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 provide temporary support to an individual member of the WSU faculty whose research focus coincides with the research need identified by the professorship research prioritization process described in following paragraphs. It is the intent of this endowed distinguished professorship to enhance the capacity of the selected faculty member’s research program in order to increase its effectiveness in addressing a research need or set of needs as developed in the professorship research prioritization process.