July 13, 2016

13/07/2016: International industry personnel travel to US for wheat milling course

Participants in the Flour Milling Course for US Wheat
Associates Nigerian/South African Millers visited Joe
Kejr’s farm during wheat harvest near Salina, Kansas
The month of June in Kansas presents a perfect opportunity for flour millers across the globe to see US wheat production firsthand. Nine milling industry professionals did just that. June 19-July 1, 2016 participants in the Flour Milling Course for US Wheat Associates for Nigerian/South African Millers travelled to the IGP Institute Conference Centre to learn about US wheat production and see Kansas wheat harvest at its best.
Shawn Thiele, milling operations manager and course manager, says the course emphasises the quality and importance of US wheat and focuses on understanding the US grading system, export practices and milling practices. Additionally, he says the education students bring with them is valuable.

Course Manager Shawn Thiele instructs participants
during the Flour Milling Course for US Wheat
Associates Nigerian/South African Millers
“The participants really make the course unique and bring a diverse level of milling knowledge and experience with them. The student participation and sharing of different practices and knowledge during the two weeks helps drive the success of this course and makes it enjoyable for everyone involved,” Mr Thiele says.
The course covers many aspects of the wheat milling industry including flour and dough testing, wheat classes, structures milling math, the US grain inspection system, milling systems and mill performance evaluation. Participants are also able to perform hands-on exercises in the milling and baking labs and the KSU Hal Ross Flour Mill.
Traveling out of Manhattan, the group took a day trip to the Ardent Mills flourmill in Newton, Kansas. The participants also toured the Cargill grain elevator and a wheat farm during harvest in Salina, Kansas.

Student Ronaldo Koch practices hands-on
milling exercise in the KSU milling lab
“We’ve learned a lot and went into a lot of detail that will benefit us. There is a lot we can take away from that we plan on implementing,” says Zane Opperman, course participant and mill manager at Pioneer Foods in Bethlehem, South Africa.
He adds, “What IGP does for the industry is a great way to improve on the process, business, each country and the world.”

This is just one example of the educational opportunities offered by the IGP Institute. Along with trainings in grain processing and flour milling, the IGP Institute also holds courses in grain marketing and risk management, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management. 
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