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THE GLOBAL MILLER A monthly review

March 2011


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New implications for perennial bioenergy crops

A team of researchers from Arizona State University, Stanford University and Carnegie Institution for Science has found that converting large swaths of land to bioenergy crops could have a wide range of effects on regional climate. In an effort to help wean itself off fossil fuels, the US has mandated significant increases in renewable fuels, with more than onethird of the domestic corn harvest to be used for conversion to ethanol by 2018. But concerns about effects of corn ethanol on food prices and deforestation had led to research suggesting that ethanol be derived from perennial crops, like the giant grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass. Nearly all of this research, though, has focused on the effects of ethanol on carbon dioxide emissions, which drive global warming. Read more ..

Tillage and soybean yields

If you're nervous switching to no-till or minimum tillage for fear you'll lose soybean yields, new data should help calm those nerves. Especially with today's rising diesel fuel costs, making the switch to a minimum tillage system should net you more profit per acre of soybeans you raise, according to Iowa State University (ISU) Extension agronomist Mahdi Al-Kaisi. Almost a decade's worth of studies conducted at different locations around the state of Iowa in different crop rotations (corn-soybeans, corncorn-soybeans and continuous corn) show that there's no real correlation between soybean yield and tillage system. "Nine years of results from long-term tillage and crop rotations studies in Iowa showed that regardless of tillage system or crop rotation, soybean yields are not affected by tillage system.

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This is encouraging news for producers who are reluctant to switch to notillage soybean after corn due to concerns of poor crop performance," AlKaisi says in a recent report. "With current increases in diesel fuel prices, some growers could save costs by minimising tillage passes before planting soybeans." Read more ...

Study to enhance acute piglet post-weaning feed intake

Paying closer attention to nutrition in pre- and post-weaning pigs promises to pay dividends for pork producers thanks to enhanced intestinal and immune development, survivability and performance. South Australian Megan Edwards completed her PhD this month on early nutrition and the weaning transition. In four experiments under commercial conditions, Dr Edwards assessed the influence of various nutritional strategies, including extrusion as an alternative milling process, amino acid supplementation, non-nutritional effects of creep feed and the use of two nutraceutical products, spraydried porcine plasma and a yeast derived protein meal. The nutritional strategies which enhanced survivability and immune competence in newly weaned pigs included supplemental amino acids at weaning, offering creep diets containing spray-dried porcine plasma and pre-weaning exposure to creep feed. Read more ...

Weevils hamper India-Vietnam grain trade

India exports maize and soybean cake to Vietnam and Vietnam re-exports part of the products back to India, causing a ‘trade conflict’ between the two countries. Cause: weevils. Reuters reported that Indian enterprises have stopped exporting maize and soybean cakes to Vietnam after Vietnam decided to re-export nearly 50,000 tons of materials for making animal feed it imported from India before in early February 2010. Halting exportation of animal feed to Vietnam has been described as retaliation by India, but the Vietnam Feed Association said that it was just “news circulated for intimidation”. The information immediately worried Vietnamese feed producers, because India is now providing 30 percent of the total feed materials needed for Vietnam. In 2010, Vietnam imported a little over 800,000 tons of oil-cakes, worth almost US$400 million and 400-500,000 tons of maize worth around US$108 million. Read more ...

Water demand will 'outstrip supply by 40 percent within 20 years

Water demand in many countries will exceed supply by 40 percent within 20 years due to the combined threat of climate change and population growth, scientists have warned. A new way of thinking about water is needed as looming shortages threaten communities, agriculture and industry, experts said. In the next two decades, a third of humanity will have only half the water required to meet basic needs, said researchers. Agriculture, which soaks up 71 percent of water supplies, is also likely to suffer, affecting food production. Filling the global water gap by supply measures alone would cost an estimated £124billion ( US$ 202.1 billion) per year, a meeting in Canada was told. But this could be cut to between £31billion (US$ 50.5 billion) and £37billion ( US$ 60.3 billion) by an approach which both raised supply and lowered demand, according to leading water economist Dr Margaret Catley-Carlson. Reads more ...

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March 02, 2011

Spain lagging behind in feed safety implementation

Spain is at the back of the line when it comes to implementing the EU Directive on undesirable substances in animal feed. The Directive controls the maximum levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, specific pesticides and botanical impurities. Member states were to implement the Directive into national law by mid 2010, but Spain has failed to do so. The European Commission last week once again called upon Madrid to follow suit after sending out several warnings in 2010. If the Brussels authorities do not receive a satisfactory reply within two months it can sue Spain at the European Court of Justice.

Kenyan farmers hit hard by rising feed cost of feeds

Dairy farmers in Kenya are squeezed by the escalating cost of animal feed, forcing some to revert to homemade provisions to stay afloat. The rise in the cost of animal feed has also pushed up milk shelf prices, increasing the burden on consumers. According to players in the milk sector, there is a shortage of ingredients used in animal feed, and this has triggered a surge in prices. The Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers (AKFM) says this is among the challenges facing the industry. Players in the milk sector are concerned with the escalating cost of animal feed as high prices threaten to stifle the growth of the dairy farming in the country. Read more ...

Norel appoint distributor in Bangladesh

J&C Impex Limited has started distributing Norel’s product for the Bangladesh market, supplying the broiler, layer, fish and shrimp farms, breeder farms and hatcheries as well as feed mills. Dr. Jamil Hossain, Director of J&C Impex Limited said: “we started our Agrovet business unit in the year 2007 with a new vision and broader outlook to meet the challenges of the rapidly growing livestock, poultry and aquaculture markets.� Norel S.A. is an international company based in Spain and manufacturing on three continents, producing various species-specific additives under the brand name Norel Animal Nutrition: this includes specialist rumeninert and other vegetable fats, direct fed microbial additives (probiotics), natural growth promoters, a range of flavours and sweeteners, specific amino-acid mineral chelates, acidifiers and pellet binders plus a wide range of feed safety products: bactericides, mould inhibitors, antioxidants and micotoxin binders. J&C Impex supplies feed additives, nutritional products, medicated premixes and biosecurity products to their customers in Bangladesh. J&C Impex is member of the Animal Health Companies Association of Bangladesh (AHCAB) and it has got its registration from the Department of Livestock Services (DLS). Read more ...

People at Sweet Manufacturing

Bulk material handling, conveying and processing equipment supplier Sweet Manufacturing Company announced that Roy Mead, Professional Engineer (P.E.), has joined the company as the Engineering Manager. Mead brings a vast engineering background, which includes structural design, machine design, electrical controls, and robotics.

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He will be responsible for leading the Sweet Engineering team. He will also work closely with both internal and external customers to provide appropriate equipment and project design and layout recommendations that will ultimately satisfy customer material handling requirements. Mead obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio. He also has a Professional Engineer (P.E.) Certification from the State of Ohio. Read more ...

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Company Profile: Behlan Mfg Co.

Behlan Mfg Co was established in 1936 from the garage of Walter D Behlan in Columbus Nebraska. The company has grown and developed into an international suppliers of livestock equipment, pre engineered metal buildings, and grain storage systems, now exported to more than 70 countries. In 1969 the Behlan family sold the business to the Wicks Corporation, the management style changed from a family run business to a corporate business. In 1983 Behlan Mfg Co was the subject of a management buyout securing the jobs of some 500 employees. Since then Behlan has grown into a major international company with 4 distinct units: Behlan Country, Behlan Building Systems, International & Diversified Products and BMC Transport. Since 1983 Behlan has grown and acquired a number of other companies in the United States. In 2002 after a 20 year association with a Chinese company they formed a joint venture known as Behlan China. Today Behlan employes over a 1000 people with sales of almost US$200 million.

Pancosma to share new strategy and research in Bangkok

Swiss feed additive manufacturer Pancosma will have an open meeting for its partners and media collaborators on March 12 in Bangkok, Thailand. The company will share recent discoveries of its R&D team which were done in collaboration with major universities. The company will reveal the gut is a second brain. This event will also be the opportunity for the company’s CEO, D. Kofel, to reveal the new strategy and the new corporate identity. The discovery open new frontiers in animal nutrition and has made the company review its approach and its strategy. Obviously, the company has evaluated its corporate identity with a new logo and new communications to come. Read more ...

Cargill to use wind power in cutting shipping costs

By the end of this year Cargill will literarily sail the ocean again using SkySails’ wind and kite-assisted sail technology on one of its 30,000 tonne cargo ships and thus reduce fuel consumption up to 35 percent. This December, Cargill will be the first company to implement SkySails' innovative wind and kite-assisted sail technology on one of its 30,000 tonne cargo ships, with the goal of reducing the vessel's fuel consumption by up to 35 percent, and setting a new standard for greenhouse gas reduction in the shipping industry. The kite used has a surface of 320 m2 and flies between 100 and 420 m above the ship. It is connected to the cargo ship by a rope, which is attached to a computer. Read more ...

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South Korea permits Syngenta’s Agrisure stacked-GM corn

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March 04, 2011

Planting Corn into Sod in 2011

Planting corn into sod comes with some general opportunities and challenges. Corn could generate a gross return of US$500-700/acre, or more, depending on yield and marketing. That is a large enough opportunity to consider taking old pasture or hay fields and converting them to corn for 2011. While some producers have plenty of experience with corn, others are more experienced with tobacco, hay or pastures. The general comments below are targeted to both types of producers. 1. Nitrogen benefit. Land that has been in a grass and/or legume sod for four years will reduce the fertilizer nitrogen (N) requirement by about 25 lbs. N/acre. If that soil has been in sod for five years or more, then fertilizer N can be reduced by 50 lbs. N/acre. 2. The vast majority of hay and pasture fields are potassium (K) deficient. Hay removes a lot of K2O from the soil, while pasture fields tend to remove a little less. Without even conducting a soil test, odds are very good that the sod will need about 60 lbs. K2O/acre. Of course, a soil sample provides a much more accurate estimate of what is needed in the field. Read more ...

Port strikes in Argentina fire up again

About three-quarters of Argentina's agriculture exports are shipped from river ports clustered around Rosario and nearby San Lorenzo. Argentina is the world’s leading soy meal and soy oil exporter and is third-largest in soybean exports.

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The cooperative that employs the picketing workers is demanding that grain exporters pay more for the port services it provides. Argentine port workers this week continued to picket two important grain ports at a key shipping center north of the city of Rosario. A dispute over service fees is causing the strike. Read more ...

Antibiotics in DDGS may raise some concerns

Of the distillers grains produced in North America, 90 percent is going into animal feeds with 80 percent of that going into ruminant diets. Now, public concern has arisen over the safety of the product. The reason for this concern is a recent survey of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which found that 53 percent of the US distillers grains (DDGS) sampled had antibiotic residues. General fear is that these residues could potentially lead to the development of bacterial resistance in animals and eventually also in humans. DDGS are primarily produced through dry or wet milling. In dry milling, the whole grain is milled and used for ethanol production. Wet milling, on the other hand, separates out all of the grain components and only uses the starch for ethanol production. The remaining portion of the grain is used to create a variety of other marketable products. Read more ...

Innovation award for Brock Grain Systems

Brock Grain Systems has received the 2011 AE50 award for its M Series commercial grain storage bins for innovative technology. The AE50 Awards were presented by ASABE the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The annual award recognises the world’s best technology innovations introduced the previous year for the agricultural, food and biological systems industries. Brock Grain Systems was one of many companies from around the world to submit an entry to the annual AE50 competition, where up to 50 of the top products are chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The judges select products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries, and emphasise the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. Read more

March , 2011

Mexico Trucking Dispute Agreement Reached

President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have reached an agreement to resolve the dispute over cross-border trucking. The dispute erupted in March 2009 when Mexico placed higher tariffs on an estimated US$2.4 billion of US goods after the US Congress cut off funding to renew a pilot program that let a limited number of Mexican trucking companies to haul freight beyond a 25-mile US commercial zone. Mexico had instituted tariffs in retaliation for the United States not complying with the trucking provision of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The provision was supposed to become effective in December 1995. Half of the US$2.4 billion in Mexican retaliatory tariffs are to be lifted as soon as the agreement is finalised. The remainder of the tariffs will be lifted when the necessary safety tests are completed and the first Mexican truck rolls across the U.S. border, according to a statement from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Read more ...

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Research: Omega-3 fatty acids pork quality

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Carcass quality and meat quality characteristics of pure loin muscle and ground pork (20 percent fat) were evaluated. Fat hardness and belly firmness decreased with increasing co-extruded flaxseed. Pigs fed coextruded flaxseed levels had higher lean yield and total lean content. Loin from barrows had higher fat content compared to gilts. Co-extruded flaxseed supplementation increased omega-3 content in loin and ground pork. Read more ...

