January 14, 2020

USDA Cochran fellows learn about US wheat production and trading

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cochran US Wheat Classification and Standards for Brazil Fellowship Program was held in an effort to familiarise fellows with US agriculture, and the various systems used to supply and market US wheat.

This course was held December 1-14, 2019, at Kansas State University's IGP Institute, where four fellows were in attendance. The program included classroom discussions, wheat milling and grading labs, wheat research facility and elevator visits, and a field trip to an export facility in New Orleans, Louisiana.
USDA Cochran Brazil Fellows visited the Cargill
Export Facility in Westwego, Louisiana
Image credit: IGP KSU
'I have extensive milling experience, but I learned something new every day that I was here. For example, the blending of softer wheats; it's important that you can blend different wheat qualities, different proteins and different classes. For me, it's very interesting,' says Ruy Cassio Zanardi Toledo, industrial director of OCRIM. 'My opinion has not changed but reinforced in the sense that US products and services are high-quality and reliable.'

Some of the topics discussed throughout the two-week program included US wheat classifications, US grain production supply chain and marketing system, wheat and flour quality analysis, futures and options, purchasing strategies, and storage and quality management of wheat. The Brazil fellows were able to meet and learn from Kansas wheat growers and researchers, Kansas Wheat Commission staff, US Wheat Associates staff, Kansas State University grain and milling experts, as well as many other industry professionals.

Read the full article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.

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