History

The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee is the producer elected Board of Control which administers the "Colorado Wheat Marketing Order" approved by a referendum of Colorado wheat producers in 1958 pursuant to the "Colorado Agricultural Marketing Act of 1939." Funding for the marketing order is provided by a producer approved assessment of two cents per bushel, which is collected by the first handler. The assessment typically generates about $670,000 annually from the state's wheat producers. The "Colorado Agricultural Marketing Act of 1939" and the "Colorado Wheat Marketing Order" require that assessment funds be used for sales promotion, public relations and educational programs to increase the consumption and utilization of Colorado produced wheat. Research programs, which improve the marketing and utilization of Colorado wheat, are also authorized.

A delegation of flour millers and wheat buyers from the Philippines and a representative from U.S. Wheat Associates visited Colorado in August 2010 to learn more about U.S. wheat production, wheat marketing, and the quality and quantity of U.S. wheat. The team, pictured to the left, visited Anderson Wheat Farms near Haxtun.

Goal

To provide Colorado wheat producers an organization that helps develop, maintain and increase domestic and export sales while supporting education, research and promotional programs designed to increase the consumption and utilization of Colorado wheat.

Funding

Funded by a producer approved assessment of two cents per bushel.

Management

The Executive Committee, which consists of four officers, are annually elected at the regular June meeting, with terms of office to run concurrently with the fiscal year of July 1-June 30. The CWAC Board of Control consists of nine members duly elected from their respective districts and selected by the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture as set forth in the "Colorado Wheat Marketing Order." The CWAC Advisory Committee consists of one member and one alternate from each county included in the "Colorado Wheat Marketing Order." The CWAC Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the CWAC Board of Control. The Board of Control has the power to conduct the business of the organization, negotiate contracts, establish or adjust rules and conduct and approve other matters incidental to the well being of the marketing order.

Meetings

CWAC meets five times a year in conjunction with the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers.