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International Grains Program Hosts Buhler-KSU Executive Milling Course

Date Posted: August 5, 2013

Manhattan, KS—Mill owners, directors and managers from around the world traveled to the International Grains Program July 15-19, 2013, for the Buhler-KSU Executive Milling course.

The course was held at Kansas State University’s International Grains Program and the Hal Ross Flour Mill where eight participants experienced a hands-on learning opportunity.

The course was led by Joerg Mauer, milling lecturer from the Swiss Milling School in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and John Steinfort, Buhler adjunct instructor with the Department of Grain Science and Industry.

Assisting them was Shawn Thiele, milling operations manager for the Department of Grain Science and Industry.

In describing the course, Steinfort says, “The course is designed to educate milling executives and non-operation managers on all aspects of the milling process, which will help them to make better business and managerial decisions on a daily basis.”

One participant eager to learn was Dineh John, quality assurance analyst for Navajo Agricultural Production Industry.

With this only being John’s second week on the job, she was ready to learn the basics of milling to assist her in her new job.

“The instructors are very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend this course to anyone at any level.

"Even if you are someone who is just starting out in milling, you go away from this course learning a lot,” John says.

Throughout the week participants were in the classroom learning the basics of flour milling and then headed to the mill to apply those principles.

From the Hal Ross Flour Mill to the Shellenberger Hall milling laboratory, they had the opportunity to put their skills to the test.

These trainings allowed participants to learn about purifiers, milling machinery, proper cleaning procedures and the milling process.

Vice President of milling and dry mix for General Mills, Chad Kerlin, said that his favorite part of the course was the hands on activities in the mill.

“I have read about milling and I’ve gone to the plants.

"They have walked me through the flows, but it’s helpful to be able to make the adjustments and be able to do those activities yourself.”

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

In addition to flour milling and grain processing, IGP offers trainings in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain management, and grain marketing and risk management.

For more information about training opportunities at IGP visit the IGP website at:

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