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Food prices 'to carry on climbing all year' in the UK

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) said that turmoil in north Africa and the Middle East was behind the fresh spike in the price of wheat and cooking oil, with many governments hoarding food. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO's) food price index averaged 236 points in February, a record, up 2.2 percent from January and rising for the eighth month in a row. The index highlights how food prices, which throughout most of the last two decades have been stable, have taken off in alarming fashion in the last three years. In 2000 the index stood at 90 and did not break through 100 until 2004. If crude oil a key cost for farmers and shipping companies moving commodities around the world continues to climb prices will climb yet higher, the UN warned. Read more ...

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Soybeans, Corn premiums rise on improving overseas demand

Cash premiums for soybeans and corn shipped this month to terminals near New Orleans widened relative to Chicago futures on rising demand for US supplies. The spot-basis bid, or premium, for soybeans delivered in March at Gulf of Mexico ports rose to 64 cents to 66 cents a bushel above May futures from 63 cents to 64 cents yesterday, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. The corn basis was 51 cents to 52 cents a bushel above May futures, up from 49 cents to 52 cents. The average bid rose to US$7.8825, the highest since June 27, 2008. “We had another week of good export sales” for corn and soybeans, said Glenn Hollander, a partner at Hollander & Feuerhaken, a cash grain merchandiser and broker in Chicago. “The basis will start to improve, perhaps significantly, if there is a further increase in export sales.” Soybean futures for May delivery advanced 17.75 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at US$14.12 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade, the third consecutive gain. On February 9, the commodity reached a 30-month high of US$14.5. Read more ...

Work stoppages at Argentine grain export ports spread

After picketing workers in San Lorenzo now also tugboat operators at the ports of Bahia Blanca and Quequen in southern Buenos Aires Province going on strike. The Bahia Blanca and Quequen ports are home to significant loading facilities for wheat, most of which is shipped to Brazil.

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Tugboat workers at the two ports were refusing to provide services to grain loading terminals, but the rest of the port facilities are unaffected, an official at Argentina's port authority said. Cargill Inc, Argentina's leading grain exporter, has its port blocked, and Terminal 6 is blocked as well, which is owned by Aceitera General Deheza SA and Bunge Ltd. and is one of the largest soybean crushing and loading facilities in the area. Read more ...

March 09, 2011

Hubbard Zimbabwe calls for poultry farmers to purchase feed from reputable suppliers Hubbard Zimbabwe has urged poultry farmers to ensure that their poultry feed comes from suppliers who are reputable in the industry.The firm has made the call to farmers in the midst of looming claims in which some customers say that Crest Poultry Group, a Hubbard subsidiary, was selling chicks that were not growing. Hubbard Zimbabwe rebutted the claims are untrue and stated that the claims are intended to harm the image and reputation of the company. Dr Hope Pachena, managing director of Hubbard Zimbabwe stated that "Most of the poultry farmers who experience this problem if any would have bought their feed from unlicensed vendors. This feed usually lacks some of the nutrients." Read more ...

Taiwan and US at stalemate over ractopamine

Taiwan/US trade talks were due to resume in early January but were put on hold when a resolution over ractopamine levels permitted by Taiwan was not found. The US postponed the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks, after Taiwan blocked some shipments of US beef after finding that they contained residue of ractopamine (banned by Taiwan), an animal feed additive that promotes leanness. A TIFA is a trade pact that establishes a framework for expanding trade and resolving outstanding disputes between countries. TIFAs are often seen as an important step toward establishing free trade agreements. Taiwan Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Sheng-Chung Lin said last week the amount of boneless beef imported from the US has continued to drop recently and that his government understands the US's concerns over Taipei's stance regarding imports of the meat, Central News Agency reported. However, he pointed out that Taiwan's regulations do not allow for any traces of ractopamine in meat. According to Lin, Taiwan has laid out its current regulations but the US has not accepted them. Read more ...

Pioneer releases RR alfalfa varieties

Now that the federal government has signed off on Roundup Ready alfalfa, one company is offering a set of new alfalfa varieties with the trait that company officials say can make the crop thrive under a wider array of conditions. Pioneer officials announced Monday the release of five Roundup Ready varieties, all of which are adapted to conditions where different pests exert extra pressure on the crop, says Robin Newell, Pioneer marketing manager for forages, who adds "alfalfa is no longer a one-size-fits-all crop." Read more ...

Japan to hold next tender for feed wheat, barley on March 16 Japan will hold a tender on March 16 for a maximum of 30,000 metric tons of feed wheat and 200,000 tons of feed barley, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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The ministry, which holds feed-grain import tenders every Wednesday, didn’t purchase anything today because of a lack of demand from endusers, Masafumi Otsuka at the ministry’s grain- trade division, said by phone. Tenders are held under the so-called simultaneous buy-and- sell system, in which feed makers and trading companies jointly bid for grains of any origin and quality. Read more ...

No-Till's benefits for Pacific Northwest wheat growers

Wheat farmers in eastern Oregon and Washington who use no-till production systems can substantially stem soil erosion and enhance efforts to protect water quality, according to research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) hydrologist John Williams led a study that compared runoff, soil erosion and crop yields in a conventional, intensively tilled winter wheat-fallow system and a no-till 4-year cropping rotation system. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency, and this research supports the USDA mission of promoting sustainable agriculture. Read more ...

March 10, 2011

Soybeans drop on South American harvests

Rising projections for South America's harvests knocked US soybean futures to their lowest level in nearly two weeks Wednesday. Soybeans for May delivery, the most actively traded contract, dropped 33 cents, or 2.4 percent, to US$13.49 a bushel at the Chicago Board of Trade. Grain futures also weakened, as selling flooded agricultural markets. Corn, however, avoided the steep losses that hit soybeans and wheat due to ongoing supply concerns. Supply fears are easing for soybeans due to increasing forecasts for production in Brazil and Argentina. Soybean futures have lost eight percent since hitting a 2 1/2-year high last month on worries about tight inventories. "The market continued to fall today on ideas that near-term export demand will be shifting from the US to South America," Doane Advisory Services told clients in a note. Read more .

Vietnamese animal feed imports face huge losses if Indian feed rejected

Vietnamese animal feed importers face huge losses if they are forced to return almost 100,000 tonnes of maize and soybean to India because of termites. The feed arrived from India in early January and the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Plant Protection Department has asked importers to return the goods rather than allowing it to be fumigated as usual. The department said Vietnam was free from the invasive pest and it had told Indian suppliers to fumigate the feed before it was sent because it was such a large quantity that would have been too difficult to fumigate. Vietnam Feed Association’s chairman, Le Ba Lich, said the department had previously allowed feed stock to be imported and fumigation if termites were detected. Read more ...

Consolidation of Chinese feed industry gains momentum

China produces 156 million tonnes of feed by about 11,000 feed enterprises. It is expected that this number will halve by 2020. Consolidation of the Chinese feed industry is gaining speed. According to data from eFeedLink presented at ChinaVisions during VIV Asia in Bangkok by the end of 2005 some 15,000 feed enterprises operated in China. 13


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Between 2007 and 2008 more than 2,700 firms went out of business and in 2009 more than 1,700 new enterprises were started. The number of registered feed enterprises totalled about 11,000. By 2015 the total number of feed firms is expected to drop to 8,000 and to 6,000 by 2020. Read more ...

China GMO corn hits policy wall with China policy system

A genetically modified (GM) phytase corn variety, intended for animal feed, which was given a safety approval in late 2009, is now caught up in China’s policy system. The approval gained in 2009 means the corn is safe to use as animal feed. But the strain also needs clearance as a new seed type under Chinese rules that apply to GMO and non-GMO alike. According to Chen Rumei, a researcher with the Biotechnology Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and a member of the team that developed phytase corn, because the corn is partly used for food it doesn’t fall in with the regulations. There is no regulation covering corn seed intended exclusively for animal feed production. Read more ...

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BSE fears prompt tougher cattle regulations

Farmers and cattle dealers are breaking rules designed to protect people contracting Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) through their food 25 years after the crisis started, the government has revealed. Ministers have introduced further restrictions against moving older cattle off farms amid investigations into reports of illegal trading. These have included a Cumbrian cattle dealer sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for sending an overage animal to be slaughtered for human consumption. Infected meat has been blamed for most of the 170 deaths from variant CJD, the human form of BSE, in the UK – a handful have been caused by contaminated blood products – and a battery of rules are meant to protect consumers. Read more ...

World agricultural supply and demand estimates

US wheat ending stocks for 2010/11 are projected higher this month on reduced export prospects. Projected exports are lowered 25 million bushels with increased world supplies of high quality wheat, particularly in Australia, and a slower-than-expected pace of US shipments heading into the final quarter of the wheat marketing year. By-class changes include lower projected exports for Hard Red Spring, White, and durum wheat, partly offset by small increases for Hard Red Winter and Soft Red Winter wheat. The marketing-year average price received by producers is projected at US$5.60 to US$5.80 per bushel, unchanged from last month. Global 2010/11 wheat supplies are projected 1.9 million tons higher reflecting higher production. Argentina production is raised 1.0 million tons based on higher reported yields. Australia production is raised 1.0 million tons with higher yields in Western Australia where wheat quality was not hurt by harvest rains as in the east. Other production changes include a 0.5-million-ton reduction for EU-27 with a smaller crop reported for Denmark and a 0.6-million-ton increase for Saudi Arabia on an upward revision to area. Read more ...

European Union wants market-based answer to commodities surge

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Some EU countries such as France want curbs on what they see as speculators such as hedge funds making quick gains in commodities markets at the expense of consumers. The tone of the statement, due to be endorsed by the bloc's industry ministers on Thursday (10 March), is cautious on blaming the financial sector, however, and does not call for any radical measures such as the position limits that are being introduced in the United States. Read more ...

March 11, 2011

Dairy managers have ways to reduce feed costs, maximise returns

Feeding programs that minimise their costs while meeting the dairy cow’s nutritional needs are basic to attaining the cow’s genetic potential to produce milk. Furthermore, those diets must optimise the health and reproductive performance of cows. In addition, these rations are formulated for the environment (to meet the nitrogen and phosphorus needs of the cow) without feeding them excess amounts. These days, achieving these goals, which do not result in immediate financial rewards, is a tall task. As dairy managers evaluate the costs of the diets during times of escalating feed costs, they need to base those decisions on income over feed costs, not feed costs alone. Spending a little more in feed cost may improve profit if the cows produce more milk, rebreed more quickly and remain healthy. Read more ...

Cargill to expand grain facility

Cargill AgHorizons will increase its grain storage capacity to 3,430,000 bushels from 1,084,000 at its grain elevator here with the addition of six steel bins. The project also will include a new covered truck receiving area, increasing the unloading capacity to 55,000 bushels per hour from 25,000. That receiving area also will have more roadway into the facility, a double scale system and traffic logistics office. "All of these improvements will speed up the waiting times when our farmer customers bring crops to the elevator," said Andy Daberkow, AgHorizons Farm Service Center Leader at the Alberta elevator. "They will also greatly improve the traffic flow through the main streets of Alberta." Read more ...

Pfizer Animal Health’s acquisition of Alpharma

Pfizer Poultry Health acquisition of Alpharma LLC as part of the company’s acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals has introduced a broader, diversified portfolio of products and services and a wider portfolio of products and services. "The integration expands Pfizer Poultry Health's product portfolio and broadens the range of health care solutions we can offer our poultry customers. It allows us to enter new therapeutic fields and deliver increased expertise to poultry producers," said José Francisco Ortiz C, Vice President, Pfizer Poultry Health & New Established Brands. With this acquisition, Pfizer Poultry Health gains a portfolio of medicated feed additives, water-soluble therapeutics and probiotics and also enters the poultry nutrition sector. Read more ...

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USDA and Russian Scientists develop high-tech crop map

AgroAtlas is a new interactive website that shows the geographic distributions of 100 crops; 640 species of crop diseases, pests, and weeds; and 560 wild crop relatives growing in Russia and neighbouring countries. Down-loadable maps and geographic information system (GIS) software are also available, allowing layering of data, such as that relating major wheat production areas to concentrations of Russian wheat aphids. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant geneticist Stephanie Greene, the impetus behind developing AgroAtlas was to promote world food security, particularly in Newly Independent Statescountries of the former Soviet Union striving to broaden their agricultural base. Greene works in the National Temperate Forage Legume Genetic Resources Unit operated at Prosser, Washington , by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency. Read more ...

