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International Grains Program Hosts Special Flour Milling Course For FOSS Professionals

Date Posted: May 14, 2013

Manhattan, KS—After their recent milling equipment donation to Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science, FOSS professionals returned to learn about the industry they support.

A provider of analytical instruments for agricultural and food industries, FOSS has developed a relationship with K-State’s grain science department.

Twelve FOSS employees attended this special course offering, April 10-11, 2013, at the International Grains Program to gain a basic understanding of the flour milling process.

“FOSS donated analytical equipment (NIR analyzers) to use in the Hal Ross mill and for teaching,” Mark Fowler, IGP associate director, says.

“This is a special course for sales representatives and executives of FOSS to help them better understand the flour milling process and the industry they are serving.”

The two-day course was spent hearing presentations from Fowler and then participating in milling laboratories in the Shellenberger laboratory and the Hal Ross Flour Mill.

Group discussions also allowed the participants to share their personal experiences as well as offer advice to each other.

“This was a good training opportunity for our sales force and to bring us up to speed and know what to expect when entering a flour mill,” says Ron Lindgren, FOSS industry sales manager for milling and grain.

“You are never too much of an expert to learn something new and different.”

This is just one example of the many partnership trainings offered through IGP.

In addition, IGP offers standard courses in feed manufacturing and grain management, grain marketing and risk management, and flour milling and grain processing.

To learn about the training opportunities visit the IGP website at

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