Siemer Milling Co. donates $1M for wheat production initiatives
Siemer Milling Company is making a donation of $1 million to the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence to support initiatives to improve grain quality and agronomic productivity of wheat grown in the heart of it’s business footprint.
The new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence will be located at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, Ky., just 40 miles from Siemer’s Hopkinsville, Ky., mill that primarily processes wheat supplied by local area growers.
Siemer Milling Company, a 136-year-old family and employee-owned company, also operates wheat flour mills in Teutopolis, Ill., and West Harrison.
“When the University of Kentucky officials showed me their plans and vision for the Grain and Forage Center and I shared it with our board of directors, they said it sounded like a great idea. A strong relationship with our grower-partners is one of the most important things to our business. Our team is proud to support initiatives that could improve wheat cultivation and growing techniques,” said Rick Siemer, President of Siemer Milling Company.
The gift will be given in five annual installments of $200,000 to support the Siemer Milling Company Wheat Production Program Fund. The fund will be used for programming, equipment, outreach, and faculty and student support for the soon-to-be-built Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.
A conference center in the building will also be named Siemer Milling Company Conference Center.
Siemer Milling Company is engaged in the creation of grain-based foods that are wholesome, nutritious, and satisfy consumer needs. Its primary product is wheat flour milled to different specifications for the making of such foods as cookies, crackers, cakes, pretzels, batters and breadings, bread and biscuits.
The company purchases more than 25 million bushels of locally grown wheat and produces 750,000 tons of processed wheat products annually.