Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Quote of the Week: “I want people to know that I’m producing a safe product. I think there is a lot of fear around where our food comes from. But hopefully coming straight to the source you can see that we take pride in what we do and we want to produce food that is safe to eat, because our family eats it, too.“ – Scott VanAllen, Kansas wheat farmer, speaking at his farm to food bloggers on a visit sponsored by Kansas Wheat and Red Star Yeast.
Congratulations. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Regional Program Coordinator Domenique Opperman, based in the Cape Town Office, recently welcomed a baby girl, Calia, who joins father Shaun and big brother Javier.
Best Wishes to Pamela Ann Leckie Wiese who is retiring after serving as an Administrative Assistant in the USW Cape Town office for more than 25 years. USW thanks Pam for her service to U.S. wheat farmers and their customers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
IGP Seeks Ag Economist. IGP International’s long time Senior Agricultural Economist Jay O’Neil retired in late June and IGP is currently seeking national or international candidates to replace him. Ideal candidates will serve as on-site expert on grain trading and risk management, and program manager for the Grain Procurement and Risk Management Curricula. Here is a link to more information about the position and to apply: https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/504320/senior-agricultural-economist.
Gene Editing Coalition. A multi-stakeholder steering committee of the Coalition for Responsible Gene Editing in Agriculture met recently to “develop a framework that can provide assurance to the food system and other stakeholders that those using gene editing … are doing so responsibly,” said Charlie Arnot, chief executive officer of The Center for Food Integrity (CFI), which facilitates the Coalition. “The framework will provide an opportunity for those engaged in gene editing to demonstrate their commitment to values that build trust.” For more information, visit https://geneediting.foodintegrity.org/.
Business World Notices Wheat Weather Market. An article in the “Wall Street Journal” Aug. 4 attributed rising wheat prices to heat-related short crops around the world. The article noted that “after years of over-supply, this year’s heat is hitting wheat yields in key growing areas like Russia, Ukraine, France and Britain, while also affecting the crop in Australia, China and other parts of Asia.” About price increases, AgResource analyst Ben Buckner said: “If everyone comes to the U.S. [wheat farmers] in November, it could be incredible, and that part hasn’t yet been fully digested.” Read more at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/global-heat-wave-toasts-wheat-and-prices-soar-1533391201.
New World-grain.com Website. The publication says the new world-grain.com will present users with a fresh layout to access content. With a new navigation system, topics are broken down into multiple categories allowing users to take a surface-level look at news or a deep dive into a topic. For users wanting to browse industry news, they can access the homepage where the newest stories are available. By clicking the “More News” icon, readers can find a feed of latest articles. Read more at https://bit.ly/2OUnfdE.
Grain Procurement Management for Importers. The Northern Crops Institute will host this eight-day course, Sep. 10 to 19, 2018, at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. The course will focus on the mechanics of grain merchandising and providing training for individuals responsible for purchasing grain. The registration deadline is Aug. 15, 2018. Learn more about the course here.
IAOM-KSU Basic and Advanced Milling Principles. The IGP Institute will host two short courses focused on milling principles in October at its conference center in Manhattan, Kan. The Basic Milling Principles short course, scheduled Oct. 8 to 12, 2018, will help participants develop a conceptual understanding of the milling process with a focus on mill balance, understanding critical control points in the milling system, and milling different wheat classes. The Advanced Milling Principles short course, scheduled Oct. 15 to 19, 2018 will educate participants on quantitative tools and practices to influence and impact, optimal machine adjustment, milling efficiency and flour quality in the mill. Learn more about the courses here.
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