Milling Journal Milling Journal Online http://www.millingjournal.com K-State University Wheat Geneticist Identifies Vernalization Gene Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:29:06 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/K_State_University_Wheat_Geneticist_Identifies_Vernalization_Gene-153008.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/K_State_University_Wheat_Geneticist_Identifies_Vernalization_Gene-153008.html Manhattan, KS and#151; A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is part of a breakthrough study that identifies one of the wheat genes that controls response to low temperature exposure, a process called vernalization. Natural variation in vernalization genes defines when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments. Researchers anticipate this will help wheat breeders design wheat varieties that can adapt and thrive in changing environments around the world. Eduard Akhunov, associate professor in the plant pathology department, collaborated with Jorge Dubcovsky at the University of California, Davis on this study. It appears in the Proceedings Nisshin Seifun Group to Expand Flour Milling Facility in Chilliwack, BC by 80% Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:16:59 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Nisshin_Seifun_Group_to_Expand_Flour_Milling_Facility_in_Chilliwack__BC_by_80_-152977.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Nisshin_Seifun_Group_to_Expand_Flour_Milling_Facility_in_Chilliwack__BC_by_80_-152977.html As announced in its new management plan in May, 2015, Nisshin Seifun Group is “targeting self-sustained growth through strategic investments.” As part of the plan, Rogers Foods, a subsidiary of Nisshin Flour Milling Inc. (President: Nobuki Kemmoku), has decided to build a new flour milling unit at its Chilliwack facility (near Vancouver). Rogers plans to increase the Chilliwack mill’s capacity by more than 80%. Following the capacity increase, Rogers’ total combined capacity (including the Armstrong plant) is expected to reach 770 Mt/day of wheat (an increase of approximately 50%). Since Nisshin acquired Rogers Foods in 1989, Rogers Foods has expanded its Ardent Mills Finalizes Acquisition of Mondelez Canada Flour Mill in Mississauga, ON Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:01:01 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Ardent_Mills_Finalizes_Acquisition_of_Mondelez_Canada_Flour_Mill_in_Mississauga__ON-152976.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Ardent_Mills_Finalizes_Acquisition_of_Mondelez_Canada_Flour_Mill_in_Mississauga__ON-152976.html Denver, CO, Sept. 1, 2015 — Having announced its intent on August 20, Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, shared today that it has finalized the deal to purchase the Mondelēz Canada flour mill located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The mill produces hard and soft wheat flour for its Canadian bakeries and a number of food manufacturing customers. The details of the transaction were not disclosed. According to Ardent Mills, the Mississauga mill will add to its capabilities to serve food manufacturers across Canada, and will support Ardent Mills' vision of being the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, Plains Grains August 28 Harvest Summary For Hard Red Winter Wheat Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:01:21 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Plains_Grains_August_28_Harvest_Summary_For_Hard_Red_Winter_Wheat-152926.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Plains_Grains_August_28_Harvest_Summary_For_Hard_Red_Winter_Wheat-152926.html This brief harvest crop summary update for Hard Red Winter (HRW) represents data as of August 28 and was compiled and supplied by Mark Hodges, executive director, Plains Grains, Inc. (PGI), Stillwater, OK. Included are maps of selected-grade and non-grade data and the National Weather Service (NWS) observed precipitation during the last seven days. PGI is a private, nonprofit wheat marketing organization dedicated to providing the link between producers of hard red winter (HRW) wheat, grain companies, and foreign and domestic flour millers to benefit all segments of the wheat industry. It serves the Great Plains and PNW states of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas Wheat Appoints Daniel Heady as Governmental Affairs Director Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:04:58 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Kansas_Wheat_Appoints_Daniel_Heady_as_Governmental_Affairs_Director-152920.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Kansas_Wheat_Appoints_Daniel_Heady_as_Governmental_Affairs_Director-152920.html Kansas Wheat is pleased to introduce Daniel Heady as the new Governmental Affairs Director. Heady began work on August 3, 2015, and is responsible for the legislative and grassroots efforts, including state, national and international legislation and regulations impacting the Kansas wheat industry. His duties include membership recruitment and retention strategies, preparing and implementing leadership development programs and cultivating organizational relationships to communicate Kansas Wheat's mission, vision and goals. Heady is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas where he majored in political science and journalism. After graduation he went on to obtain a juristic doctorate from the University U.S. Wheat Associates Welcomes Renewed Ties With Cuba; Sees May Steps Ahead of Renewed Export Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:11:42 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/U_S__Wheat_Associates_Welcomes_Renewed_Ties_With_Cuba__Sees_May_Steps_Ahead_of_Renewed_Export-152877.