Upon completing her milling science degree at Kansas State University in the 1980s, Fran Churchill was one of a handful of female graduates to enter the milling industry. She talks with Host Simon Tiedge about some of her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated field of milling, as well as her career journey that allowed her to live and work across the United States before returning to her alma mater to teach. And, even though she grew up on a farm that grew wheat and lived in a town with a flour mill, she said that she never made the connection between the wheat they grew to the flour they bought. So, she’s not surprised that the milling industry is such a well-kept secret.
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