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Bread in a Bag Program

What is the Bread in a Bag Program?

Bread in a Bag is an educational, fun, hands-on activity allowing students to make their own wheat food product (bread, pizza, pretzels, tortillas) from scratch. The wheat food product can be baked in the school’s cafeteria, or at home while they learn the history of wheat, its nutritional importance, and the economic benefits of Idaho’s wheat industry to the state of Idaho.

The Bread in a Bag program, sponsored by the wheat growers of Idaho, is now in its 25th year with over 10,000 students participating last year.  The Idaho Wheat Commission provides each teacher with a Teacher’s Guide with detailed instructions on how to conduct the activity, a Student Guide for each child, which includes 7 recipes and fun facts about wheat, and an educational poster. 

Monday, January 18, 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.