joining us?
Thank you for reading, and we’ll keep you posted on our progress!
February 27, 2012
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We want to give a huge thank you to Moriah Wagner for appearing on the AG am in Kansas show to promote the US Custom Harvesters and the Wheat harvest Movie! AG am in Kansas is a 30 minute daily TV show highlighting the �Good News� about Kansas agriculture, including livestock, crops and AG Business stories along with features about Young Farmers, Master Farmers, Rural Lifestyles, Healthy Yards, Events around the state and much more! Click here to watch the interview.
November 22, 2011
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On November 16 and 17, several of us met in Manhattan, KS to talk with potential supporters and sponsors about the Wheat Harvest Movie. Attending the two-day meetings were Conrad Weaver, Director/Producer, Tracy Zeorian, Sponsor & President of USCHI and her daughter Jenna, and Moriah Wagner who helps with PR and Marketing for the Wheat Harvest Movie. We were privileged to attend a meeting with the reigning Miss America, Teresa Scanlan.
Along with meeting with Miss America, we met with Kerry Boydston Wefald from the Kansas FFA Foundation; Elaine H. Edwards, Coordinator at News Media and Marketing for K-State Research and Extension; Bill Spiegel with the Kansas Wheat Commission &
Kansas Assn. of Wheat Growers; Mark Fowler: International Grains Program and Grain Science Industry at Kansas State University; and Brian Strouts at AIB International.
We also stopped by the Kansas Farm Bureau and Tall Grass Brewing Company where we sampled a great wheat beer!
It was a very educational two days, and we hope that a number of these organizations will come on board with us as sponsors. Thanks to Moriah Wagner who did a great job of coordinating these meetings!
November 15, 2011
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Today, I’m on my way to Manhattan, KS for couple of days of important meetings with a number of agriculture organizations, Kansas State University, and the current Miss America, Teresa Scanlan. Moriah Wagner, our public relations assistant for the Wheat Harvest Movie has been working hard to arrange these meetings. Tracy Zeorian, President of the US Custom Harvesters, Inc. will also be joining us. The USCHI is the platinum sponsor for the movie. We’re looking forward to presenting the story of the Wheat Harvest Movie to the following people and organizations:
The International Grains Program and Grain Science Industry at Kansas State University.
K-State Food For Thought, College of Agriculture and Miss America, Teresa Scanlan
Kansas FFA Foundation
Bill Spiegel with the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers
Kansas Farm Bureau
As you can see, we have a very full schedule. Our goal is to bring on a number of new sponsors who will partner with us in telling this important story! I’ll be sure to post updates and photos after our meetings.
October 27, 2011
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PHOTO OP…. if you’ve received a Wheat Harvest Movie T-Shirt… put it on, take a photo and post it here! Let’s begin raising the awareness for this movie project! Support the movie by wearing the T-shirt. If you’ve NOT received one, order your today for $20, or make a $100 contribution to the project. www.wheatharvestmovie.com
September 20, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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Jim Zeorian checks condition of wheat
If you’re wondering whether the Wheat Harvest Movie project is still on…the answer is a huge YES!! We’ve shot our initial footage this summer (read about our harvest adventures on the blog site: http://wheatharvestmovie.wordpress.com/ ) and are now working on raising the rest of the funds we need to make this movie happen.
Our plan moving forward is as follows:
1. Finish working on an updated movie trailer that we can use for promotions and fund-raising.
2. Raise the funds we need from companies that support the harvest: John Deere, New Holland, AGCO, Kansas Farm Bureau, and others. We’re also working on writing for grants from foundations and other organizations. We’re so glad the US Custom Harvesters organization has come on board as our primary sponsor! Without them, we couldn’t have even begun working on this!!
3. Next spring (2012) we begin full production on the film, following the harvest start to finish. We’ll begin by attending the USCHI convention in Grand Island, NE in March. We’ll then connect with our harvest crews at their home bases to film harvest preparations and follow them on their harvest run.
4. We’ll wrap up production in the Fall of 2012, begin editing, and have a finished product ready for national broadcast and distribution early in 2013. We hope to be able to have a premier at the same time as the 2013 USCHI convention; we’ll keep you posted on this.
Thanks for your interest, and please pass this information on to everyone who may be interested!
Producer/Director, The Wheat Harvest Movie
PS: follow the Wheat Harvest Movie on Twitter: @wheat_harvest
August 10, 2011
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A Message from the President of the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.
Hello! As president of U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., I want to thank you for your interest in “The Wheat Harvest Movie”! Nearly two years ago Conrad Weaver, President of ConjoStudios, LLC contacted me regarding his dream to produce a documentary following the annual wheat harvest. It’s our goal as an organization to make this dream a reality!
U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. is the only voice in America representing and promoting the custom harvesting industry. Our membership consists of 370 individual custom harvesting businesses and 170 industry support businesses. The organization works for the members by providing a positive voice when rules and regulations need challenged or created in Washington, D.C. We work to enhance the relationship between the custom harvesters, their clients (the American producer), service providers to the industry, and to the general public.
The custom harvesting industry has been around for more than 60 years with its beginnings dating back to World War II. Custom harvesters provide a vital link between the producer’s investment and the market. They provide the service of harvesting grain in a timely and efficient manner – sometimes trying to beat that storm cloud brewing on the horizon.
It’s the desire of U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. to help the “The Wheat Harvest Movie” make a connection between the agricultural world and the American public. We feel if consumers were more aware of where their food comes from, they will protect this valuable resource rather than pushing it out of business. If Americans forget where food comes from and have to begin importing food due to the rules and regulations that are pushing Ag industries out of business, it will be too late. Education is a tremendous tool to gain knowledge and this documentary
project is such a tool!
I would like to encourage you to jump on board and support this important documentary! Currently there is an effort in the agriculture world to tell the story of food production from start to finish, so the timing for the “Wheat Harvest Movie” is perfect! Your contribution – whether large or small – will benefit this important story which NEEDS to be told. Please help us make this dream a reality!
Tracy Zeorian, President
U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.