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Wyoming Project Plans To Build An Industry Around Two Ancient Grains

March 7, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The goal of the First-Grains Project at the University of Wyoming is to diversify the state’s agricultural sector – and hopefully build a profitable industry – by growing some ancient wheat strains and encouraging Wyoming brewers and bakers to use them in their products. The focus is on spelt and emmer, two wheat varieties that have been cultivated by humans for more than 12,000 years. It’s been a complicated endeavor because the grains still have their hull when threshed, so they have to be dehulled by a special machine before processing. They had to get one of the rare machines from Europe, and they had to find an appropriate pesticide. But the First-Grains project is rolling along. It recently trademarked the name "Neolithic Brand" to highlight the history of its product. The project plans to build a mill in Powell, Wyoming, where the labor and technical expertise to process it are available.[Image Credit: © Manfred Richter from Pixabay]
"Project reintroduces ancient grains", The Branding Iron: University of Wyoming, March 07, 2019, © The Branding Iron Online
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