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Claudia Carter, B.S. and M.S.

Claudia Carter, B.S. and M.S.

Claudia Carter

Name: Claudia Carter

Degrees: B.S. in Food Science and M.S. in Cereal Science

Years Graduated: B.S. in 2010 and M.S. in 2014

Advisers: B.S. adviser was Dr. Clifford Hall and M.S. adviser was Dr. Frank Manthey

Current Position: Executive Director and Laboratory Director of the California Wheat Commission; Administrator for the California Grain Foundation.

As the Executive Director of the California Wheat Commission, my efforts are concentrated on meeting the Commission’s goals to create and maintain demand of California wheat in the domestic and international markets. I report to the Board and organize three Board meetings per year; interact with the entire wheat industry including growers, wheat handlers, milling and baking companies, and other industry partners; serve as the liaison between the industry and our growers; communicate about wheat research with our wheat breeder at UC Davis; work closely with the UC Davis Extension Specialist; and manage a staff of five.

The California Wheat Commission is the only wheat commission in the U.S. that has a quality lab in-house. As the Lab Director, I manage the operations of the Quality Lab, not only for our own crop quality efforts, but also to maintain and create more revenue for the lab through fee-for-service clientele.

For the California Grain Foundation (a non-profit organization) I serve as administrator of operations.

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today

NDSU has contributed in many different ways. At the beginning of my studies, I was able to work in different areas related to Food Science. I worked at a food microbiology lab when given the opportunity to do so. In the classroom I had classmates with different backgrounds that taught me about their countries and cultures, which shaped the way I see the world now.

Dr. Hall was a wonderful adviser. He was very helpful with any questions I had, even more when it came to trying to find a job. He gave me good advice about the food industry in general.

Dr. Manthey was my mentor. He was not only my adviser, but also my boss when I worked at the Durum Wheat Quality Lab. He pushed me to be better and to improve in anything I was doing. He motivated me to go further in my career and to always ask the question, “Why?” He encouraged me and also instilled in me to be curious and to seek for the answer without giving up.

At NDSU I had many opportunities to broaden my perspective about the world outside of the Cereal and Food Science world. That is when I decided to learn more from other departments at NDSU. I took a class in leadership from the Ag Business Department with Dr. Peterson. He was also a great contribution from NDSU to my professional career. I learned about leadership skills based on his teachings that have helped me as I moved into a leadership position at such a young age. In addition to all the great contributions I received, I also found it valuable to have the Northern Crops Institute part of the Cereal and Food Science program.

NDSU and its Food and Cereal Science programs have a lot to offer. Professors care deeply about their students and their success. They take the time to know you and to help you in any way.

(Photo credit: Matt Salvo, California Farm Bureau Federation)

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