'Drought won't dry up the grain supply'

Despite the severe drought this winter, China is hoping to haul in another good harvest following seven successive record harvests of agricultural products, Agriculture Minister Han Changfu said on Thursday. He made the remarks in response to international concern that China's grain harvest could be lower this year and that the country would need to import more as a result, triggering a hike in global prices. Global grain market analysts had forecast a reduced grain harvest in China because of the drought that affected nearly 42 percent of the world's top wheat producer's wheat-growing heartland. In addition to being the world's largest wheat producer, China is its largest consumer. The London-based International Grains Council has predicted that China will account for 17 percent of global wheat consumption this year by June 30. Read more ...

NOAA’s new aquaculture policy

84 percent of seafood consumed in the United States is imported and about half of that is sourced from aquaculture. Only five percent of the seafood consumed in the United States comes from domestic aquaculture. In an effort to reduce reliance on imports, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has drafted an aquaculture policy document which is open for public comment. From the document: The purpose of this policy is to enable the development of sustainable marine aquaculture within the context of NOAA’s multiple stewardship missions and broader social and economic goals. Meeting this objective will require NOAA to integrate environmental, social, and economic considerations in management decisions concerning aquaculture. Read more ...

Norway 2nd International Aquaculture Biosecurity Conference

Norway - The 2nd International Aquaculture Biosecurity Conference and Workshop (IABC), scheduled for August 14-17, 2011 in Trondheim, Norway has opened its web page (www.iabconference.org) for registration and abstract submission. The IABC is an international forum on current and future aquatic biosecurity practices for prevention, control, and eradication of diseases. Aquaculture producers, veterinarians, and government officials will convene in Trondheim to discuss advances in practical approaches to biosecurity, just prior to the start of AquaNor, one of world’s largest aquaculture trade shows. Read more ...

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GE-salmon – blessing or monster-fish?

It all started in the 1980’s, when Garth Fletcher, Choy Hew, and Peter Davies of Memorial University in Newfoundland and Queen’s University in Kingston, tried unsuccessfully to improve survival rate of Atlantic salmon in ice cold water by injecting it with genes of other species. What, however, succeeded was to produce in 1990 a fast growing salmon by injecting growth hormone genes from Chinook salmon and a genetic on-switch from ocean pout that causes continuous creation of the growth hormone. It takes the GE-salmon approximately 10 percent less feed and only 16 months to grow to the same size and weight, which normal salmon needs three years to reach, and the resulting fish are sterile. To exploit their innovation, they had become partners with A/F Protein in a new company called AquaBounty Technologies with a research facility on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where GE-salmon is bred and grown, employing the technology developed at Memorial University in Newfoundland. They are planning to raise the GE-Atlantic salmon inland and process and ship it as table-ready fish to the US. In any case, the opinion is that it tastes as any high-quality Atlantic salmon. Read more ...

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Untapped crop data from Africa predicts corn peril if temperatures rise

A hidden trove of historical crop yield data from Africa shows that corn long believed to tolerate hot temperatures is a likely victim of global warming. Stanford agricultural scientist David Lobell and researchers at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) report in the inaugural issue of Nature Climate Change that a clear negative effect of warming on maize or corn production was evident in experimental crop trial data conducted in Africa by the organisation and its partners from 1999 to 2007. Led by Lobell, the researchers combined data from 20,000 trials in subSaharan Africa with weather data recorded at stations scattered across the region. They found that a temperature rise of a single degree Celsius would cause yield losses for 65 percent of the present maize-growing region in Africa provided the crops received the optimal amount of rainfall. Under drought conditions, the entire maize-growing region would suffer yield losses, with more than 75 percent of areas predicted to decline by at least 20 percent for 1 degree Celsius of warming. Read more ...

USGC: Japan earthquake impacts grain trade

The United States Grains Council (USGC) received initial reports that the earthquake and subsequent tsunami may have caused significant damage to many of Japan’s agricultural facilities and production areas. While the extent of the damage is not yet known, it will likely impact grain trade. “Some ports in northern Japan, Kushiro, Hachinohe, Ishinomaki and Kashima, were hit by the tsunami. We’ve heard some feed mills and livestock operations have also been damaged by the tsunami. Those facilities were not severely damaged by the earthquake itself but were affected by the tsunami,” said Tommy Hamamoto, USGC director in Japan. “It is too early to tell what effect this will have on Japan’s agricultural sector, but it could be of significance.” Read more ...

DSM Nutrition Award 2011: Call for nominations

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, invites nominations for the DSM Nutrition Award 2011 for research on Poultry Nutrition. The Award which carries a cash prize of EUR 50,000 (US$69,680) has been established to recognise and reward excellence in innovative research in the nutritional sciences. 19

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The DSM Nutrition Award 2011 will be granted for outstanding achievements in research related to Poultry Nutrition. Scientists who have made major contributions to fundamental or applied research in this field can be nominated for the award. A prime requirement is that the candidate’s research must have significantly advanced the world’s understanding and knowledge of key questions in the field of Poultry Nutrition. An international judging committee will review the nominations and select the winner. Read more ...

Alltech to work with dairy industry

With the price of corn more than doubling and the market value of milk still on the rebound, the perils facing dairymen worldwide have amplified as they struggle to produce more and more with less and less. Alltech’s 27th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium will address these challenges and provide insights and solutions to the issues that plague the dairy industry. The Symposium, entitled The Game Changers: Creative Concepts for Agribusiness to Respond to Relentless Commoditisation and to Innovate for a Greener Future will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky, USA from May 2225, 2011. Read more ...

Demand to outstrip grain supply, traders say

Though the United States Department of Agriculture released negative numbers Thursday for the grain and soybean markets, sparking a fourth consecutive lower opening, a long-term trend of increasing world consumption provides favourable support for farm markets, analysts say. In a CME Group press briefing, instead of focusing on a current 'breaking' pattern for the grain and soybean markets, the panel addressed the increasing food demand of the world. In fact, Scott Shellady, XFA currency and grain trader, says that using a 2 percent growth rate, the world's population double in about 35 years. "Further, of all the people ever born in this world, 15 percent of them are alive today. That is incredibly significant. And as that number rises, it's hard not to be bullish and not buy this market. It's shaping up to be a demand that we could have a hard time supplying." Read more ..

March 15, 2011

US$6.6 million study could lead to better corn plants

University of Missouri researcher has received a US$6.6 million (UK£4.117 million) grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a research team to study the genes that control the movement of carbohydrates in corn. This research could lead to increased yield, more drought resistant plants, larger plants and easier production of biofuels. “When corn produces carbohydrates in the leaves, it transports sucrose, a type of sugar, to other parts of the plant, including the ears and roots,” said David Braun, an associate professor in the Division of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science and a member of the MU Interdisciplinary Plant Group. “By understanding how the movement of carbohydrates is regulated, we may be able to engineer plants that better meet the needs of farmers and consumers.” Read more …

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China’s biggest animal feed producer urges Government to halt DDGS investigation

New Hope Group, China’s biggest animal feed producer has urged the government to halt its anti-dumping investigation against exports of US DDGS (distillers' dried grains). Feed industry left out of the loop "The investigation has not consulted the feed industry and only represents the interests of some ethanol producers," Liu Yonghao, the chairman of New Hope stated. According to a report by Reuters, cheap US DDGS imports brought costs down for feed mills last year and China's investigation which was launched late last year have driven up domestic prices of the by-product, said Liu, a member of the advisory body to the parliament. Read more ...

ADM again named World's most admired food production company

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) was ranked the world’s most admired company in the food production industry for the third consecutive year by Fortune magazine. Considered the definitive report card on corporate reputation, Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” ranks companies in a number of major industries. “We are extremely proud to again be acknowledged by our peers for our leadership in the food production industry,” said Chairman, CEO and President Patricia A. Woertz. “To be recognised for excellence in the work we do to serve vital needs for food and energy speaks to the passion and commitment of our 29,000 employees.” Read more ...

Asia to test Japan food imports for radiation

South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines will test Japanese food imports for radiation, officials said on Monday, and other countries may also step up monitoring as Japan tries to contain a nuclear crisis. "As far as radiation is concerned, I think the most at-risk articles are ... fresh products, perhaps dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables," Hong Kong's Food and Health Secretary York Chow said. "We are monitoring the situation and also checking at importation venues to ascertain that they have not been affected." Singapore's agri-food and veterinary authority (AVA) said it would test imports from Japan and particularly fresh produce. South Korea's Food and Drug Administration said it would test fresh agriculture and forest products for radiation, although it added it was not a big buyer of such products from Japan. Officials said testing of seafood was also being considered South Korea imported 84,000 metric tons of fish from Japan in 2010. Read more ...

March 16, 2011

Adifo: Best booth at VIV Asia 2011

Friday March 12, Adifo won the award for Best Booth at VIV Asia in the exhibitor category feed additives, category booths smaller than 20 m2. The jury informed us, in front of the international press, that their BESTMIX booth was attractive and simple. Adifo is very proud to have recieved this award. Adifo will be attending International Poultry show in Dhaka, Bangladesh (March 25-27 ) CFIA China Feed Expo in Nanchang, China (April 20-21) Victam Europe in Cologne, Germany (May 3-5) Poultry India (Nov 23-25) 21


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Feed product addresses challenging period of a cow’s life

“With all areas of cost seemingly rising ever faster, cows are now required to perform at their optimum capacity more than ever,” says Chris Williams, managing director of Zintec Feed Supplements the Herefordshire Supplement manufacturer. “A key facet of a successful cow is her ability to conceive rapidly following a successful calving, whilst efficiently producing high levels of good quality milk”. Zintec Feed Supplements has now launched a specialist product to address this challenging period of the cows life. PD PLUS is a concentrated blend of vitamins, trace elements, minerals and other nutritional components. It is specifically designed to ensure hormone production is maximised, whilst combating the usual drop in immune function by providing for the specific needs of the cow. “Using PD PLUS during the transition phase provides nutrients in their most available forms, ensuring conventional deficiencies are eliminated” Read more ...

US, Canada, Mexico: Pork groups concerned about feed availability

Worried about the ability to feed animals should there be a drought or crop disease that affects feed grain supplies, leaders of the organisations representing pork producers in Canada, Mexico and the United States urged their respective governments to address the issue of feed availability. The Confederation of Mexican Pork, the Canadian Pork Council and the National Pork Producers Council, at a meeting held in Merida, Mexico, noted the tight world grain markets. In the United States, for example, the US Department of Agriculture estimates that there are only 20 days of corn carryover stocks the lowest level since 1995. Read more ...

Animal Health Int & Lextron to merge

Lextron, Inc, a Colorado-based distributor of livestock vaccines and supplements, announced its plans to buy competitor Animal Health International, Inc, for about US$251 million. In a joint statement released this week the companies stated that privately-held Lextron will pay US$4.25 a share for all outstanding Animal Health stock or approximately US$111 million plus assume US$140 million of Animal Health’s debt. According to John Adent, President and CEO for Lextron, “This merger provides an opportunity for us to collectively create the country’s premier animal health business.” Read more ...

Grains Council provides update on Earthquake Impact

US agriculture is watching the situation in Japan very closely in the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated areas of the country late last week. US Grains Council Senior Director of International Operations Mike Callahan reports staff at the Council's Tokyo office have checked in, are safe and have been able to return to the office. "Obviously our staff can't get into the area that was impacted by the earthquake and tsunami," Callahan said. "So they pretty much have to rely upon information that's conveyed to them from our contacts in the feed industry and the grain trade." Read more ...

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US Investors poured US$1 Billion into Japan just before quake Japan's earthquake couldn't have come at a worse time for US investors hoping for a resurgence in the country's market and economy. Last month, they poured over US$1 billion into Japanese exchange-traded funds, second only to US energy funds and more than they invested in funds focused on agriculture, mid-cap US stocks and large cap growth, according to Biriniyi Associates data. The iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEArca:EWJ - News), the largest of the US-listed funds focused on the country, saw its assets increase by US$1.2 billion this year before Friday, according to ConvergEx Group, third among all US -listed ETF assets. Read more …

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Japan delays corn imports

Japanese corn importers are delaying the purchase of the grain after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged ports in the nation’s northeast, suspending unloading operations from vessels, said Nobuyuki Chino, president of Unipac Grain Ltd.“ Japanese companies have not made deals to buy corn since the quake hit the nation,” Chino, was reported to have said. “They need to assess how demand for the grain may change after the incident.” Japan is the world’s largest importer, importing about 12 million metric tons of corn for feed production annually and secures about 90 percent of the grain from the US, the largest exporter. Read more ...

Chinese pigs test positive for illegal feed additive

In central China’s Henan Province 19 pigs have tested positive to having a banned additive, Clenbuterol, which is poisonous to humans, in their urine, Jiyuan city government said in a statement. According to the statement more than 1,300 pig farms and vet drug stores are under investigation. The police have taken several people into custody. And at least six officials and workers at local animal quarantine stations have been fired or suspended from duty. All suspected meat products have been removed from shelves, and all feedstuff and meat confirmed to contain the additive have been destroyed. Read more ...

