Cochran fellows learn about U.S. wheat production and trading
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cochran U.S. Wheat Classification and Standards for Brazil Fellowship Program was held in an effort to familiarize fellows with U.S. agriculture, and the various systems used to supply and market U.S. wheat. This course was held December 1-14, 2019, at Kansas State University’s IGP Institute, where four fellows were in attendance. The program included classroom discussions, wheat milling and grading labs, wheat research facility and elevator visits, and a field trip to an export facility in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“I have extensive milling experience, but I learned something new every day that I was here. For example, the blending of softer wheats; it’s important that you can blend different wheat qualities, different proteins and different classes. For me, it’s very interesting,” says Ruy Cassio Zanardi Toledo, industrial director of OCRIM. “My opinion has not changed but reinforced in the sense that U.S. products and services are high-quality and reliable.”
All of the participants were very engaged during the entirety of the course, says Shawn Thiele, IGP Institute associate director and flour and milling and grain processing curriculum manager.
“The program participants were eager to learn about the dealings of wheat in the U.S. and were actively sharing experiences during the program,” says Thiele. “They will be able to use the information they learned in their operations to strengthen trade and agriculture in Brazil.”
The Cochran Fellowship Program provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies. The goals of this program are to help countries develop agricultural systems necessary to meet dietary needs as well as to strengthen the trade linkages.
In addition to flour milling and grain processing, the IGP Institute also offers courses in the areas of feed manufacturing and 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.
— Meghan Eidman, communications intern, IGP Institute, Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University