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About IWC

The Idaho Wheat Commission (IWC) is a not-for-profit, quasi-state agency established in 1959 by the Idaho Grain Growers Association. The IWC was created to help maximize profitability for Idaho wheat producers by investing funds in market development, research, and information and education.

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.

Wheat plays an important role in Idaho’s economy.  Wheat production creates jobs and income, not only in the production process, but also in transportation, storage, milling and input supply industries.  Wheat production generates over $24 million in indirect taxes and contributes over 8,500 jobs.

The IWC is working to maintain a healthy and vibrant wheat industry to ensure the broad demand for Idaho wheat both domestically and internationally.

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.