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Oregon Wheat

This is the story of Oregon wheat, typically soft white wheat grown in the vast expanses of Eastern Oregon, and in lush Willamette River Valleys. Wheat from these diverse regions has a common trait. It helps feed a hungry world. Which means it must travel from farm to river to terminals at the Port of Portland…and on to the world. 

The Oregon Wheat Commission is a producer funded and governed check-off program. Our mission is to improve the profitability of Oregon Wheat Growers through Marketing, Research and Grower Education programs. The OWC is composed of five producer commissioners, one public member and two handlers from the various growing regions of the state. Our responsibility is to allocate assessment funds to specific programs designed to find solutions to immediate and long term issues faced by the wheat producers of Oregon.

The Commission was originally formed to deal with the abundance of wheat grown. With around 90% of Oregon wheat now being exported the majority of our marketing efforts are focused on overseas markets. The OWC currently cooperates with U.S. Wheat Associates and Wheat Marketing Center to provide technical assistance to customers and develop markets.

The majority of the Commission’s research funding goes to researchers at Oregon State University and USDA-ARS Western Wheat Quality Laboratory focusing on variety development, genomics, quality, fertility and weed management.

The Commission also funds, in part, the efforts of the Oregon Wheat Growers League as the industry’s grass roots representative conducting grower education and advocacy efforts.

The Oregon Wheat Commission and the Oregon Wheat Growers League collaborate to serve the ever changing needs of the industry.

2019 Preferred Varieties

The 2019 Washington, Oregon and North Idaho Preferred Wheat Varieties brochure is produced by the PNW wheat commissions in an effort to provide quality data on varieties grown in the region.

Varieties are ranked statistically by quality groupings within each class based on end-use quality from grain, milling and product quality testing. Quality scores reflect a minimum of three years’ data in the genotype and environment (G&E) study conducted by the USDA/ARS Western Wheat Quality Lab (WWQL) in Pullman, WA.

The brochure represents the collaborative efforts of the WWQL, the Washington State University (WSU) Wheat Quality Lab, the Oregon State University Cereal Quality Lab and the University of Idaho Wheat Quality Lab, along with the university cereal grains extension trial programs of the three states. Growers are encouraged to consult the Washington State Crop Improvement Association (WSCIA) Seed Buying Guide and the various university variety testing programs for details on agronomic characteristics for varieties.

The Preferred Wheat Varieties brochure is available on various websites including those of the three Pacific Northwest grain and wheat commissions, the WSCIA website and WSU’s small grain website.
If you would like additional copies of the brochure as you make them available to producers, please contact the Washington Grain Commission (509) 456-2481; Oregon Wheat Commission (503) 467-2161 or Idaho Wheat Commission (208) 334-2353.

2019 Preferred Variety Brochure



Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League
December 12, 2019, 8:00 a.m.
Oregon Wheat Commission Conference Room
1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 370
Portland, Oregon 97209

The Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission will hold a Special Meeting on December 12, 2019 by conference call to approve the Wheat Industry CEO Selection Committee’s findings and other Commission business as detailed in the attached agenda.

For dial-in information please call the Oregon Wheat Commission Office at (503) 467-2161 or e-mail at tsimpson@oregonwheat.org.

The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities.A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact the Oregon Wheat Commission office forty-eight (48) hours in advance at (503) 467-2161. Dress is business casual.

Conference Call Agenda

Oregon Wheat Commission

  • Call to Order
  • Introduction of Visitors
  • Rollcall of Commissioners
  • Review and Approval of September 9, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  • Review and Approval of November 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  • Approval of Updated Service Agreement
  • Review of Negotiating Committee Results and Employment Offer to Top Candidate
  • Review and Approval of Tri-state Commission Meeting Minutes
    • Discussion of APHIS Outreach Project: Best Management Practices for Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Oregon
    • SW/Club Technical Conference
  • Consideration of Funding Support for Research Combines
  • Approval of travel to USW/NAWG Winter Meeting (January 13-17, 2020) – Washington, D.C.
  • Discussion of Research Proposal Schedule

Oregon Wheat Growers League

  • Call to Order
  • Introduction of Visitors
  • Rollcall of Members
  • Review and Approval of November 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  • Approval of Updated Service Agreement
  • Review of Negotiating Committee Results and Employment Offer to Top Candidate

Contact Us

OWC is located in the Albers Mill building at:

1200 NW Naito Parkway, Ste. 370
Portland, OR 97209

Phone: 503.467.2161

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