District Officers 

Pat Eberle
Grain Craft

James Mueting
General Mills, Inc.

Travis Hawkinson
Vice Chairperson
Ardent Mills

Mike Branson
Sefar, Inc.

Ryan Baker
1st Exe. Committeeperson
Ardent Mills

Aaron Rusteberg
2nd Exe. Committeeperson
ADM Milling

Shawn Green
3rd Exe. Committeeperson
Grain Craft

Bob Klasek
Allied Trades Chairman
Nitta Corporation

Districts Plan Meeting in Manhattan

The Wheat State District invites members from the Central and Texoma districts to join them on March 5-6, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas for the annual spring joint districts’ meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Kansas State University IGP Institute Building.  The activities begin on Thursday March 5 with the technical sessions in the morning followed by lunch and a tour of the Hal Ross Flour Mill, O.H. Kruse Feed Innovation Center, & Kansas Wheat & Innovation Center.  A social hour and banquet will follow that evening.  The golf outing will begin Friday morning.

Early Bird Registration through March 1!


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn at the Campus for Wednesday March 3-5 at a reduced rate of $99.95/per night (plus taxes).  Please use the reservation link, “Book Now”, and enter Group Code “iao”, or call +1 785-539-7531 and request the Group Code “iao” by the March 1 cut-off date to guarantee this rate.  Rooms will revert to a space and rate available basis after March 1.

Holiday Inn At The Campus
1641 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
*Group Code: iao


The Purple Ash Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, March 6 at Colbert Hills with tee times beginning at 10:00 am. followed by lunch after golf.  Golf registration includes green fees, cart rental, range balls and lunch.

For planning purposes, advance registration is greatly appreciated. Please let us know which functions you will be attending. Because we have to guarantee a certain number of attendees for the banquet and golf, there will be no refunds for cancellations made after March 1.

We are excited for this opportunity to host a joint meeting with these three great districts. I hope you will be able to make arrangements to attend. We are working on putting together some worthwhile technical sessions for your benefit.  Dress for the meetings is casual.

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

Technical Presentations

Welcome and Update on International IAOM Activities
IAOM Treasurer Ron Galle, ADM Milling

Wheat Crop Update
Mark Hodges, Plains Grains, Inc.

Laboratory Milling Challenges in Wheat Crop Evaluation
Dr. Jeff Gwirtz, JAG Services

Millguard Roll Stand Monitoring
Bob Castaneda, CMC

BoMill Grain Quality Separator
Bruce Bratney, Bratney Companies           

Baghouse Filters
Ben Kice, Kice Industries

Wheat Kernels Heat Treatment
Celia Schlosser, Revtech Process Systems

Pneumatic Conveying above 15 PSIG
Tom Byrnes, Jr., Blower Engineering

HazardPRO from Electro-Sensors – Wireless Hazardous Monitoring With or Without a PLC
Eric Roth, Electro-Sensors        

Flour Additives for Challenging Wheat
Kendall McFall, Engrain

Great Western New Product Review
Matt Fanshier, Great Western Mfg. Co.