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Cecil Watson Remembered

Posted: Apr 08 2022

Cecil Watson, former Commissioner for the North Dakota Wheat Commission, and officer of U.S. Wheat Associates, passed away on March 4, 2022 at the age of 90.  Watson, from Bathgate, is being remembered as a hard-working farmer, a leader in his community, and a leader in the wheat industry.  He served as the district 6 Commissioner to the NDWC from 1982-1994, and served as an officer of U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) from 1990-1993.  USW is the wheat industries export market development organization responsible for the promotion of U.S. grown wheat in international markets.

During his term as Chair of USW, Watson was very focused on trade issues impacting North Dakota wheat producers, including urging the Administration to investigate the increase of unfairly traded Canadian wheat into the U.S. market.  He also was an advocate for getting higher valued classes of wheat, such as the high-protein hard red spring wheat and high quality durum grown in North Dakota included in the Export Enhancement Program.

Watson received the North Dakota Governor’s award for traveling to 45 countries promoting wheat while he was chair of U.S. Wheat Associates.   He was just the second North Dakota producer to become Chair of USW.  “Cecil served a very distinguished 12 years with us”, states Neal Fisher, NDWC Administrator.  Watson was proud of his association with the North Dakota Wheat Commission and U.S. Wheat Associates, and it didn’t end with his time on the boards, Fisher said.  He always made sure to provide support and appreciation to other producers dedicating their time to serve the producers of North Dakota.

His obituary can be accessed at

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