Local grad promoted in national wheat group

Amanda Spoo

A Hermiston native is among those recently promoted at the U.S. Wheat Associates.

Amanda Spoo, a 2009 Hermiston High School graduate, has been promoted to assistant director of communications for the national organization.

Spoo joined U.S. Wheat Associates in October 2014, after two years as director of communications at Kansas Pork Association. At U.S. Wheat Associates, she manages social media outreach, and communicates with stakeholders and overseas customers.

“I knew I wanted to do something with agriculture,” Spoo said. “We didn’t have a farm, but I grew up around agriculture, and knowing there were other careers in ag besides just farming.”

Her father Tom Spoo, now Hermiston High School’s principal, used to be the school’s Ag Science teacher. Amanda said while participating in the school’s Future Farmers of America, she realized she wanted to do something with communications.

“I’ve always loved to write, and am interested in current issues,” she said. “That kind of married with ag communications.”

U.S. Wheat Associates promotes American-grown wheat to international markets.

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