The Oregon Wheat Foundation was formed in 1980 by the Oregon Wheat Growers League leadership to raise funds for specific projects.  The most popular projects of the Foundation are the Scholarship Program – providing higher education assistance to high school seniors of wheat producing families; Bushels for Betsy – farmers helping to feed Oregon’s hungry; and  Future Leaders of Ag (FLAG) – sending a young delegate to Washington DC each year with the OWGL leadership team.

Oregon Wheat Foundation Officers

Chair – Dale Case, Cove
Vice Chair – Ben Holdman, Pendleton Secretary/Treasurer 

 Directors Brad Anderson, Arlington
Jerry Terjeson, Helix
Tom Winn, Helix
Eric Orem, Ione
Dr. Bill Jepsen, Heppner
 Ex-Officio Steve Corey, Pendleton
 Scholarship Coordinator Marilyn Blagg, Pendleton
Contact the Oregon Wheat Foundation through the Oregon Wheat Growers League staff at 541-276-7330.
The Oregon Wheat Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity to further the interests of the Oregon wheat industry. Funds are raised through donations, golf tournaments, auctions, and other events.

Projects of the Foundation include:

Future Leaders of Agriculture Program (FLAG)

The Foundation annually sponsors a trip for one young wheat grower to attend the Mission to Washington DC led by the Oregon Wheat Growers League. This sponsorship allows young farmers to become acquainted with the policy and legislative process in the nation’s capital and visit with Oregon legislators and federal agency representatives firsthand.

Warren E. Kronstad Crop Science Memorial

 Graduate Fellowship

Established in honor of former OSU Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics Dr. Warren E. Kronstad, the Kronstad Fellowships support graduate student work and interaction between the Wheat Breeding Program at Oregon State University and the CIMMYT research facility in Mexico.

Bushels for Betsy

Scholarship Program

The Annual Auction & Wine Pull held in conjunction with the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention is the major fundraiser of the year for the scholarship program.

Other Grants

The Annual OWF Golf Scramble is held in the spring to benefit all Foundation projects, including grants to the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (AITC), Century Farms and Ranches Program, and others as needed.