California wheat grower Roy Motter of Brawley is the new chairman of the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors.

Motter took the USW helm March 11.

Motter is a managing partner of Spruce Farms LLC, a diverse farming operation in the Imperial Valley which grows Desert durum wheat, sugar beets, onions, lettuce, alfalfa hay, and Sudan grass.

Click here for an exclusive 2012 Western Farm Press interview with Motter on the Brawley operation.

Motter also serves as chairman of the California Wheat Commission.

Motter said, “I am honored to continue representing all U.S. wheat farmers overseas, sharing the message that we grow the most reliable supply of high quality wheat in the world.”

Other new officers include Vice-Chairman Brian O’Toole of Crystal, N.D. and Secretary-Treasurer Jason Scott of Stevensville, Md.

USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries. The association’s purpose is develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers.

USW activities are funded through producer check-off dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.