Milling Journal Milling Journal Online International Grains Program Bulk Solids Course ... Oct. 27-30 ... Manhattan, KS Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:43:26 EDT Manhattan, KS—The IGP Institute provides professional training in the characterization, handling, transportation of bulk solids, and common solids flow problems encountered. The Bulk Solids Handling, Storage and Flow course is planned for October 27–30, 2014 at the IGP Conference Center. “The investment the bulk solids industry has made in our facilities and programs, and the faculty expertise we have on-board at K-State, make for a winning public-private partnership effort,” says Dirk Maier, department head of Grain Science and Industry. Participants will learn about the science and engineering of bulk solids from K-State and industry experts in practical classroom and hands-on sessions. Bulk K-State Ag Economist Keeping Close Eye on Black Sea Wheat Markets Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:06:47 EDT Manhattan, KS—The growing importance of wheat production from Black Sea-area countries Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan on the world market has Daniel O’Brien keeping a close watch on geopolitical events there – and he’s encouraging U.S. wheat producers to do the same. Wheat and feed grain exports from those three countries have been growing since the mid-1990s, said O’Brien, an agricultural economist with Kansas State University. Speaking at K-State’s recent Risk and Profit Conference in Manhattan, O’Brien said world wheat prices initially seemed mostly unaffected in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine which developed early this year. But the wheat market in Bunting Magnetics Names Alicia Wieder General Manager of Magnet Materials Division Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:16:28 EDT Newton, KS—Bunting® Magnetics Co.--producer of precision magnetic products for the worldwide food, recycling, printing, automobile, plastics, and electronics industries--has named Alicia Wieder General Manager of its Magnet Materials Division in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Wieder holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Illinois Benedictine College. Announcing the appointment, Bunting Magnetics CEO and President Bob Bunting said: "Alicia Wieder brings Bunting Magnetics a wealth of manufacturing, operations, and industrial distribution experience, after more than 25 years with Illinois Tool Works. "As General Manager of our Magnet Materials Division, she is responsible Cargill to Close Memphis, TN Corn Milling Facility Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:12:44 EDT Memphis, TN—Cargill will close its Memphis corn milling facility, which employs approximately 440 people, 120 being contract employees, effective January 2015. The closure of the facility results primarily from the underutilization of the Memphis plant and its location away from the corn belt. The corn oil refinery will remain open and operate as a standalone facility to continue to serve customers. For the employees impacted at the plant, Cargill will be offering opportunities to fill positions at other company locations in the region. Those who relocate to positions at other Cargill facilities will receive assistance. For displaced employees, Cargill will provide Buhler-KSU Wheat to Bread Resident Milling Course ... Nov. 17-21 ... Manhattan, KS Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:31:34 EDT If you are new to the flour milling industry, or if you are a mill or baker mix plant owner, a director, manager, or miller, the Buhler-KSU Wheat to Bread Course is for you. Course topics include: Raw material (kernel structure, quality parameter in wheat), cleaning and conditioning of wheat (basic machine and flow sheet technology in the cleaning section, systems, designs and various tempering philosophies, practicals in the Hal Ross Mill), flour mill operation (description and function of milling machines, basic flow sheet technology, practicals in Hal Ross Mill), and finished product handling and bakery (basics in flour quality, IGP Institute to Host Online Quality Control/Quality Assurance in Flour Milling Course ... Nov. 10 - Dec. 12 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:13:04 EDT Manhattan, KS—Kansas State University’s IGP Institute is hosting a specialized five-week, online course that will highlight the quality control and quality assurance aspects of the flour milling process. This course is focused toward operative millers and quality assurance personnel, but would also be helpful for plant personnel at any level of experience in all parts of the milling process. The offering will be held Nov. 10 – Dec. 12, 2014. “The goal of Quality Control/Quality Assurance in Flour Milling offering is to enhance the knowledge and skills of all those involved in the milling process,” Fowler says. To accomplish this, Fowler Plains Grains (OK) Sept. 12 Harvest Summary For Hard Red Winter Wheat Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:10:35 EDT This harvest crop summary update for Hard Red Winter (HRW) represents data as of September 12 and was compiled and supplied by Mark Hodges, executive director, Plains Grains, Inc. (PGI), Stillwater, OK. This will be the final weekly report. A final report will be issued in mid-October (when all testing is complete) and will include comparisons to 2013, as well as five-year average crop quality listings (grade, non-grade, mill, dough, and bake). 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 IAOM Mill Maintenance I Course ... Oct. 20-22 ... Kansas City, MO Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:40:14 EDT The popular IAOM Mill Maintenance I course will once again be offered as one of IAOM’s valuable educational programs this fall. The course will be held October 20-22, at the Embassy Suites Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. The agenda will include preventative maintenance, bearings, belts and chains, power transmissions, electric motors, safety, sifters, and electrical troubleshooting. Your company has made a significant investment in the equipment in your mill. To keep it running at peak efficiency through the years it needs to be maintained and serviced properly. An effective maintenance program requires qualified, motivated Grain Millers President Steve Eilertson Receives University of Minnesota Entrepreneur of The Year Award Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:34:52 EDT Steve Eilertson, president of Grain Millers, Inc., will be presented with the University of Minnesota Entrepreneur of the Year award at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. The ceremony will feature welcoming remarks from President Eric Kaler and also announce the winners of the 2014 Minnesota Cup, a competition that supports and encourages emerging entrepreneurs and highlights the position of the University as a hub for innovation. “Steve is a passionate leader who built an enduring business based upon simple principles and relationships,” says John Stavig, professional director of the Gary S. General Mills to Acquire Organic Food Producer Annie's Inc. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:02:11 EDT Minneapolis, MN—General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) said Sept. 8 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Annie's, Inc. (NYSE: BNNY), a leading U.S. producer of branded organic and natural food products with net sales of $204 million in its latest fiscal year (completed March 2014). Annie's will join General Mills' U.S. natural and organic products portfolio, which includes the Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, LARABAR and Food Should Taste Good brands. Net sales for these General Mills brands totaled approximately $330 million in its latest fiscal year (ended May 2014). Jeff Harmening, General Mills Executive Vice President and