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University’s “Ancient Grains” Project Hopes To Build A Niche Industry

December 30, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The mission of the First Grains project at the University of Wyoming is to not only successfully cultivate ancient grains but to make a profitable, sustainable niche industry with them. Emmer, einkorn, and spelt – considered "ancient grains" or "first grains" – were some of the earliest domesticated cereal crops, grown over 10,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia during the first agricultural revolution. The project is growing the grains under dryland and irrigated conditions, using no-till, conventional, organic, and non-organic methods to determine which conditions result in the best yields. The biggest obstacle, though, is the additional step – de-hulling – required after harvesting the grains. A de-huller machine solved the problem, and now “the project can start building the niche industry and take the first steps toward privatization," a project leader said, including exploring potential products and markets.[Image Credit: © Manfred Richter from PIxabay]
Kamie Stephen, "Finding a niche market for ancient grains", The Grand Island Independent (Nebraska), December 30, 2019, © BH Media Group, Inc.
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