Basics of Wheat and Flour Quality Short Course is June 21-23

Fargo, N.D., USA -- The Basics of Wheat and Flour Quality Short Course will be offered at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) June 21-23, 2011.  Registration deadline is May 30, 2011.

Understanding how grain type and quality affects the milling and baking processes will help your company deliver a better product to your customers.  At this course, you will learn about the importance of quality and how differences can influence milling and baking performance; how to evaluate wheat and flour quality; the milling process and its effect on flour; and flour requirements for different end-use products.

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NCI Presents Alternative Ingredients in Finfish Aquaculture Short Course May 9-13

Fargo, N.D., USA – Fish feed made from northern-grown crops is the focus of the Alternative Ingredients in Finfish Aquaculture Short Course, offered at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) May 9-13, 2011.  The course is presented in cooperation with South Dakota State University (SDSU) and USDA-ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory (NCARL).

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Natsuki Fujiwara Joins Northern Crops Institute Staff as Food Technologist

Fargo, N.D., USA –Natsuki Fujiwara joined the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) staff in January as a Food Technologist.    

Fujiwara’s responsibilities include conducting quality analysis of northern grown crops with special focus on wheat, soybeans and barley.  She will also assist in the development of new products and processes utilizing northern grown crops and help with the implementation of NCI’s educational programs.

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Functionality of Canola and Flaxseed Short Course is April 26-28

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Understanding the use of flaxseed and canola in fortified foods is the focus of the Functionality of Canola and Flaxseed Short Course that will be offered April 26-28, 2011 at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, North Dakota, USA.  Registration deadline is April 4, 2011.

Health benefits, such as reducing heart disease and cancer risks, are pushing interest in flaxseed and canola oil as ingredients in fortified foods. In the last decade, a significant number of products containing flaxseed and canola oil have been developed primarily for the health food market.

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NCI Announces Advanced Grain Procurement Short Course May 16-20

Fargo, N.D., USA  –  Northern Crops Institute will offer the Advanced Grain Procurement Strategies Short Course May 16-20, 2011 at Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, N.D. The course is designed for global grain buyers who want to gain a competitive edge in grain marketing decisions to better manage price and quality risks.

Trading games, case studies involving real world situations, and panel discussions will supplement the lectures in basis analysis, trading strategies, price risk management strategies, quality specifications strategies, logistics management, and buyer/seller relations in grain procurement.

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NCI Pasta Production and Technology Short Course is April 12-14, 2011

Fargo, N.D., USA -- NCI announces its first pasta course of the year will be April 12-14.  The “Pasta Production and Technology” Short Course will be at Northern Crops Institute, Fargo, N.D., USA.

This short course introduces pasta manufacturers to the fundamental and applied aspects of manufacturing extruded and sheeted pasta products. Raw material quality criteria, specifications, and processing variables and their impact on final pasta product quality are presented in detail.

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Northern Crops Institute Announces Feed Safety and NACCP Plan Short Course

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Northern Crops Institute (NCI) will offer the Feed Safety and Development of a HACCP Plan Short Course March 15-17, 2011 at the Institute in Fargo, ND, USA. 

The course is co-sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association.

This course will focus on the development of a Voluntary Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan for all sectors of the feed industry, including ingredient suppliers and finished feed manufacturers (commercial, non-commercial, and on-farm). Attendees will develop the template that is needed to create HACCP plans geared to their individual company’s operation.

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NCI Aquaculture Feed Course Features Alternative Northern-Grown Ingredients

Fargo, N.D., USA -- The Alternative Ingredients in Finfish Aquaculture Short Course attracted participants from Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, and the tribal college in Ft. Totten, N.D.  The short course was October 18-22 at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), in cooperation with the USDA-ARS North Central Agricultural Research laboratory and the South Dakota State University, Brooking, S.D.

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) sponsored the short course.  Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council provided funding to develop the program.  Minnesota Corn Utilization Council, North Dakota Corn Council, and North Dakota Soybean Council funded the tuition.

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WENTY NATIONS ATTEND NCI'S GRAIN PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT COURSE

Fargo, N.D., USA – Thirty-five grain buyers from 20 nations are attending the 2010 Grain Procurement Management for Importers short course at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D., to learn how to make more effective purchases in the U.S. grain marketing system.  
The course runs from September 20-29.

Grain buyers attending the course are from Belgium, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, and USA. They represent large and small flour mills, food manufacturers, and trading companies that import and trade hard red spring wheat (HRS), durum wheat, corn, soybeans, barley and other commodities.  Two representatives of the European Commission, EU’s executive body, are also attending the course.

