GREAT FALLS, Montana—Chinook farmer Randy Hinebauch has been elected as Secretary of the Wheat Quality Council. Randy serves as the District 2 Director of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee.
Randy is a fourth generation Montanan and he and his family have raised organic and conventional spring and winter wheat, peas, lentils, and alfalfa since 1987. He and his wife, Lisa, have raised six children on the farm.
When not busy bringing in a crop, Randy has served on the Blaine County Development Association. He has been president of the Organic Crop Improvement Association International for two years. Additionally, he served as both President and Treasurer for the North Central Montana Organic Crop Improvement Association. Randy was on the advisory board of the Farm Credit Association in Havre for twelve years, and sat on the Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Producers Advisory Board for two years. Randy has also held offices at the Fifth Avenue Christian Church.
Prior to working on his current farming operation, Randy owned and operated an irrigation business for 25 years where he learned how to develop good business practices, as well as the value of maintaining and growing business relations with local patrons. Randy’s involvement with various organizations has honed his ability to convey the message of Montana quality overseas. Randy hopes to bring his 23 years of organic farming experience as another facet of Montana wheat and barley.
Founded in 1938, the Wheat Quality Council works to improve the value of all wheat classed for producers, millers, and processors of wheat. Through their uniform grow-out program, the Council evaluates up and coming varieties, which are then tested throughout the country for a variety of milling and baking characteristics. This data can then be used by both public and private programs to continue progress in the wheat breeding industry.
Director Hinebauch looks forward to continuing his work with the Wheat Quality Council. “Montana farmers live and die by the varieties available, the agronomic potential is vital to producers, and the milling and baking quality is essential to our domestic and export markets. Programs like the Wheat Quality Council allow Montana wheat to continue to best the best in the world.”
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The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee is a producer funded and directed check-off organization for wheat and barley growers in the state. Its mission is to protect and foster the health and prosperity of the Montana wheat and barley industry. Visit wbc.agr.mt.gov for more information.
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