Annual AOM conference, trade show focuses on good milling practices

by Stormy Wylie
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Good milling practices will be the focus of the Association of Operative Millers' 105th annual technical conference and trade show May 19-23 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

The conference is expected to draw nearly 1,000 delegates from 42 countries.

Harvey McCray, AOM executive vice-president, said the event is like "old home" week for many millers who have been coming to the event for years.

"It's a chance for them to see people they may have worked with or went to school with and talk to each other about their favorite subject — grain processing," McCray said.

The conference combines four days of educational sessions with a trade show and plenty of social activities.

The opening day of the conference, May 19, will include the Latin American Technical Session, which is the annual meeting of AOM's Latin American District. All of the presentations will be given in Spanish.

The main 2001 AOM Technical Program begins at 8 a.m. May 20 with the "What's New?" program. This popular segment describes products and services developed for the milling industry in the past year (see page 38).

The Trade Show opens at 11 a.m. May 20 and will continue May 21 and 22. Nearly 200 booth spaces have been reserved by a variety of companies that service and supply the grain processing industry (see map on page 36).

The mainline technical program begins at 8 a.m. May 21 with a breakfast and scheduled keynote speech by R. Bryce Seidl, president and chief executive officer of Fisher Mills, Inc., Seattle, Washington.

The technical sessions on May 21 and 22 will feature a "nice balance of topics that are current and of interest and concern to the milling industry," according to Paul W. Brennan, director of safety and quality systems, Dover Mills, Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and chairman of the AOM conference program committee.

Topics for the educational sessions typically center around milling management, food protection and flour technology and quality assurance, he said.

Sessions and speakers on May 21 include "The Discipline of Flour Milling," Robert G. Reid, Mennel Milling Co., Fostoria, Ohio, U.S.; "GMO Grains: Impact, Opportunities and Risks in Mill Management," AOM Food Protection Committee; "Phosphine: Labeling Requirements for Use and Handling," Robert Richardson, General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.; "Integrated Pest Management: Alternatives and Impact of Recent Chemical Registrations," Jerry Heaps, Pillsbury, Minneapolis.

Afternoon sessions include "Online NIR Technology," Arnold Eilert or Ralph Ottensmeyer, Bran+Luebbe, Inc., Buffalo Grove, Illinois, U.S.; "Processing and Milling of Rice," M.J. Shutt, Riceland Foods, Inc., Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.; "Employee Retention for the 21st Century," featuring a panel of speakers from various milling companies.

Technical sessions on May 22 include "Best Practice in Flour Milling," Gerry Falvey, Rank Hovis Ltd., Atlantic Mills, Barry, Wales, U.K.; "Personnel Shift Survey," Jim Doyle, King Milling Co., Lowell, Michigan, U.S.; "Control of Microorganisms in Wheat Tempering," Glenn Bondurant, IMIX International, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.; "Wheat Millfeeds Test Project Summary," Rolando Flores, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.; "Grain Storage Management," Raymond Lottie, General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis.

Afternoon sessions include "Building Quality Noodle Flour from Mill Streams," Gary Guoquan Hou, Asian Foods, Portland, Oregon, U.S.; "Starch Damage," John Bunn, Australian Wheat Board, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; "Purifier Study," Jeff Gwirtz, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.; "New Mill Construction: ConAgra Flour Milling, Commerce City, Colorado, U.S.," James D. Pegues, ConAgra Grain Processing, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Brennan said the AOM program committee has worked all year to develop an interesting, topical technical program. "We look to see if can get something of interest coming down the pike that gives everybody the opportunity to develop an awareness of what is around the corner," he said.

The conference will conclude with the 105th annual banquet at 7 p.m. May 22. AOM president Kendall McFall, Fisher Mills, Inc., Seattle, Washington, U.S., will introduce the new AOM president for 2001-2002, Brad Hover, ConAgra, Omaha.

Charles Sosland, president and chief executive officer of Sosland Publishing Co., Kansas City, Missouri, U.S., also will present the annual "Milling Operative of the Year" award.

Several receptions are planned over the 4-day event, including the Early Bird reception May 18, sponsored by the AOM board of directors; the Buhler reception May 19, sponsored by Buhler Inc., Minneapolis, and Buhler (Canada) Ltd., Markham, Ontario, Canada; the Latin America reception May 21, sponsored by a number of supplier companies; and the President's reception and Satake reception May 22, sponsored, respectively, by Sefar America, H.R. Williams Division, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S., and Satake (USA) Inc., Houston, Texas, U.S. and Satake (Canada) Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

An allied trades-sponsored event, "Monte Carlo Nights," is planned May 20. A post-conference golf tournament and post-conference tour of Dawn Food Products, Inc., Louisville, will begin at 7:30 a.m. May 23.

For registration information, contact the AOM office in Leawood, Kansas, U.S., at (913) 338-3377 or by e-mail at