District Officers

Mark Watts

Shawnee Milling Co.

Rand Coffelt
C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc.

Eric Knott
Vice Chairperson
Miller Milling Co.

Sean Coveney

Travis Madron
1st Exe. Committeeperson
Shawnee Milling

Larry Stallbaumer
2nd Exe. Committeeperson
Ardent Mills

Ryan Platt
3rd Exe. Committeeperson
C.H. Guenther and Sons

Tri-District Meeting held at Kansas State University

The Wheat State, Texoma and Central Districts met on March 5-6, in Manhattan, Kansas for the annual spring joint districts’ meeting.  Kansas State University hosted the meeting at the IGP Institute building. Technical sessions were the focus of the morning and early afternoon meeting on March 5.

Following the technical session, attendees had the opportunity to tour the Hal Ross Flour Mill, the O.H. Kruse Feed Innovation Center, and the Kansas Wheat & Innovation Center.  Several attendees also visited the Midwest Dream Car Collection, an eclectic dream collection of early roadsters, muscle cars and exotics from across the country.

The evening included a social hour and banquet, where officers for the Texoma District were installed. On Friday morning, nearly 30 people participated in the Purple Ash Golf Tournament at Colbert Hills Golf Club. The sun was out and the temperatures mild for an early March tee time. Prizes were handed out for longest putt, longest drive and closest to the pin.

The Wheat State plans to return to Manhattan for the spring joint meeting in 2021.

Thursday, March 5
7:00 am | On Site Registration & Breakfast items
8:00 am | Welcome & Opening of Technical Conference
David Byers, Wheat State District Director, Ardent Mills
8:10 am | KSU Grain Science & IGP Update
Shawn Thiele, Assoc. Director, International Grains Program
Fran Churchill, NAMA Instructor of Milling, K-State University
8:30 am | Update on International IAOM Activities
Ron Galle, IAOM Treasurer, Miller Milling
8:50 am Microbial Treatment Effects on Protein Recovery
Slater Blick, Student, K-State University
9:10 am Modeling the Wheat Milling Process
Anu Raj, Graduate Student, K-State University
9:30 am Novel Intervention Steps for Preventing E. Coli and Salmonella Contamination in Wheat Flours
Jared Rivera, Graduate Student, K-State University
9:50 am Beverage & Stretch Break
10:05 am Kill-Step Validation of the Baking Process
Kantha Channaiah, PhD., Director of Microbiology, AIB International
10:35 am FCX Fluidizing Discharge Cones
Michael Richardson, CETEC, Cereal Technologies, Inc.
10:50 am Kansas Wheat Update
Justin Gilpin, CEO, Kansas Wheat Commission
11:35 pm Lunch
12:35 pm HRW Wheat Crop Microbiology and Impact of Laboratory Milling
Jeff Gwirtz, Ph.D., JAG Services, Inc.
1:20 pm Improving Uptime with Insight
Bill Ritchie, Buhler, Inc.
1:45 pm Maintenance Reliability
Edward LaPreze, CMRT, Pepper Maintenance .
2:30 pm Beverage & Stretch Break
2:40 pm District Business Meetings
3:00 pm Tours of Facilities on Grain Science & Industry North Campus
Hal Ross Flour Mill, Kansas Wheat Innovation Center
4:30 pm Midwest Dream Car Collection (45-min. Guided or Self Tours)
3007 Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS
6:30 pm | Social Hour | Holiday Inn at The Campus
7:30 pm | Banquet | Holiday Inn at The Campus

Friday, March 6
Purple Ash Golf Tournament | Colbert Hills Golf Course
9:00 am | Tee Times begin

Golf Registration includes green fees, cart rental, & lunch following golf