In today’s show we welcome Dr. Charles Hurburgh. Charlie manages the Iowa State Grain Quality Research Laboratory and the extension-based Iowa Grain Quality Initiative that’s focused on grain handling, grain processing, grain distribution.
Charlie is a native Iowan and continues to operate the family farm. He has a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degree from Iowa State, and specializes in quality management systems with related traceability, measurement, and sensor technologies. He has been a GEAPS member since 1983 and was elected in 2022 as a GEAPS International Board Director.
He serves on several key advisory and editorial committees related to quality management standards and food safety regulations. Most recently his extension group was asked by the FDA to create training materials for inspections of bulk grain and grain processing facilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
He is the author of more than 250 technical and general articles on grain quality, measurement science, and grain marketing.
We discuss a number of topics including:
- Grain quality
- Annual crop quality and crop storage reports
- Culture change within the grain handling and processing industry
- FDA and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)