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Fran Churchill to Join K-State as the New K-State NAMA Instructor of Milling

January 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 11, 2012 – North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) Board member Breck Barton, Cereal Food Processors, Inc. reported today that Fran Churchill, a K-State alumna and an experienced miller, will join the Grain Science and Industry Department at Kansas State University as the new NAMA funded Instructor of Milling in the Milling Science and Management program. Churchill has more than 20 years of milling industry experience. “The milling industry hires many K-State graduates. Fran Churchill will provide the kind of hands on instruction and education the milling industry wants K-State graduates to have when they come to work in our mills,” said Barton. Barton chairs the NAMA Milling Science and Operations Committee and participated in the search process.

“The milling science management program is the only university program in the U.S. that provides education and training for the next generation of mill managers and technology specialists, and the position at K-State is an investment in the human capital important to the industry,” Mary Waters, NAMA president said.

“We are very excited about Fran Churchill joining our faculty as the NAMA instructor of milling science and management,” Dirk Maier, K-State grain science and industry department head said. “NAMA’s funding of this faculty position reflects the priority its member companies place on enhancing the future workforce by recruiting, educating and preparing the next generation of milling industry professionals.”

NAMA is the trade association representing 42 companies that operate 172 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 175 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production. The Milling Science and Operations Committee focuses on education and serves as the liaison to both Kansas State’s Department of Grain Science and Industry and the International Association of Operative Millers.

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The North American Millers’ Association prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or family status, age, disability, political beliefs or sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact NAMA at 202.484.2200 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Mary Waters, President, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 825W, Washington, DC, 20024 or call 202.484.2200 ext. 12. NAMA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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