Charles Hurburgh


Dr. Charles R. Hurburgh, Charlie to most everyone, is a native Iowan from Rockwell City (Iowa, USA). He continues to operate the family farm, and is a Professor of Agricultural Engineering at Iowa State University. He has BS, MS, and doctorate degrees from Iowa State, and specializes in quality management systems with related traceability, rapid measurement and sensor technologies.   He is the author of more than 250 technical and general articles on grain quality, measurement science and grain marketing. Dr. Hurburgh manages the ISU Grain Quality Research Laboratory and the Extension-based Iowa Grain Quality Initiative. His near infrared analysis research program currently involves 22 makes and models of instruments.

Dr. Hurburgh serves on several advisory and editorial committees related to quality management standards and food safety regulations. His Extension group was asked by the FDA to create training materials for food safety inspections of bulk grain and grain processing facilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act.  He serves on the training and editorial committee for FDA in it application of the food safety modernization act to animal food facilities.  Dr. Hurburgh is a Lead Trainer for the FDA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual certification program.  As a member of the AACCI food safety task force, he co-authored the recent AACC publication User’s Guide to ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System for the Grain Handling, Processing, Milling, and Baking Industries.

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