Education & Grower Services

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) funds a portion of it budget for educational and grower services.

Wheat Life magazine is a publication dedicated to the Washington wheat and barley industry and the WGC provides articles and information.

Transportation enables wheat to move from the farm to market. Over 60 percent of the crop moves by way of the Snake/Columbia River system. Another 35 percent moves by train. An important short line rail industry serves as a feeder system to both barge and major rail shipping terminals. All of the crop must move by truck, for a distance, to reach barge and train loading terminals. The capability of shipping their crop to market by train or by barge helps discipline the prices either can charge. The 360 mile long navigation system starts in Lewiston, Idaho and brings barges filled with wheat to Portland where they are unloaded at exporters and reloaded on vessels heading overseas. BNSF is the primary rail service in Washington and there are now four unit train loading facilities which can each handle 110 car trains in the state. These facilities make loading more efficient and the train is shipped as a unit to its destination, again at facilities in Portland or Southwest Washington.