KANSAS CITY — Nominations are being accepted until March 31 for the 2011 “Milling Operative of the Year” award, which recognizes excellent performance by a miller. Established in 1986 by Milling & Baking News, the award will be presented in May to the practicing milling operative who has made the most significant contribution to the progress of a plant, a company and the industry from an operating point of view.

The 26th annual “Milling Operative of the Year” award will be presented on May 5 at the annual banquet of the 115th annual technical conference and trade show of the International Association of Operative Millers, May 2-6 in San Antonio. The winner will receive an inscribed plaque, and a scholarship will be established in the winner’s name at Kansas State University at Manhattan.

Selection of the winner will be made by the staff of Milling & Baking News. Emil Kolb of Cargill received the award in 2010.

Nominations should be submitted by March 31 in a summary of not more than two pages to: Eric Schroeder, Managing Editor, Milling & Baking News, 4800 Main St., Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo. 64112; fax: (816) 756-0494; e-mail: eschroeder@sosland.com .