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Improving Barley Malt Quality Attracts Brewers to NCI Course

Fargo, N.D., USA--Fourteen maltsters, brewers, and food processors from Canada and U.S. attended the Barley Malt Quality Evaluation Short Course at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) August 17-20. During the course, discussion focused on the quality components of barley and malt necessary to produce an acceptable beer.

Course topics included U.S. barley production and variety development, barley quality evaluation, barley malt production technology, biochemistry and analysis, specialty malts and extracts, biotechnology update on barley, barley breeding/gene mapping, germplasm enhancement, world barley malt supply and demand, and food safety issues in malting.

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Chinese Team Studies U.S. Dry Pea Quality during NCI Workshop

A nine-member Chinese team came to a two-day workshop at NCI in August to learn more about U.S. dry peas.  The workshop was co-sponsored by the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council (USADPLC).

“China has become a significant export country for U.S. dry peas, and the market is growing due to the interest by the starch noodle industry. Vermicelli noodle manufacturers utilize dry peas and they are interested in learning about starch, protein and fiber fractions of dry pea crop,” says Mehmet Tulbek, NCI Technical Director.

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Baking with Soy Short Course Attracts Middle Eastern Food Processors to NCI

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Five participants from Israel, Lebanon, and Turkey are at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) to learn more about the impact of soy-fortification in baking.  The Baking with Soy short course runs from July 26-30. 

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSRPC) and the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) are co-sponsoring the course. 

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Northern Crops Institute Board Elects Officers

Fargo, N.D., USA -- David Clough, a producer from Fessenden, N.D., was re-elected chair of the Northern Crops Council (NCC) at their reorganizational meeting on June 29, 2010.  The NCC is the governing board of the Northern Crops Institute.

Clough represents the North Dakota Wheat Commission.  He was elected to his first term as NCC chair in November 2009, succeeding Dan Wiltse from Lisbon, N.D., after Wiltse’s death in a farm accident.  Clough began his first three-year term on the NCC in 2007.

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ALYSSA HICKS NAMED MILLING SPECIALIST AT NORTHERN CROPS INSTITUTE

Fargo, ND, USA – Alyssa Hicks is the new Milling Specialist at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D.  Hicks began her duties at NCI on June 14.
 
“Alyssa is a great addition to our team,” says Brian Sorenson, NCI Director.  “She will help us grow our programs and services in the milling of wheat and other regional crops. Hicks is off to a great start here at NCI, taking on the challenges of operating this mill with a lot of interest and energy.”    

Hicks is a 2010 graduate of Kansas State University, Manhattan, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in Milling Science and Management.  In 2009, she was a mill intern at Dakota Growers Pasta, Carrington, N.D.  Hicks is a native of La Harpe, Kan.


Hicks

Hicks’ duties include providing expertise in flour milling for the wheats grown in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana.  In addition to operating the NCI pilot-scale swing mill, she will teach in NCI short courses and provide technical expertise for the promotion of northern-grown wheat. 

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Quality is Focus of NCI Wheat and Flour Quality Course

Fargo, N.D., USA Fourteen participants from Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, and U.S. are learning more about how wheat type and quality affects the milling and baking processes as they attend the Basics of Wheat and Flour Quality Short Course.  The course is offered by Northern Crops Institute, Fargo, N.D., June 15-17.

This years course has attracted participants from the U.S. and overseas, says Brian Sorenson, NCI Director.  A five-member delegation from Taiwan is attending the course, sponsored by U.S. Wheat Associates.  Mr. Ron Lu, Country Director for U.S. Wheat Associates Taiwan, is escorting the group.

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Functionality of Specialty Oilseeds Featured at NCI’s Flax and Canola Short Course

Fargo, N.D., USA –  Flax and canola are gaining recognition with the nation’s consumers, due to their nutritional and health benefits.  These oilseeds are featured at the “Functionality of Canola and Flaxseed in Food Systems” Short Course at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) that runs from April 27-29.  Food processors from companies in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota are attending the course.

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NCI Pasta Manufacturing Short Course Begins Its 26th Year

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Twenty participants from United States and Japan are attending the Pasta Production and Technology Short Course that runs from April 13 to 15 at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D. 

"We have offered this course every year since 1984, and of the participants in this year’s course, most of them come from companies that have been represented at the course in the past," says NCI Director Brian Sorenson.  "Food companies see this course as a good opportunity to increase their personnel's understanding of durum and pasta quality," Sorenson says.

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NCI Pilot Flour Mill Renovation Celebrated with Ribbon Cutting on November 24

December 15, 2009

NCI Pilot Flour Mill Renovation Celebrated with Ribbon Cutting on November 24

For Immediate Release

Fargo, N.D., USA – Northern Crops Institute celebrated its new pilot Flour Mill with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 24.

