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IGP Institute Hosts USGC Grain Quality Workshop

Date Posted: July 30, 2014

Manhattan, KS—Maintaining grain quality, understanding how USDA grain standards are implemented and, the U.S. export grain inspection system, as well as writing contracts in way that secures the desired grain quality were the focuses of the USGC Mexico Grain Quality Workshop held at the IGP Institute on July 7-8, 2014, with a total of eight participants.

One participant, Roberto Salcedo, ruminant tech support at Nutrientes Basicos de Monterrey, was surprised at how practical the course was and how much the participants could apply the classroom situations to their jobs.

“The quality of the material that the instructors are giving us and the quality of the speakers are not only technical and knowledgeable, but they have practical experience,” Salcedo says. “It is an honor for me to be here.”

The course began by covering the basics of USDA grain standards and understanding why they are so important.

The group then joined Carl Reed, grain storage specialist, for a hands-on lesson in grain grading practicum and inspection. The course then turned its focus on grain contracting terms and conditions.

Guadalupe Pamanes, manager of quality assurance and diagnostics at Grupo Crio chose this course specifically to gain a better understanding quality grain.

“The biggest investment the company has is in buying grains. I’m very aware of the importance for cost and how much of an impact quality represents on the finished product,” Pamanes says.

This is one example of the trainings offered by the IGP Institute.

In addition, faculty also lead courses in grain marketing and risk management, flour milling and grain processing, and feed manufacturing and grain management.

To learn more about the IGP Institute, visit

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