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Pfizer Animal Health begins integration with Alpharma

With the acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals by Pfizer, Inc, announced on February 28, Pfizer Animal Health will begin integrating Alpharma, LLC into its existing business. The integration of Alpharma allows Pfizer Animal Health to build on its already broad product portfolio of biologics, medicines and immuno-diagnostics. “Pfizer Animal Health welcomes Alpharma colleagues and the company’s respected products and services,” said Clint Lewis, President of U.S. Operations for Pfizer Animal Health. “Today marks another important milestone in Pfizer Animal Health’s evolution in offering veterinarians, nutritionists and all our customers a more comprehensive portfolio of unique products and services. It also further demonstrates our commitment to becoming a complete solutions provider for our customers.”

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Gleadell Market Report

Ukrainian farm ministry reports that farmers are likely to increase the sown area for the 2011 grain crop to 15.7mln hectares, from about 15.2mln in 2010. The area under grains could be larger by 528,000 hectares. The farm ministry also reports 56 percent of the winter grain crops are in good condition, 38 percent satisfactory and six percent poor. APKinform reports that favourable weather may boost Ukraine’s 2011 grain harvest by 24 percent to 48.7mmt. China’s NDRC reports that country is holding 100mmt of wheat stocks, with total grain reserves reported at about 40 percent of its annual consumption. Bumper sowings and plentiful rains have put India on course for a fourth successive record wheat harvest as reported by US officials, forecasting that the country may be ‘forced’ to resume exports to free storage space. India’s wheat plantings reaches record levels of 29.4mln hectares as of March 4th, compared with 28.36mln last year France exported 1.3mmt of soft wheat in January, putting total shipments in the first seven months of the 2010/11 season at 11.4mmt, 26 percent ahead of last year. Sales to Non-EU countries were reported at 7.7mmt, up 48 percent on the year. DEFRA reports UK wheat area planted as of December 1st 2010 at 1.937mln hectares, up 0.2 percent on December 2009. USDA report released today left US Corn stocks unchanged, but raised wheat stocks by 25mln bushels due to lower export projections. Global corn stocks increased slightly to 123.14mmt, up from 122.51mmt last month, with wheat stocks increased by 4.13mmt to 181.9mmt, from 177.77mmt last month. The commodity sell-off, mainly as a result of increased concerns over recent events in North Africa / Middle East and potential demand, coincided with better weather prospects for the US plains and reports that China’s drought situation was easing. Marker fundamentals still remain tight, but have a bit more ‘slack’ than a few weeks ago. New crop prospects, while still remaining favourable, are still open to weather scares / production issues. And these, if and when they happen, will encourage buying interest rather than selling.

Press Release: Sodrugestvo initiates construction of new Kaliningrad port complex

New US$430 Million Project to Significantly Expand Capabilities in Russia Luxembourg and New York, March 10, 2011 Sodrugestvo Group has started construction on a new port complex in Kaliningrad, Russia. The US$430 million project, scheduled for completion in 2013, will include a new deep-sea port terminal and soybean crushing plant. The Sodrugestvo Group has already invested more than US$600 million in port infrastructure and processing facilities in Kaliningrad since 2001. In a ceremony yesterday commemorating the initiation of the project, several dignitaries including Viktor A. Zubkov, first vice-prime minister of the Russian Federation; Iliya I. Khlebanov, plenipotentiary representative of the president of the Russian Federation, northwest region; and Nikolay N. Tsukanov, governor of the Kaliningrad region, joined Alexander V. Lutsenko, Sodrugestvo’s chairman of the board, in laying the ceremonial first stone. “Sodrugestvo’s continuing investment in our Kaliningrad facilities underscores our commitment to the Russian market which is critically important to our Group’s health and future growth,” said Alexander V. Lutsenko, chairman, Sodrugestvo. “This nearly half billion dollar expenditure will provide us with new production and storage facilities and new shipping berths that will allow us to increase our presence in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.”

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On behalf of the Russian Government, Mr. Zubkov said that “the increase of soybean processing capacities is strategically important to guarantee the food security of Russia and the success of the State-sponsored program to develop meat production.” The new specialized port complex has been specially designed to support the import and export of dry bulk agricultural commodities and vegetal oils. It will contain three berths that can receive up to 50,000 metric tons (mt) ships, a new rail terminal with the capacity to handle 5,000,000 mt annually and additional storage capacity to house 160,000 mt of grains, 184,000 mt of dry bulk commodities and 30,000 mt of vegetal oils. The new plant will add 5,000 mt of daily processing capacity to the existing 3,300 mt daily capacity at the existing Kaliningrad facility.

Feed Outlook: Global coarse grain supply and use projected lower this month

World coarse grain production and beginning stocks forecast for 2010/11 are reduced this month, lowering supply 2.5 million tons. However, projected global use is 3.3 million tons lower this month, allowing for a 0.8-million-ton increase in ending stocks to 154.9 million tons. The global stocks-to-use ratio is projected at 13.8 percent, slightly lower than in 2006/07 when stocks were nine percent lower but use was smaller. US 2010/11 supply and use forecasts for feed grains are unchanged this month except for a small reduction in barley exports and an offsetting increase in ending stocks. Price projections are adjusted, but the midpoint of the forecast corn farm price range is unchanged. Read more …

March 18, 2011

California rice pledges US$50,000 for Japanese relief

The California rice industry is coming to the aid of their friends and business colleagues in Japan who have suffered devastating losses from the recent earthquake and tsunami. Through the California Rice Industry Association trade group, growers, marketers, mills, and warehousemen that comprise the California rice industry are voluntarily donating US$50,000 to the Japanese relief effort. “Our industry owes much to the Japanese people, and we are deeply saddened by the natural disasters that have struck,” said Frank Rehermann, California Rice Industry Association chair. “We are co-ordinating with the Japanese Consulate General in San Francisco to do what we can to help their recovery. Read more ...

Philippines: Zuellig Group to secure it’s own feed milling requirement with corn production

A 30,000-hectare corn plantation in the Philippines will be set up by the Zuellig Group in order to ensure its own feed milling requirements are met. The firm is currently testing plantations for its major corn production plans to become a reality. Kim Campbell, executive chairman of Pharma Industries, Inc of the Zuellig Group stated : “If you look at our organisation, we need corn for processing. We are looking in the region to produce corn." “You can see that there is competition everywhere for food. For the security of supply, we want to produce our own corn so we are looking around, Mr Cambell added. The region has already seen test runs being carried out at corn plantations by the company. Read more

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California rice pledges US$50,000 for Japanese relief

The California rice industry is coming to the aid of their friends and business colleagues in Japan who have suffered devastating losses from the recent earthquake and tsunami. Through the California Rice Industry Association trade group, growers, marketers, mills, and warehousemen that comprise the California rice industry are voluntarily donating US$50,000 to the Japanese relief effort. “Our industry owes much to the Japanese people, and we are deeply saddened by the natural disasters that have struck,” said Frank Rehermann, California Rice Industry Association chair. “We are coordinating with the Japanese Consulate General in San Francisco to do what we can to help their recovery. Read more ...

BPEX: Managing raw material costs

Feed cost is by far the most important factor in pig cost of production and in the volatile global commodity market it is important businesses take steps to minimise those risks. To help achieve this, BPEX has just launched a new section on its website giving real-time comparison of commercial options versus nearby future prices. Wheat prices may have fallen back a touch but are still almost double what they were a year ago and producers need every tool available to help them through these troubled times. This web area aims to provide pig producers with an introduction to managing raw material costs using futures and options, an explanation of how these tools work, real-time examples of them in action as well as a guide to all the different parts of commodity trading screens now accessible to the public via the internet. Read more ...

Checkoff disputes EU’s calculation of soy biodiesel’s sustainability

Two years’ worth of attempts by the soybean checkoff to convince Europeans of the sustainability of biodiesel made from US soybean oil recently culminated in several “frustrating” meetings in Brussels between United Soybean Board (USB) Chairman Marc Curtis and several European Union (EU) officials. Under the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), biodiesel made from U.S. soybean oil fails to meet the directive’s minimum greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-reduction threshold, despite a checkoff-funded study that proves otherwise. Read more ...

Tight money may trim crop subsidies

Congress may push idle cropland back into production or get rid of a US$5 billion-a-year subsidy to grain, cotton and soybean farmers when it overhauls US farm law, a House committee chairman said on Wednesday. Lawmakers will have billions of dollars less to spend on the so-called farm bill than in 2008, Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said. "There will be some stuff that falls off the table" as priorities are set for funding. Interviewed at the Reuters Global Food and Agriculture Summit, Lucas used the 32 million-acre Conservation Reserve, which idles fragile cropland, and the US$5 billion-a-year "direct payment" as examples of items that could be hit by fiscal austerity or become a target in wide-open House debate. Read more ...

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Agricover Group new distributer in Romania

AB Vista a Global supplier of animal feed ingredients, has announced that Agricover Group as its new distributor in Romania. The Bucharest based Agricover is to distribute the entire range of new generation yeasts, enzymes and micro-ingredients manufactured by AB Vista across the whole of this important Eastern European market. Read more ...

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Pancosma expands in Thailand with new offices

With the recent success of Pancosma Russia in Moscow in 2010, the Swiss feed additives manufacturer has opened offices in Thailand. Their new offices based in Bangkok will be the base for an enlarged sales and marketing organisation to service all Thai territories. According to Kim Son Doan (Asia & Oceania Sales Manager), the new Thai offices will create better support to the local distributors. Pancosma has been working locally with Thai distributors Nuevotec for more than 20 years. Read more ...

China Continues to recall meat products following banned feed additives

Supermarkets across China are still recalling meat products over the last few days and removing them from shelves following the discovery of a banned feed additive found in pork products. Meat products branded as Shineways in English that were processed by the Henan-based Jiyuan Shuanghui Food Co Ltd were found last week to contain clenbuterol, a chemical that is dangerous to humans. Read more ...

DLA Group/Raisio sign feed procurement agreement

Two of Scandinavia’s largest grain product organisations, Denmark's DLA Group and Finland's Raisio have agreed to work together on feed ingredient procurement. DLA coordinates wholesale trading activities for 31 cooperative and privately owned raw materials companies in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic States, while Raisio is Finland's largest industrial grain processor, operating also in the UK, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Baltic countries. The two companies have agreed to cooperate mainly in the procurement of feed raw materials and other production inputs. They will also explore opportunities for cooperation in Eastern Europe and plan to set up a working group to explore these possibilities. Read more ...

Grains, soy shake off losses

US grain and soybean futures finished slightly higher Tuesday as concerns farmers will not sow enough acres this spring sparked a recovery from early losses. Corn for May delivery, the most-actively traded contract, edged up 1/4 cent, or 0.04 percent, to US$6.86 3/4 a bushel at the Chicago Board of Trade, above the session low of US$6.73. Soybeans for May delivery rose 2 1/2 cents, or 0.2 percent, to US$13.65 1/2 a bushel after reaching a session low of US$13.44. Market participants are nervous farmers will not plant enough corn and soybeans this spring, to replenish tight supplies due to competition for acres from high-priced cotton. Wet weather also threatens to disrupt plantings of corn, which is sown earlier in the spring than soybeans. Read more ...

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Cargill adds to Japan relief efforts with US$250,000 donation to Second Harvest Japan

Cargill announced that it has made a donation of US$250,000 to Second Harvest Japan, a Tokyo-based food bank that is delivering truckloads of food and other needed items to the Tohoku region to provide nourishment to survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. Cargill's donation will be used to help the organisation procure and deliver food and other supplies to those in need at evacuation centers and welfare agencies. In addition to the grant to Second Harvest Japan, Cargill is matching employee contributions to the Red Cross. Cargill business units also have contributed approximately US$125,000 to the Japanese Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations responding in Japan. Read more ...

Cheapest wheat fungicide also most effective

In an unusual, but much welcomed twist of fate, the cheapest treatment for leaf rust on wheat this spring is also one of the most effective. Tebuconazole, available under several brand names, is the least expensive treatment for both leaf rust and stripe rust in wheat, says Texas AgriLife Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist Jim Swart, who works the northeast corner of Texas from his Commerce office. Late March to early April is time to start spray applications to control leaf rust, he says. “Stripe rust is typically the first disease threat we have in northeast Texas, but the varieties we plant in this area are resistant to stripe rust, so we do not have a big problem with it. If a variety is susceptible to stripe rust, we don’t recommend it.” Read more …

March 24, 2011

Alltech’s symposium to explore swine strategies - feed costs and nutrition are major topics As farmers are faced with the challenge of improving feed efficiency, other concerns such as health and immunity persist. Alltech’s 27th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium will address these challenges and provide insights and solutions to the issues that plague the swine industry.

