North Dakota Wheat Commision

2017 Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum to be Held in Minot

by ND Wheat

Posted on 10/31/2017

The North Dakota Wheat Commission (NDWC) and the U.S. Durum Growers Association (USDGA) will be hosting the 2017 Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum on Nov. 6-7 at the Grand Hotel in Minot, N.D. The event will bring together industry experts and producers to share and discuss the latest trends impacting the wheat and durum industries.

Russell Nemetz, agriculture broadcaster and president of Nemetz Communications, will be the keynote at event's banquet the evening of Nov. 6. Recognition of USDGA's award and scholarship winners will also take place during the banquet. Ryan Taylor, North Dakota producer, author and politician will close out the event as the luncheon speaker on Nov. 7.

The agenda on Nov. 7 will include 2017 hard red spring wheat and durum crop overviews and lessons learned. An update will be provided on pasta consumption trends and promotion efforts and a panel will discuss the impact of policy and regulation on the durum industry. In addition, John Pulasky, weathercaster, will share how weather patterns make or break a cropping year and will provide predictions for 2018 and beyond. The USDGA annual meeting will follow the luncheon on Nov. 7.

"This is a great opportunity for industry experts and producers to come together to discuss industry issues and to learn from each other," says Mark Martinson, USDGA president. "We encourage individuals with ties to the state's durum and wheat industries to come to this event as we work together to strengthen our industries."

The event is free of charge, but registration is required by Thursday, Nov. 2. To register, view the complete agenda and find additional information, visit

USDGA's mission is to increase the profitability of durum production through effective market development and promotion and coordinated communication and educational outreach. For more information, visit

NDWC works to sustain and expand the use of wheat grown by North Dakota farmers by creating worldwide market opportunities through efforts including opening overseas markets, reinforcing consumption of grain foods, developing new wheat varieties and influencing international import and export policies.

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