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) as an instituted at Kansas State University. The IGP Institute 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, oilseeds 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, the IGP Institute partners with key state, regional and national commodity organizations, industry associations, companies, NGOs and government agencies. As the international outreach arm of the Department of Grain Science and Industry and K-State Research and Extension, the IGP Institute 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 marketplace.
The IGP Institute 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 and domestic purchasers and processors. Our course offerings fall into three core curricula: flour milling and grain processing, feed manufacturng and grain management, and grain marketing and risk management. Courses are offered on-site, on location and via distance. Today, because of the IGP Institute'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 International Grains Program Conference Center, as part of the Grain Science and Industry Innovation 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 Bio-processing and Industrial Value Added Products Innovation Center and the O.H. Kruse Feed Mill Technology Innovation Center allow us to combine a unique blend of in-classroom instruction and hands-on pilot facility training. Co-location of the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center brings the entire wheat value chain from genetics to value-added products to marketing together on our campus. The IGP Institute programming has been substantially enhanced and expanded with on-line education opportunities via distance learning offerings that now include professional credentials in Grain Operations Management and Flour Milling. Serving as the administrative home of the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss expands and strengthens the technical assistance mission of the IGP Institute.
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 trainings. Be sure to check our website often as new program offerings are constantly added. Also for updates like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us with ideas and suggestions to further improve and expand our program offerings. Our curriculum managers will be happy to explore custom course offerings with you to meet the specific continuing education and professional development needs of your employees and clients.
Dirk Maier, IGP Institute Director
Director, GEAPS/K-State Distance Education & Credentialing Program