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SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 5 By Brian O'Toole CRYSTAL, N.D. -- This is the third part of a three-part article about the cent and a half question. As you recall, I am attempting to help our area farmers answer the question of what their penny and a half wheat check off'is doing for them. Last week, I highlighted on the larger portion of this check off that stays local to help develop vari- eties, and market our crop. This week I will share with you how the smaller portion, about 22 per- cent or roughly a third of a cent, will market half the wheat you harvest every year. Our state, along with 18 other states, sends this small amount to the U.S. Wheat Associates, the ex- port market development organ- ization representing U.S. wheat farmers located near Washington D.C. This office is overseen by the nineteen states that support it with a share of their check off dol- lars. What can a third of a penny buy you in Washington these days? Now, that's the best question you have asked yet. With this fraction of a cent, your farm has managed to establish an office in Arlington, Va with a staff of 19. You have an office in Portland, Ore with a staff of three, and you have 15 offices located around the world, that employ 75 people dedicated to selling US wheat in 100 different countries. I know why so many peo- ple, and can't we just ship them the wheat? Our overseas customers are just like you and I. They appreciate that one-on-one communication they receive from an individual who not only can sell him the wheat, but is there to provide milling support, baking support, crop quality reports, and generally be his go to guy before and after each sale. Photo: Submitted Above: Brian 0'Toole (third from right) recently attended the signing of the Taiwanese trade delegation's commitment to purchase 62.5 million bushels of wheat, valued at $485 million over the next two years. The milling and baking in- last paragraph to give you an in- dustry is a complicated art with- dication of the complexity of our in the United States. The six dif- milling stateside. An entirely dif- ferent classes of wheat have dif- ferent equation gets added to the ferent baking qualities on their milling industry when you go own. Some wheat is hard giving overseas. It would appear these the strong dough strength to make other country have a different products like pizza crust and product they make from our flour, bagels. Other flour dough types and would prefer it to have a dif- are soft, giving you the moist cake ferent taste. products we have become accus- I know why can't they just tomed to. eat what we eat? Mix these two flours together Rule number one for any suc- and you can make cookies. Adif- cessful business. THE CUS- ferent blend would result in crack- TOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT! ers. Still a little different blend of This is where your check off'm- the same two flours will give ally kicks in. you a nice, moist bread. The Your milling and baking tech- blends go on to make everything nicians travel throughout these from pretzels to pancakes. 100 countries giving lessons on To make maters a little more how to use U.S. wheat to make complicated, we grow both red foreign bread biscuit and cracker and white wheat varieties to help products. In most cases, our the millers get just the right flour wheat is competing with a lower- for a specific baking product, priced wheat, thus it is important There is no known answer to to mainta'm this customer rela- the question of how many flour tionship to ensure them of the val- blends are available in the U.S ue they will getby using a qual- but a modest number would put ity U.S. wheat. it well over a hundred for each Most countries are adapting to mill. the U.S. fast food lifestyle. This I left our foreign country on that is a good market for us to expand. Without our teams in these coun- tries, we stand a good chance to lose the upcoming sales of a growing country. Sound like a lot of value for your third of a cent? Here comes the kicker. For every dollar contributed to the U.S. Wheat Associates, two and a half dollars are contributed through programs that fall under the arm of USDA. These pro- grams are available for foreign market development and market access for all commodities. But, they are not triggered without your cent and a half. I think you should have that an- swer to the cent and a half ques- tion. I hope I have also helped you to understand the importance of our commodity check otis. I am a North Dakota Wheat Commissioner and would be hap- py to visit, ,yqtt gg r wheat check-olTdollar questions. Brian O Toole Editor's Note." O'Toole of Cry - tal, N.D. recently was elected an officer of U.S. Wheat Associates and took the office of secre- tary/tresurer this July. FARGO, N.D. -- North Dako- And while the Common Core pro- ta is known for its outstanding ed- vides direction, they still allow the ucation, and our students have al- creative, common sense approach to ways been taught to high stan- education typical of North Dakota dards. The Common Core State classrooms. These standards serve Standards for mathematics and as a guide to ensure that we are pro- English/language arts provide di- viding every student in North Dako- rection to further ensure that every ta an education that best prepares North Dakota graduate will be them for success from Kinder- ready for college or a career, garten to high school to college or As our world changes, the re- career. The state assessments will quirements and expectations of also align with the Common Core high school graduates are also and provide feedback on whether changing. Whether starting a career, students are on track to college trade school, or college, North and career readiness. To find accu- Dakota graduates must be prepared rate information about the Common to solve new problems with ere- Core, a good place to start is the De- ativity, analyze complex situations with precision, communicate and partmentofPublic Instmction web- collaborate effectively, and make site, which features helpful finks and, well-informed decisions. The Corn- of course, your local schools. mon Core explicitly describes the Every year, thousands of teach- skills and knowledge students need ers across the state put tremendous to be well-equipped to start the effort into providing an outstanding next phases of their lives. The education for every student in the classroom. 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