Montana wheat producer Bing Von Bergen was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of Wheat Growers at the organization’s Board of Directors meeting in Anaheim, California on Saturday.
Von Bergen will join an officer team that is headed by newly-elected NAWG President Jerry McReynolds and includes:
Jerry McReynolds, Woodston, Kansas, President;
Wayne Hurst, Burley, Idaho, First Vice President;
Erik Younggren, Hallock, Minnesota, Second Vice President;
Bing Von Bergen, Moccasin, Montana, Secretary-Treasurer; and
Karl Scronce, Klamath Falls, Oregon, immediate Past President.
Bing Von Bergen has farmed wheat and barley near Moccasin, Mont., for more than 30 years. He has served on the officer corps of the Montana Grain Growers Association for five years and has been a director of the National Association of Wheat Growers since 2008. In the 2008-2009 policy year, he was the chairman of NAWG’s Domestic and Trade Policy Committee.
In his local community, Bing has served in several leadership roles including as a director and president of the Benchland Farmers Co-op, a director of the Moore Farmers Oil Co-op and an advisory board member of the Basin State Bank. He has also been a Hobson Public School board member and an advisory member for the Central Montana Ag Research Center. In addition to farming, Bing is the co-owner of Heartland Seed Company, which specializes in small grain seeds as well as grass and alfalfa seed.
Bing served in the U.S. Army for three years after high school and later attended Montana State University. He and his wife Lois have a son, Tyler, and a daughter, Tana, both of whom attend Montana State University.
NAWG officers typically “move through the chairs” for five years after being selected initially as Secretary-Treasurer, though they all must be interviewed and recommended by the NAWG Nominating Committee and approved by the NAWG Board of Directors on an annual basis.
The NAWG Board meeting was held at the end of the 2010 Commodity Classic, held in Anaheim, California.