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Kansas wheat groups agree on cooperative strategy. Bill Spiegel

Published on: Apr 18, 2005

It has been three years since board members of the Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers embarked upon a cooperative agreement plan that would bring both groups under the same roof, with a single administrator overseeing the actions of each. Last week, KAWG board members voted in favor of the agreement previously backed by the KWC, finalizing a deal that is intended to improve communications between the two groups and unify the state's wheat growers...

  • The next step, according to one member of the KAWG board, is to fill the position of executive director. Two members from the KWC and KAWG boards, plus three wheat industry folks agreed upon by the two groups, will be charged with finding a new administrator....
  • The KAWG executive director is Brett Myers; KWC's is David Frey. Each is eligible to fill the new post...
  • Under the cooperative agreement, the KAWG would hire the KWC staff to carry out its mission, which includes lobbying, education and promotion of wheat. KAWG, which is funded by dues-paying members and a contract with the Kansas Wheat Commission, has a staff of three full-time employees and one part-time...
  • With seven full-time employees, the checkoff-funded Kansas Wheat Commission's mission is to promote, educate and conduct research that benefits the wheat industry. The KWC is not allowed to use funds for lobbying...
  • While one administrator will provide oversight of both groups, each organization will retain its board of directors. Several joint committees will fulfill the mission of each group...
  • In other news last week, Hiawatha-based RHS, Inc. has sold its Outback line of GPS guidance products to CSI Wireless, Inc., a Calgary, Canada company that makes global positioning systems and wireless products. The deal was finalized April 8. RHS receives 4.4 million shares of CSI common stock and a note payable for cash; the total deal will net RHS some $9.6 million.