Generous donation for Mark Cornwell memorial fund

A campaign to raise money in memory of former colleague Mark Cornwell has received a major cash injection from Tapco Inc.

Mark “Cornman” Cornwell was a long-time associate of the grain and milling industry and having spent many years with World Grain helping build a leading industry magazine he then went on to partner with Perendale Publishers in 2014 to work on Milling and Grain magazine.

He died unexpectedly at his home on 11th September 2017 in Leawood Kansas at the age of 61.

His death left a great big hole in the grain and milling community and it set about fundraising to pay for scholarships.

Milling4Life (M4L) charity engaged with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) foundation, the Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER) to establish the scholarships in perpetuity in Mark’s name.

The scholarships will support students wishing to study feed manufacturing via a variety of learning institution throughout the USA, and Kansas State University course offerings in grain sciences, grain handling and processing which is one of the prominent institutions for scholarship recipients.

A donation of £5,000 from Roger Gilbert of Perendale Publishers Ltd kicked off the fundraising and now Tapco has generously donated £5,000 to the fund.

Paul Taylor of Tapco said: “Here at Tapco Inc. we have built a long, strong relationship with Mark Cornwell and it was a sad day that he was taken from us so soon. His commitment to the grain milling and grain handling sector was globally recognised and he will be sorely missed. Tapco Inc. recognizes the benefits of training young new talent in our industry and as such we wholly endorse this initiative to set up a trust fund in Marks name and in perpetuity for future millers and grain handling engineers.”


M4L is seeking companies in our industry, both within the USA and worldwide, prepared to contribute and who will be recognized for their contribution each time applicants are called upon to take up the scholarships. Individual donations are also welcomed and will be acknowledged via the M4L website  if they wish to be identified.

Tapco is the largest manufacturer of elevated buckets in North America.