Wheat, a cereal grain, originated in the Middle East. It is the oldest crop, dating back over 10,000 years, but was first planted in the U.S. in 1777. Wheat is grown worldwide and is one of the top three produced crops today. Wheat is the primary grain used in U.S. grain products. Approximately three-quarters of all U.S. grain products are made from wheat flour. Additional uses of wheat include: packing peanuts, plastic bags, golf tees, fuels, flour, pasta, bran, chewing gum, chocolate, ice cream and beer, just to name a few!