IGP Institute Hosts IAOM–KSU Advanced Flour Milling Course

Manhattan, KS — TheIGP Institute at Kansas State University partnered with the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) to hold the IAOM–KSU Advanced Milling Course from September 20–24, 2021.

IAOM–KSU Advanced Milling Principles

The IAOM–KSU Advanced Milling course included topics on techniques and tools used for analyzing and improving grain processing flows, understanding variables that impact production efficiencies, and enhancing the troubleshooting skills of mill personnel.

“The advanced milling course had eight participants from several locations in the United States,” says Shawn Thiele, IGP Institute associate director, and flour milling and grain processing specialist.


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“Course participants spent a bulk of the time during the course learning how to understand and follow flows and how to optimize mill processes through sampling and testing in order to maximize efficiencies in a given mill,” says Thiele.

Students were able to utilize classroom lectures to discuss cleaning, conditioning, and milling processes and equipment, and apply the knowledge in hands-on exercises at the Hal Ross flour mill on the Kansas State University campus.

Participant Jay Carr from Siemer Milling Company in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, shared that studying mill flows by seeing them laid out made them easier to understand.

He also gained valuable insight on how sifter efficiency and airflow can affect product flow through the system.

“The diverse milling knowledge that was brought in from the participants across different milling locations promoted excellent class discussion and provided different perspectives of the milling process,” says Thiele.

In addition to flour milling and grain processing, the IGP Institute also offers courses in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain quality management, and grain marketing and risk management.

To learn more about these other training opportunities, visit the IGP Institute website at www.ksu.edu/igp.


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