Research and marketing are the oars of the WGC’s efforts, powering the industry forward with each stroke, but education is the boat that keeps farmers, landlords, industry allies, customers, scientists and government informed of the efforts underway.

The education category takes about 10% of the WGC budget, including funds dedicated to Wheat Week the 4th and 5th grade educational program that teaches state standard science curriculum through the lens of the wheat industry. The program began in 2007, run by the Franklin Conservation District, and expanded its classes west of the Cascades in 2010.

For the 2023-24 school year, Wheat Week was delivered in 14 counties across the state by 400 teachers to a total of 8,423 students. King County was the top location for schools reached, and over 60% of all students who participated were in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

Wheat in Hands

Other educational efforts

The WGC has made constituent outreach a major priority and social media avenues provide more opportunity to communicate with farmers, landlords, agribusinesses and the general public. The WGC supports additional educational programs and efforts through the Washington Wheat Foundation.
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