NCI Names New Director of Technical Services and Business Development

Fargo, N.D., USA -- David H. Hahn, Ph.D., has been named Director of Technical Services and Business Development at Northern Crops Institute (NCI).  Hahn has over 30 years of experience in research, manufacturing, product development and technical support at several American food companies. 

NCI Director Mark Weber says, “I am delighted to announce the hiring of Dr. Hahn as NCI’s Director of Technical and Business Development.  His long experience in the private sector will provide invaluable expertise to our programs.  He will also be able to provide excellent mentoring to our team of food and cereal scientists, while working closely with the NDSU faculty and scientists.”

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Southeast Asian Feed Manufacturers Attend NCI Feed Technology Course

Fargo, N.D., USA – Nineteen feed manufacturers from Southeast Asia are attending the Feed Manufacturing Technology course that runs from November 5-9.  After three days at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D, the group travels to Portland, Ore., for the wrap-up. 

The course is co-sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council, and South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, in conjunction with the American Soybean Association International Marketing.

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NCI Procurement Courses Advance Into Electronic Trading

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Twenty-one soybean buyers from seven Southeast Asian nations will learn how to better negotiate electronic trading systems as they attend the Soybean Procurement Management for Importers short course at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) this week.  Focus of the course is to learn more about contracting and purchasing U.S. soybeans.

The course is hosted at NCI from October 6-12.  Then the group travels to Portland, Ore., where the course concludes October 16.

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Benefits of Soy in Baked Products Bring African Bakers to NCI Short Course

Fargo, N.D., USA -- The benefits of soy protein were in the spotlight at the Baking with Soy short course, hosted September 24-28 at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) for seven bakers from Senegal and Rwanda.  The course was sponsored by WISHH, The World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, a program of the American Soybean Association. 

Mark Weber, NCI Director, says, “The addition of soy flour to baked products can raise protein content, balance essential amino acids, and increase bread’s nutritional value, making soy flour one of the most promising uses of soybeans in many countries.  We are delighted to work with WISHH in hosting this course that showcases the region’s high quality soybeans.”  

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South Asia Team Learns More about Managing Supply Chain Challenges at NCI

Fargo, N.D., USA -- A team of six quality control and purchasing personnel from mills in Indonesia and the Philippines attended the South Asia Contracting for Wheat Value Workshop at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D., from September 10-12. The workshop concluded September 14 with sessions at the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) office, Portland, OR.

The workshop was designed to teach the team how to better manage their supply chain challenges and how to write contracts that accurately specify the wheat they want to purchase.

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NCI Responds to Milling Industry with Hands-On Rheology Short Course

Fargo, N.D., USA – Twelve participants from Colombia and USA attended the Rheology of Wheat and Flour Quality Short Course from June 12-14 at Northern Crops Institute (NCI). This course was designed to teach participants about the importance of wheat and flour quality, and how differences in quality can affect milling and baking performance. The hands-on laboratory experiences focused on learning to operate rheological instruments that measure wheat and flour quality, and how to analyze, interpret, and apply the results effectively.

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Grain Buyers from Eleven Nations Attending NCI Grain Buying Course

Fargo, N.D., USA – Twenty-one grain buyers from Canada, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, St. Vincent, and the USA are attending the Advanced Grain Procurement Strategies Short Course at Northern Crops Institute in Fargo, N.D.

The course, which runs from May 16-20, 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 give participants practical experience in applying what they have learned. The group also tours the Alton Grain Terminal, Hillsboro, N.D., to learn how their shuttle train facility operates.

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NCI Pasta Manufacturing Course Hits Near Record Enrollment

Fargo, N.D., USA – A near record enrollment of 36 participants from 21 pasta manufacturing companies in Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa, and USA attended the Pasta Production and Technology Short Course from April 10 to 12 at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D., USA.  NCI’s pasta short course has been offered annually since 1984.

“We were pleased to host a near record enrollment at this year’s course,” says John Crabtree, NCI Assistant Director. “Almost all of the major U.S. companies were represented. This says a lot about what the NCI staff has done with the program over the years. Many companies have sent their people to the course since its beginning.”

