Training The IGP Institute is offering two new workshops for individuals interested in grain transportation and the understanding of marketing.
New grain transportation classes coming One goal of those who work in grain transportation is to ensure that grain products arrive to customers in exceptional condition. To help share knowledge about the most effective ways to accomplish this task, the IGP Institute has joined up with the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission to offer grain transportation courses free of charge. The first offering geared for farmers and other invited guests who are interested in grain transportation will be held of September 6, 2017 in Garden City, Kansas. This training will cover discussion topics inclyding the Kansas rail and container transportation systems, Union Pacific (UPRR) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway transportation overviews and the future outlook. Speakers from the IGP Institute, UPRR and BNSF will present during the half-day programme. A second class is planned for September 7-8, 2017, at the Kansas State University IGP Institute. The training will feature several topics covering Kansas rail and container transportation Participants in advanced milling course learn the impact of wheat quality on milling extraction and flour quality.
Milling training for milling industry experts With continued education, come different levels of training to gain experience. An updated course was held for those invested in expanding their flour milling knowledge and advancing their processing skills. The IGP–KSU Advanced Milling Principles course provided an in-depth insight to various principles of flour milling, June 12–16, 2017 at Kansas State University. The flour milling principles taught in this course included cleaning for grain quality, starch damage, conditioning and tempering, cumulative attribute curves, roller mills, sifter, purifiers, detachers, dusters, flowsheet design, and flour additives and treatments. Shawn Thiele, IGP Institute’s flour milling and grain processing curriculum manager commented, “This course was very successful with millers not only from the US, but also from Ecuador, Mexico and the Caribbean.” He continued, “The 11 participants all brought a unique view to the course with different experiences which added to the learning environment and raised many interesting topics of discussion.” The course provided an in-depth insight and detail to understanding mill design, equipment and proper optimisation of the milling process. The advanced milling course was beneficial 42 | August 2017 - Milling and Grain
systems; container logistics; export documents and county party risk and non-vessel operating common carriers. In addition to classroom discussions and presentations, there will also be a tour at the DeLong Co., Inc. container facility in Edgerton, Kansas. Jay O’Neil, senior agricultural economist at the IGP Institute commented, “Both of these educational sessions will allow farmers to better understand transportation, and then to see any opportunities they could have in their own operations.” primarily for milling engineers, operation managers, production managers, head millers and shift managers with previous milling experience. Jason Longo, operator mechanic at General Mills in Buffalo, New York expounded, “I really loved the hands-on part of the course when we were in the mill. One of the main things I learned is that we have been reading how to scale a product wrong, so just knowing that bit will really help us in the future at our mill to be more accurate.”
Shawn Thiele, course instructor, explains optical sorter optimisation during an exercise in the Hal Ross Flour Mill
Participants in the IGP–KSU Advanced Milling course learn how to evaluate flourmill streams in the Hal Ross Flour Mill