News from the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative

Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson

Food and feed safety program manager hired

Original article published by Iowa Grain Quality Initiative

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (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. The FSMA requires every food and feed processor to carefully evaluate their process systems for potential food safety hazards and effectiveness of routine operating procedures.

Kim Anderson, program manager, will be responsible for developing, leading and implementing animal and human food safety and quality programs for Iowa manufacturers, processors and handlers. This includes efforts in the FSMA and other certifications. Anderson brings a wealth of experience to this position including as a food safety consultant and as an investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Course for grain elevator managers offered at Iowa State

Original article published by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

 The IGQI is partnering with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) to offer a week-long course in advanced grain elevator operations management. The course will be offered on the Iowa State University campus in Ames Jan. 8–12, 2018.

Grain Elevator

"We are excited to partner with Iowa State to offer this course for grain elevator managers in the state of Iowa and surrounding area,” said Joel Brinkmeyer, chief executive of AAI. “The close relationship between IGQI and the AAI Grain Committee keeps our members up to date with information on the latest technology, seasonal challenges, and regulatory changes. This course will be a new opportunity to provide professional development for front line operations managers and location superintendents.”

The 1,100 members of AAI represent a wide range of ag-related businesses, including more than 95 percent of all grain facilities in the state of Iowa.

“AAI is on our IGQI advisory council and we have been discussing different approaches to partner with them in delivering educational offerings to their members and the Iowa grain industry,” said Charles Hurburgh, grain quality and handling specialist with Iowa State Extension and Outreach and Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) affiliate. “The technologies and risk management required of grain elevators are quickly turning grain handling into an industrial supply chain. This course will help current operators be on the leading edge of this transformation.”

Dirk Maier, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, a member of the IGQI management team and CCUR affiliate, will lead the course.

“Managing grain for maximum quality and quantity during handling, drying and storage is key to profitability of a grain elevator,” Maier said. “Operations personnel carry a critical responsibility for minimizing shrink loss and maximizing quality. This course will teach the scientific principles and advanced practical skills to further increase the professional competence of grain industry employees.”

The course will be team-taught by Bob Marlow, owner of Operations Professional Services and a well-known speaker and trainer with over 40 years of grain industry experience. Each attendee will receive the book “Managing Stored Grain to Preserve Quality and Value” by Carl Reed, a grain storage specialist formerly with Kansas State University. Subjects will include personnel management, operations costs, grain quality characteristics and measurement, air properties for drying and cooling, handling and conveying to minimize grain breakage, principles of grain drying and conditioning, grain monitoring and aeration control, and managing shrink loss to maximize profit. The emphasis of all topics will be on operating economics.

The course will be registered for participants to earn three continuing education units through Iowa State  that will be transferable towards maintaining existing grain industry credentials. Registered professional engineers will be able to submit course participation to count towards professional development hours.

More information on the course and how to register will soon become available via IGQI and AAI news releases and websites. For more information or inquiries, contact Dirk Maier at (515) 294-0140 or