Brian O’Toole Elected USW Secretary-Treasurer
Published: January 29, 2013
ARLINGTON, Virginia — The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors elected Brian O’Toole of Crystal, ND, to serve as Secretary-Treasurer for 2013/14 at its meeting in Washington, DC, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
The board elected O’Toole in a slate including Chairman Darrell Davis of Ipswich, SD, who will become Past Chairman, Vice Chairman Dan Hughes of Venango, NE, who will become Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer Roy Motter of Brawley, CA, who will become Vice Chairman. The new USW officers officially begin their one-year terms at the organization’s annual meeting, June 29, 2013, in Rapid City, SD.
O’Toole began his farming career after attending the State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND. He and his cousin Tom O’Toole operate O’Toole Farms where they produce hard red spring and hard red winter wheat, including seed wheat, dry beans, soybeans, corn and sugar beets. In 1996, O’Toole took over a seed cleaning and conditioning business started by his father Richard O’Toole.
“My father saw potential in wheat and that led him to start that seed business,” O’Toole said. “Now I am expanding it because like him, I still see potential in wheat. Running for this office is my commitment to get more involved in developing exports because I think no crop has more potential than wheat to feed the kids in this world.”
O’Toole is an experienced agricultural and community leader. He serves on the North Dakota Wheat Commission, on the board of the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, OR and is Chairman of SBARE Wheat Granting Committee. He is also past president of the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association and past president of Crystal Farmers Elevator Co-op. O’Toole has received the Young Outstanding Farmer Award, Master Farmer Award and Friends of 4-H Award. Additionally, he and his wife, Sara, were Pembina County NDSU Harvest Bowl Honorees. They have four grown children, two of whom have returned to farming.
Darrell Davis operates a fifth-generation family grain and cattle operation and is a member of South Dakota Wheat Inc., the South Dakota Soybean Association, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and the South Dakota Cattleman’s Association. Davis is a board member and past president of North Central Farmers Elevator.
Dan Hughes is a third-generation wheat farmer in the southwest corner of Nebraska. His operation includes hard red winter wheat for domestic use and export, as well as hard white wheat grown under contract for ConAgra. He also is a commissioner of the Nebraska Wheat Board, and served as its Chairman from 2008 to 2010.
Roy Motter is managing partner of Spruce Farms, LLC, a diverse operation in California’s Imperial Valley that includes Desert Durum®, lettuce, cabbage, onions, sugar beets, sugar cane, alfalfa seed and hay, sudan grass, melons and tomatoes. He has been a member of the California Wheat Commission since 1998.
USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries. USW activities are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
Brian O'Toole and his wife Sara at the Wheat Marketing Center, Portland, Oregon. O'Toole was elected Secretary-Treasurer of U.S. Wheat Associates Jan. 29, 2013. Click here for a high resolution file of this photo.
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Brian O'Toole, second from left, of Crystal, ND, joined fellow U.S. Wheat Officers after his election as 2013/14 Secretary-Treasurer at the organization's board of directors meeting in Washington, DC, Jan. 29, 2013. Other officers are (left to right) President Alan T. Tracy, current Chairman Darrell Davis of Ipswich, SD, current Past Chairman Randy Suess of Colfax, WA, current Secretary-Treasurer Roy Motter of Brawley, CA, and current Vice Chairman Dan Hughes of Venango, NE. The new USW officers officially begin one-year terms at the organization’s annual meeting, June 29, 2013, in Rapid City, SD. Click here for a high resolution file of this photo.