Providing a foundation on which professionals gain practical training and learn about the fundamentals of grain procurement and trading is one of the objectives of the upcoming International Grains Program grain purchasing short course planned for April 16–27 at the International Grains Program Conference Center at Kansas State University.


Participants will hear from a diverse group of presenters who represent both academia and industry, including Jay O'Neil, course coordinator and senior agricultural economist for the program; Alan Brugler, private marking consultant; Leland McKinney, grain science professor; Carl Reed, grain science professor emeritus; and Kantha Lakshmikantha, grain science professor. During the first week participants will focus on the basic fundamentals of grain purchasing and then shift that focus toward grain trading and hedging to finish out the second week.