The Symposium, entitled The Game Changers: Creative Concepts for Agribusiness to Respond to Relentless Commoditisation and to Innovate for a Greener Future will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky, USA from May 22-25, 2011. Read more ...

Novus introduces new dietary enzyme for poultry producers Novus International have introduced a new dietary enzyme which they claim will offer poultry producers more flexibility and control over their feed rations. “Cibenza DP100 is a real game changer,” says Dr. Scott Carter, Global Poultry Market Manager for Novus.

“This dietary enzyme is formulated to give poultry producers much more control over their protein ingredients. Cibenza DP100 offers the flexibility to incorporate more cost-effective protein sources into diets with no sacrifice in performance, or maximise performance in birds that receive rations formulated with the highest quality protein ingredients.” Read more ...

China market analysis 2010-2011

Beijing Shennong Kexin Agribusiness Consulting has released two reports on Chinese agricultural developments in the feed and livestock sector. “China feed market analysis and forecast report (2010-2011)” and “China live hog, layer & broiler market analysis and forecast report (20102011)” have been finished at the end of February, 2011. 28


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This feed annual report comprehensively and scientifically reviews the main changes of China’s livestock market in 2010, and forecasts the trends of China’s feed market performance in the year of 2011. This report analyses the trends of production increase and changes of feed product structure, systematically summarises market performances of corn, soybean meal, rapeseed meal, cottonseed meal, fish meal, DDGS, lysine and DL-Methionine in the year of 2010, from supply, demand, trade, etc. Read more ...

BPEX: Feed crisis pack

BPEX: The biggest and most important single cost for pig producers is feed; on average it accounts for almost 60 percent of total production costs. It is no exaggeration to state that global rises in the price of feed are the biggest threat to the sustainability of English high welfare pig production and processing. Wheat is the main ingredient of pig feed and its price is keenly observed by the whole of the pig industry. The market for wheat has been very volatile in recent years with huge price rises brought about by poor harvests and a growing demand, not least for the production of bio fuels. Prices of other key ingredients, such as soya, have also increased. Read more ...

Organised crime targets grain silos in Mexico

Organised crime gangs equipped with automatic weapons and tractor trailers are branching out into raids on huge grain silos, in a sign of growing lawlessness in parts of Mexico's north. Mexico's national warehousing association AAGEDE said the spike in thefts began a year or two ago, but its members are only recently coming forward and many are still too scared to report details on the number or scale of the incidents. Read more ...

India says Monsanto covertly, illegally conducted GM corn trials without approval

Recent reports out of India say that multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto has once against skirted the law by clandestinely planting its genetically-modified (GM) corn without receiving approval to do so. Nitish Kumar, chief minister of the Indian state of Bihar, recently wrote a letter to India's environment minister Jairam Ramesh explaining the situation. Just days earlier, Ramesh had denied Monsanto permission to plant the crops at all. When he discovered that Monsanto had schemed with India's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) and the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) to plant genetically-modified (GM) corn without official approval, Kumar was outraged. Kumar had previously written a letter to Ramesh reinforcing his opposition to the GM corn, and shortly thereafter Ramesh asked GEAC to block Monsanto's corn plantings that it had first approved back in December. Read more ...

Global wheat production to increase in 2011

FAO's first forecast for world wheat production in 2011 stands at 676 million tons, representing a growth of 3.4 percent from 2010, the March 2011 edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report said. This level would still be below the bumper harvests in 2008 and 2009. Wheat plantings in many countries have increased or are expected to increase this year in response to strong prices, while yield recoveries are forecast in areas that were affected by drought in 2010, the Russian Federation in particular, the report specified. As the bulk of the world's coarse grains and paddy crops are yet to be planted, it is, however, too early to forecast total cereal production for this year. Read more ... 29


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March 25, 2011

Brazil rice breeding

Upland rice is an important crop in Brazil with almost 2 million ha planted every year. Although this area is less than half of the area planted in the 1980s as a pioneer crop in the Brazilian savannas (also known as Cerrado), this system is regarded as having a high potential for expansion with increasing international demand for rice. The Brazilian Corporation for Agricultural Research (Embrapa) has conducted an upland rice breeding program since 1975, in collaboration with other public institutions, aiming at developing rice cultivars with improved agronomic and grain quality characteristics, resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses, and well adapted to the upland rice growing regions in Brazil. Read more ...

Company update: Bühler

The global Bühler Technology Group has once again grown markedly in its anniversary year 2010. Order intake increased 21 percent to CHF 2,160 million (€1.554m), sales revenue (turnover) 11 percent to CHF 1,907 million (€1.372m) , and operating profits (EBIT) at a higher thanproportional rate to 10.6 percent of total sales. The Group owes this success especially to the identification of market trends such as improved food safety and higher energy efficiency. For the current fiscal year 2011, Buhler expects to further increase its turnover. Read more ...

Talking planting intentions, Euro-debt

USDA's Planting Intentions report will be released in less than a week, and the anticipation of what it will show is high. Predictions from market watchers - including Farm Futures - have a relatively wide range. In his regular Friday conversation with Wisconsin Farm Broadcaster Pam Jahnke, Farm Futures Senior Editor Bryce Knorr talks about the upcoming report and its implications. Another issue weighing on the markets is continued concern over European debt. Knorr talks specifically about Portugal which bubbled to the surface this week and what that may mean to commodity markets. Listen in on the conversation using the audio player below. Read more ...

Swedish Report finds, that animal welfare does not damage competitiveness

Farmers and politicians have expressed concern that Swedish and European agricultural producers do not compete on equal terms with the rest of the world because of stricter animal welfare legislation. A new report from the AgriFood Economics Center in Sweden shows that there is no justification for more tariffs based on the argument that stricter legislation would increase imports. EU farmers hold their own well in competition with the rest of the world, despite the comparatively high demands the EU places on agricultural production. "We have investigated the connection between animal welfare regulation in the EU and competitiveness. Read more .

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US$6.6 million study could lead to better corn plants

University of Missouri researcher has received a US$6.6 million (UK£4.117 million) grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a research team to study the genes that control the movement of carbohydrates in corn. This research could lead to increased yield, more drought resistant plants, larger plants and easier production of biofuels. “When corn produces carbohydrates in the leaves, it transports sucrose, a type of sugar, to other parts of the plant, including the ears and roots,” said David Braun, an associate professor in the Division of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science and a member of the MU Interdisciplinary Plant Group. “By understanding how the movement of carbohydrates is regulated, we may be able to engineer plants that better meet the needs of farmers and consumers.” Read more …

China’s biggest animal feed producer urges Government to halt DDGS investigation

New Hope Group, China’s biggest animal feed producer has urged the government to halt its anti-dumping investigation against exports of US DDGS (distillers' dried grains). Feed industry left out of the loop "The investigation has not consulted the feed industry and only represents the interests of some ethanol producers," Liu Yonghao, the chairman of New Hope stated. According to a report by Reuters, cheap US DDGS imports brought costs down for feed mills last year and China's investigation which was launched late last year have driven up domestic prices of the by-product, said Liu, a member of the advisory body to the parliament. Read more ...

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Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) was ranked the world’s most admired company in the food production industry for the third consecutive year by Fortune magazine. Considered the definitive report card on corporate reputation, Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” ranks companies in a number of major industries. “We are extremely proud to again be acknowledged by our peers for our leadership in the food production industry,” said Chairman, CEO and President Patricia A. Woertz. “To be recognised for excellence in the work we do to serve vital needs for food and energy speaks to the passion and commitment of our 29,000 employees.” Read more ...

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South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines will test Japanese food imports for radiation, officials said on Monday, and other countries may also step up monitoring as Japan tries to contain a nuclear crisis. "As far as radiation is concerned, I think the most at-risk articles are ... fresh products, perhaps dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables," Hong Kong's Food and Health Secretary York Chow said. "We are monitoring the situation and also checking at importation venues to ascertain that they have not been affected." Singapore's agri-food and veterinary authority (AVA) said it would test imports from Japan and particularly fresh produce. South Korea's Food and Drug Administration said it would test fresh agriculture and forest products for radiation, although it added it was not a big buyer of such products from Japan. Officials said testing of seafood was also being considered South Korea imported 84,000 metric tons of fish from Japan in 2010. Read more ...

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Adifo: Best booth at VIV Asia 2011

vFriday March 12, Adifo won the award for Best Booth at VIV Asia in the exhibitor category feed additives, category booths smaller than 20 m2. The jury informed us, in front of the international press, that their BESTMIX booth was attractive and simple. Adifo is very proud to have recieved this award. Adifo will be attending International Poultry show in Dhaka, Bangladesh (March 25-27 ) CFIA China Feed Expo in Nanchang, China (April 20-21) Victam Europe in Cologne, Germany (May 3-5) Poultry India (Nov 23-25) Food Ingredients Europe in Paris, France (Nov 29- Dec 1) Congratulations to Adifo from Perendale Publishers Limited

Feed product addresses challenging period of a cow’s life

“With all areas of cost seemingly rising ever faster, cows are now required to perform at their optimum capacity more than ever,” says Chris Williams, managing director of Zintec Feed Supplements the Herefordshire Supplement manufacturer. “A key facet of a successful cow is her ability to conceive rapidly following a successful calving, whilst efficiently producing high levels of good quality milk”. Zintec Feed Supplements has now launched a specialist product to address this challenging period of the cows life. PD PLUS is a concentrated blend of vitamins, trace elements, minerals and other nutritional components. It is specifically designed to ensure hormone production is maximised, whilst combating the usual drop in immune function by providing for the specific needs of the cow. “Using PD PLUS during the transition phase provides nutrients in their most available forms, ensuring conventional deficiencies are eliminated” Read more ...

US, Canada, Mexico: Pork groups concerned about feed availability

Worried about the ability to feed animals should there be a drought or crop disease that affects feed grain supplies, leaders of the organisations representing pork producers in Canada, Mexico and the United States urged their respective governments to address the issue of feed availability. The Confederation of Mexican Pork, the Canadian Pork Council and the National Pork Producers Council, at a meeting held in Merida, Mexico, noted the tight world grain markets. In the United States, for example, the US Department of Agriculture estimates that there are only 20 days of corn carryover stocks the lowest level since 1995. Read more ...

Animal Health Int & Lextron to merge

Lextron, Inc, a Colorado-based distributor of livestock vaccines and supplements, announced its plans to buy competitor Animal Health International, Inc, for about US$251 million. In a joint statement released this week the companies stated that privately-held Lextron will pay US$4.25 a share for all outstanding Animal Health stock or approximately US$111 million plus assume US$140 million of Animal Health’s debt. According to John Adent, President and CEO for Lextron, “This merger provides an opportunity for us to collectively create the country’s premier animal health business.” Read more ... 32


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Grains Council provides update on Earthquake Impact

US agriculture is watching the situation in Japan very closely in the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated areas of the country late last week. US Grains Council Senior Director of International Operations Mike Callahan reports staff at the Council's Tokyo office have checked in, are safe and have been able to return to the office. "Obviously our staff can't get into the area that was impacted by the earthquake and tsunami," Callahan said. "So they pretty much have to rely upon information that's conveyed to them from our contacts in the feed industry and the grain trade." Read more ...

US Investors poured US$1 Billion into Japan just before quake

Japan's earthquake couldn't have come at a worse time for US investors hoping for a resurgence in the country's market and economy. Last month, they poured over US$1 billion into Japanese exchange-traded funds, second only to US energy funds and more than they invested in funds focused on agriculture, mid-cap US stocks and large cap growth, according to Biriniyi Associates data. The iShares MSCI Japan (NYSEArca:EWJ - News), the largest of the US-listed funds focused on the country, saw its assets increase by US$1.2 billion this year before Friday, according to ConvergEx Group, third among all US -listed ETF assets. Read more …

March 17, 2011

Japan delays corn imports

Japanese corn importers are delaying the purchase of the grain after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged ports in the nation’s northeast, suspending unloading operations from vessels, said Nobuyuki Chino, president of Unipac Grain Ltd.“ Japanese companies have not made deals to buy corn since the quake hit the nation,” Chino, was reported to have said. “They need to assess how demand for the grain may change after the incident.” Japan is the world’s largest importer, importing about 12 million metric tons of corn for feed production annually and secures about 90 percent of the grain from the US, the largest exporter. Read more ...

