The president of the National Association of Wheat Growers has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
David Schemm, of Sharon Springs, Kan., resigned to pursue “other professional opportunities in his home state of Kansas,” according to NAWG press release.
“It was just a great opportunity that presented itself there at NAWG, but there have been some other opportunities (that) presented themselves to me,” David Schemm told the Capital Press.
He declined to name those opportunities, but said he expects to make an announcement in the next few weeks.
“Truly, my passion is to help wheat farmers and farmers in general,” he said. “I really enjoy being engaged and making sure the voice of the American farmer is heard and we can help maintain a strong rural ag economy. The opportunity that is presenting itself would help me further along that passion.”
Schemm plans to continue to farm “some,” noting his eldest son is graduating in the next year and plans to return to the family farm. Schemm farms 16,000 acres.
Schemm said he discussed the matter with his family, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule and the other NAWG officers.
“I felt that up to this point I had been able to get NAWG into a position that it’s a strong organization, being well-heard, states’ voices were being represented, the wheat industry was working wonderfully together, coming forward with one voice,” Schemm said. “We have already had a tremendous impact on the farm bill and trying to make sure we help our wheat growers out there.”
Schemm’s term was slated to end in July 2018. Presidents typically serve a one-year term.
Past president Gordon Stoner, of Outlook, Mont., will assume duties and the role of the president until the next officer election at the 2018 Commodity Classic.
In a press release, Goule credited Schemm with helping to move the wheat industry forward, growing its presence on Capitol Hill and improving relationships with the media and other farm organizations.
“As president, Schemm wanted to ensure voices from all wheat farmers were heard, so he made monthly visits to wheat states to get a better understanding of what is and isn’t working for growers,” Goule stated in the press release. “While David will be missed, I know he will continue to do important things for the state of Kansas. David’s leadership will have a lasting impact on the organization and we wish his family and him all the best.”