Image: Bread in a commercial bakery.

 Your favorite bread has taken a long journey to arrive at your kitchen table. Come along as we follow the field-to-table journey of U.S.-grown wheat. Research & Breeding All bread starts as a seed, but not just any seed.

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Image: Roy Motter and kids.

Roy Motter farms 2,500 acres in the Imperial Valley of California, and while that may be small compared to other U.S. wheat farms, his operation supports three families. Motter has been farming with his two brothers-in-law since the 1970s, and he oversees their wheat production. They grow Desert Durum®…

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Image: Gordon Stoner.

Gordon Stoner and his wife Bonnie are the fourth generation on the family farm near Outlook, Montana, which celebrated its centennial in 2009. Gordon grows durum and pulse crops on the glacial plains just south of the Canadian border using a no-tillage system that Gordon says has improved his soils,…

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Photo: Wade Bangerter.

Wheat farmer Wade Bangerter is his own best customer. Each harvest, he scoops wheat by the bucketful out of the combine or wheat truck and saves it back to clean, prepare and eat for the year to come. But anyone can enjoy the nutty but sweet flavor of wheat kernels…

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Image: Volk Farms.

Philip and Lisa Volk and their five children grow hard red spring wheat on their family farm in North Dakota that was founded in 1942. Responsibilities are shared among them all, even their youngest who rides along with Mom or Dad during wheat harvest. HARD RED SPRING WHEAT The…

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Image: Darren Padget.

Padget Ranches sits on the arid Columbia Plateau above the John Day River in Oregon, where Darren Padget’s family has farmed since 1910. Today, Darren farms with his wife Brenda and their son Logan, as well as his dad Dale, a retired wheat farmer who participated in his 67th…

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Image: Goyings Farm.

“Working hard and going strong” is the theme of wheat harvest at Doug Goyings’ family farm in Ohio. They work from morning to night, harvesting the wheat, baling the straw and planting soybeans in the same fields they had just harvested. Challenging work and long days are made slightly…

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Image: Peters Farms.

Peters Farms is a family-owned operation that started when Michael Peters’ great-great-grandfather homesteaded a piece of land in central Oklahoma in the 1880s. Today, Michael farms with his father Fred Peters and his son Tyler. They grow hard red winter wheat and graze beef cattle on some of that…

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Image: Bailey Farms.

After starting his career at a major farm lending institution, Gary Bailey left to join his family’s farm full-time in 1989, working alongside his parents and two brothers. He wanted to be a part of the legacy that his parents started and to give his children the same kind…

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Photo: Burgess Family.

Q: How long have you been a wheat farmer and who helps you on the farm now? A: My husband Geoff and I are first-generation farmers, and we started the farm in 2008. I’m originally from Sterling, and I grew up on a hobby farm where we grew wheat and produced…

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