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2024 Milling & Baking Division Spring Technical Conference

​What's Old is New Again

Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. | April 10-11, 2024

The Cereals & Grains Association Milling & Baking Division looks forward to welcoming current and prospective division members at its 2024 Spring Technical Conference, to be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A., April 10-11, 2024.

The meeting will bring together persons in the fields of milling and baking to provide a forum for discussions, reviews, and information sharing. Join us for two days of programming carefully designed to inform participants of new technologies, the marketplace and how it’s changing, general market outlook, regulatory changes, advances in foo​d safety, and much more!

Attendees will:

  • Obtain the latest perspectives in government research and regulations
  • Discover new philosophies in bakery formulation and food safety
  • Identify future research, regulatory, and communication opportunities
  • Connect with milling and baking colleagues to foster innovation and collaboration


Wednesday, April 10

8:30-8:45 amWelcome & Opening RemarksCarter Wands, Milling & Baking Division Chair
8:45-9:00 amUpdate on Cereals & Grains AssociationJennifer Robinson, Cereals & Grains Association President
9:00-9:45 amIssues Facing the Milling IndustryMolly Miller, VP Regulatory and Technical Affairs, North American Millers’ Association
9:45-10:30 amDevelopment of Extra Soft Wheat Germplasms and Their Milling and Baking Quality — Dr. Byung-Kee Baik, Research Leader & SWQL Director, USDA-ARS-CSWQRU
10:30-10:50 amBreak
11:00 am-12:15 pmABA Regulatory Landscape Update: Food Safety, Food Labeling, Nutrition, and Issues Facing BakersRasma Zvaners, Vice President, Government Relations, American Bakers Association
12:30-1:30 pmLunch/Business Meeting
1:30-2:20 pmUtilizing Scoping Reviews to Identify Gaps and Shape Future Research DirectionsDr. Emily Klarquist, USDA-ARS Western Wheat Quality Lab
2:30-3:00 pmBenefits of Using AACC Approved Methods as Basis for Laboratory Testing — Dr. M. Hikmet Boyacioglu, Applications Development Specialist at KPM Analytics
3:00-3:50 pmBreak
3:50-4:30 pmFermentation Flavors and the Science Behind ThemDavid Reyes Delgado, IFF
4:30-5:30 pmIndustry Roundtable: Perspectives on Changes in Laboratory Methods and EquipmentPanelists from milling, ingredient companies, bakeries, equipment manufacturers, and more

Thursday, April 11

8:30-9:15 amWheat QualityDave Green, Wheat Quality Council
9:15-10:00 amRediscovering Nutritional Treasure in Grain Through Upcycling: An Enabler to Accessible Nutrition and Supply Chain SecurityDr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation Ninja
10:00-10:15 amBreak
10:15-11:00 amProposed New Method for PDCAAS Determination (Virtual Session) — Dave Plank
11:00-11:45amAdvancements in Rice Milling and Upcycling Byproduct from the Milling StreamsDr. Griffiths G. Atungulu, Associate Professor & Agricultural Engineer & Director, University of Arkansas Rice Processing Program
12:00 pmAdjourn
12:00-5:00 pmOptional Field Trips to visit Ardent Mills and Miller Milling facilities in nearby Saginaw, TX. Prepared boxed lunches from the hotel will be available for taking along. Group to meet in hotel lobby to divide into cars.

Agenda is subject to change.

Registration Rates​

Registration Includes​: 1 Lunch, 3 Breaks, 1 Reception and 2 Facility Tours


By March 6
Starting March 7
Student Member Registration*

*Undergraduate and Graduate students who need assistance in paying the registration fee can send an email by April 1, 2024, with the following information to cerealsgrainsmeetings@scisoc.org:

  • ​Name and contact information
  • University, Year and Major

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests for the course MUST be made in writing and received by Cereals & Grains Association no later than March 11, 2024. Cancellations received by this date will be issued a refund equal to the registration fee less a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after March 11, 2024, are NOT subject to a credit or refund.

Cereals & Grains Association reserves the right to cancel this event if a sufficient number of registrations are not received by March 11, 2024. If the association cancels this event, your registration fee will be refunded in full. In the event the association cancels this meeting, the association is not liable for nonrefundable airfares or ticket change penalties imposed by the airlines. By registering for this event, you agree to the cancellation and refund terms and conditions.

Hotel & Meeting Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
600 Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Discounted Room Rates as low as $199/night* are available until March 19, 2024, or until the room block is filled.
*This rate does not include any applicable taxes and fees​

Book your room online or contact the hotel at +1 (817) 332-6900 and mention the Milling & Baking Spring Technical Conference to get the discounted rate.

Note: If you would like to extend your stay outside of the nights of April 9 and 10, you must contact the hotel at +1 (817) 332-6900 to book additional nights at the standard rate. Reference the Milling & Baking Technical Conference when you call. The hotel representatives can also assist with any availability issues you experience when booking online.

Group Dates

Arrive: Tuesday, April 9, 202​4
Depart: Thursday, April 11, 2024

The discounted room rate is available until March 19, 2024 or until the room block fills up, whichever comes first. Rooms and/or discounted rates may not be available after March 19,​ 2024.

Hotel Disclaimer

There is one official contracted hotel for the Milling & Baking Division Spring Technical Conference: Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Midtown. Booking a room at a contracted hotel under the official room block benefits you and supports the association. When you "book within the block," you help keep the meeting registration fees lower, you help us secure future meeting sites and you enable us to provide important features that participants have come to enjoy. Please book responsibly.

Hotel Booking Scam

Please book your hotel only through the link listed above. DO NOT book through outside agents claiming to represent Cereals & Grains Association or the Milling & Baking Division. There are no third-party companies authorized by us to book your hotel accommodations. These companies may be offering hotel rates that are above/below the discounted rates published above. No one can book hotel rooms at rates lower than our contracted rates over conference dates at our designated hotels.

These organizations may ask for full payment up front. Please also be advised that once you sign any agreements (i.e., credit card authorization forms), we cannot guarantee that you will get your money back. Be aware that reservations booked through these companies may not be honored by the contracted hotels and we will not guarantee these reservations.

Sponsor the 2024 Spring Technical Conference

Put your company front-and-center in the milling and baking community this spring. Contact us to learn more, or select a sponsorship option when you register.

  • Platinum Level: $2000
  • Gold Level: $1500
  • Silver Level: $1000
  • Bronze Level: $500