Chinese pigs test positive for illegal feed additive

In central China’s Henan Province 19 pigs have tested positive to having a banned additive, Clenbuterol, which is poisonous to humans, in their urine, Jiyuan city government said in a statement. According to the statement more than 1,300 pig farms and vet drug stores are under investigation. The police have taken several people into custody. And at least six officials and workers at local animal quarantine stations have been fired or suspended from duty. All suspected meat products have been removed from shelves, and all feedstuff and meat confirmed to contain the additive have been destroyed. Read more ...

Pfizer Animal Health begins integration with Alpharma

With the acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals by Pfizer, Inc, announced on February 28, Pfizer Animal Health will begin integrating Alpharma, LLC into its existing business.

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The integration of Alpharma allows Pfizer Animal Health to build on its already broad product portfolio of biologics, medicines and immuno-diagnostics. “Pfizer Animal Health welcomes Alpharma colleagues and the company’s respected products and services,” said Clint Lewis, President of U.S. Operations for Pfizer Animal Health. “Today marks another important milestone in Pfizer Animal Health’s evolution in offering veterinarians, nutritionists and all our customers a more comprehensive portfolio of unique products and services. It also further demonstrates our commitment to becoming a complete solutions provider for our customers.”

Gleadell Market Report

Ukrainian farm ministry reports that farmers are likely to increase the sown area for the 2011 grain crop to 15.7mln hectares, from about 15.2mln in 2010. The area under grains could be larger by 528,000 hectares. The farm ministry also reports 56 percent of the winter grain crops are in good condition, 38 percent satisfactory and six percent poor. APKinform reports that favourable weather may boost Ukraine’s 2011 grain harvest by 24 percent to 48.7mmt. China’s NDRC reports that country is holding 100mmt of wheat stocks, with total grain reserves reported at about 40 percent of its annual consumption. Bumper sowings and plentiful rains have put India on course for a fourth successive record wheat harvest as reported by US officials, forecasting that the country may be ‘forced’ to resume exports to free storage space. India’s wheat plantings reaches record levels of 29.4mln hectares as of March 4th, compared with 28.36mln last year France exported 1.3mmt of soft wheat in January, putting total shipments in the first seven months of the 2010/11 season at 11.4mmt, 26 percent ahead of last year. Sales to Non-EU countries were reported at 7.7mmt, up 48 percent on the year. DEFRA reports UK wheat area planted as of December 1st 2010 at 1.937mln hectares, up 0.2 percent on December 2009. USDA report released today left US Corn stocks unchanged, but raised wheat stocks by 25mln bushels due to lower export projections. Global corn stocks increased slightly to 123.14mmt, up from 122.51mmt last month, with wheat stocks increased by 4.13mmt to 181.9mmt, from 177.77mmt last month. The commodity sell-off, mainly as a result of increased concerns over recent events in North Africa / Middle East and potential demand, coincided with better weather prospects for the US plains and reports that China’s drought situation was easing. Marker fundamentals still remain tight, but have a bit more ‘slack’ than a few weeks ago. New crop prospects, while still remaining favourable, are still open to weather scares / production issues. And these, if and when they happen, will encourage buying interest rather than selling.

Press Release: Sodrugestvo initiates construction of new Kaliningrad port complex

New US$430 Million Project to Significantly Expand Capabilities in Russia Luxembourg and New York, March 10, 2011 Sodrugestvo Group has started construction on a new port complex in Kaliningrad, Russia. The US$430 million project, scheduled for completion in 2013, will include a new deep-sea port terminal and soybean crushing plant. The Sodrugestvo Group has already invested more than US$600 million in port infrastructure and processing facilities in Kaliningrad since 2001.

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In a ceremony yesterday commemorating the initiation of the project, several dignitaries including Viktor A. Zubkov, first vice-prime minister of the Russian Federation; Iliya I. Khlebanov, plenipotentiary representative of the president of the Russian Federation, northwest region; and Nikolay N. Tsukanov, governor of the Kaliningrad region, joined Alexander V. Lutsenko, Sodrugestvo’s chairman of the board, in laying the ceremonial first stone. “Sodrugestvo’s continuing investment in our Kaliningrad facilities underscores our commitment to the Russian market which is critically important to our Group’s health and future growth,” said Alexander V. Lutsenko, chairman, Sodrugestvo. “This nearly half billion dollar expenditure will provide us with new production and storage facilities and new shipping berths that will allow us to increase our presence in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.” On behalf of the Russian Government, Mr. Zubkov said that “the increase of soybean processing capacities is strategically important to guarantee the food security of Russia and the success of the State-sponsored program to develop meat production.” The new specialized port complex has been specially designed to support the import and export of dry bulk agricultural commodities and vegetal oils. It will contain three berths that can receive up to 50,000 metric tons (mt) ships, a new rail terminal with the capacity to handle 5,000,000 mt annually and additional storage capacity to house 160,000 mt of grains, 184,000 mt of dry bulk commodities and 30,000 mt of vegetal oils. The new plant will add 5,000 mt of daily processing capacity to the existing 3,300 mt daily capacity at the existing Kaliningrad facility.

Feed Outlook: Global coarse grain supply and use projected lower this month

World coarse grain production and beginning stocks forecast for 2010/11 are reduced this month, lowering supply 2.5 million tons. However, projected global use is 3.3 million tons lower this month, allowing for a 0.8-million-ton increase in ending stocks to 154.9 million tons. The global stocks-to-use ratio is projected at 13.8 percent, slightly lower than in 2006/07 when stocks were nine percent lower but use was smaller. US 2010/11 supply and use forecasts for feed grains are unchanged this month except for a small reduction in barley exports and an offsetting increase in ending stocks. Price projections are adjusted, but the midpoint of the forecast corn farm price range is unchanged. Read more …

March 18, 2011

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Philippines: Zuellig Group to secure it’s own feed milling requirement with corn production

A 30,000-hectare corn plantation in the Philippines will be set up by the Zuellig Group in order to ensure its own feed milling requirements are met. The firm is currently testing plantations for its major corn production plans to become a reality. Kim Campbell, executive chairman of Pharma Industries, Inc of the Zuellig Group stated : “If you look at our organisation, we need corn for processing. We are looking in the region to produce corn." “You can see that there is competition everywhere for food. For the security of supply, we want to produce our own corn so we are looking around, Mr Cambell added. The region has already seen test runs being carried out at corn plantations by the company. Read more

California rice pledges US$50,000 for Japanese relief

The California rice industry is coming to the aid of their friends and business colleagues in Japan who have suffered devastating losses from the recent earthquake and tsunami. Through the California Rice Industry Association trade group, growers, marketers, mills, and warehousemen that comprise the California rice industry are voluntarily donating US$50,000 to the Japanese relief effort. “Our industry owes much to the Japanese people, and we are deeply saddened by the natural disasters that have struck,” said Frank Rehermann, California Rice Industry Association chair. “We are coordinating with the Japanese Consulate General in San Francisco to do what we can to help their recovery. Read more ...

BPEX: Managing raw material costs

Feed cost is by far the most important factor in pig cost of production and in the volatile global commodity market it is important businesses take steps to minimise those risks. To help achieve this, BPEX has just launched a new section on its website giving real-time comparison of commercial options versus nearby future prices. Wheat prices may have fallen back a touch but are still almost double what they were a year ago and producers need every tool available to help them through these troubled times. This web area aims to provide pig producers with an introduction to managing raw material costs using futures and options, an explanation of how these tools work, real-time examples of them in action as well as a guide to all the different parts of commodity trading screens now accessible to the public via the internet. Read more ...

Checkoff disputes EU’s calculation of soy biodiesel’s sustainability

Two years’ worth of attempts by the soybean checkoff to convince Europeans of the sustainability of biodiesel made from US soybean oil recently culminated in several “frustrating” meetings in Brussels between United Soybean Board (USB) Chairman Marc Curtis and several European Union (EU) officials. Under the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), biodiesel made from U.S. soybean oil fails to meet the directive’s minimum greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-reduction threshold, despite a checkoff-funded study that proves otherwise. Read more ...

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Tight money may trim crop subsidies

Congress may push idle cropland back into production or get rid of a US$5 billion-a-year subsidy to grain, cotton and soybean farmers when it overhauls US farm law, a House committee chairman said on Wednesday. Lawmakers will have billions of dollars less to spend on the so-called farm bill than in 2008, Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said. "There will be some stuff that falls off the table" as priorities are set for funding. Interviewed at the Reuters Global Food and Agriculture Summit, Lucas used the 32 million-acre Conservation Reserve, which idles fragile cropland, and the US$5 billion-a-year "direct payment" as examples of items that could be hit by fiscal austerity or become a target in wide-open House debate. Read more ...

March 23, 2011

Agricover Group new distributer in Romania

AB Vista a Global supplier of animal feed ingredients, has announced that Agricover Group as its new distributor in Romania. The Bucharest based Agricover is to distribute the entire range of new generation yeasts, enzymes and micro-ingredients manufactured by AB Vista across the whole of this important Eastern European market. Read more ...

Pancosma expands in Thailand with new offices

With the recent success of Pancosma Russia in Moscow in 2010, the Swiss feed additives manufacturer has opened offices in Thailand. Their new offices based in Bangkok will be the base for an enlarged sales and marketing organisation to service all Thai territories. According to Kim Son Doan (Asia & Oceania Sales Manager), the new Thai offices will create better support to the local distributors. Pancosma has been working locally with Thai distributors Nuevotec for more than 20 years. Read more ...

China Continues to recall meat products following banned feed additives

Supermarkets across China are still recalling meat products over the last few days and removing them from shelves following the discovery of a banned feed additive found in pork products. Meat products branded as Shineways in English that were processed by the Henan-based Jiyuan Shuanghui Food Co Ltd were found last week to contain clenbuterol, a chemical that is dangerous to humans. Read more ...

DLA Group/Raisio sign feed procurement agreement

Two of Scandinavia’s largest grain product organisations, Denmark's DLA Group and Finland's Raisio have agreed to work together on feed ingredient procurement. DLA coordinates wholesale trading activities for 31 cooperative and privately owned raw materials companies in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic States, while Raisio is Finland's largest industrial grain processor, operating also in the UK, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Baltic countries. The two companies have agreed to cooperate mainly in the procurement of feed raw materials and other production inputs. They will also explore opportunities for cooperation in Eastern Europe and plan to set up a working group to explore these possibilities. Read more ...

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Grains, soy shake off losses

US grain and soybean futures finished slightly higher Tuesday as concerns farmers will not sow enough acres this spring sparked a recovery from early losses. Corn for May delivery, the most-actively traded contract, edged up 1/4 cent, or 0.04 percent, to US$6.86 3/4 a bushel at the Chicago Board of Trade, above the session low of US$6.73. Soybeans for May delivery rose 2 1/2 cents, or 0.2 percent, to US$13.65 1/2 a bushel after reaching a session low of US$13.44. Market participants are nervous farmers will not plant enough corn and soybeans this spring, to replenish tight supplies due to competition for acres from high-priced cotton. Wet weather also threatens to disrupt plantings of corn, which is sown earlier in the spring than soybeans. Read more ...

Cargill adds to Japan relief efforts with US$250,000 donation to Second Harvest Japan

Cargill announced that it has made a donation of US$250,000 to Second Harvest Japan, a Tokyo-based food bank that is delivering truckloads of food and other needed items to the Tohoku region to provide nourishment to survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. Cargill's donation will be used to help the organisation procure and deliver food and other supplies to those in need at evacuation centers and welfare agencies. In addition to the grant to Second Harvest Japan, Cargill is matching employee contributions to the Red Cross. Cargill business units also have contributed approximately US$125,000 to the Japanese Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations responding in Japan. Read more ...

Cheapest wheat fungicide also most effective

In an unusual, but much welcomed twist of fate, the cheapest treatment for leaf rust on wheat this spring is also one of the most effective. Tebuconazole, available under several brand names, is the least expensive treatment for both leaf rust and stripe rust in wheat, says Texas AgriLife Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist Jim Swart, who works the northeast corner of Texas from his Commerce office. Late March to early April is time to start spray applications to control leaf rust, he says. “Stripe rust is typically the first disease threat we have in northeast Texas, but the varieties we plant in this area are resistant to stripe rust, so we do not have a big problem with it. If a variety is susceptible to stripe rust, we don’t recommend it.” Read more …

March 24, 2011

Alltech’s symposium to explore swine strategies - feed costs and nutrition are major topics As farmers are faced with the challenge of improving feed efficiency, other concerns such as health and immunity persist. Alltech’s 27th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium will address these challenges and provide insights and solutions to the issues that plague the swine industry.

The Symposium, entitled The Game Changers: Creative Concepts for Agribusiness to Respond to Relentless Commoditisation and to Innovate for a Greener Future will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky, USA from May 22-25, 2011. Read more ...

