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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates news release

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has hired Stephanie Bryant-Erdmann to serve in a new position as Planning and Programs Assistant in the organization's Arlington, VA, headquarters office effective June 30, 2014.

Bryant-Erdmann will help USW prepare its annual application for federal export market development funding, fulfill reports required by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service and support specific program activities.

"We think Stephanie's range of experience is uniquely suited for this new position," said Jennifer Sydney, director of programs and planning at USW.

"She was raised and worked on her family's Nebraska cattle ranch and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in agricultural education. Her work with the federal government also provided familiarity with public-private export programs, so we are very pleased she accepted the job."

As part of her master's program at Cornell University's Institute for Public Affairs, Bryant-Erdmann worked with a creamery in Kenya, which led to her thesis on the economic feasibility of exporting Kenyan cheese products to the United Arab Emirates.

At the same time, she was working as an intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Trade Information Center where she helped create materials used to educate U.S. organizations looking to grow by exporting products and services. Most recently, Bryant-Erdmann was supporting family needs and working at First National Bank of Omaha.

USW is the industry's market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to "develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers."

The activities of USW are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. For more information, visit or contact your state wheat commission.

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