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FEATURE: BAY STATE FOCUSING ON HEALTH, WELLNESS
portunities in health and wellness, Levangie said Bay
State is looking at what the company does as millers at
the most fundamental level.
"We express the intrinsic value of a seed," he said.
"That's what we do. We process it so that it becomes
more functional, more edible. But the real magic always
starts in that seed, and so we have become much more
interested in taking more responsibility for the seeds that
are actually producing the grain that we mill."
2015 launched a small seed business, Fifth Generation
Seed, based in Yuma, Arizona, U.S. (about 175 miles
Fifth Generation focuses on the development of
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"We're learning a lot about wheat breeding - what's
possible, what's not possible," Levangie said. "We're
(IIRUWVRYHUWKHODVW\HDUVDURXQGLQQRYDWLRQLQÀRXU trying to use that to address all sorts of issues, better
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Acknowledging the milling industry has a long history then arguably more nutritious wheat. We have used a
of working with breeders, Levangie said Bay State has few varieties internally for wheat blending to improve
become "more intentional" in seeking desirable attri- best-cost quality, but it will be years before we see big
butes in wheat varieties.
"The industry is much more focused on that, too,
A more recent wheat milling initiative, also highly
which is great," he said.
innovative, appears to promise a shorter timeline to
Bay State has acquired germplasm it hopes will lead commercialization.
to the development of promising wheat varieties and in
The company in 2017 said it was joining forces
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