Milling Journal Milling Journal Online K-State University Southwest Research-Extension Center to Host 2015 Tribune Dryland Wheat Tour ... June 5 Tue, 12 May 2015 10:10:36 EDT Garden City, Kan. and#151; The Kansas State University Southwest Research-Extension Center will host its 2015 Tribune Dryland Wheat Tour on Friday, June 5 at the university’s Tribune Unit, 1474 State Highway 96 (one mile west of Tribune). K-State Research and Extension specialists will give updates on the latest research linked to dryland wheat varieties, as well as disease and insect management. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. MDT, with the tour and presentations starting at 8:45 a.m. More information is available by calling 620-376-4761. 2015/16 Marketing Year Approaches With Available High-Quality U.S. Wheat Fri, 22 May 2015 11:44:11 EDT From U.S. Wheat Associates May 21 Wheat Letter In the next week or so, U.S. wheat farmers will start harvesting the first fields of the 2015 season, which is good news for buyers. While some major wheat suppliers around the world have already exhausted old crop supplies and must wait for the new crop, the U.S. wheat store is always open, and as any bargain shopper knows, there are attractive prices to be found at the end of the season. According to USDA’s most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the United States will have 19.3 million metric tons National Wheat Foundation Wheat Advocates Pilot Program a Success Fri, 22 May 2015 11:10:49 EDT From U.S. Wheat Associates May 21 Wheat Letter With the generous support of industry partner Monsanto, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) launched a “Wheat Advocates” program in 2014 to tell the wheat industry story and promote innovation in the grain chain. Five advocates are participating in the program representing many U.S. regions and industry positions, including farmers, plant breeders and communicators. Since the launch of the program in December 2014, the advocates have actively promoted the issues and activities important to the wheat industry and NWF through their own networks, blogs and social media pages. The wheat advocates participating in this California Wheat Commission Laboratory Studies Science of Flour Fri, 22 May 2015 10:58:57 EDT From U.S. Wheat Associates May 21 Wheat Letter The smell of freshly baked bread may not be what you would expect wafting from a laboratory where flasks and beakers are more prominent than measuring cups and teaspoons. But every year, especially during the summer, when much of the state’s wheat crop has been harvested, scientists at the California Wheat Commission churn out hundreds of loaves of bread, other baked goods and batches of pasta — all in an effort to test the quality of that season’s crop and the best use for the wheat. Baking is the final test, but before Today's Abundance Does Not Assure Long Term Wheat Food Security Fri, 22 May 2015 10:52:12 EDT From U.S. Wheat Associates May 21 Wheat Letter By Steve Mercer, USW Vice President of Communications Near record production and higher beginning stocks that added to a comfortable level of world wheat supplies, got the lion’s share of attention in USDA’s first estimate of wheat supply and demand for marketing year 2015/16. Looking beyond the snapshot of today’s situation, however, there are trends and other information that could present unseen challenges — and demand new solutions. Over the past few years, good conditions blessed the majority of the world’s wheat farmers. They produced record yields of 717 MMT in 2013/14 and New Spring Wheat Crops Ahead of Schedule in North America Fri, 22 May 2015 10:28:40 EDT From U.S. Wheat Associates May 21 Wheat Letter Multiple reports released this week indicate that the spring wheat crop is progressing ahead of schedule and doing well despite cooler temperatures. Planting of the 2015 U.S. HRS wheat crop is near completion, with 94 percent planted as of May 17 and more than two-thirds of it has emerged. That is double the typical level for mid-May. The northern U.S. durum crop is also ahead, with 71 percent of the crop planted in North Dakota and 96 percent in Montana — both up more than 50 percent from a year ago — while U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers Call For Improvements of Canada's Wheat Trade Thu, 21 May 2015 15:59:10 EDT Arlington, Virginia — Yesterday, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) jointly called for improvements in Canada’s treatment of U.S. wheat classes in a letter to Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz, and Canadian Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast. While there has been positive collaboration between the two countries on wheat policy, the recent WTO Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) decision concerning the labeling of meat highlights Canada’s inconsistency on the issue of treatment of foreign agricultural products. The United States is routinely Canada’s top wheat export market and allows wheat grown in USDA Awards Five-Year Aflatoxin Test Contract to Charm Sciences Thu, 21 May 2015 15:23:13 EDT Charm Sciences, Inc. is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has awarded a five year contract to Charm Sciences to monitor aflatoxin in grains utilizing Charm’s ROSA WET-S5 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test (water-based) and ROSA FAST Aflatoxin Quantitative Test (solvent-based). The Charm ROSA WET-S5 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test uses Water Extraction Technology to extract aflatoxin from the sample without organic solvents. This lateral flow test takes five minutes and is GIPSA approved for 14 commodities. The ROSA FAST Aflatoxin Quantitative Test detects an additional 12 commodities. “We are excited to be awarded this AIB International Bolsters Food Defense Programs Thu, 21 May 2015 15:18:49 EDT Manhattan, KS and#151; Defending the international food supply is more important than ever, which is why AIB International is bolstering its efforts to prepare the food industry for intentional threats. “Food defense is top-of-mind for every single one of our clients,” said Maureen Olewnik, Senior Vice President of Food Safety Services, AIB International. “AIB International’s primary goal is to empower our clients to meet the demands of providing high quality, safe food to consumers worldwide. "Equipping our clients with the tools and skills needed to prevent intentional contamination is a critical part of that puzzle.” The most recent expansion of AIB K-State University Biosecurity Research Institute Offers Plant Biosecurity Course Emphasizing Wheat Blast ... May 18-22 ... Manhattan, KS Thu, 21 May 2015 10:46:23 EDT Manhattan — An innovative course May 18-22 at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, is offering an overview of the theory and practice of plant biosecurity for participants from 14 countries. Wheat blast, an emerging disease that threatens worldwide food security, is the focus. Course organizer Jim Stack, Kansas State University professor of plant pathology, said the wheat blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, has populations that attack rice, ryegrass, and wheat, but the wheat species is particularly worrisome. It emerged in Brazil in 1985, then spread to Bolivia and Paraguay, primarily through movement of infected seed. A 2009 epidemic lowered