05-07-18 The Third International Symposium on Broomcorn Millet is coming to Ft Collins, CO

The Third International Symposium on Broomcorn Millet is coming to Ft Collins, CO this August

Marriot Inn, Fort Collins, CO, USA
August 8-12, 2018

The 3rd International Symposium on Broomcorn Millet (ISBM) organized by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Colorado State University (CSU) will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA in August 8 to 12, 2018 (https://go.unl.edu/millet2018). The symposium will also include minor crops similar to proso millet (foxtail millet, pearl millet, finger millet, and tef), which are grown in the USA on a very small scale.
Broomcorn millet (aka. proso millet, common millet, millet, hog millet) is one of the ancient crops that originated in China. Countries with significant production are China, Russia, USA, Ukraine, India, Slovenia, and Korea. In the USA, three states, Colorado (~50%), Nebraska (~25%), and South Dakota (~20%) grow ~95% of the US proso millet.

It is tolerant to drought and infertile conditions, and also adapted to many adverse environments. This is due to the short growing season it requires, and because it needs very little water and little synthetic fertilizer to get a decent yield. This is a perfect crop for a changing climate. Broomcorn millet is richer in nutrients than most other major cereal crops. It is a source of starchy grain and has a low glycemic index, high
fiber, and essential minerals and, is gluten free. Broomcorn millet is not only climate-friendly but good for human health as well. It is a common food ingredient in many Asian countries; however in the US, it is mostly used as bird feed, not human food.

In order to promote development of the broomcorn millet in the world, strengthen exchanges and cooperation in scientific research among the countries with significant broomcorn millet industry, and increase socio-economic development, the International Association on Broomcorn Millet was established. It was decided to convene the International Symposium on Broomcorn Millet (ISBM) every two years. The 1st and 2nd were held in China and South Korea, respectively.

The symposium will include academic exchanges, products displayed from all over the world, and other activities for participants. Representatives from broomcorn millet growing countries in Asia, North America, Europe, and other countries are expected to participate in the symposium.

Scientists and entrepreneurs from all over the world will work together to exchange the latest academic and industrial development about broomcorn millet, and discuss the future trends of broomcorn millet development to promote the research and production of broomcorn millet across the world.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we invite scientists, industry personnel, and
stakeholders working in broomcorn/proso millet from anywhere in the world to participate in the 3rd International Symposium on Broomcorn Millet (3rd ISBM) and join the International Association on Broomcorn Millet, so that we can work together to enhance the research, production, and marketing of broomcorn millet. The symposium will include presentations on foxtail millet, pearl millet, finger millet, and tef, similar to proso millet and grown in the USA on very small scale. Therefore, the participants will learn about these minor millet-like crops of the USA. The symposium includes a field tour visiting a commercial proso millet production farm in
Colorado and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln dryland research station at Sidney, NE (https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/panhandle/hpal/). In addition to indoor presentations, the participants will have an opportunity to gain knowledge about proso millet research trials in the university’s field research farm and commercial production on a farmer’s field.

The city of Fort Collins, Colorado (https://www.fcgov.com/) is ~100 km from Denver
International Airport (https://www.flydenver.com/) and is well connected to the city by air-port shuttle (https://greenrideco.com/). The town is home of the state’s agricultural university (https://www.colostate.edu/) and ~250 km from the University of Nebraska’s satellite campus, Panhandle Research and Extension Center (https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/panhandle/) located at Scottsbluff, Nebraska (http://www.scottsbluff.org/). Major proso millet commercial
production farms in both the states of Colorado and Nebraska are located within 100-400 km.