A Message from our Director
In 1978, the Kansas Legislature in partnership with K-State’s College of Agriculture and the Kansas wheat, corn, soybean and grain sorghum commodity market development commissions, established the International Grains Program (IGP) at Kansas State University. IGP has since become and continues as the global leader in providing innovative and relevant education and technical programs to enhance the market preference, consumption and utilization of U.S. cereal grains, oil seeds and their value-added products for the global grain industry.
In order to accomplish its mission and serve at the front line of international market promotion, IGP partners with the key state, regional and national commodity organizations. This includes Kansas Wheat, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Nebraska Wheat Board, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, Texas Wheat Producers Board, U.S. Wheat Associates, U.S. Grains Council, American Soybean Association, United Soybean Board, U.S. Soybean Export Council and United Sorghum Checkoff Program. IGP also partners with private industry and government agencies, including the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and the USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service. As the international outreach arm of the Department of Grain Science and Industry, IGP has an excellent support structure, outstanding expertise, access to facilities, committed partners, and a proven record of success to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of the constantly changing global market place.
IGP faculty and staff are internationally recognized experts in storage, handling, transportation, purchasing, risk management, processing, nutrition and utilization of U.S. grains, oilseeds and their value-added products who strive to be a wellspring of training and information for international purchasers and processors. Today, because of IGP's many years of successful efforts, you can find thousands of IGP-trained buyers and users of U.S. grains, oilseeds and their value-added products in literally every corner of the world.
The 2004 dedication of our state-of-the-art Executive Conference Center, as part of the new Grain Science and Industry Campus, has provided course participants with a much improved learning environment to meet the continuing education and professional development needs of the 21st century. Next door access to the Hal Ross Flour Mill, the Wenger Extrusion Center and the recently built O.H. Kruse Feed Mill, Biorefinery and Grain Handling Teaching and Research Center allow us to combine a unique blend of in-classroom instruction and hands-on pilot facility training. In the very near future, IGP programming will be further enhanced and expanded with on-line education opportunities via webinars and distance learning offerings. So be sure to stay tuned!
We hope you will take advantage of our many program offerings by attending one of our courses, or sending and sponsoring others to attend our courses in the coming months.Be sure to check back frequently as new program offerings are constantly added.Also for updates like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us with ideas and suggestions to further improve and expand our program offerings. Our staff will be happy to explore custom course offerings with you to meet the specific continuing education and professional development needs of your clients.
Dirk Maier, IGP Director