District Officers

David Byers
Ardent Mills

Michael McElroy
Ardent Mills

Kayle Lyman
Vice Chairperson
Grain Craft

Tracy Eustace
W.D. Patterson Co.

Jeff Trillo
1st Exe. Committeeperson
ADM Milling Company

Brian Allinger
2nd Exe. Committeeperson
Ardent Mills

Keaton Hale
3rd Exe. Committeeperson
Grain Craft

Wheat State Golf Outing Canceled
The health and safety of each and every member of our milling community is of the utmost importance to us. After closely monitoring the risk and continued impact of COVID-19, and speaking with members of our community, IAOM’s Wheat State District leadership has decided to cancel this year’s Wheat State District’s Annual Golf Outing, which had been rescheduled for the end of September at Sand Creek Station golf course in Newton, KS.

The continued ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 and safety concerns, combined with various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees make it impractical to effectively hold the event.We will continue to evaluate the situation and keep you updated about any future district activities.


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.

KSU Grain Science & IGP Update
Shawn Thiele, Assoc. Director, International Grains Program
Fran Churchill, NAMA Instructor of Milling, K-State University
Update on International IAOM Activities
Ron Galle, IAOM Treasurer, Miller Milling
Microbial Treatment Effects on Protein Recovery
Slater Blick, Student, K-State University
Modeling the Wheat Milling Process
Anu Raj, Graduate Student, K-State University
Novel Intervention Steps for Preventing E. Coli and Salmonella Contamination in Wheat Flours
Jared Rivera, Graduate Student, K-State University
Kill-Step Validation of the Baking Process
Kantha Channaiah, PhD., Director of Microbiology, AIB International
FCX Fluidizing Discharge Cones
Michael Richardson, CETEC, Cereal Technologies, Inc.
Kansas Wheat Update
Justin Gilpin, CEO, Kansas Wheat Commission
HRW Wheat Crop Microbiology and Impact of Laboratory Milling
Jeff Gwirtz, Ph.D., JAG Services, Inc.
Improving Uptime with Insight
Bill Ritchie, Buhler, Inc.
Maintenance Reliability
Edward LaPreze, CMRT, Pepper Maintenance .