The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors elected Roy Motter of Brawley, Calif., as the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer for 2012-2013 during a recent meeting in Washington, DC.

Motter is managing partner of Spruce Farms, LLC, a diverse operation in the Imperial Valley that includes Desert Durum, lettuce, cabbage, onions, sugar beets, sugar cane, alfalfa seed and hay, sudangrass, melons and tomatoes.

Motter is a member of the California Wheat Commission and currently serves as Vice Chairman.

“As an active USW director for California for the last four years, I have had the opportunity to attend USW-organized regional buyers' conferences for Latin America and South Asia,” Motter said.

“I have been impressed by the quality of the staff and work done by USW and welcome this opportunity to take a larger leadership role in the organization.”

The Board elected Darrell Davis of Ipswich, S.D., as USW Chairman and Dan Hughes, Venango, Neb., as vice chairman.

Davis operates a fifth-generation family grain and cattle operation and is a member of South Dakota Wheat Inc., South Dakota Soybean Association, South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and South Dakota Cattleman’s Association.

New officers will begin their duties at USW’s Summer Board Meeting July 6-9 in Spokane, Wash.

USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries.

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