Wheat Quality Council holds annual meeting, forum
The Wheat Quality Council held its annual meeting, forum and technical review sessions Feb. 12 to 14 at the KCI Embassy Suites Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., with a record 165 industry participants in attendance.
The WQC is the only industry-wide organization that brings together all wheat interests from breeders and producers to millers, processors and bakers. These participants are provided information on the milling and baking qualities of wheat varieties that will be released, grown and processed in the next few years.
The wheat breeders have an opportunity to network with the industry to determine what quality characteristics the millers and bakers would like to see in new wheat varieties.
Board of Trustees
The meeting began with the WQC Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 12. Following discussions on financial, membership and budget reports, the annual election was held. The following people will serve on the WQC governing board for 2013: Neal Fisher, North Dakota Wheat Commission, chair; Len Heflich, BIMBO, vice chair; Glen Weaver, ConAgra, past chair; Monte White, Research Products, executive committee; Jackie Rudd, Texas Wheat Producers, executive committee; Sherri Lehman, NAMA, executive committee; plus Terry Selleck, Bay State Milling; Bob Sombke, ND Mill; C.J. Lin, Mennel Milling; Lori Wilson, Kellogg Colorado; Kara Hobart, General Mills; Ron Hobbs, ADM Milling; Ron Lindgren, Foss North America; Cathy Butti, AgriPro-Syngenta; Justin Gilpin, Kansas Wheat Commission; Sid Perry, WestBred-Monsanto, Greg Konsor, Gavilon; Carl Griffey, Virginia Tech: Rich Horsley, NDSU and Lee Sanders, American Bakers Association.
The theme of the forum this year was "Connecting The Dots."
Bikram Gill talked about "Mapping the Wheat Genome and What It Means to Us."
Judi Adams, Wheat Foods Council and Scott Haley, CSU, discussed "Nutrition & Wheat Breeding-What is Possible in the Modern Era?"
Ann Hall, USDA/ FNS Washington, D.C., and Cheryl Johnson, KS Dept of Education, Topeka updated the audience on "Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs from the National, State and School Perspectives."
The keynote dinner speaker was Heidi Nebel, attorney with McKee, Vorhees and Sease, Des Moines, Iowa. She talked about "A Brave New World-Patenting of Genes and Varieties," which was well received by the entire group.
Our opening luncheon speaker was Noel Vietmeyer, Lorton, Va. Noel has written a biography of Norman Borlaug called "Our Daily Bread-The Essential Norman Borlaug." It is a fascinating book and Noel (with assistance from wife Anne) sold and signed books for the entire conference.
For more information, visit www.wheatqualitycouncil.org.