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 – Kevin Porter, Pendleton|
|Directors||Brad Anderson, Arlington
Jerry Terjeson, Helix
Tom Winn, Helix
Jim Swanson, Ione
Dr. Bill Jepsen, Heppner
|Ex-Officio||Steve Corey, Pendleton|
|Scholarship Coordinator||Marilyn Blagg, Pendleton|
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 held 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
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.
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.
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.