NAMA works with other stakeholders to educate future millers, affect public policy, and promote grain-based food products.
Milling Science and Management Program. The Milling Science and Management program at Kansas State University is the only university program in the United States to teach the next generation of millers. NAMA has a long history of advising and supporting the program, including creating the NAMA Milling Science and Advisory Committee to regularly meet with faculty and students, funding a scholarship program and in January 2012, funding the first NAMA Instructor of Milling.
“NAMA’s funding of this [NAMA Instructor of Milling] 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.” Dr. Dirk Maier, KSU grain science and industry department head
In May 2012 NAMA president Mary Waters was elected the first Chair of the KSU Grain Science and Industry Advisory Council and in July 2012 NAMA hosted four KSU students working as summer interns at member company mills for the second annual Summer Intern Public Policy Experience, a program created by NAMA to show interns the connection between their work in the mills and the regulations and legislation guiding their work.
Nutrition Panel. NAMA hosted a nutrition panel at the 2012 Annual Meeting. On the panel were Mary Waters, NAMA President; Robb MacKie, American Bakers Association President and CEO; Dana Peterson, National Association of Wheat Growers CEO; and Judi Adams Grain Foods Foundation and Wheat Foods Council President. The panel reviewed developments on regulatory activity involving nutrition.
Grain Foods Foundation (GFF). NAMA and the American Bakers Association formed GFF in 2004 to promote the consumption of grain-based foods through consumer education. In January 2012, GFF changed the primary focus of its efforts from consumers to key decision makers, to proactively preempt misinformation regarding grain foods, and to develop a crisis communications plan and appropriate reserves to enable prompt industry response to neutralize such attacks.
Wheat Foods Council (WFC). As a member of WFC, NAMA collaborates with wheat producers to promote wheat-based foods. In 2012 NAMA was a WFC volunteer at the 2012 Commodity Classic, the largest gathering of producers in the country. NAMA also joined WFC, the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates on Capitol Hill to advocate for wheat research.
Wheat Innovation Alliance (WIA). WIA was formed to gain market acceptance of biotech wheat and is a collaborative effort between NAMA, the National Association of Wheat Growers, the American Bakers Association, U.S. Wheat Associates and technology providers. Much of the WIA work this year was to develop a governance structure and a communication plan.
Corn Dry Milling Conference. For more than 50 years NAMA and theNationalCenter for Agricultural Utilization Research have co-sponsored a scientific conference featuring the latest advances in corn dry milling, product testing technologies, and corn production technologies.
“I value the long cooperation between the Center and the Millers’ organization.” Corn Dry Milling Conference Chair Robert Harper, Hopkinsville Milling Company
“Research is key to millers’ continued access to quality grain and to optimizing mill operations. As advocates of public/private research partnerships, we are proud to say we have been partnering with NCAUR to sponsor this research conference since 1959.” NAMA President Mary Waters