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NAWG installs new officers

The new NAWG officer team, from left, Past President Erik Younggren, First VP Paul Penner, President Bing Von Bergen; Second VP Brett Blankenship; Secretary-Treasurer Gordon Stoner. (Photo courtesy NAWG)

The new NAWG officer team, from left, Past President Erik Younggren, First VP Paul Penner, President Bing Von Bergen; Second VP Brett Blankenship; Secretary-Treasurer Gordon Stoner. (Photo courtesy NAWG)

The National Association of Wheat Growers elected and installed officers at its Board of Directors meeting during the 2013 Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.

Montana wheat and barley farmer Bing Von Bergen was elected and installed as the new president of NAWG. His first duty will be to serve as the acting chief executive officer while NAWG undertakes a search for a new CEO. Von Bergen succeeds Erik Younggren, Hallock, Minn., who will now serve as immediate past president.

“I am entering this new role during what some may consider a challenging time for our Association and our industry, but I see a lot of opportunity for us to grow and improve,” Von Bergen said. “I appreciate my fellow growers entrusting me with these duties and responsibilities, and I will work diligently to ensure I live up to them.”

Also moving through the chairs are Paul Penner, Hillsboro, Kan., serving as first vice president and Brett Blankenship, Washtucna, Wash., as second vice president. Just beginning his officer service is Gordon Stoner, Outlook, Mont., who steps into the secretary-treasurer position.

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