USW elects Randy Suess as Secretary-Treasurer
The U.S. Wheat Associates board of directors unanimously elected wheat grower Randy Suess of Colfax, Wash., Secretary-Treasurer at the USW Winter Board Meeting in Washington, D.C., Feb. 9. The board elected Suess in a slate including current Vice Chairman Janice Mattson of Chester, Mont., who will become Chairman, and Current Secretary-Treasurer Don Schieber of Ponca City, Okla., who will become Vice Chairman. Current Chairman Michael Edgar of Yuma, Ariz., will move to Past Chairman. New officers officially begin their one-year terms at USW's Summer Board Meeting, July 20 to 22, in San Diego, Calif.
"I have been overseas several times with the Washington Wheat Commission and U.S. Wheat Associates and seen first-hand how important market development is to our industry," Suess said. "I want to help tell that story to American wheat producers and this position will give me that opportunity."
Suess manages a three-year rotation of soft white winter wheat, spring wheat, and peas in eastern Washington's Palouse region. Suess served as a state board member and chairman of the public information committee for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, a trustee for the Washington Wheat Foundation, and is past president of the Whitman County Association of Wheat Growers.
He is also past president of the Whitman County Grower's Coop, Inc.., board of directors and served as an advisory board member for the Washington State University College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. Suess is also a member of the advisory board for the International Marketing Program for Agriculture Commodities and Trade. Before returning to the farm, Suess studied Elementary Education at WSU. He taught junior high and served as principal, superintendent, and coach for nine years at Steptoe Elementary School. Suess and his wife Laurie have two adult children, Brian and Emilie.
Mattson will become the first woman to serve as USW Chairman. She manages her own dryland grain farm, growing hard red winter wheat and some spring wheat. Her husband Carl Mattson and their son Vince operate separate farms in the area. Carl is also a Conservation and Farm Programs Associate with the Montana Grain Growers Association.
Schieber operates Schieber Farms, a grain and seed wheat cleaning business. He is a charter member of Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., which markets new hard red winter wheat varieties developed and released by Oklahoma State University. Schieber is also a high school football official in Oklahoma, a "hobby" he started 40 years ago, the same year he married his wife Cecelia.
U.S. Wheat Associates is the industry's market development organization working in 90 countries on behalf of America's wheat producers. The activities of U.S. Wheat Associates are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 18 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. For more information, visit www.uswheat.org or contact your state wheat commission.
New USW Officers.
Newly elected U.S. Wheat Associates officers gather at the organization's recent board meeting in Washington, D.C. Their new duties start at the USW Summer Board Meeting. Left to right, Don Schieber, Ponca City, Okla., who will become Vice Chairman; Janice Mattson, Chester, Mont., who will become Chairman; Michael Edgar, Yuma, Ariz., who will become Past Chairman; USW President Alan Tracy; and Randy Suess, Colfax, Wash., who will become Secretary-Treasurer. (Courtesy photo.)