I recently advised my colleagues, Board of Directors, and stakeholders of my intent to return to California in 2022. The past six years as the Managing Director of the Wheat Marketing Center have been both challenging and interesting and I am proud of the contributions WMC is making to the wheat industry. At the board’s request, I will support the search process to identify WMC’s next director; the formal job announcement will be posted early next year. The Selection Committee is working with HR Partners to manage the search process. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

At the recent board meeting, WMC directors conducted a strategic review and confirmed the organization’s mission and program priorities. Looking forward at the next three to five years, they identified ways to collaborate more effectively with key partners to deliver research and technical training programs. The board also heard the results of the annual fiscal audit. Wheat Marketing Center is well positioned financially and strategically to continue to serve the U.S. wheat industry.

Thank you to all my friends and colleagues for this great experience. I look forward to seeing you at industry meetings over the next several months.