(KFEQ)--Hugh Whaley, a longtime agriculture industry relations and communications professional, has joined the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Wheat Foundation as director of corporate relations. The announcement was made Wednesday.
In his new role, Whaley will be the organizations’ lead staffer working to initiate, build and maintain strategic relationships with agribusinesses and other industry partners.
Whaley was most recently the general manager for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, of which NAWG is a member.
NAWG is also announced the promotion of Brooke Shupe to director of government affairs for risk management and Will Stafford to assistant director of government affairs for trade, transportation and commodity markets. Shupe, is a native of Northwest Missouri, growing up in Gentry County.
Shupe joined the Association in April of last year and manages farm policy, crop insurance and related policies. She also runs WheatPAC, wheat growers’ political action committee.