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Research Project: Evaluation of Laboratory Scale Rice Milling

Location: Healthy Processed Foods Research

Project Number: 2030-41000-064-22-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2017
End Date: May 31, 2019

Objective:
The overall goal of this project is to evaluate whether the official Federal Grain Inspection Service laboratory mill and procedures provide comparable results to current commercial milling operations on conventional and hybrid varieties for all three rice types (long, medium and short grains).

Approach:
This research will be conducted to obtain sufficient data from replications. It will focus on comparing the results of laboratory milling & commercial milling environments and on replication and, if authorized by Federal Grain Inspection Service, improvement and optimization of laboratory milling procedures to more closely align Grainman milling performance with that of commercial mills. Sample sources and suppliers will be identified through a joint effort of the project investigators and the Federal Grain Inspection Service team. Six major factors will be evaluated for comparing the milling results of laboratory milling and commercial milling environments. They are: • Rice types (long, medium, short grains) • Rice cultivars (conventional, hybrid cultivars) • Cultivation region (one west and two south regions) • Milling time (spring, summer, autumn, winter) • Milling site (location or milling environment) • Mill characteristics (across multiple commercial milling systems)