Scott Van Allen – KWC

(Conrad) The Kansas Wheat Commission is a grower funded, grower governed advocacy organization working to secure the future of Kansas wheat through international trade, research, export system studies and the continual improved varieties of wheat. Its mission is to increase wheat producer productivity and profitability through research, education, and domestic and international markets development. The Kansas Wheat Commission is funded by a voluntary two cent assessment on each bushel of wheat produced in Kansas. Scott Van Allen, chairman of the Kansas Wheat Commission is traveling to South America to maintain the market share in those counties. (Scott) I’ll have the opportunity the end of February to travel to the Latin American countries of Columbia, Costa Rica and Mexico on a trade team sponsored by U.S. Wheat. We’re going there to promote the sale of Hard Red Winter Wheat, not just the Hard Red Winter, but all classes of wheat. But my main concern is the Hard Red Winter Wheat which we grow here in Kansas. They are big customers all through Central America for us. We have approximately an 80 percent market share in those counties and we hope to maintain and improve that market share. Any exports are very important to Kansas wheat. Kansas has to export approximately 50 percent of its crop overseas Domestic use will use the rest of that. Our production basically year in and year out, 50 percent of our production has to go overseas to keep our markets strong. (Conrad) The Wheat Associates is the export market development organization for the U.S. Wheat Industry. USW promotes 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. (Scott) Kansas wheat, we help support U.S. Wheat Associates. So it’s a national organization of all the states that produce wheat. They use funds provided by the U.S. government to help promote and feed the poorer sectors of those countries where exports are needed with export enhancement programs, funds to help them purchase loan guarantees, that type of thing, so that they can purchase our product so they can feed their people. (Conrad) The Kansas Wheat Commission has many sponsored groups internationally and works very hard for producers. (Scott) In terms of trade? Internationally, well with our new office here in Manhattan, the Kansas Wheat Commission, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers have sponsored many, many, many groups from overseas, to come through our offices. They see what the Kansas farmers are doing here with research and investment in our own products. They enjoy being able to come and visit the harvest fields during wheat harvest. They see where the product comes from and get to track it all the way through. (Conrad) Thank you for watching this episode of Farm Factor on AGam in Kansas. For more of Farm Factor or if you want to view this program again, visit us on www.agaminkansas.com. Or you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. So have a good day, with good luck.

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