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National group promotes wheat in N.D.

Exports are important for most U.S. agricultural producers. But they're particularly crucial for American wheat farmers: more than half of their crop is sold overseas.

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Exports are important for most U.S. agricultural producers. But they’re particularly crucial for American wheat farmers: more than half of their crop is sold overseas.  

Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Wheat Associates, which promotes the export of American wheat worldwide, will hold its 2016 summer board meeting July 17 to 20 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center in Fargo, N.D.  Brian O’Toole, a Crystal, N.D., farmer, serves as the organization’s 2015 to ’16 chairman.

Though the organization’s board of directors meeting is closed, wheat farmers and others are welcome to attend the rest of the event, O’Toole says.

Several committee meetings, including the Joint Biotechnology Committee, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 18, might be of most interest to wheat farmers and others.

Wheat is grown throughout most of the Upper Midwest. North Dakota is the nation’s major producer of spring wheat and its leading producer of durum.

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U.S. Wheat Associates says it “promotes the reliability, quality and value of all six U.S. wheat classes to wheat buyers, millers, bakers, food processors and government officials in more than 100 countries around the world.” Its funding comes from 19 state wheat commissions and cost-share grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

For more information on the Fargo meeting, visit uswheat.org

Agweek will attend the event on July 18. Look for a story in the magazine’s July 25 issue.

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