For 30 years, people from all over the world have traveled to Manhattan to train with and tour the International Grains Program. Since its beginning, IGP has continued to increase its capacity to educate and train international buyers of Kansas commodities.
The Kansas Corn Commission has a long-standing partnership with IGP and supports the program's mission of marketing and promoting export markets for corn and other feed grains. IGP and the Kansas State University Department of Grain Science act as ambassadors for Kansas commodities and serve as a primary source of expertise when it comes to the use of Kansas feed ingredients.
A valuable resource to grain buyers
Through its short courses and technical overseas assistance, IGP offers education on topics ranging from grain purchasing, transportation storage and handling to milling, marketing and processing. For example, next month IGP will offer an annual grain purchasing short course for international grain buyers from four countries. In addition, a short course on advanced risk management and merchandising will be held in May in conjunction with NCI of Fargo, N.D.
"Foreign market development is an important part of the corn commission's program," says Kansas Corn Commission Chairman Mike Brzon, Courtland. "IGP is considered to be a valuable resource to grain buyers throughout the world and we are lucky to have the program operating in our state. We've also had opportunities to host IGP classes on our Kansas farms, giving international buyers an understanding of the quality of grain we produce in the U.S."