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Wheat Marketing Center

Through the wheat tax, Idaho producers support marketing and promotion projects in Portland to grow export sales.  One of the projects is the Wheat Marketing Center.  The WMC bridges the gap between grower and buyer.  The WMC is the premier location in the U.S. where foreign customers come to test our wheat and determine whether our varieties fit their needs. 

The WMC operates its own flourmill, noodle line, and has extensive lab facilities.  Customers come to the WMC to learn about our wheat and to receive valuable technical expertise from a staff that speaks several languages.  The WMC not only provides numerous courses, but the Center and its staff serve as ambassadors for the wheat industry.  Nearly every trade team visiting the U.S. stops in Portland to spend some time at the WMC.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Growers’ help needed to improve crop insurance
Sprout damage from heavy rains in southern and eastern Idaho at the end of the 2014 growing season made evident the inadequacy of current crop insurance for wheat growers, which is based on yields and not quality.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has expressed a willingness to make changes to the quality standard for wheat by addressing the low falling number scale, but the agency wants to address the issue nationwide and needs strong data to support any changes.
Growers can assist the effort by providing multiple years of settlement data, at least the last six years but preferable the last 10 to 12.

RMA does not need and would prefer not to receive growers’ names, addresses and tax ID numbers.

The data must contain: the year; county and state where the crop was grown (not sold/delivered); quality of production; gross price received; net payment (gross less any dockage, but not considering any storage or shipping fees); test weight; and protein.

In addition, the agency needs at least one of the following: DON/VOM; falling number; or other quality spec of interest.
Growers are asked to send info to Blaine Jacobson at blaine@idahowheat.org.