About Eat Wheat

EatWheat.org was created to connect people to the farmers who grow the wheat that’s used in the foods we eat. We share the stories of wheat farmers, including production practices and the process of how wheat is grown, transported, milled, baked and delivered to the grocery store and all across the word. It gives people a chance to virtually meet a farmer, ask questions and learn about the process. We also work with a registered dietitian to share delicious recipes for wheat foods. We have quick-and-easy weeknight meals, fun crafts straight from the farm and stories and videos that connect you to the people and land that grows your food. You can dig into your delicious homemade meal and how it got to your plate all in the comfort of your own home.

EatWheat.org is funded by Kansas wheat farmers through the Kansas Wheat Commission.

Contact us at eatwheat.org@gmail.com.


Our Authors:

Marsha Boswell, Director of Communications, Kansas Wheat

Marsha Boswell, Vice President of Communications, Kansas Wheat

Marsha Boswell has been the Director of Communications with the Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers since January 2014. During that time, she has overseen the development of new logos, branding campaigns and website redesigns. She is the 2016 recipient of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)/Topeka Communicator of the Year award.

Previously, Boswell was Public Relations Specialist for Kansas Wheat from 1999 to 2008. During her first tenure, Boswell was instrumental in the development of the Kansas Wheat Commission’s anniversary book, Kansas Gold: Historical Notes and Heritage Recipes from the First Fifty Years of the Kansas Wheat Commission.

Boswell is a 2008 graduate of Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness program. Her thesis was on Determining Effective Communication Strategies for Kansas Wheat Producers to Improve Willingness to Pay for Services. She serves as past co-chair for the Women Managing the Farm Conference and as vice chairman of the Kansas Farm Food Connection. She has served on the boards of IABC/Topeka and Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

Contact Marsha at mboswell@kswheat.com.

Photo: Michelle Rager.

Michelle Rager, Spokesperson, Kansas Wheat

Michelle Rager develops recipes for the eatwheat.org website. She also runs a meal planning and preparation service, assists with her family’s ranching operation and raises four children with her husband in northeast Kansas.

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Image: Kelsey Byrnes.

Kelsey Byrnes, food blogger and photographer, Dance Around the Kitchen

Kelsey Byrnes runs her own food blog using her background in food science to develop recipes. She also develops recipes for the eatwheat.org website and photographs her own and other recipes for the site.


Photo: Julia Debes.

Julia Debes, Communications Consultant, Kansas Wheat

As a fifth generation farmer from central Kansas, Julia has a passion for telling agriculture’s story. She works as a communications consultant with a number of organizations, including Kansas Wheat. She is also a contributing writer for the eatwheat.org website.


Jordan Hildebrand, Former Assistant Director of Communications, Kansas Wheat

Jordan Hildebrand, Kansas WheatJordan Hildebrand is a May 2014 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural communications and journalism. She grew up on a small crop and livestock operation outside of Stafford. While in college Jordan stayed busy with activities within the College of Agriculture. She was the president of the College of Agriculture’s Student Council, editor of the Kansas State Agriculturist, an active member in the Alpha Zeta ag honorary fraternity, an Ag Ambassador and continued her involvement with Kansas FFA. She also brings work experience from the IGP Institute as the former assistant to the distance education coordinator, from Washington D.C. were she interned with Senator Jerry Moran and as a public relations director from multiple organizations on K-State’s campus.

Jill Ladd MPH, RD, LD

Jill Ladd, MPH, RDN, LD

Jill Ladd is a Registered Dietitian and a former contributing writer for the eatwheat.org website, where she shared nutrition information, cooking tips and recipes with readers. Jill developed a passion for food and nutrition at a young age growing up on a farm in South Central Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Kansas State University and completed a dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. In December 2015, Jill completed her Masters of Public Health through Creighton University. Jill has extensive experience in administering Child Nutrition Programs and believes its important to teach children about the benefits of eating a balanced diet and creating lifelong healthy eating habits.