Idaho Wheat Commission

The Idaho Wheat Commission was established in 1959 to develop export markets for Idaho wheat growers. Along with market development, the new commission was charged with wheat research and wheat grower education.

The Idaho Wheat Commission is a not-for-profit, self-governing, wheat grower-funded state agency with a responsibility to increase wheat grower profits by investing check-off funds in the three areas listed above. The wheat commission is governed by a board of five wheat growers who are appointed by the Governor to serve a five-year term.  The board hires an executive director who assembles a staff and works out of offices in Boise.

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Market Development

We bolster the demand for Idaho wheat both at home and abroad. Half of the wheat grown in Idaho is exported to overseas markets, including South America and Asia.

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Research

Nearly half of our annual budget is directed toward research. Our research partners include public and private entities working to increase profits and opportunities for Idaho’s growers.

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Education

Wheat production contributes $2 billion in cash receipts to Idaho’s economy and more than 8,500 jobs. We educate growers and consumers about the nutritional and economic value of wheat.

A Standout State

Wheat is grown in 42 of Idaho’s 44 counties and ranks as the state’s second largest crop, behind potatoes.  About half of Idaho’s crop goes to domestic mills and the other half is exported, primarily through the Port of Portland to Asian and Latin American customers.

Idaho typically ranks sixth or seventh in the nation for wheat production.  An average of 1.2 million acres of wheat is planted each year and yields per acre are among the highest in the nation.  With consistent rainfall in north Idaho and a high percentage of irrigated wheat in northern Idaho, eastern Idaho, and southern Idaho, the state has one of the most consistent wheat crops to be found.

Wheat has been a steady contributor to Idaho’s economic well-being for the last 60 years.

See Our History

A Grower Funded Organization

The IWC collects a tax, or check-off, of every bushel of wheat sold in the state. Growers are currently assessed $.035/bushel. Those dollars are reinvested in a variety of programs which include: research projects which help develop wheat varieties with increased yields and disease packages; overseas markets; and educational workshops and seminars.

Check-off Dollars