BASF Corp. has announced that 14 growers have been appointed 2001 Wheat Ambassadors and will serve as leaders and spokesmen for the wheat industry.

The Ambassador Program — sponsored by BASF and the National Association of Wheat Growers — provides participants with unique training sessions and opportunities to begin discussions on a wide variety of issues facing the wheat industry. The Ambassadors will participate in sessions such as “Success with Style,” “Tools for Effective Lobbying” and “Congressional Insight.”

“This program is designed to give proactive growers the tools needed to effectively communicate with state and national legislators, media and other growers to positively affect agriculture in their communities, as well as across the nation,” said Bryan Gentsch, manager, agribusiness, for BASF.

“As a result of their active participation, the Ambassadors will give all growers a great voice in agriculture.”

Now in its ninth year, the program originally was co-sponsored by American Cyanamid, which was acquired by BASF in 2000. BASF has stated it will continue supporting this important industry program.

Training sessions took place in Princeton, N. J., during early March.

After training, the Ambassadors traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials who influence the wheat industry; and throughout the coming year, they will work with state representatives, community governments and the media to draw attention to industry issues and find solutions for these challenges.

The 2001 Ambassador Class includes: Mark D. Anderson, Regent, N.D.; Michael Bruer, Alberta, Minn.; David Cleavinger, Wildorado, Texas; Daron Cappock, Pendleton, Ore.; Charles John Darway, Nipomo, Calif.; Gregory Daws, Michigan, N.D.; Kevin Deevers, Weatherford, Okla.; Bryan Hest, Perely, Minn.; Tony Hughen, Greenville, Ill.; Brad Isaak, Coulee City, Wash.; Herbert Karst, Sunburst, Mont.; Tom Mosman, Craigmont, Idaho; Doug Paxton, Weatherford, Okla.; Dale Petty, Clovis, N.M.; and Joseph E. Westhoff, Wiggins, Colo.