NCI Director Brian Sorenson kicked off the event that included comments from special guests including North Dakota Governor John Hoeven, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, D.C. Coston, Ph.D., NDSU Vice President of Agriculture and University Outreach, representatives of regional wheat commissions, and René Steiner, President, Buhler North America.

Guests toured the mill after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  A dinner followed the event. 

“In 2007, the Northern Crops Council (NCC) formed a committee to look at the future of NCI’s technical capabilities in milling, and they identified a definite need for a mill of this capacity,” said Sorenson.

“The committee decided to review the existing equipment, and they determined that we had a great asset in our pilot durum mill.  Using the existing durum mill equipment as a starting point for the new mill sped up the project as well as kept the overall costs down,” he continued. 

“The Northern Crops Council voted to move forward with the project at their November 2008 meeting.  To go from a project design to a completed installation in a year was a testament to the NCI staff, the NCC, as well as to Buhler, who helped us put this project together,” Sorenson concluded.

Gifts from the South Dakota Wheat Commission, North Dakota Wheat Commission, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council, General Mills, Horizon Milling, and several individuals partially funded the renovation.  Buhler Inc. donated an optical Color Sorter, which can detect and remove defective product and foreign material in wheat.

“NCI’s new flour mill represents another great opportunity to promote northern-grown crops and create new and expanded domestic and international markets for producers in the region,” said Governor Hoeven.

“This project is the result of a strong partnership between North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana and a steadfast commitment to growing the agriculture and value-added processing industries in our states, as well as enhancing our competitiveness in marketing commodities worldwide,” Governor Hoeven concluded.

NCI’s pilot durum mill was converted into a dual-purpose or “swing mill” to give the region the capability to mill pilot-scale or test-scale quantities of bread wheats (Hard Red Spring, Hard Red Winter and Hard White) into flour for quality and test baking/processing evaluations. Importantly, the mill retains the capability to mill durum wheat into high quality semolina.

The new mill is capable of milling flour, durum semolina and whole-wheat flour.  Flour milling capacity of the new mill is 200-300 pounds/hour, a larger quantity than a laboratory scale mill can produce.  Flour quality closely matches flour from a commercial flourmill.

In addition to milling and testing flour, the new pilot mill will be used for educating millers about hard wheats.  NCI’s pilot-scale durum mill, built in 1991, was one of the few facilities in the nation dedicated specifically to educating and training durum millers.

The existing building and much of the pilot-scale durum mill equipment was used in building the new mill. Additional equipment to improve grain handling, cleaning, tempering, and purifying was purchased or donated. 

The next phase of the renovation will begin when funding is secured. The second phase will include a flour mixer, storage bin, and flour packing equipment that will fill 50# bags.

NCI is conducting a nation-wide search for a full-time milling specialist.

Northern Crops Institute (NCI) supports regional agriculture and value-added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern-grown crops.  NCI is funded by the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and commodity groups in those states and Montana.           
 

Higher resolution photos can be obtained from Sally Backman at sally.sologuk@ndsu.edu

Cutting the Ribbon! Left to right: Mehmet Tulbek, NCI Technical Director; Brian Sorenson, NCI Director; Rene Steiner, Buhler Inc.; North Dakota Governor John Hoeven; North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring; David Clough, North Dakota Wheat Commission; Arlo Skari, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee; Laird Larson, South Dakota Wheat Commission; Mark Jossund, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council; and John Crabtree, NCI Assistant Director.

Cutting the Ribbon! Left to right: Mehmet Tulbek, NCI Technical Director; Brian Sorenson, NCI Director; Rene Steiner, Buhler Inc.; North Dakota Governor John Hoeven; North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring; David Clough, North Dakota Wheat Commission; Arlo Skari, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee; Laird Larson, South Dakota Wheat Commission; Mark Jossund, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council; and John Crabtree, NCI Assistant Director.

The Northern Crops Council and Northern Crops Institute Staff pose for a photo before the festivities begin.

The Northern Crops Council and Northern Crops Institute Staff pose for a photo before the festivities begin.

NCI Director Brian Sorenson welcomes the guests.

NCI Director Brian Sorenson welcomes the guests.

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven congratulates NCI on its achievements.

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven congratulates NCI on its achievements.

Sorenson introduces the regional commodity representatives and others who generously donated to the mill project.

Sorenson introduces the regional commodity representatives and others who generously donated to the mill project.

Laird Larson, South Dakota Wheat Commission

Laird Larson, South Dakota Wheat Commission

Mark Jossund, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council

Mark Jossund, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council

Rudy Weiss, Buhler Inc. (left), Steve Meyerhofer (middle), and Andrew Meyerhofer (right) of the Meyerhofer Steel and Construction Company look at the Color Sorter that was donated by Buhler Inc.

