May 24, 2017

24/05/2017: Training Held for Middle Eastern and North African Feed Industry Professionals

U.S. Soybean Export Council collaborated with IGP to provide participants with U.S. feed manufacturing technical knowledge.

Participants in the USSEC MENA Feed Manufacturing course tour the KSU Dairy Facilities.

MANHATTAN, Kansas – The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are two regions in the world that both import U.S. soybeans and soybean meal and buy other U.S. commodities. To teach them about manufacturing methods and quality requirements, participants from both regions attended the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Feed Manufacturing course May 15–19, 2017 at the IGP Institute Conference Center.

The course included classroom lectures and presentations as well as tours of several industry- related businesses and facilities.

“This is a tailor-made course focused on feed manufacturing. We are aiming to teach the participants how to improve feed production,” says Carlos Campabadal, IGP’s feed manufacturing and grain quality specialist.

Campabadal explains that the main goal is for participants to learn the best techniques and then to go back to their own companies with that knowledge, with the overall goal that they continue buying more U.S. soybeans and soybean meal.

Several of the topics covered in the course included grain, soybean and feed ingredient storage and mycotoxin control; quality control in feed manufacturing; particle size reduction; batching and mixing; pelleting; steam systems; pellet cooling and crumbling; post-pellet liquid applications; feed mill management key performance indicators; understanding the U.S. grain export system; feed mill maintenance; and design and new technology used in feed manufacturing.

“I especially enjoyed learning in this course here at IGP, but also the tour in the feed mill and the dairy farm,” says Hicham Benkatta, veterinarian at Sofalim in Settat, Morocco.

Benkatta describes that he knew about American grains before the course, but now that he has learned more about the industry, he will take the information he learned back with him to his company.

The tours for the course included trips to the KSU Dairy facilities, the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Center and Midwest Ag Services Feed Mill in Seneca, Kansas.

The IGP Institute offers several other training courses in addition to feed manufacturing and grain quality management. The institute holds trainings in flour milling and grain processing and grain marketing and risk management. To learn more about these other training opportunities, visit the IGP Institute website at

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