As we plan for the future of the IGP Institute, we look ahead to what we are and what we want to accomplish.
IGP was established as the International Grains Institute in 1978, modeled after the Canadian International Grains Institute. As a result, some of our stakeholders felt that the names were conflicting. This led to the International Grains Institute becoming the International Grains Program.
When you think of an institute, you usually think of a multifaceted program that has a research component, an outreach component and an academic component. When we look at the direction our program is going, we believe we are by definition, an institute.
We look to re-brand ourselves and rename ourselves as the IGP Institute to reflect the three facets of our initiatives and our curricula. We have always had industry outreach and international outreach. That has been the foundation that we have built ourselves on. We’re working to further the mission of Kansas producers and producers from neighboring states by expanding the scope of what we offer.
Under the leadership of Dirk Maier, US-AID awarded Kansas State University the Post Harvest Loss Innovation Lab (PHL). The PHL, administered through the IGP Institute, is a strategic and applied research and education program aimed at providing global leadership in food security by reducing post-harvest loss and food waste of durable staple crops and their processed value-added products.
We continue to innovate and add value to our institution by combining our on-site courses and our distance education curriculum into a comprehensive training program. This gives our participants a breadth of knowledge for professional development that benefits the industry.
The credentialing program that we have established, although not for university credit, is an academic program that has been endorsed by the industry and represents a training curriculum that is rigorous and structured. We offer continuing education units or CEUs as part of those credentials. When we evaluate where we are as an institute, we meet the three requirements or the three expectations of an institute.
Our mission and purpose here at the IGP Institute has not changed. We want to deliver the best programming to promote the exportation and utilization of U.S. wheat, corn, soybeans and grain sorghum around the world.