The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) recently hired Brian Sorenson for program manager. In his new role, Brian will use his background in cereal chemistry, grain milling and grain quality to provide organization and leadership in the development of educational programs to promote northern grown crops to global grain buyers and food processors.Read More
The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) and Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA) hosted eight participants from China, India, Myanmar, South Korea and Thailand for the Food Grade Soybean Procurement Management For Importers course.Read More
Northern Crops Institute's staff, Northern Crops Council and Northern Crops Institute Advisory Board would like to offer its condolences to former Governor George Sinner's family due to his recent passing. George Sinner was instrumental in creating the Northern Crops Institute and fully believed and promoted its mission, "to support regional agriculture and value added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern grown crops." During the 20th Anniversary of Northern Crops Institute (2003), George Sinner, who was also the first chairperson, wrote an article for the 20th anniversary celebration book.Read More
North Dakota Soybean Quality Surveys from previous growing seasons can be reviewed by clicking on the year below:
The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) has hired Mark Jirik as director. Jirik replaces Mark Weber, who is retiring from NCI in December 2017, and has served as director for six years. To view the entire news release, click here.
We welcomed the Grain Procurement Management for Importers Course participants during the weeks of September 11 - 20. There were 26 participants from 14 different countries - Algeria, China, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and Tunisia. The eight-day course focused on the mechanics of grain merchandising and was designed to educate individuals who are responsible for purchasing grain.
On August 2-4, 2017, NCI welcomed participants attending the South Asia Contracting for Wheat Value Workshop sponsored by U.S. Wheat. There were seven participants from Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Singapore. We also welcomed five U.S. Wheat staff members. The participants and staff attendeded classes at NCI and then they traveled to Portland, Oregon for tours at the Wheat Marketing Center and also the Columbia Grain Export Terminal.
The Applications of U.S. Pulse Ingredients Course was held July 17-20, 2017. The course was sponsored by the U.S. Dry Pea and Lentil Council and the participants had the opportunity for quite a number of hands-on labs and demonstrations including gluten free pasta processing, pulse snack extrusion and a pulse baking demonstration. Scroll below to view the photo gallery from the course.
The participants heard various speakers, watched demonstrations and had the opportunity for hands-on labs in various locations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. There were a number of tours throughout the tri-state area and there was a visit to soybean producer Kyle Raguse’s farm near Wheaton, Minnesota. NCI staff accompanied the lectures, demonstrations and tours to answer questions from both participants and media.
The NCI-INTSOY course educated participants on practical processing methods and innovative applications of soybean ingredients in meat, beverage, baking, snacks, traditional soy foods and animal feed products.
According to WISHH, participants praised the NCI-INTSOY course because of the great effort and collaboration to increase knowledge of U.S. Soy and by making crucial introductions to U.S. soybean producers and companies. 2017 NCI-INTSOY participant Samuel Adu Ntim, chief executive officer of Yedent Agro Group of Companies Limited in Ghana, was extremely happy with his experience, “It (NCI-INTSOY) is a phenomenal program that I think a lot of companies and entrepreneurs and a lot of people in emerging markets should try to access. It is an excellent partnership, and we give thanks to WISHH (and other sponsors) for this opportunity,” Adu Ntim said.
NCI Director Mark Weber celebrated the success of the course by thanking speakers, sponsors and staff for, “delivering a top notch soy program that is sure to be the next flagship course for the NCI.” Weber also declared that, “the NCI-INTSOY course truly illustrates why NCI exists and that is to continue to provide quality educational and technical programming to expand international markets for our northern-grown crops.”
Due to the positive feedback from participants, sponsors and staff, the NCI has begun the process of assembling the NCI-INTSOY course programming for 2018. The scheduled date for the 2018 NCI-INTSOY will be Monday, August 27 through Friday, September 1.
Greg Kessel, producer from Belfield, N.D., elected NCC Chairperson and NCI Director Mark Weber announces retirement. NCC also welcomes newly elected and appointed members and thanks outgoing members. Click here for press release.
In this issue of the the NCI Update there is information regarding Bison pasta, a quick recap from the 2016 Wheat Quality Tour wrap-up and a link to the video about the AACC International Annual Meeting that will be held in October. http://conta.cc/2cX7hPV
To continue our communications efforts in supporting the promotion and market development of crops grown in the four-state region (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota), we have developed a bi-monthly newsletter that will be sent exclusively by email. In this issue there is information about the INT-SOY course that will be held at NCI in June 2017, an update on the new soymilk and tofu machine, an article about our milling technical services and also a reminder to register for the Utilization of Pulses in Extruded Snack Course. To view the latest issue and to sign up for the next issue go to http://conta.cc/29ytQVg.Read More