May 2021 Virtual Luncheon

Programming Committee

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Please join us as part of the MN-IFT Silent Auction for an enlightening lunchtime webinar presented by AURI (Agricultural Utilization Research Institute) discussing the Developments in the Wheat Industry: Tackling Wheat Digestibility

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Developments in the Wheat Industry: Tackling Wheat Digestibility

Photo Credit: Rolf Hagberg

There is a growing understanding that wheat digestibility issues may not be caused solely by gluten sensitivity but are also related to the presence of Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols (FODMAPs) and Amylase Trypsin Inhibitors (ATIs).

Research is underway to investigate options to reduce wheat digestibility concerns by 1) identifying naturally occurring low anti-nutrient elements in specific Minnesota wheat varieties for breeding purposes and 2) exploring fermentation as a processing technique to reduce FODMAPs and ATIs in wheat food products. Research indicates that “anti-nutrients,” such as ATIs, and fructans (a component of FODMAPs) in wheat are triggers of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For individuals with wheat sensitivity, less reactive wheat products can increase quality of life while allowing them to enjoy the health benefits of wheat products. This research could make a meaningful impact on the industry overall—from the farmer and the bread processor to the consumer.

Please join the Minnesota section of IFT and the Agricultural Utilization Research at the MN IFT Silent Auction on May 19, 2021 from 12:00pm – 1:15pm for a virtual panel discussion with University of Minnesota researchers Dr. George Annor and Dr. James Anderson along with food entrepreneur Brian LaPlante of Back When Foods, Inc. to discuss findings to date in this multi-year research project funded through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Grant and in collaboration with the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council.

2021 MNIFT Online Silent Auction - Raising Funds for Scholarships

This has been an unprecedented year but we are not letting it get us down!

One way to not let the past year get us down is to band together to help our students in their quest for learning! The annual MNIFT Silent Auction is our main event for raising funds for scholarships. Our scholarship goal for 2021 is $5,000.

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This meeting is free for everyone with an optional donation. Reservations are due by Wednesday, May 19th at 11:00 AM. If you have additional questions or need to cancel, please email Lisa Povolny at

NOTE: Everyone needs to register.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

12:00 - 1:15 PM Presentation by AURI (Agricultural Utilization Research Institute)
May 18: 8:00 AM - May 19: 8:00 PM Online Silent Auction


This meeting is free for everyone with an optional donation.
Reservations must be made by Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Register Now