(Posted Tue. Jun 3rd, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association opened the 2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference last night in Louisville, Ky. The biennial conference will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the corn industry during a series of technical sessions over the next two days.
NCGA President Martin Barbre welcomed attendees to the conference and introduced keynote speaker Kristin Meadors of the Kentucky Distillers Association. Following Meadors fascinating talk on one of Kentucky’s unique corn uses, bourbon production, participants enjoyed the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and a networking reception.
“There is already a great buzz about the conference as researchers, academics and industry gather to share innovations and explore ways in which they can work together,” said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair Tom Mueller. “The agenda over the next few days will offer a series of fascinating sessions that highlight cutting-edge technology and explore the future of the industry. With healthy attendance, particularly from the international community, CUTC is sure to yield results which will benefit farmers for years to come.”
Today, the conference features sessions on: biopolymers; grain quality and mycotoxin; nutraceuticals; new technologies which will improve profitability and productivity in the production of ethanol; integrated biorefineries; new processing technology and products from dry and wet mills; and products from biorefineries. Tomorrow, session offerings will include: genetics and biotechnology; new uses of starch; enzyme technology and resistant starch and nutrition. CUTC will conclude with the presentation of awards for the Gary Lamie Graduate Student Poster Competition.
Increasingly recognized as an important industry networking event, CUTC offers attendees the chance to meet hundreds of valuable business contacts, identify potential new customers and learn how new technologies will enhance the value of corn. CUTC poster presentations will again provide an ideal showcase for the latest research and present students with a challenging competition.