Rudy Weiss, Buhler Inc. (left), Steve Meyerhofer (middle), and Andrew Meyerhofer (right) of the Meyerhofer Steel and Construction Company look at the Color Sorter that was donated by Buhler Inc.

Neal Fisher, (left), Administrator of North Dakota Wheat Commission, and former Governor George Sinner (right) enjoyed a moment to visit. Governor Sinner was the first chair of the Northern Crops Council and was instrumental in building Northern Crops Institute.

Neal Fisher, (left), Administrator of North Dakota Wheat Commission, and former Governor George Sinner (right) enjoyed a moment to visit. Governor Sinner was the first chair of the Northern Crops Council and was instrumental in building Northern Crops Institute.

Terry Goerger, (left), a former Northern Crops Council chair, visits with former Governor George Sinner.

Terry Goerger, (left), a former Northern Crops Council chair, visits with former Governor George Sinner.

Left to right: Mrs. Lorraine Langseth; David Torgerson, Executive Director of Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council; Bill Zurn, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council; Karolyn Zurn, Northern Crops Council; former Governor George Sinner; Senator Keith Langseth, Minnesota District 9; and Mark Jossund, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council.

Left to right: Mrs. Lorraine Langseth; David Torgerson, Executive Director of Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council; Bill Zurn, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council; Karolyn Zurn, Northern Crops Council; former Governor George Sinner; Senator Keith Langseth, Minnesota District 9; and Mark Jossund, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council.

NCI Director presents a plaque to Jay Romsa, in recognition of the Silver Level sponsorship that General Mills gave to the mill project.

NCI Director presents a plaque to Jay Romsa, in recognition of the Silver Level sponsorship that General Mills gave to the mill project.

Randy Englund and Laird Larson, both represent the South Dakota Wheat Commission.

Randy Englund and Laird Larson, both represent the South Dakota Wheat Commission.

D.C. Coston, Ph.D., NDSU Vice President for Agriculture and Outreach, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and NCI Director Brian Sorenson.

D.C. Coston, Ph.D., NDSU Vice President for Agriculture and Outreach, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and NCI Director Brian Sorenson.

Vice President D.C. Coston welcomes everyone and introduces North Dakota Governor John Hoeven.

Vice President D.C. Coston welcomes everyone and introduces North Dakota Governor John Hoeven.

The Ribbon Cutting Commences.

The Ribbon Cutting Commences.

David Clough, North Dakota Wheat Commission

David Clough, North Dakota Wheat Commission

Arlo Skari, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee

Arlo Skari, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee

Rene Steiner, President and CEO, Buhler North America

Rene Steiner, President and CEO, Buhler North America

Brian Sorenson (right) visits with (l to r): Randy Englund, Executive Director of South Dakota Wheat Commission; Laird Larson, past chair of Northern Crops Council; David Clough, newly elected chair of Northern Crops Council; Neal Foster, Executive Director of South Dakota Crop Improvement Association; and Mary Ellen Wagner, SD Wheat Commission.

Brian Sorenson (right) visits with (l to r): Randy Englund, Executive Director of South Dakota Wheat Commission; Laird Larson, past chair of Northern Crops Council; David Clough, newly elected chair of Northern Crops Council; Neal Foster, Executive Director of South Dakota Crop Improvement Association; and Mary Ellen Wagner, SD Wheat Commission.

Rene Steiner, (left), Buhler Inc, and Pat Berglund, Ph.D. (center), former NCI Director, discuss the new color sorter with NCI Technical Director Mehmet Tulbek, Ph.D. (right).

Rene Steiner, (left), Buhler Inc, and Pat Berglund, Ph.D. (center), former NCI Director, discuss the new color sorter with NCI Technical Director Mehmet Tulbek, Ph.D. (right).

Brian Harris, (right), of Standard Industries had a main role in getting the mill up and running.

Brian Harris, (right), of Standard Industries had a main role in getting the mill up and running.

NCI Director Brian Sorenson presents a plaque to Kenji Motomatsu, Nisshin Flour Milling Company, Japan, in appreciation of the work Kenji did in the swing mill before its opening.

NCI Director Brian Sorenson presents a plaque to Kenji Motomatsu, Nisshin Flour Milling Company, Japan, in appreciation of the work Kenji did in the swing mill before its opening.

NCI Director presents a plaque to Brian Walker, in recognition of the Bronze Level sponsorship that Horizon Milling gave to the mill project.

NCI Director presents a plaque to Brian Walker, in recognition of the Bronze Level sponsorship that Horizon Milling gave to the mill project.

Brian Kaae, former NCC Chair and 8-year member, with Arlo Skari, who is presently on the NCC representing the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee.

Brian Kaae, former NCC Chair and 8-year member, with Arlo Skari, who is presently on the NCC representing the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee.