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- California‚Äôs Roy Motter a strong advocate for US wheat
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- U.S. wheat markets
- For 31 years, Roy Motter - a former accountant - has successfully managed Spruce Farms’ wheat operation in Brawley, Calif.
- This summer, Motter will accept a post as secretary/treasurer for U.S. Wheat Associates, the wheat industry’s export market development organization which promotes U.S. wheat sales to 100-plus countries.
- His new USW Board responsibility will take him to more countries to help develop more markets for U.S. wheat.
Roy Motter, Brawley, Calif. wheat producer.
U.S. wheat markets
Motter’s wheat industry involvement led to involvement with USW in 2008. The association has 18 offices — most overseas.
Seventy-two percent of USW’s funding is supported by the USDA through its market access, foreign market development, emerging markets, and quality samples programs. The remaining 28 percent is funded by producer checkoff dollars paid to state wheat commissions. State commissions are USW members; not individual producers.
The USDA dollars mainly fund USW international marketing efforts. State wheat commission funds support USW operating costs including salaries, office space rent, etc.
Motter’s involvement with USW to advance international wheat marketing has not gone unnoticed.
In July, Motter will assume the USW secretary/treasurer leadership post for 2012-2013. Traditionally, the secretary/treasurer moves into the vice-chairman position followed by the chairman post. Motter could serve as USW’s 2014-2015 board chair.
Motter has traveled abroad for USW including a Southeast Asia conference held in Bali. His new board responsibilities will take him to more countries to help develop more markets for U.S. wheat.
Not too bad for an accountant — turned wheat producer — who continues his quest to grow and market high-quality wheat to feed a growing population.
Motter’s top priority remains a wheat producer first.
“I like the idea of being my own boss and working outdoors,” Motter said. “It’s very satisfying to plant and grow a crop. You feel like you’re making a difference; taking something that doesn’t exist and turning it into food and fiber to feed and clothe the world.”
Motter hopes to make a “nickel or a dime” while doing that.