July-August 2017 Newsletter

Canned Food

Better Process Control School will be offered at Iowa State University

Iowa State University's Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) will offer a Better Process Control School Nov. 13-16. The school certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified foods in closed containers. Read More >>

Taking a sample from the 115-liter fermentor

CIRAS hosttour of CCUR's fermentation capabilities

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) hosted a tour on how to use Iowa State University experts and capabilities in fermentation and downstream processing labs Sept. 12. Participants toured the Center for Crops Utilization Research's Fermentation Facility and the BioCentury Research Farm's Biochemical Processing Train. Twenty-four people from 13 Iowa companies attended the event. Read More >>

Adding grapes to the crushing and destemming machine

Pilot Plant Update

CCUR was contracted by a Midwest food processor to test the centrifugation treatments on their feed material, an ultra-high temperature pasteurization project was carried out for an Iowa company that conducts research on nutritional supplements, and the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute used a crusher destemmer in the wet processing pilot plant to process La Crescent grapes prior to fermentation. Read More >>


Giving a tour at the BCRF

BioCentury Research Farm Update

Iowa State University is a partner institution in a new, $104 million research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. BCRF affiliate Emily Heaton will be a project researcher for the center. Charles Cleland, the national program leader for the UDSA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, visited and toured the BCRF. Emily Martin, ISU graduate student, gave an update on her bioreactors project. The BCRF provided her with biomass. Read More >>

Ideopak - logo

News from CCUR's Industry Incubator Occupants

CCUR's industry incubator occupant Ideopak will be participating in the third Iowa State University Startup Factory cohort. This summer the ISU Startup Factory graduated its first round of startup companies which included industry occupants Gross-Wen Technologies and SAFI-Tech. Read More >>


Grain Elevator

New from the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative

CIRAS and the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative (IGQI), have hired a food and feed safety and compliance specialist to provide individualized assistance beyond the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training classes. Also, the IGQI is partnering with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) to offer a week-long course in advanced grain elevator operations management. Read More >>

News Briefs

  • Iowa State's Industrial Playground
  • Food science professor comments on cadmium pollution risk study
  • First round of Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Program a success
  • Grants awarded to CCUR and BCRF affiliates