Five executives from three countries are at Kansas State University in Manhattan this week to learn more about the milling process in a weeklong course at the International Grains Program.
The course is being taught by the Buhler and K-State instructors from their school in Switzerland and will provide a crash course in milling operations designed to help the executives improve their businesses.
The five-day course Executive Milling Course is specifically targeted to everyone from mill owners and general managers to grain purchasers, human resources staff, researchers and sales team members. It is a hands-on course that involves at least two days of time actually in the Hal Ross Flour Mill on the K-State campus.
Tobias Nanny, head of Buhler's Grain Processing Training Center says the participants will gain information, ideas and knowledge that they can go home and put to use in their own businesses.
Nanny knows what works when it comes to grain science education. He is a miller by trade, and is now part of a six-member team at Buhler focused on providing training and education to millers, reaching 400 to 500 hundred millers a year through various courses.
Benefit to Kansas wheat producers
Participants are not the only beneficiaries for these courses, there is something in it for Kansas wheat producers as well, according to Aaron Harries, director of marketing at Kansas Wheat.
"Programs like the Buhler-IGP Executive Milling Course bring key mill customers from around the world to Kansas and give us a great opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with those customers of U.S. wheat," he said. "Exposure to the K-State Grain Science campus reinforces to our customers how strong our commitment is to research and development of quality products."
In 2012, IGP trained 855 participants from 42 countries in 47 courses that covered grain buying, food safety, feed production, flour milling and dozens of other areas. Nanny said he believes IGP's success is in large part to the expertise and facilities that comprise K-State's Grain Science Complex.
"IGP is really a world-leading research and education center, not just for wheat, but for numerous other grains," Nanny stated, also mentioning Buhler was a major benefactor, along with other milling supply companies, of the Hal Ross flour mill. "A facility like the Hal Ross flour mill and the ability to hold courses such as this one, combined with the faculty expertise and research focus of K-State, makes a great combination."
Source: Kansas State University News Service