Tom Mick Endowed Chair in Grain Economics

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC), effective July 27, 2009, was created through state legislation by merging the Washington Wheat Commission (WWC) and the Washington Barley Commission (WBC). The WWC and WBC were originally created by producers in 1958 and 1985, respectively, to fund industry research, education and marketing self-help programs through assessments on each bushel of wheat and barley sold. The WGC enhances the profitability of Washington wheat and barley growers and meets ever­ increasing market demands by providing leadership to the Washington wheat and barley industry; enhancing industry partnerships and public/private collaboration; funding research that has direct bearing on this industry; and bringing technology from the laboratory to the farm.

Uses and Purposes

Distributions from this Fund shall be used to pay salaries for the holder’s assistants and to pay expenses associated with carrying out the responsibilities of the position as outlined in a separate memorandum of understanding.