Welcome to the Champaign County Sustainability Network (CCNet). CCNet is an organization focused on convening Champaign County in discussions about the broad topic of sustainability and the opportunities we might uncover as we work to become a more sustainable community. We meet monthly at the same time and place and at each meeting we will learn about a specific topic, with time for discussion. Over time, we'll cover the range of sustainability topics. We'll host special events, as needed, on topics or at locations of interest to the group and community. Come learn more about us and about sustainability in our community.
Noon, Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Value Added Proposition for Food Grade and Specialty Grains
Clarkson Grain Company
The Value Added Proposition for Food Grade and Specialty Grains including Organics: Opportunities for Farmers, Distributors, and Processors.
Wyatt Muse is the merchant from Clarkson Grain who specializes in specialty and organic commodities. The discussion will focus on the issues around production, supply, demand and distribution of specialty and organic commodities and how it is changing over the next few years.
Identity Preserved (IP) grains are contracted for specific uses including food grade, animal feed, and industrial uses. Variety specific production can result in higher margins for farmers as well as improved process efficiency for end users. Central Illinois is a hotbed of IP production due to the rich soil and proximity to markets via railroads, river system, and container exports.
Economic Development Corporation
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite
Champaign, IL 61820
Note: This month is a bring your own lunch event.
CCNet will foster collaboration around leadership opportunities for Champaign County. The current topic that creates an opportunity for competitive differentiation is sustainability. This opportunity enables us to attract and retain innovative ideas, products and people, and it will attract external financial resources in the form of federal funds, research dollars and new corporate investments.