ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has promoted Tyllor Ledford to Market Analyst. Ledford has served as USW Assistant Director of the West Coast Office in Portland, Ore., since August 2021. USW is the export market development organization for the wheat industry.
“We are very pleased to recognize Tyllor’s strong contribution to our customer support and crop quality efforts with this promotion to Market Analyst,” said USW Vice President of Communications Steve Mercer. “Providing global and domestic market analysis, including unique information on U.S. wheat export pricing, is an important part of our trade service effort. Tyllor has the educational background and people skills to excel in this position.”
Ledford joined USW after completing both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural and applied economics from Texas Tech University. Her master’s thesis focused on the relationship between food security and conflict patterns in Africa and was awarded the “2022 Outstanding Master’s Thesis” by the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. She gained valuable experience as a Texas Tech graduate research assistant, by interning with Colorado State University Extension and through agribusiness academic immersion programs in China and Spain. Ledford is a native of Colorado, growing up on her family’s farm where they raised Quarter Horses and irrigated alfalfa.
U.S. Wheat Associates’ (USW) mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance wheat’s profitability for U.S. wheat producers and its value for their customers.” USW activities in more than 100 countries are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 17 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. USW maintains 15 offices strategically located around the world to help wheat buyers, millers, bakers, wheat food processors and government officials understand the quality, value and reliability of all six U.S. wheat classes. For more information, visit www.uswheat.org.