K-State to host International Food Security Symposium in 2015

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The agricultural and food industry is gearing up to prepare for the challenge of feeding a growing world population.

Kansas State University will host the 2015 International Grain Quality and Food Security Conference August 3-6, 2015. The opportunity to host the conference is exciting because of the vision, mission and goals of K-State's global food initiative, said Dirk Maier, Department of Grain Science and Industry head.

Participants and presenters will include scientists, engineers, economists and professionals from all aspects of the agricultural and food industry. Individuals including producers, researchers, suppliers, grain inspection services and more will attend and learn how to prepare for the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.

"The goal of the conference is to provide a global symposium on the technical, scientific and economic opportunities and challenges involved in global grain-based food, feed, fiber and fuel supply chains to assure food security through physical and economic access," says Kingsly Ambrose, assistant professor in grain science.

Discussions will center around the current research-based knowledge on all things related to the agricultural and food industry. Topics include characterization of quality and safety attributes of cereals, oilseeds, and bioprocess co-products; developing efficient operating and management systems; and quantifying and disseminating the impact of market-chain technologies on providing high value, food-safe, and biosecure grains for global markets and bioprocess industries.

"There will be defined discussion on efficient operating and management systems," Ambrose says. "This also will be a venue for networking among professionals and will provide an opportunity to undergraduate and graduate students to interact and learn from industry and academic professionals."

The importance of feeding a global population has been stressed and Kansas State University is ready to tackle this task, says Hulya Dogan, Ross endowed associate professor in grain science.

Formal training and other professional development activities in the areas of post-harvest protection, food security, food defense and food safety are of critical importance to keep the United States globally competitive in food production and protection," Dogan says.

For further information on the conference, contact Kingsly Ambrose at the Department of Grain Science and Industry by email kingsly@ksu.edu or by phone at 785-532-4091. The conference is in collaboration with the NC-213 U.S. Quality Grain Research Consortium.

Source: K-State News Release

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