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/U_S__Wheat_Associates_Welcomes_Renewed_Ties_With_Cuba__Sees_May_Steps_Ahead_of_Renewed_Export-152877.html From U.S. Wheat Associates August 28 Wheat Letter By Dalton Henry, USW Director of Policy A new era in U.S. foreign relations began Aug. 14, 2015, when after some 54 years U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry formally re-opened the American embassy in Havana, Cuba. This historic event comes eight months after Cuban and U.S. leaders announced an effort to re-establish diplomatic ties and remove barriers between the two countries in place since early days of the Cold War. In those eight months, there were several substantive changes, including two that stand out as good news for U.S. agriculture. The removal of 2015 U.S. Soft Red Wheat Crop Quality Impacted By Wet Growing Season Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:07:53 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/2015_U_S__Soft_Red_Wheat_Crop_Quality_Impacted_By_Wet_Growing_Season-152876.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/2015_U_S__Soft_Red_Wheat_Crop_Quality_Impacted_By_Wet_Growing_Season-152876.html From U.S. Wheat Associates August 28 Wheat Letter The USW 2015/16 SRW crop quality survey is complete and the full report will be available soon at http://www.uswheat.org/cropQuality. Great Plains Analytical Laboratory in Kansas City, MO, collected and analyzed 519 samples from 18 reporting areas in the nine states that typically account for 60 to 70 percent of total SRW production. USW and USDA Foreign Agricultural Service fund the annual survey. USW will also share this data with hundreds of overseas customers at several upcoming events, including USW's annual crop quality seminars. Buyers are encouraged to construct specifications carefully to be sure Russian Government Involvement Harms Grain Market Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:59:03 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Russian_Government_Involvement_Harms_Grain_Market-152875.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Russian_Government_Involvement_Harms_Grain_Market-152875.html From U.S. Wheat Associates August 28 Wheat Letter By Alan Tracy, USW President Russia has a long history of government involvement in the grain business. The old Soviet Union's collectivization of agriculture and its suppression of Ukraine took it from a major grain exporter to, by the mid-1970s, the world's largest grain importer. Agriculture rebounded after the Soviet Union collapsed, slowly at first. Then the sudden devaluation of the Russian rouble in October of 1998 led to price differences that encouraged the export, at very cheap prices, of much of Russia's wheat crop that year. Interestingly, the U.S. that winter donated 1.7 Taiwan Flour Miller Association to Visit U.S. to Sign Letters of Intent For Wheat Purchases Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:26:58 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Taiwan_Flour_Miller_Association_to_Visit_U_S__to_Sign_Letters_of_Intent_For_Wheat_Purchases-152840.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Taiwan_Flour_Miller_Association_to_Visit_U_S__to_Sign_Letters_of_Intent_For_Wheat_Purchases-152840.html Arlington, Virginia — As part of a biennial Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to the United States to purchase grains and other agricultural products for the people of Taiwan, the Taiwan Flour Millers Association (TFMA) will be in Washington, DC, Sept. 16, 2015, to sign a letter of intent to purchase U.S. wheat in marketing years 2015/16 and 2016/17. TFMA imports wheat on behalf of all 20 Taiwanese flour mills and has been a loyal customer of U.S. wheat producers for many years. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Alan Tracy and current TFMA Executive Director Shin-Yao Lin, chief executive officer of Plains Grains August 21 Harvest Summary For Hard Red Winter Wheat Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:16:03 EDT http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Plains_Grains_August_21_Harvest_Summary_For_Hard_Red_Winter_Wheat-152695.html http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Plains_Grains_August_21_Harvest_Summary_For_Hard_Red_Winter_Wheat-152695.html This brief harvest crop summary update for Hard Red Winter (HRW) represents data as of August 21 and was compiled and supplied by Mark Hodges, executive director, Plains Grains, Inc. (PGI), Stillwater, OK. PGI is a private, nonprofit wheat marketing organization dedicated to providing the link between producers of hard red winter (HRW) wheat, grain companies, and foreign and domestic flour millers to benefit all segments of the wheat industry. It serves the Great Plains and PNW states of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming and are guided by a board of directors