Jim Peterson is Oregon’s only wheat breeder and is the head of OSU’s wheat breeding program. His innovations have generated tens of millions of dollars for wheat growers in the Northwest. Peterson, the W.E. Kronstad Endowed Chair for Wheat Research at OSU, has overseen the development of nine wheat varieties, which are grown throughout the Northwest. As chair of the National Wheat Improvement Committee since 2005, Peterson has led efforts to increase federal funding for wheat research.