Idaho Wheat Commission rolls into 2020 with two new team members with marketing and communication backgrounds

January 8, 2020

BOISE – The Idaho Wheat Commission today announced the hiring of two team members, Casey J. Chumrau and Jason P. Dumont, who will bolster its marketing, communications and grower education efforts.

“Casey and Jason bring unique and polished skillsets to our team, which have and will continue to benefit Idaho wheat growers,” said Blaine Jacobson, IWC’s executive director. “They know how to deliver value for growers’ dollars.”

Chumrau, the associate administrator, started her role this week and embarked on her first PNW Export Tour, which the commission hosts each year in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she was marketing manager for South America for U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) in Santiago, Chile, where she helped develop and expand export markets for all classes of U.S. wheat. She was the USW market analyst in Washington, D.C., where she monitored global wheat market trends, produced weekly price reports and provided contract, quality specification and price assistance to wheat exporters and importers.

Chumrau previously worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in D.C. and as a market research assistant at the Montana World Trade Center. She has bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Montana. She also studied abroad in Chile and spent a year working in Costa Rica.

Dumont, who is originally from New Hampshire, joined the commission staff as manager of communications and grower education in August succeeding Britany Marchant who is now the marketing manager for the Idaho Falls Arts Council. He previously served as a speechwriter and spokesperson for the California State Controller and a policy communications adviser to legislators in the California State Assembly. Jason built a political action committee and tracked legislation for a rare disease biotech firm, managed public affairs and political campaign initiatives for consulting firms and worked for two U.S. senators. Dumont has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from The George Washington University. He studied abroad in Spain.

“Casey has gained tremendous experience in foreign market development and understanding of the relationships between state commissions and international trade partners,” said Jacobson. “Jason has quickly executed on our communications priorities by working with international trade teams, growers, industry partners and news and social media. Our commissioners and staff will continue to develop markets, incorporate research and tell stories about how Idaho wheat is quality wheat simply grown.”

The Idaho Wheat Commission was established in 1959 to develop export markets for Idaho wheat growers. The commission is a not-for-profit, self-governing and wheat grower-funded state agency with a responsibility to increase grower profits by investing check-off funds in market development, wheat research and grower education.