Milling Journal Milling Journal Online Interstates Companies Listed on ENR Magazine's "Top 600 Specialty Contractors" Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:19:53 EST Sioux Center, IA and#151; ENR Magazine, in the October 26, 2015 issue, released its annual list of “The Top 600 Specialty Contractors”. Interstates Companies occupies position #170 on this most recent list. Companies represented on the Top 600 Specialty Contractor list provide service to customers in markets including manufacturing, power, water supply, industrial/petroleum, transportation and more. Each year, ENR ranks specialty contracting companies based on their dollar volume of business from the previous year. The rankings track performance in 14 specialty categories including electrical, mechanical, sheet metal, masonry, drywall, and excavation. Interstates Companies specialize in turnkey electrical systems for industrial, value-added IAOM Milling Technician Specialization Certificate Course Now Held at Cowley College in Arkansas City, KS Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:06:21 EST The first students in a new Milling Technician Specialization Certificate at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas began studies in August that include six flour milling courses developed by IAOM and 15 credit hours of Cowley Mechatronics classes. Demand for entry-level, skilled flour milling technicians continues to rise and IAOM is partnering with the vocational campus to meet that need. Students entered their first IAOM course November 9, a fully-online classroom delivered by Cowley. “Cowley College is the perfect partner for this training,” stated Melinda Farris, IAOM executive vice president. “Their successful Mechatronics (manufacturing technology) Program prepares students for the industrial environment U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers Introduce Fact Sheets For U.S. Wheat Industry Trade Policies Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:16:26 EST Arlington, Virginia and#151; U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) have launched a series of fact sheets highlighting trade policy topics of priority for the U.S. wheat industry. The fact sheets provide a comprehensive overview of selected topics including perspectives from U.S. wheat growers. The fact sheets offer a resource for state wheat commissions, farmers and media to utilize in their own policy and educational efforts. “There are many policies that impact U.S. wheat growers and exports,” said USW Director of Policy Dalton Henry. “These resources help break down those topics, providing clear, concise messaging. Kansas Wheat Commends Approval and Expansion of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:45:55 EST Kansas Wheat, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are pleased that negotiators have reached an agreement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The two national organizations expressed support this month of the TPP because it will be beneficial to U.S. wheat producers and improve their competitiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. The following resolution was approved by the groups on November 6, 2015, at the Fall Wheat Conference. "NAWG and USW support rapid approval of TPP because it will be beneficial to U.S. Wheat producers and improve their competitiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. "We also support expansion of Vortex Appoints Maof Machine Design and Manufacturing Ltd. as Exclusive Agent in Israel Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:24:52 EST Vortex announces the appointment of Maof Machine Design and Manufacturing Ltd. as its exclusive agent in Israel. Maof is a leading manufacturer of conveyors, lifting equipment, sorting equipment, vibrators, drum filters, batching systems and grading systems for the food, aquaculture, plastics, recycling, waste disposal, agriculture and defense industries. "We are very pleased to add Maof to our line of representatives," says Laurence Millington, Vortex's Director of International Business. "Israel is one of the nation's most competitive economies today and we are happy to hire a strong, and competent agent as our first introduction into the Israeli market." Founded in 1989, Maof started Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance, and Kansas Crop Improvement Association Now Accepting Research Proposals For Projects to Enhance KS Wheat Producer Profitability Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:17:38 EST Applications for research projects that can enhance Kansas wheat producers' profitability are currently being accepted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance and the Kansas Crop Improvement Association for the 2017 fiscal year. These organizations are committed to promoting innovation within the wheat industry by investing in promising research opportunities. Improving wheat producer productivity and profitability through wheat research is at the heart of the Kansas Wheat Commission's mission, and we are proud to partner with other organizations to make a more innovative wheat industry. Each year Kansas Wheat provides nearly $2 million in funding for research projects, such as K-State University IGP Institute to Host Eighth Annual Intro to Flour Milling Course ... Jan. 11-15 ... Manhattan, KS Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:29:39 EST Manhattan, Kan. and#151; Kansas State University’s IGP Institute will host its eighth annual IGP-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling course from January 11-15, 2016 at the IGP Institute Conference Center. The IGP Institute faculty and staff are eager to introduce participants to the more technical side of milling. “This course attracts a broad range of industry professionals,” says Fran Churchill, milling and grain processing specialist. “We have had shift millers, miller assistants, quality assurance managers, general managers and technical service managers all previously attend this course.” This course is designed for those interested in gaining an understanding of the principles of the milling U.S. Wheat Associates Study Shows Farmers Receive Up to $45-to-$1 Return From Wheat Export Promotion Funds Mon, 09 Nov 2015 08:59:54 EST Arlington, Va and#151; U.S. wheat producers invested an average of $4.9 million in checkoff funds per year to promote their milling wheat overseas between 2010 and 2014, and for every one of those dollars they received up to $45 back in increased net revenue. That is a principal conclusion of a new economic analysis of wheat export promotion released today by U.S. Wheat Associates (USW). USW commissioned the study with funding from the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Market Access Program. Dr. Harry M. Kaiser, the Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell and director of the Cornell House Committee on Agriculture Holds Hearing on U.S. International Food Aid Programs Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:07:40 EST From U.S. Wheat Associates November 6 Wheat Letter By Elizabeth Westendorf, USW Policy Specialist At the end of September, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on U.S. International Food Aid Programs, focusing on stakeholder perspectives. Witnesses included the Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, Didion Milling, Breedlove Foods, Inc., American Soybeans Association and USA Rice. Wheat is the largest commodity used in international food aid programs, making up 40 percent of donations. The hearing was important because it pushed back against the false premise that agricultural groups no longer care about food aid programming, a message shared in hearings National Trade Estimate Report Shows Support For Wheat Market and Growers Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:02:34 EST From U.S. Wheat Associates November 6 Wheat Letter By Ben Conner, USW Deputy Director of Policy Imagine your boss asked you to write a report each year covering all trade barriers — of every kind, in every industry, imposed by every country — and you might have some understanding of the monumental task Congress gave to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) more than 30 years ago. The agency releases the report, titled the National Trade Estimate (NTE), every year as the culmination of months of information gathering on the policy challenges facing the wide variety of goods and services