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Tough Economic Situation Draws Grain Buyers to NCI Procurement Course

Fargo, N.D., USA – A tough economic situation throughout the world and a complex U.S. grain marketing system combine to make a grain buyer’s job difficult.  Twenty-seven grain buyers from 18 nations are learning how to make more effective purchases while decreasing their risk as they attend the 2011 Grain Procurement Management for Importers short course at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D. The course runs from September 19-28.

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Mark Weber Named Director of Northern Crops Institute

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Mark Weber has been named the new Director of Northern Crops Institute after a national search.  He will assume his new duties on September 19. Weber has more than 18 years of experience in agricultural leadership.  He served as the Executive Director for the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association (RRVSGA) for 12 years and, previous to that position, he served as the first Executive Director of the North Dakota Soybean Council and Growers Association for nearly six years.

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Southeast Asian Food Processors Learn about U.S. Dry Edible Beans at NCI

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Twelve food processors and food brokers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand were at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) last week to learn more about the uses of dry edible beans in food products. The course focused on U.S. pinto, navy, black, great northern, and kidney beans. The U.S. is the 5th largest producer of dry edible beans worldwide.  North Dakota and Minnesota produce nearly 50% of the dry edible beans grown in the USA.

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Northern Crops Institute Boards Elect Officers

Fargo, N.D., USA – Robert Majkrzak, President and CEO of Red River Commodities, Fargo, N.D., was elected chair of the Northern Crops Council (NCC) at their reorganizational meeting on June 28, 2011.  The NCC is the governing board of the Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D. Majkrzak represents processors and marketers of food and feed products.  He joined the Northern Crops Council in 2007.

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Colombian Association of Pork Producers Looks to Northern Crops Institute to Update Feed Expertise

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Opportunities presented through new free trade agreements prompted the Colombian Association of Pork Producers to come to the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) to update their knowledge of feed ingredients, ration formulation, feed mill equipment, and plant design. Thirteen members of the Colombian Association of Pork Producers attended a four-day feed manufacturing program May 31-June 3 at Northern Crops Institute.  The participants represented some of the largest feed mill companies and swine operations in Colombia. 

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NCI Short Course Highlights Functionality of Flax and Canola

North Dakota raises about 93% of the total U.S. flax and canola crops.

Fargo, N.D., USA – “Flaxseed and canola are important oilseed crops for our region,” says Mehmet Tulbek, Ph.D., Technical Director at Northern Crops Institute (NCI).  “Both crops are utilized in several ways to improve the functional and nutritional properties in consumer foods.” To support this growing market, NCI is conducting the Functionality of Canola and Flaxseed Short Course this week to help food processors understand the utilization and benefits of flax and canola.  The course runs from April 26-28. 

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NCI Pasta Manufacturing Course Showcases Region’s Durum Wheat

Fargo, N.D., USA – Twenty-six participants from fourteen pasta manufacturing companies in United States and Guatemala completed the Pasta Production and Technology Short Course last week at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D.  The course, which ran from April 12 to 14, is designed to showcase the high quality durum wheat that is produced in this region.

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Crabtree Named Interim Director at Northern Crops Institute

Fargo, N.D., USA -- John Crabtree has been named Interim Director of Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D.  He is currently the NCI Assistant Director. 

Crabtree is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a master’s of science degree in agricultural economics.  Before joining Northern Crops Institute in 1984, he was an extension agent and staff chairman for the Oregon State Extension Service.  Crabtree also served as NCI Interim Director in 1993 to 1995. He is a native of Plainview, Nebraska.

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NCI Feed Course Focuses on Developing a HACCP Safety Plan

Fargo, N.D., USA – Feed managers and agricultural supervisors from Kansas, Minnesota and Ohio are attending the “Feed Safety and the Development of a HACCP Plan” Short Course this week at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, ND.  This course focuses on the development of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) for all sectors of the feed industry, including ingredient suppliers and finished feed manufacturers (commercial, non-commercial, and on-farm).  During the week, participants will develop a HACCP template that they can take back to their company to integrate into their safety program.

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