Your Checkoff Dollars at Work
Montana’s farmers continue to see the importance of investing in local research and market development. Over the years our directors have stressed the importance of investing it Montana State University varietal breeding program and enhanced agronomic practices.
Market development efforts include voting memberships with national programs such as U.S Wheat Associates, U.S Grains Council, Northern Crops Institute, Wheat Marketing Center and 4 others.
Education and information efforts include a long-standing relationship with Montana Grain Growers Association who represent Montana on a state and national level.
Transportation efforts include reporting on the unique rail infrastructure of Montana. Studies involving large scale movement reporting have been done for industry knowledge. Recently, funding has represented Montana at Surface Transportation Board meetings.
Operations include the many international visitors which can be upwards of 100 people. Teams typically stay for 1-3 days. Touring farms, elevators and meeting with strategic industry representatives to meet their current needs. As well as maintaining the various expenses involved in running the committee.
Over the past 3 decades we see an increase in allocation towards research of 8% from 1990 to 2020. We also see an increase in average yield of almost 10 BU/AC for certain commodities (figure 2). Our partnership with MSU has resulted in producing some of the highest quality and increased yield varieties in the northern plains.
If you would like to learn more about MWBC’s budget and what we do check out https://wbc.agr.mt.gov/Checkoff-at-Work/Budget and look at the “cumulative funding reports”
A look at the past 3 decades for the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee