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

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.

Preliminary Schedule
Thursday, March 5
7:00 am | On Site Registration & Breakfast items
8:00 am | Welcome & Opening of Technical Conference
8:15 am | Update on International IAOM Activities
8:30 am | KSU Grain Science & IGP Update
9:00 am-12 noon | Technical Session*
12 pm-1 pm | Lunch
1 pm-2:30 pm | Technical Session*
2:30 pm | District Meetings
3:00 pm | KSU Tours* (Hal Ross Flour Mill, O.H. Kruse Feed Innovation Center)
6:00 pm | Social Hour | Holiday Inn at The Campus
7:00 pm | Banquet | Holiday Inn at The Campus


Friday, March 6
Purple Ash Golf Tournament | Colbert Hills Golf Course
10:00 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.