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Novus introduces new dietary enzyme for poultry producers Novus International have introduced a new dietary enzyme which they claim will offer poultry producers more flexibility and control over their feed rations. “Cibenza DP100 is a real game changer,” says Dr. Scott Carter, Global Poultry Market Manager for Novus.

“This dietary enzyme is formulated to give poultry producers much more control over their protein ingredients. Cibenza DP100 offers the flexibility to incorporate more cost-effective protein sources into diets with no sacrifice in performance, or maximise performance in birds that receive rations formulated with the highest quality protein ingredients.” Read more ...

China market analysis 2010-2011

Beijing Shennong Kexin Agribusiness Consulting has released two reports on Chinese agricultural developments in the feed and livestock sector. “China feed market analysis and forecast report (2010-2011)” and “China live hog, layer & broiler market analysis and forecast report (20102011)” have been finished at the end of February, 2011. This feed annual report comprehensively and scientifically reviews the main changes of China’s livestock market in 2010, and forecasts the trends of China’s feed market performance in the year of 2011. This report analyses the trends of production increase and changes of feed product structure, systematically summarises market performances of corn, soybean meal, rapeseed meal, cottonseed meal, fish meal, DDGS, lysine and DL-Methionine in the year of 2010, from supply, demand, trade, etc. Read more ...

BPEX: Feed crisis pack

BPEX: The biggest and most important single cost for pig producers is feed; on average it accounts for almost 60 percent of total production costs. It is no exaggeration to state that global rises in the price of feed are the biggest threat to the sustainability of English high welfare pig production and processing. Wheat is the main ingredient of pig feed and its price is keenly observed by the whole of the pig industry. The market for wheat has been very volatile in recent years with huge price rises brought about by poor harvests and a growing demand, not least for the production of bio fuels. Prices of other key ingredients, such as soya, have also increased. Read more ...

Organised crime targets grain silos in Mexico

Organised crime gangs equipped with automatic weapons and tractor trailers are branching out into raids on huge grain silos, in a sign of growing lawlessness in parts of Mexico's north. Mexico's national warehousing association AAGEDE said the spike in thefts began a year or two ago, but its members are only recently coming forward and many are still too scared to report details on the number or scale of the incidents. Read more ...

India says Monsanto covertly, illegally conducted GM corn trials without approval

Recent reports out of India say that multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto has once against skirted the law by clandestinely planting its genetically-modified (GM) corn without receiving approval to do so. Nitish Kumar, chief minister of the Indian state of Bihar, recently wrote a letter to India's environment minister Jairam Ramesh explaining the situation. Just days earlier, Ramesh had denied Monsanto permission to plant the crops at all.

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When he discovered that Monsanto had schemed with India's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) and the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) to plant genetically-modified (GM) corn without official approval, Kumar was outraged. Kumar had previously written a letter to Ramesh reinforcing his opposition to the GM corn, and shortly thereafter Ramesh asked GEAC to block Monsanto's corn plantings that it had first approved back in December. Read more ...

Global wheat production to increase in 2011

FAO's first forecast for world wheat production in 2011 stands at 676 million tons, representing a growth of 3.4 percent from 2010, the March 2011 edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report said. This level would still be below the bumper harvests in 2008 and 2009. Wheat plantings in many countries have increased or are expected to increase this year in response to strong prices, while yield recoveries are forecast in areas that were affected by drought in 2010, the Russian Federation in particular, the report specified. As the bulk of the world's coarse grains and paddy crops are yet to be planted, it is, however, too early to forecast total cereal production for this year. Read more ...

March 25, 2011

Brazil rice breeding

Upland rice is an important crop in Brazil with almost 2 million ha planted every year. Although this area is less than half of the area planted in the 1980s as a pioneer crop in the Brazilian savannas (also known as Cerrado), this system is regarded as having a high potential for expansion with increasing international demand for rice. The Brazilian Corporation for Agricultural Research (Embrapa) has conducted an upland rice breeding program since 1975, in collaboration with other public institutions, aiming at developing rice cultivars with improved agronomic and grain quality characteristics, resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses, and well adapted to the upland rice growing regions in Brazil. Read more ...

Company update: Bühler

The global Bühler Technology Group has once again grown markedly in its anniversary year 2010. Order intake increased 21 percent to CHF 2,160 million (€1.554m), sales revenue (turnover) 11 percent to CHF 1,907 million (€1.372m) , and operating profits (EBIT) at a higher thanproportional rate to 10.6 percent of total sales. The Group owes this success especially to the identification of market trends such as improved food safety and higher energy efficiency. For the current fiscal year 2011, Buhler expects to further increase its turnover. Read more ...

Talking planting intentions, Euro-debt

USDA's Planting Intentions report will be released in less than a week, and the anticipation of what it will show is high. Predictions from market watchers - including Farm Futures - have a relatively wide range. In his regular Friday conversation with Wisconsin Farm Broadcaster Pam Jahnke, Farm Futures Senior Editor Bryce Knorr talks about the upcoming report and its implications. Another issue weighing on the markets is continued concern over European debt. Knorr talks specifically about Portugal which bubbled to the surface this week and what that may mean to commodity markets. Listen in on the conversation using the audio player below. Read more ...

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Swedish Report finds, that animal welfare does not damage competitiveness

Farmers and politicians have expressed concern that Swedish and European agricultural producers do not compete on equal terms with the rest of the world because of stricter animal welfare legislation. A new report from the AgriFood Economics Center in Sweden shows that there is no justification for more tariffs based on the argument that stricter legislation would increase imports. EU farmers hold their own well in competition with the rest of the world, despite the comparatively high demands the EU places on agricultural production. "We have investigated the connection between animal welfare regulation in the EU and competitivenessPossible feeding strategies for US$8 corn The dietary starch content recommendation for lactating dairy cows is between 23 percent and 26 percent. However, diets for some of the most productive herds in the US contain between 15 percent and 30 percent starch. The possibility of US$8 corn has increased interest in feeding lowerstarch diets to cattle. In a previous article, I stressed exploring alternatives but purposely ignored specific examples to provide an overview of management considerations not limited to feed alone. Read more ...

Global warming creating the perfect crop conditions

The news media are flush with stories this week claiming global warming is crushing global crop production. According to the media, global warming is putting the hurt on two of our favorite indulgences coffee and beer. For the more globally conscious (or less caffeinated/less inebriated) among us, the media are also focusing attention on an alleged African corn crisis. A look at facts rather than alarmist speculation, however, shows global warming is strongly benefiting nearly all global crops, including coffee, beer barley, and African corn. Without a doubt, global warming is affecting global crop production. The tremendous improvement in global crop production and worldwide growing conditions during recent decades is one of the most important yet least reported news events of our time. Read more ...

UN wheat outlook is positive for feed manufacturers

Firms in the animal feed manufacturing industry have been boosted by the latest United Nations (UN) report into wheat supplies. The UN's food agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has put forward a "favourable outlook" for global wheat production in 2011, which should lead to lower prices for the commodity. Higher sowings and more benign weather is expected to help raise supply levels of wheat, as will a strong recovery in the Black Sea region that is putting cereals exports back on the agenda. The FAO statement suggested that total global production of wheat will increase by 3.4 percent to 676 million tonnes in 2011. "Plantings have increased, or are expected to increase, in many countries in response to strong prices and yield recoveries are expected in areas that were affected by drought in 2010," Read more ...

Flour milling firms ‘should target individual consumers’

Firms in the flour milling industry could be set to see increased demand for their produce from private consumers, it is claimed. Wessex Mill in Wantage, Oxfordshire, is the smallest commercial flour mill left in Britain, according to the Oxford Mail.

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While sales dwindled as supermarket loaves became more popular during the recession, the producer is now seeing a rising demand for its bread flour from farmers' markets throughout the county. Owner Paul Munsey explained that supplying flour direct to customers is proving to be a very profitable area. Read more ...

USDA feed grains database

This database contains statistics on four feed grains (corn, grain sorghum, barley, and oats), foreign coarse grains (feed grains plus rye, millet, and mixed grains), hay, and related items. This includes data published in the monthly Feed Outlook and previously annual Feed Yearbook. Data are monthly, quarterly, and/or annual depending upon the data series. Available data include: Supply: beginning stocks, production, and imports; Demand: utilisation for food, seed, and industrial uses, feed and residual, exports, and ending stocks; Prices: farm and market prices; Quantities fed: concentrates, oilseed meals, and animal- and grain-protein feeds; Feed-price ratios for livestock, poultry, and milk; And much more! Read more ...

USDA Wheat Data

This data product contains statistics on wheat including the five classes of wheat: hard red winter, hard red spring, soft red winter, white, and durum and rye. Includes data published in the monthly Wheat Outlook and previously annual Wheat Yearbook. Data are monthly, quarterly, and/ or annual depending upon the data series. Most data are on a marketing year basis, but some are calendar year. Available data include: • Supply: beginning stocks, production, and imports; • Demand: utilization for food, seed, feed and residual, exports, and ending stocks; • Prices: farm and market prices; • Mill grind and milling profitability; • Per capita flour disappearance; • And much more! Read more ...

March 28, 2011

Aarhus University: Bacteria in pig feed can protect the environment

Specially developed bacteria added to pig feed can help reduce nitrogen emissions from agriculture. The little Bacillus subtilis is particularly welcome in pig feed because it has the attractive quality that it is expected to be able to help farmers reduce the impact of nitrogen from agriculture on the environment. Scientists are now aiming at developing new strains of Bacillus subtilis that are tailor-made for this job. In order to ensure optimum growth development, pigs are fed feed that fulfills all their nutritional requirements. With regard to protein, pigs are actually fed more than they need. This is done to ensure that their requirements for the individual amino acids are met. Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein. Read more ...

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National Corn Growers Association says billionaire food profiteers wrong to call farmers immoral

Remarks made this week by the chairman of Nestle about the use of corn for biofuels production were not only wrong but dangerous, the president of the National Corn Growers Association said. At a time of economic struggle for millions of Americans, any proposal that will kill jobs, damage the environment and raise energy prices needs to be opposed vehemently. “It is scandalous, ludicrous and highly irresponsible for the chairman of a global conglomerate that tripled its profits last year to talk about higher corn prices forcing millions into starvation,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “Perhaps if Nestle is so concerned about food prices, its board will consider putting more of their US$35.7 billion (UK£22.373 billion) in 2010 profits back into poor communities. Just their profits alone represent more than half the entire farm value of the 2010 US corn crop.” Read more ...

Large regional changes in farmland area predicted

The effects of climate change and population growth on agricultural land area vary from region to region, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers. Regions with relative high latitudes China, Russia and the US could see a significant increase in arable land in coming years, but Africa, Europe and India and South America could lose land area. Civil and environmental engineering professor Ximing Cai and graduate student Xiao Zhang published their findings in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Read more ...

Japan struggles to reinstall feed production and trade

The US Grains Council reports the Japanese industry has been making significant strides to regain its normal feed mill production capacity within the next few months. “In the short-term, logistical issues will continue to be a problem, but the Japanese feed industry is working hard to recover from the damage. By April or May, the Council is hopeful Japan will recover and return to a somewhat normalcy,” said Tommy Hamamoto, USGC director in Japan. Four of Japan’s major importing facilities and attached feed mills were severely damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the country on March 11. Read more ...

Norel SA announce Ms Marta Gutierrez appointment

Norel SA is pleased to announce that since January 1st, Ms Marta Gutierrez has been appointed as Product Manager Specialities and Regulatory Affairs Officer. Marta, an Agronomic Engineer and DVm student, has been working with Norel since November 2009 as Technical Department Assistant. In her new position she will take care of the development of the Specialities products (toxin binders, pellet binders, special premixes) including preparation of the registration dossiers for the various export markets. Read more ...

UK Group calls current food policy inadequate

A new report released Friday in the United Kingdom says the country cannot rely on the market to create a more sustainable food chain. The report was released by the Sustainable Development Commission. UK consumer food prices in January rose 6.3 percent for the year, which more than doubled the average across Europe. And those prices are likely to climb further as oil prices go up and demand for basic commodities like wheat increases, the report says. Read more ...

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Biodiesel returns US soybean farmers’ Invest by the Billions

An updated, independent study funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff shows production of biodiesel continues to positively impact U.S. soybean farmers’ on-farm profitability as well as the bottom lines of poultry and livestock farmers. According to the study, the biodiesel industry’s demand for U.S. soybean oil supported U.S. soybean prices by as much as 27¢/bu over the past five years, bringing U.S. soybean farmers an additional US$2.7 billion (UK£1.692 billion) in net returns. Read more ...

