New technologies for wet milling were explored during the Corn Utilization Technology Conference this week in St. Louis. Chuck Zimmerman interviewed each of the panel members who gave an outline of their topic.
Brent Shanks with Iowa State University covered the conversion of biomes and bio-based carbon into chemicals and materials and the paradigm of how to go after those products.
Kevin Coffman, part of the market development in ag environmental strategy group at Monsanto, addressed corn in the pipeline be it traded material for an ethanol plant or any other food grade type of opportunity for the market for corn producers. Most importantly, Coffman said, was the idea that a low carbon agriculture product like ethanol might be the fuel of the future.
John White, Ph.D. at White Technical Research works as a consultant to the food and beverage industry in the area of sweeteners. The milling process of corn can produce a wide range of sweeteners, he explained, including new ones being designed for today’s demands.
Raghunath V. Chaudhari, Ph.D. works at the University of Kansas in the area of converting biomes to chemical with the use of a catalyst. He explained how new catalytic materials can change our use of current technologies to create something better.
Chairman and panel moderator Tom Binder says he hopes CUTC attendees went home with a better idea of future new uses for corn, in wet milling and otherwise.
Listen to Chuck’s full interview with the panel here: Interview with CUTC Wet Milling Technologies Panel