After serving as a longtime executive in the soybean industry, Jim Palmer will serve as the National Association of Wheat Growers' new CEO.
Palmer will officially take over the role overseeing the association and National Wheat Foundation, NAWG's affiliated charitable organization, on June 1. However he plans on meeting the staff throughout the month of May to get an early jump on things.
"Our farmer-leaders were very impressed with Jim's experience and vision for the wheat industry, and we are excited to have him take the lead on the NAWG staff," said Bing Von Bergen, NAWG's president and a farmer from Moccasin, Mont., who has also served as NAWG's interim CEO since late February.
Von Bergen added that the group feels confident that Palmer will be able to serve the industry well in Washington D.C. and as the industry continues to grow.
Palmer says he is excited and ready to move forward in the role. He said, "I am extremely proud to be selected to serve as NAWG's next CEO. The future will be bright for our wheat farmers working together, partnering with NAWG's strong state organizations and our industry agribusiness friends, as well as other farm organizations."
Palmer has worked in administrative roles for national and state agriculture
organizations for the past 30 years, spending most of that time in the soybean industry. He grew up on a multi-generational family farm in northeast Missouri, near Hannibal.