Milling Journal Milling Journal Online Farmer Direct Foods Inc. Appoints Mark Fowler as President Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:06:59 EST Farmer Direct Foods, Inc. (FDF), a producer-owned cooperative stone-ground milling operation, has appointed Mark Fowler president. Fowler previously served as the associate director of the IGP Institute at Kansas State University. Fowler takes over from Kent Symns, who retired in December. In addition, the staff transition includes Justin Howie, who has assumed additional responsibilities as facility manager, due to the retirement of Marcia Walters, director of operations. FDF has relocated its corporate office from Atchison, Kansas to New Cambria, Kansas. The move allows the company to consolidate operations to better meet the needs of customers, according to Fowler. “Through U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers Commend Signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:50:16 EST The signing of the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) today in New Zealand marks another step toward putting the world’s largest free trade agreement into action. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcome this step and now call for rapid consideration and eventual ratification of TPP by Congress. "Wheat growers are "all-in" regarding the promise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership," said NAWG President Brett Blankenship, a wheat farmer from Washtucna, Wa. "Expanding sales and market share are important pillars to help revitalize the wheat industry. "Now the ball is in Congress’ court and NAWG urges Congress Alapala Wins Three Industrial Design Awards at Good Design Awards Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:18:21 EST One of the world's leading milling machinery producers, Alapala won 3 awards in the Industrial Design category at the Good Design Awards, in which awards were also given to global giants such as Apple, Tesla, BMW, Mercedes and Schneider Electric. One of the world's leading milling machinery producers, Alapala Machine, achieved a great accomplishment in the Industrial Design category of the Good Design Awards 2015, the most well-established and prestigious design award program in the world. Alapala Machine, was granted awards for 3 of their machines in the Good Design Awards 2015. Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, The Buhler Group Aims to Strengthen Global Rice Processing Efforts Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:06:39 EST London, February 3, 2016 – The Bühler Group is continuing to strengthen its leadership in rice processing, handling and storage capabilities. With dedicated local services and solutions, built on thorough regional knowledge, it is able to meet the exact needs of customers across the world. Bühler was founded 150 years ago and has, over that time, continually renewed its strategic commitment to its customers worldwide. Now, as the global leader in the supply of industrial food processing systems, contributing approximately 30 percent of global rice production, Bühler is now the number one supplier in industrialised rice processing. Its position Cascade Organic Flour (WA) to Double Organic Wheat Acreage and Flour Production by 2018 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:04:57 EST Royal City, Wash., Feb. 2, 2016 - Cascade Milling (dba Cascade Organic Flour, LLC.) recently announced that it plans to double organic wheat acreage to 5,000 irrigated acres in the Columbia Basin of central Washington by 2018. This increase in acreage will allow Cascade Organic Flour to produce 30 million lbs. of whole wheat organic flour from its own organic wheat production in less than two years. Cascade Organic Flour (Cascade Milling) is a family owned, vertically integrated operation which grows several thousand acres of organic wheat and other crops near the Columbia River in central Washington, and our 2016 North American Millers' Association Division Meetings to Feature FSMA Education Session ... St. Pete Beach, FL ... March 14 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:31:46 EST This year's NAMA Division Meetings program will feature a special education session Sifting Through the Details: A Closer Look Into How FSMA Impacts the Milling Industry on Monday, March 14. The session will address key aspects of FSMA including a review of HACCP vs. Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls, supply chain implications for millers-both up and downstream-as well as a review of the final rule for preventive controls for human food and the final rule for preventive controls for animal food. The session will feature Jesse Leal, Quality Services Manager-Food Safety Training, AIB International and Ricardo Carvajal, NAMA U.S. Wheat Associates Appoints Gerardo Mendoza as Bakery Consultant For Philippines Market Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:50:25 EST Arlington, VA - U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) hires Gerardo “Gerry” Mendoza as Bakery Consultant to provide technical assistance and training to commercial bakeries and wheat food processors in the Republic of the Philippines. Mendoza works from USW’s Manila office and will train with long-time Bakery Consultant Boy Ng, who plans to retire later in 2016. USW is the export market development organization for the U.S. wheat industry. “People in the Philippines are eating more bread and other wheat foods today,” said USW Assistant Regional Vice President Joe Sowers. "Gerry has exactly the kind of experience we need to continue our legacy Wheat Foods Council Launches New Strategic Plan to Emphasize Wheat Promotion Efforts Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:37:59 EST Ridgway, CO - January 27, 2016 - Identifying new target audiences and establishing messaging priorities marked the successful conclusion of the Wheat Foods Council’s (WFC) strategic planning session held in conjunction with their Annual Meeting, January 13-14, 2016, in Scottsdale, AZ. The Council’s strategic plan development process was spearheaded by WFC President Tim O’Connor, who joined the organization in June 2015. “I’m excited about our new plans,” stated O’Connor. “We have identified a number of initiatives we will be able to implement immediately giving us a jump-start on our new strategies for next fiscal year’s programming which begins in July 2016.” “This EnviroLogix Appoints Brad Campbell as Central Territory Regional Account Representative Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:15:47 EST EnviroLogix is pleased to announce the addition of a new field sales team member for our important Central Territory: Brad Campbell. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, he joins us with a wealth of customer-focused experience. He is graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in Biology. Brad has worked in the agricultural industry, in the biotech and regulatory environments, with a focus on molecular science, customer care, and development initiatives. Additionally, he has business and product development experience within the healthcare sector. Brad looks forward to meeting all the folks in his territory, and working to nurture and National Science Foundation Awards Grant Extension to K-State University Assistant Professor For Development of High-Throughput Measurements of Plant Traits Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:45:55 EST Manhattan, KS - The National Science Foundation has given a big thumbs up to Kansas State University research on determining the most promising plant traits to help increase food production. Photo caption: This small roving GPS-guided phenotyper, developed by a Kansas State University research team, is equipped with cameras and sensors so that as it moves through the field, it can gather and analyze plant data quickly. The phenotyper is being used in a National Science Foundation-funded project led by Jesse Poland, assistant professor of plant pathology. The NSF is awarding a creativity supplement for "A Field-Based High-Throughput Phenotyping Platform for Plant