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IAOM Central, Wheat State, and Texoma Districts Meet in Manhattan, KS

Date Posted: March 12, 2013

by Karl Ohm

Approximately 50 members from the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Central, Wheat State, and Texoma Districts attended the 2013 Spring Technical Conference and Joint District Meeting, March 7-8, at the International Grains Program (IGP) Conference Center, Kansas State University (KSU), Manhattan.

A Purple Ash Golf Tournament was held on Friday morning, March 8, at the Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan.

On Thursday, March 7, welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Dirk Maier, head, Department of Grain Science and Industry, KSU.

Joe Woodard, IAOM immediate past president and general manager, ADM Milling Company, Arkansas City, KS, also attended the event and offered welcoming remarks and an update on IAOM activities and programs in North America and overseas.

Also attending the conference was Melinda Farris, IAOM executive vice president, who provided a brief overview concerning the new redesign and utility of IAOM’s website.

Woodard and Farris also took the opportunity to remind the attendees about IAOM’s upcoming 117th Annual Conference and Expo, April 29 – May 3, at the Scotia Bank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The Hilton Fallsview Hotel will be the headquarters’ hotel.

For more information about the conference or the hotel, visit www.iaom info, or call IAOM at 913-338-3377.

The technical program was then opened by Jack Keltz, IAOM Wheat State District chairperson and plant superintendent, Cereal Food Processors, Inc., Wichita, KS.

The program included several presentations, covering: O.H. Kruse Feed Mill Update, Dr. Keith Behnke, professor emeritus, Department of Grain Science and Industry, KSU; Monitoring Break Roll Wear Using Granulation Curve, Nathan Watson, a senior in the Department of Grain Science and Industry, KSU; A Magnet is Not Just a Magnet, Bob Wolf, western regional sales manager, Magnetic Products, Inc., Highland, MI; Online Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR), Ron Lindgren, milling industry sales manager, Eden Prairie, MN; Pest Control and Fumigant Update, Chelle Hartzer, product manager/technical services, Industrial Fumigant Company, Lenexa, KS; and Dust Explosion Education, presented by Dr. R.P. Kingsley Ambrose, assistant professor, Department of Grain Science and Industry; Heather Cook, International Grains Program; and Carlos Campabadal, program specialist in grain storage and feed manufacturing, KSU.

Before the close of Thursday’s sessions, Aaron Harries, director of marketing, Kansas Wheat, Manhattan, provided a quick review about the newly-opened Kansas Wheat Innovation Center (KWIC), which is located across from the IGP Conference Center on Kimball Avenue, Manhattan.

Attendees were then organized into two groups to tour the KWIC.

Through the penny-and-a-half per bushel Kansas wheat checkoff, the state’s wheat farmers funded most of the $10.3 million, 35,000-square-foot structure, which includes 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratories, a 10,000 square-foot greenhouse complex, and 10,000 square feet of office space.

Besides the staff of the Kansas Wheat Commission (KWC) and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers (KAWG), additional tenants headquartered at the center include the Kansas Wheat Alliance (KWA) and the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

KWA members include the KAWG, Kansas Crop Improvement Association, Kansas Seed Industry Association, KWC, KSU Research and Extension, and the KSU Research Foundation.

The center also houses the Heartland Plant Innovations, a unique initiative involving KAWG and KWC, which is focused on developing new traits, varieties, and solutions for hard red and hard white winter wheat producers.

An open house, which will be hosted by KWC and KAWG, is scheduled for Friday, April 26, with an opening dedication scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

For further information, phone: 785-539-0255.

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