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Jonathan Ruff Interns at USW West Coast Office
June 20, 2014
PORTLAND, Oregon — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcomes Jonathan Ruff to an internship in its West Coast Office in Portland, OR. Ruff is a graduate student in international management at Portland State University. He will assist USW with trade team visits to the West Coast Office and conduct research on wheat supply logistics.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Jon’s solid international experience work with us this summer,” said USW Vice President and West Coast Office Director Steve Wirsching. “I am confident that his internship will benefit the wheat farmers we represent in overseas markets.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to apply my skills and training for an organization that is engaged in the world wheat market,” said Ruff. “I know it will provide very relevant experience for my career.”

Ruff’s graduate work focusing on global supply chain management matches well with USW’s work demonstrating the quality, reliability and value of U.S. wheat. Ruff is also studying Mandarin Chinese and recently returned from a field study of several factories in China, Japan and Vietnam as part of his graduate studies.

Ruff studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico, during his undergraduate international management studies at the University of Oregon. He joined the Peace Corps and worked in Costa Rica for two years as a business coach for a micro-lending institution. He then moved back to his native Portland to work in sales and management at Transcore DAT, a national transportation technology company.

USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers.” USW activities are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by FAS.

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