October 4, 2011
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has added a new section to its website, www.uswheat.org, to include reports on wheat export market development activities to the wheat producers who fund the organization through 19 state wheat commissions.
The “Report on Activities” (www.uswheat.org/success) includes an annual report for marketing year 2010/11 (June–May), information about successful export promotions and the story behind the federal programs that are essential to that effort.
“This organization’s mission is to develop, maintain and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers,” said USW Director of Communications Steve Mercer.
“Some producers may not know why Nigeria buys most of its wheat from the United States or how U.S. Wheat Associates and state commissions helped expand exports from the Pacific Northwest when a big portion of the Columbia-Snake River System was closed last winter.
“Adding this new section to the website is an efficient way to get more information to more farmers any time they want to see it.”
The “Report on Activities” currently features four sub-sections including:
• An overview of how USW responded to several opportunities to increase exports in 2010/11;
• A summary of specific trade activities conducted in 2010/11;
• A range of success stories that will be updated throughout the year demonstrating how export promotion helps increase farm gate wheat prices; and
• A source of information about the successful public-private partnership between wheat growers and export market development programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries on behalf of U.S. wheat producers.
The activities of USW are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
For more information, visit www.uswheat.org or contact your state wheat commission.
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