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A Lot Goes into Wheat by the Time it is Made into Holiday Pastries

Fri, 31 Dec 2021 13:06:26 CST

A Lot Goes into Wheat by the Time it is Made into Holiday Pastries As the holiday season wraps up, your sweet tooth hopefully got its fill of homemade, holiday goodies. While you were eating pie, cake or cookies did you ever think about where the main ingredient of your sweet treat came from? We are talking about wheat and a farmer is the easy answer, but it can get a lot more complicated than that.

To help busy wheat producers, U.S. Wheat Associates staff works through wheat checkoff dollars with state wheat commissions to promote wheat around the world. Steve Mercer, vice president of communications for U.S. Wheat Associates, told KC Sheperd, director for the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, that there is always much to do on behalf of wheat.

"Funding comes from producers, which allows us to apply for funds from the foreign agricultural service with the United States Department of Agriculture," Mercer said. "That helps us develop export markets for U.S. wheat."

A big opportunity recently opened up for U.S. wheat, Mercer said.

"We were (recently) pleased to hear that Vietnam decided to eliminate a tariff on U.S. wheat," Mercer said. "There is a fair amount of hard red winter wheat exported to Vietnam by containers - small amounts, through Texas gulf, so it is quite possible that some of that is coming out of Oklahoma."

According to Mercer, Vietnam is a large potential market for U.S. wheat. Vietnam was the last country to apply a tariff on U.S. wheat, while allowing Australian and Canadian wheat into the country without tariffs, he added.

Hit the LISTEN BAR below to hear KC Sheperd and Steve Mercer talk about the role U.S. Wheat Associates plays in the wheat industry and what exciting opportunities are coming up in 2022 for U.S. wheat.

   
   

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