Third Blog in CJ Wackerlin Series Spending a day out shopping with friends, while always fun, can also be stressful. My particular struggle has always been pants, and I vividly remember…
Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Koenig; I’m a PhD student in the Genetics Program at Michigan State University. I study systemic stress and development signaling in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. As a USDA-NIFA National Needs fellow, I have the incredible opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. this summer, where I will learn about the various agriculture agencies and organizations working toward goals of food sustainability. The National Association of Wheat Growers was generous enough to host me for a week, and I am thrilled to be here!
As I mentioned in my previous blog, I grew up with primarily cattle, corn, and soybeans. Wheat is a new to me. So, I decided to research how farmers grow it in various parts of the country, as well as important politics surrounding the future of wheat as a US commodity. It wasn’t surprising to read that wheat is the principal cereal grain for export and domestic consumption or that it is the third leading field crop in the US (behind corn and soybeans). It was however fascinating to learn that there are six classes of wheat cultivated around the world with the US being the rare country that can grow and export all six.
There are however many benefits to consuming foods containing gluten. In fact, a recent study published in BMJ found that “long term dietary intake of gluten was not associated with risk of coronary heart disease; the avoidance of gluten may result in reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains, which may affect cardiovascular risk.”
192.8 bushels per acre Grant County, Washington Keldin WestBred We decided to enter the National Wheat Yield Contest for the simple reason of increasing our wheat yield.