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The Cereal Grain Café with Iowa State Professor Kurt Rosentrater

In this week's North American Ag Spotlight Chrissy Wozniak talks with Iowa State Professor Kurt Rosentrater, who has a passion for the past present and future of cereal grains. He expresses his interest in how grain has shaped our modern world, how science as managed to open new doors to the use of grain, and how his students inspire him every day. He also talks about why he started his podcast, The Cereal Grain Cafe and how he'd like to use it to reach consumers at every level.

Kurt Rosentrater is a teacher, researcher, scientist, engineer, and author. He is a multi-disciplinary creator whose work encompasses grains, foods, biofuels, beverage alcohols, and sustainable approaches to agricultural systems. He grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Iowa, and has worked with the grain processing industries for over 30 years.

Since 1905, Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural Engineering (the first in the world), now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

More about Kurt can be found on his webpage: The Cereal Grain Cafe


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