Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat.
“Our study also showed that fermentation was very effective in reducing FODMAPs and ATI levels in wheat in the form of sourdough. These results tell us that sourdough production can be effectively used to reduce the levels of FODMAPs and ATIs in wheat.” — Dr. George Annor, Assistant Professor of Cereal Chemistry and Technology at the University of Minnesota, in an article about wheat digestibility research in Prairie Grains Magazine and reprinted in Wheat Letter.
Long-Serving World Ag Outlook Board Chairman Passes
Gerald Bange, who worked for 43 years at the USDA, including 20 years as chair of the World Ag Outlook Board, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. He oversaw USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report in that role. In addition, Bange also served as program chairperson for USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum. During his tenure as chair, which ended upon his retirement in 2014, Bange was a two-time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. Read more about Bange’s career.
2021/22 Global Wheat Flour Trade Forecast
Global wheat flour trade is forecast to reach its highest peak in three years and reverse a five-year downward trend. The International Grains Council (IGC) predicts the world will trade 14.8 million metric tons (wheat equivalent) of flour this year, 9% higher than last year’s total but well below the 2016/17 record of 17.6 MMT. “The projected first rebound in five years is largely linked to expectations for increased imports by Iraq…,” the IGC said. “However … the forecast may be revised lower in the coming updates, should the pace fail to accelerate going forward.”
2022 National Wheat Yield Contest Adds Quality Component
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced that grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest is open. NWF divides the contest into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The 2022 contest adds a new quality component in which contest partners will evaluate the 24 yield winners’ wheat for baking and milling qualities. If it meets all the criteria for “industry-desired” quality, the farmer will receive an additional $500 cash award in addition to the trip to Commodity Classic. Learn more about the contest, due dates, and how to enter here.
Wheat Marketing Center Searches for Executive Director
The Wheat Marketing Center (WMC) is looking for an Executive Director. WMC is a dynamic and multifaceted non-profit research and technical training entity. It promotes multiple classes of U.S. wheat by demonstrating their quality and functionality in end products. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Learn about the position and how to apply here.
2022 Northern Crops Institute Courses
The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) in Fargo, N.D. has available courses in 2022 for online and in-person instruction. Available courses include a Pasta Production and Technology course in April. Learn more about NCI courses and how to register here.
2022 IGP Institute Flour Milling Course Schedule
The IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., has several upcoming flour milling and grain processing courses available in 2022. Courses in this curriculum area cover aspects of managing the flour milling process, from grain selection to finished products. Learn more about IGP Institute courses and how to register here.
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