The IGQI primary Extension program area is Corn and Soybean Production, Protection, Storage and Distribution. However, the IGQI impacts several other program areas as well:
Farm and Business Management
Iowa Beef Industry Center
Iowa Pork Industry Center
The IGQI is providing training and leadership for response to major grain market issues as suggested in recent Cooperative Extension planning focus groups and workshops.
Quality Control Projects
The quality control projects address issues of analytical measurements and the application of broader quality management systems to grain distribution. Three projects are measurement or analytics and two are applications of quality management systems principles. The quality control projects will also create a larger vision analysis of quality management systems, with embedded traceability, and their role in supply chains for grain or grain based products. The carbon footprint of grain distribution arose from the advisory committee discussion; it is another use of a process mapped traceability chain.
Collectively the bioprocess projects address several of the major questions raised about grain-based biofuel production. New animal feeding methods, increased grain yields per acre and preprocessing of corn before fermentation have the potential to provide feedstuffs for all livestock species, generate a surplus of key nutrients, and reduce the drying/handling and quantity of less valuable distillers grains fractions. In addition to the outputs of the specific projects, it is our intent to pool information into a white-paper analysis offering a fresh scientific viewscientific view of the long term sustainability of grain-based biofuels.
The IGQI is a multidisciplinary team that brings constructive solutions and balance to these often conflicting forces. The goal is a growing bioeconomy that does not expand one sector (e.g. energy) at the expense of another (e.g. animal production). This will require a steadily improving response to the inevitable natural and induced external problems (e.g. aflatoxin, bio-terrorism, pharmacrops, and incompletely approved GM events) without major disruption.