Quote of the Week: “U.S. wheat growers are facing tough times right now, and these additional tariffs will continue to put a strain on our export markets and threaten many decades worth of market development. Further, members from both sides of the aisle and chambers have reservations about the Section 232 tariffs in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Today’s announcement adds another political barrier, which may hinder Congressional consideration of the agreement.” – Ben Scholz, National Association of Wheat Growers President and Texas Wheat Grower, commenting on the latest actions in the U.S. trade conflict with China in a news release.
IGP Institute Names Associate Director. Grain Processing and Flour Milling Manager Shawn Thiele is promoted to Associate Director after having served as the Interim Associate Director since 2018. A Kansas State University milling science graduate, Thiele first joined IGP as the operations manager for the Hal Ross Flour Mill. In this new administrative role, Thiele will serve as the liaison with IGP’s stakeholder partners. Read the full announcement here.
Agricultural Export Expansion Act. On Tuesday, May 14, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act (S.1447), legislation that would make it easier for American farmers to sell their goods to Cuba by removing restrictions on private financing for U.S. agricultural exports to the island nation. Read the full release here.
Borlaug Dialogue. Registration is Now Open for the World Food Prize 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, Oct. 16 to 18, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Known informally as the “Borlaug Dialogue,” each year brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The three-day conference convenes a wide array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers and has been called “the premier conference in the world on global agriculture.” Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition. Click here to learn more.
Flour & Ingredient Quality Webinar. Dr. Jayne Bock, Wheat Marketing Center Technical Director, and Dr. Lin Carson are hosting a live, online-seminar focused on flour and other key ingredients to improve products and processes. Click here for more information and to register. To prepare for the webinar, listen to Dr. Lin and Dr. Jayne’s podcast that cover wheat breading and classes, milling flour, flour composition and functional ingredients. Listen here.
Baking with Whole Wheat and Whole Grains Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on the utilization of whole wheat flour made from hard red spring (HRS) wheat and how to incorporate other whole grain ingredients into wheat-based products. The July 30 to Aug. 2, 2019 course will be at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, July 8.
IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis. The IAOM-KSU Flour and Dough Analysis short course will be held at the IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 10 to 12, 2019. The course will focus on flour and dough analysis practices and methods and correct interpretation and understanding of the results. Click here to learn more and register.