(Posted Fri. Dec 21st, 2012)

Dec. 21: Updates to research preventing health hazards and economic losses from aflatoxin, will be presented to the public Feb. 26, 2013, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence (AMCOE) and the National Corn Growers Association’s Mycotoxin Task Force, a subcommittee of the organization’s Production and Stewardship Action Team will host the meeting. Corn producer organizations from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas currently participate in this collaborative initiative.

“The heavy impact of the 2012 growing season’s heat, drought and high humidity, has increased the likelihood of grain being tested for the presence of aflatoxin,” said Charles Ring AMCOE steering committee chair. “Farmers want to know what work is being done to alleviate the potential of significant losses due to this toxin. The Mycotoxin Task Force felt that Commodity Classic’s popularity presented a great opportunity to reach a wide range of growers and industry representatives interested in this research.”

The report on this important research will include updates from the seven research studies funded by AMCOE taking place at the University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M and North Carolina University. Topics include understanding control and management of aflatoxin contamination, improvements in aflatoxin resistance, breeding and testing for aflatoxin resistance, and the use of smectitic clays to reduce aflatoxin toxicity.

For additional information, contact Max Starbuck at or 636.733-9004.