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NAMA Co-Sponsors 53rd Annual Corn Dry Milling Conference at USDA Research Center in Peoria, IL

Date Posted: May 21, 2012

Washington, DC—Corn millers, seed producers, manufacturers, and engineers gathered last week at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, IL for the 53rd Annual Corn Dry Milling Conference, co-sponsored by the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) and NCAUR.

The latest advances in the science of corn production technology, implications of the 2012 Farm Bill, sustainability - field to market, and demand and production were presented.

"Dry milled corn is in many hundreds of branded retail food products and creates tremendous value for the food industry,” Mary Waters, NAMA president said.

"NAMA partners with the ARS research center to co-sponsor this conference because it provides information useful to the food industry."

“Our research interests and needs differ from other uses such as feed and energy.

"This conference highlights research impacting food production and our products,” Robert Harper, Hopkinsville Milling Company president and the Corn Dry Milling Conference Committee chairman said.

“The conference is a good avenue for scientists to share the latest research developments.”

Presentations will be posted online at

The presentations included:

• Classification of Damaged Grains, Paul Armstrong, sales account manager and Georg Schafer, Buhler;

• Corn Demand and Production, Pete Riley, economic and policy analysis staff, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency;

• Differences among corn hybrids in kernel attributes, fungal susceptibility and conditioning, drying and processing characteristics, Richard Stroshine, Ph.D., professor agricultural and biological engineering;

• Farm Bill Implications, Jim Eichhorst, manager of state government relations, Biotechnology Industry Organization;

• Field to Market, Fred Luckey, chairman, Field to Market;

• Goss’s wilt in corn: What’s the risk?, Kiersten Wise, Ph.D., assistant professor of plant pathology, Purdue University;

• Growing Corn in the Arctic, Jerry Hatfield, Ph.D., laboratory director and supervisory plant physiologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service;

• Herbicide Resistance in Corn on Corn, Eric Ifft, technical sales consultant, Bayer CropScience;

• Water in Agronomic Sustainability, Mike Edgerton, Ph.D., technology lead for corn ethanol and quality traits, Monsanto; and

• Mycotoxin Detection, Mark Bussman, research chemist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.

The NAMA Corn Milling Conference Committee developed the program. Members of the committee include:

• Committee Chair Robert Harper, Hopkinsville Milling Company

Brian Anderson, Bunge Milling, Inc.

Sean Liu, NCAUR

Keith Smith, Cargill Corn Milling

Don Sullins, ADM Milling Company

John Cory, Prairie Mills LLC

NAMA is the trade association of the wheat, corn, oat and rye milling industries. Member companies operate 176 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada.

For more information, call 202-484-2200, ext. 11.

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