Milling Journal Milling Journal Online Four U.S. Grain Companies Merge to Form Panhandle Milling in Dawn, TX Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:47:09 EDT Dawn, TX - Oct. 3, 2016 - Noted milling executives Bryan Ledgerwood, John Mason, John Cure and ,Peter Bisaccia are merging their respective companies into a single operating group that will operate as Panhandle Milling. The new family of agriculture businesses will align Panhandle Milling, New Mexico Milling, Specialty Grains and Specialty Blends into one operating unit under the name Panhandle Milling. “We aligned these companies to broaden and expand our product offerings to the marketplace as a single company,” said Mason. “The consolidation of businesses makes geographic sense in order to leverage all of the companies’ strengths and U.S. Wheat Associates Promotes USDA Export Promotion Programs That Boost U.S. Farm Export Value Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:15:52 EDT Arlington, VA - Agricultural export market development programs funded through the Farm Bill have contributed an average of $8.2 billion per year, a total of more than $309 billion, to farm export revenue between 1977 and 2014 according to a new study conducted by noted land grant university economists. “In other words, these programs have accounted for 15 percent of all the revenue generated by exports for U.S. agriculture over that time. "To me, such a positive result is just stunning,” said Dr. Gary Williams, professor of agricultural economics and co-director of the Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center K-State University Crops Team Wins Australian Universities Crop Competition Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:48:25 EDT Manhattan, KS - Five members of the Kansas State University Crops Team recently returned from a study trip to Australia where they took first place in the Australian Universities Crops Competition. The event was hosted by the Australian Grain Growers organization and was held in Temora, New South Wales. K-State Crops Team members making the trip were: Samantha L’Ecuyer, Morrowville, Kansas; Nicole Sudbeck, Seneca, Kansas; Michaela Simmelink, Downs, Kansas; Jessi Bramhall, Seneca, Kansas; and Sarah Zerger, Cheney, Kansas. The team was accompanied by coach Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy, and Kim Kerschen, academic coordinator in agronomy. K-State University IGP Institute Appoints Brandi Miller as Associate Director Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:02:12 EDT Manhattan, KS - The Kansas State University IGP Institute’s recently named Brandi Miller as its associate director. Along with her administrative duties she will continue in her role as the distance education program coordinator. “Under Brandi’s leadership the distance education program has grown significantly. "We are excited to have Brandi’s innovative ideas for capitalizing on the grain science faculty strengths and fully leveraging the IGP Institute team to increase our global impact,” says Gordon Smith, IGP Institute director and grain science and industry department head. Miller joined the institute in January of 2010. Since she began, the distance education offering has grown K-State University IGP Institute Releases 2017 On-Site Course Schedule Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:14:52 EDT Manhattan, KS - Maintaining its status as the leader in grain industry education, the IGP Institute professional team knows that it must constantly change to meet the training needs of its global partners and participants. “One of the strengths of the IGP Institute is that our curriculum managers and grain science faculty are engaged in their respective industries,” says Brandi Miller, IGP Institute associate director. She adds, “This allows them to respond immediately to the emerging educational needs, while still focusing on our mission to create a preference for U.S. grains and oilseeds.” Miller sites the adaption of the HACCP offerings and the Magnum Systems Appoints New President/CEO Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:03:28 EDT Travis Wallace Kansas City, KS (Oct. 10, 2016) -– Magnum Systems, Inc. has announced the appointment of Travis Wallace as the new President/CEO. He assumed responsibilities on October 1, 2016 and has succeeded Gary Saunders who has stepped down for retirement. Travis Wallace has been part of the Magnum Systems team for a total of 10 years beginning in the assembly area for the Taylor Products brand from 1997 to 1999 before returning to Magnum from 2001 to 2006, assuming responsibilities as a regional sales manager and product manager. In 2007, Mr. Wallace joined DERBIGUM Americas as a marketing Private Equity Company Acquires Magnum Systems and Taylor Products Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:53:43 EDT Austin, TX (October 12, 2016) -– Lower middle-market private equity firm Blue Sage Capital (“Blue Sage”) is pleased to announce the recently completed acquisition of Magnum Systems, Inc. (“Magnum”). Headquartered in Kansas City, with an additional manufacturing facility in Parsons, Kansas, Magnum, through its Taylor Products and Smoot brands, is a leading designer and manufacturer of branded packaging and material handling solutions serving a diverse set of end markets, applications and customers. The Company’s highly engineered products are designed to handle free-flowing materials that are difficult to package or convey in all types of manufacturing environments. Magnum’s products are Perten Instruments DA 7300 HLD In-Line NIR Receives Class II Division 1 Approval For U.S. and Canada Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:47:59 EDT Springfield, Illinois - October 12, 2016 - Perten Instruments receives ELT Listing approval for use of its DA 7300 HLD In-line instrument for use in Class II Division 1 Group F and G hazardous locations. The DA 7300 HLD In-line NIR system received certification from Intertek Group plc, ELT Listing Branch, Equipment Design Review Section that the instrument conforms to NFPA STD 496 and UL STD 913, 508A, 698A and 61010-1 for the USA. The instrument is also certified to CSA STD C22.2 Nos. 157, 14 and 61010-1 for Canada. The approvals mean that the instrument can be installed and used Bratney Companies and Omas Industries Partner to Provide Milling Plants and Solutions Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:10:24 EDT Des Moines, IA - Bratney Companies and Omas Industries announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement between companies, Sept. 23, 2016. The partnership will include joint distributorship, sales and promotional efforts for new and existing milling plants in the United States and Canada. This agreement is an opportunity for both companies to combine their expertise, resources and experiences to achieve their shared philosophy of customer satisfaction. “The new partnership between Bratney Companies and Omas Industries, creates an ideal combination of synergies,” said Luigi Nalon, CEO of Omas Industries. “Together we will continue to provide quality equipment, engineering and installation services Mole-Master Services Corporation Releases New Silo Inspection Brochure Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:35:21 EDT Marietta, OH - Mole-Master Services Corporation, the leader in the silo and bin cleaning industry for over three decades, has developed a new four-page brochure summarizing the company's silo inspection services. The brochure begins by explaining why silo inspections are increasingly important. Many silos were constructed in the 1940s and were built to last, but time and weather can still wear down silo structures. Silo inspections can help detect serious structural integrity issues, preventing needless injuries or deaths. The brochure then explains how a silo inspection with Mole-Master personnel proceeds, beginning with external observation and moving to internal examination