The Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council (MWRPC) began operations in July 1977, as noted in a 1980 Legislative Auditor report. The Council works with the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, an advocacy group and member of the National Association of Wheat Growers, on grower education and promotion of the wheat industry, but the two groups are distinct. The Growers were incorporated under the nonprofit corporation act in March 1976.
Funding for the MWRPC is generated through commodity check offs, also known as a promotional order, which directs a small amount of money from each sale of wheat to the council. The council directs those funds to develop new wheat varieties, improve production, find new uses and help promote wheat exports and domestic uses of wheat. Check offs are mandatory for all thirteen commodity groups. Refunds can only be requested for the following councils: Corn, Turkey, Dry Edible Bean, Sunflower, and Area II Potato.