Key Programs and Services

The Wheat Marketing Center (WMC) is one of the technical crossroads of the international wheat industry, providing technical training and grower workshops, innovative research, product development, and crop quality testing services. WMC focuses on promoting U.S. wheat by demonstrating its quality and functionality in Asian noodles, crackers and biscuits, tortillas and flatbread, and other baked products. Pilot scale production lines (pictured above), state-of-the-art quality testing equipment, and rich technical expertise provide great value to our state wheat commission partners, wheat industry stakeholders, and millers and food manufacturers around the world.

This Week: June 14-20

The Finance and Audit Committee meets this week to review the proposed budget for FY 2021/22. After the committee’s review, the proposal will be sent to the WMC board for consideration and approval. The Human Resources Committee also meets this week to discuss possible staff bonuses. On the technical side of the house, Andrew is looking to finish the PNW project and Bon will bake in preparation for the China course.




Wheat Innovation Lab Videos

Tortilla Line (coming soon)

Learn more about the pilot production lines in the Wheat Innovation Lab by clicking here.

News and Updates

Person of the Month: June 2021

This month we are pleased to recognize Jim Loftus, our outside electrician who has provided great service to the Wheat Marketing Center for many years. Of particular note is his work on installing and maintaining the pilot scale cracker line. The line was manufactured to Roy Chung’s specifications by a Thai engineering company in 2013. Installation was made more challenging by the time difference and lack of a common language, with many late nights spent on FaceTime trying to sort through the issues. Fast forward to 2021 and Jim continues to be WMC’s go-to guy for cracker line maintenance and upgrade. Jim also works on other equipment in the innovation lab, including the Asian noodle and tortilla lines, and addresses all electrical needs that arise with new and old equipment.

Looking ahead to his eventual retirement, Jim has been training a younger colleague on the many quirks of WMC’s operations. While we are not ready to let Jim go, it is nice to know that the institutional knowledge is being shared. Thank you, Jim, for your help in keeping our equipment running smoothly in support of the U.S. wheat industry.


2021 YTD Activity at Wheat Marketing Center

Lab Tests
Entities Engaged
States & Countries Engaged

AS OF MAY 2021

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