(Posted Wed. Nov 30th, 2011)

cutcNov. 30: The National Corn Growers Association announced the sessions to be featured at the 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference. The biennual event will be held June 4-6 in Indianapolis. With a theme of “Back to the Grind,” CUTC will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the corn industry.


“We are proud of CUTC’s position as the premier corn technology conference in the United States and of the many learning opportunities that we will offer,” said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair DeVonna Zeug. “The conference offers much more -- including incredibly important networking opportunities. By exchanging ideas with people who have common interests, we create the hybrid of new technology and new ideas.”


The 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference will debut a third tier of presentation options offering participants the opportunity to hear the latest on mycotoxin research. The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence continues to emphasize the importance of developing methods to mitigate and control mycotoxin development in all phases of production and processing.


The conference sessions will include:


Enzymatic Technology, chaired by Dr. Vijay Singh of the University of Illinois


Advanced Biofuels, chaired by Dr. Charles Abbas of ADM


Biorefinery I, chaired by Dr. Dennis Miller of Michigan State University


Biorefinery II, chaired by Dr. Joe Rich of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


New Uses in Starch, chaired by Grain Processing Corp. Vice President of Research and Development Jeff Underwood


Corn Genetics and Biotechnology, chaired by Dr. Mitch Tuinstra of Purdue University New Processing Technology, chaired by Dr. Gene Fox of Cargill;


New Products from Dry Grinding, chaired by Dr. David Johnson of the USDA Biopolymers, chaired by Dr. Jay-lin Jane of Iowa State University


Water Usage, chaired by Agricultural Utilization Research Institute Sr. Director of Innovation Jennifer Wagner-Lahr


Government Regulations and Standards, chaired by NCGA Past President Fred Yoder Economics of the Carbohydrate Economy, chaired by NCGA Vice President of Utilization and Development Paul Bertels.


The conference has been increasingly recognized as an important industry networking event. Attendees will have 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 once again provide an ideal forum to showcase the latest research and provide students with a challenging poster competition.


CUTC will be held at the Westin Indianapolis Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Visit for updates as additional information becomes available.