Environmental Protection Agency plans stricter rules on pesticide applicators

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to strengthen its certification requirements for pesticide applicators to protect bees and other pollinators the latest effort by the agency to limit pollinators' exposure to the chemicals. EPA also is weighing changes to how it assesses the risks that pesticides pose to pollinators but the revised applicator certification requirements action likely will precede that because the changes have broad support and can be implemented quickly. Tom Moriarty, a team leader in EPA's Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division, recently announced plans for the new certification requirements at the spring meeting of the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials in Arlington, Va. He said EPA is planning to revise its rules governing certification of pesticide applicators to include requirements for better training for spraying in a way that is protective of bees. Along with the new rules, which will need to be adopted by the states after federal approval, EPA also will issue an updated training manual. Read more ...

Foreign markets opening quickly for U.S. farm goods

Foreign markets are opening up quickly for US farm goods, as is reflected by the current high prices for US grown crops. American farmers are positioned well to meet these demands and get a very good payday for doing so, says Virginia Economist Dennis Gartman. Gartman publishes the Suffolk, Virginia based Gartman Letter, a daily commentary on commodity and marketing issues. He has been publishing the daily commentary since 1987, and over the years has conducted numerous presentations and courses on issues relating to the capital markets and derivatives for various brokerage firms, central banks, and US government entities. Read more ...

Agriculture innovation enables water and food security

As World Water Day focuses on responding to the urban challenge of 'Water for Cities,' it is also a global reminder of the critical role water plays in food production. With urban populations growing by two people every second and cities reaching deeper and further for freshwater resources, farmers must produce more food with even less available water. Water management in agriculture must be considered a priority to enable water and food security for our growing urban population. From modern plant varieties that produce higher yields, to the adoption of conservation tillage that preserves soil moisture, plant science innovations are already leading progress on global water conservation efforts, and hold tremendous potential for the future. According to the United Nations, a one percent increase in water productivity in food production alone can make up to an extra 24 liters of water available per person per day. Read more ...

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March 29, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: The European Commission imposes special conditions on import of food and feed from Japan

Today we received this Press Release from Fefana on the conditions being imposed on the importation of feed and foodstuff from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear power station. "Following the earthquake in Japan and its impact on nuclear plants in Fukushima, the European Commission has published Regulation (EU) N° 297/2011 imposing special import conditions for food and feed originating from Japan. FEFANA understands that a number of feed business operators are wondering about the possible sanitary implications in Europe of this emergency situation and has compiled the following information in order to help operators coping with this situation and with possible requests for certificates or particular measures. Here is the summary of the measures adopted: They apply to feedstuffs and foodstuffs as defined under Regulation 3954/87 (feedstuffs means products which are intended only for animal nutrition); this is interpreted as applying to all feed including specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures. They do not apply to products that left Japan before March 28, 2011 or products that have been harvested and/or processed before March 11, 2011 The measure requires that each consignment shall be accompanied by a declaration to be issued by the Japanese authorities (standard format that is provided with the Regulation) attesting that either product has been harvested before March 11, 2011, or the product is not originating from the prefecture of Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi, Saitama, Tokyo and Chiba, or in the case the product is originating from one of the prefectures listed above, proof of compliant analyse have to be provided with the declaration (caesium 134 and 137 according to the value listed above). A single identifying code for the product must be used on the declaration and the certificate of analysis, and on any document (including commercial ones) accompanying the consignment. Prior notification of arrival of all consignments must be provided at last two working days in advance of physical arrival to Border Inspection Point. As far as feed is concerned, these permitted levels of radioactive contamination are limited to caesium 134 and caesium 137 (monitoring of other isotopes was deemed irrelevant based on the half-life of these and transfer rates from feed to food) as follows: 1250 Bq/kg for pig feedingstuffs; 2500 Bq/kg for poultry, lamb, calves feedingstuffs; 5000 Bq/kg for other feedingstuffs.

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The authorities at arrival shall carry out documentary checks on all consignments and shall carry out analysis (20 percent of consignments for products originating from the 12 listed prefectures, and 10 percent of consignments for the other prefectures). Endorsement of the declaration by the Border control authority shall be necessary for the release for free circulation. Costs for these control, are at charge of the feed/food business operator. Non-conform products shall be disposed of or returned to Japan. Member States shall keep the Commission informed of all analytical results obtained. The measures entered into force on March 27, 2011 shall be in place until June 30, 2011 and the Regulation will be subject to regular review. FEFANA appreciates the proportionality and focus of the measures taken. Since the earthquake, FEFANA has put itself in a vigilance status regarding this issue. We launched with our members a proactive control phase and have recommended to all members to reinforce and take this aspect in their HACCP processes, as covered under their FAMI-QS certification, and of course giving full cooperation to the official controls that are being established by the EU sanitary authorities. It was also recommended that operators inform their customers about the fact that they included this risk in their HACCP processes and inform them about the results and measures taken. About FEFANA FEFANA is the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures. Established on October 13, 2004, FEFANA is the new juridical form of the feed additives operators association which was originally founded in 1963. With more than 100 Members from 28 countries, the Association is the interface between the specialty feed ingredients industry and the European Union authorities, including Member States authorities, in order to promote, safeguard and defend common and general interests of the industry (in several topics like guidelines, register, labelling and definitions, analysis, feed hygiene and food chain safety or non-feed use of additives). FEFANA’s current President is Dr. Frank Chmitelin of Adisseo." For more information on FEFANA, please contact: Didier Jans Secretary General FEFANA Asbl Avenue Louise 130A B-1050 Brussels info@fefana.org www.fefana.org T. + 32 2 639 66 60 F. + 32 2 640 41 11

Japanese feed industry making significant strides

According to the United States Grains Council the Japanese feed industry is making significant strides to regain its production capacity to near normal within the next few months. "Assuming significant escalation of the nuclear power plant issues will not arise and in spite of the horrendous losses suffered in Japan, the Council believes the consumer demand in Japan will remain strong and will drive continued imports of US coarse grains," said Tommy Hamamoto, USGC director in Japan. "In the short-term, logistical issues will continue to be a problem, but the Japanese feed industry is working hard to recover from the damage. By April or May, the Council is hopeful Japan will recover and return to somewhat normalcy."

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At least four of of Japans major importing facilities and feed mills were damaged severely during the earthquake and tsunami. These four facilities account for for approximately 3.66 million metric tons of compound feed production, that's about 15 percent of Japans total annual feed production. However some feed production has partially resumed. Read more ..

Alltech making stronger presence in Europe

Global health and animal nutrition company Alltech continues to develop its European presence with the announcement of new hires in its sales, marketing and solutions deployment teams. Read more ...

Company Update: Charoen Pokphand China

The Chinese division of Charon Pokphand a Thailand based global feed and food conglomerate has reported increased profits of US$132.8 million in 2010, more than 14 times the profit of 2009. C.P. Pokphand Co. Ltd (CPP), the leading animal and aqua feed producer in China, has announced its annual results for the year ended December 31, 2010. Since completing the acquisition of a feed business in China from the parent company in late February 2010, the Group has strengthened its competitive edge in the feed business and has achieved significant enhancements in its operational results. Read more ...

ADM adds to US capacity with boosted grain storage.

US grain storage capacity continues to trend higher as farm production grows, with Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) becoming the latest company to announce expansion plans. The Decatur, Ill.-based grain processor and merchandiser said its elevators in Novelty and Center, Mo, will triple their storage capacity, while a barge-loading terminal in Quincy, Ill, will add grain storage as well. Construction at the facilities will begin this spring with the expanded capacity ready for the fall harvest. The expansion projects will add nearly 1.7 million bushels of storage capacity, the company said. In the US, ADM operates 191 elevators with an aggregate storage capacity of more than 420 million bushels. Read more ...

China biofuel policy may be in conflict with food security objectives

The USDA today said the China’s food security objectives may clash with its energy independence and environmental objectives. The study, titled China's Agricultural Trade: Competitive Conditions and Effects on US Exports says the development of China's biofuels industry affects China's agricultural production mix as it diverts output away from human and animal consumption into use as a fuel and contributes to increased imports of feedstock sources. According to the report, China has been making an effort to move away from grain-based ethanol production and into alternative feedstocks. Until May 2006, government subsidies were limited to fuel ethanol, at which time the central government outlined the creation of a special fund to encourage the development of renewable energy resources, including ethanol and biodiesel. Read more ...

United States consumers face ‘nightmare’ as China drives up meat, grain prices As the growth of China pushes meat and grain prices higher, the US consumer faces a nightmare scenario, the end of cheap food for Americans.

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Already one of the world’s biggest grain users, China’s appetite for corn, wheat and other farm commodities is poised to expand significantly over the next decade as the country’s people “move up the food chain,” adding more meat and dairy products to their diets, Brown said in a March 23 conference call with reporters. Read more ...

Russian livestock industry hampered by high feed costs

The US Department of Agriculture said that high feed costs are likely to hamper growth in Russia's burgeoning livestock industry this year until the new harvest reduces supply pressures. The Russian pig herd is set to grow 1.8 percent to 17.51 million animals by the end of the year, although pork production is predicted to stay flat this year compared with a 4 percent growth in 2010, according to the USDA's Moscow attaché. Also beef production is expected to be limited to 1.4 million tonnes in 2011, which is 2.4 percent less than last year, due to a sharp decline in the number of cattle. Read more ...

March 30, 2011

Crop yield improved by removing manure solids

Manure has long been used as a crop fertiliser, but the challenge of finding an efficient use of the nutrients found in manure is ever present. The ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus in manure is low in relation to the nutrient needs of most crops. Therefore, crops tend to be overloaded with manure to meet the nitrogen requirement of agricultural crops, but the excess phosphorus from the process can damage the environment. In a study funded by agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, scientists at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Center in Agassiz, British Colombia, with collaborators in Quebec City, Quebec, and Brandon, Manitoba tested the effectiveness of removing solids from dairy manure to improve yield by increasing the nitrogen to phosphorus ratio and reducing the loss of nitrogen by hastening soil infiltration. Read more ...

Feed costs cut Cal-Maine profits

Cal-Maine Foods Inc.'s earnings fell as the producer of eggs and egg products reported feed costs jumped 16 percent and selling prices eased. The owner of Eggland's Best and Farmhouse egg brands was hit by a nation wide egg recall and higher feed costs that hurt profit last year, though sales improved as prices recovered from the recession's slumping levels. President and Chief Executive Dolph Baker said retail demand remained strong and higher-priced speciality-egg sales continued to grow, accounting for nearly 24 percent of revenue and nearly 18 percent of total numbers sold. For the quarter ended February 26, the world's largest egg producer and distributor reported a profit of US$33.6 million (€23.852 million), down 2.7 percent from US$34.5 million (€24.491 million)a year earlier. Read more ...

Gambian leader aims at agro-export

The president of the Republic of Gambi, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh last week officially opened the 2011 Legislative Year. Among others he reaffirmed that the main thrust of his government is not only food self-sufficiency, but also becoming a major player in the agricultural exports market. Agriculture being one sector that has the greatest potential to provide employment for hundreds of thousands of people across all walks of life in the country, according to the president, his government is bent on eradicating poverty through this sector. Read more ...

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LinkAsia Partners appoints Thai distributor

LinkAsia Partners, the commercial partner for Bluewave Marine Ingredients has appointed Protech Animal Health as distributor for PerfectDigest products in Thailand. Within the agreement Protech will distribute and market liquid dispersible fish peptide concentrate and spray dried fish peptide isolate under the PerfectDigest brand. Plans are underway to utilise PerfectDigest in varied applications including swine, poultry, aquaculture and pet food. Mark Rottmann, COO of Bluewave Marine Ingredients, said, “We are extremely pleased to partner with Protech, a company with established and strong market presence in Thailand. With its extensive distribution network and strong customer base, Protech is clearly the ideal partner to help us expand our footprint and leverage the business opportunities in the region.” Read more ...

Hamlet protein invests in new manufacturing plant

Hamlet Protein a Danish based company have commenced a multi-million dollar investment on the back of strong sales in the North American Market. The production plant will be located in Findlay Ohio employing initially 25 members of staff. They will be responsible for the entire North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA). The new plant will be supplied by the areas large soybean farming community and combined with Hamlet Protein bio based technology . The new production plant is expected to go into operation during 2012. The bio-conversion technology is based on minimum energy consumption, no use of chemicals and minimum waste. Read more ...

Japanese cows kept inside as radiation keeps leaking

Japan has asked farmers to keep cows and cattle in barns as radioactive contamination of milk spread from Fukushima prefecture, where high radiation levels and fires have hampered repairs of a crippled nuclear plant. “To prevent milk contamination, we are advising farmers that cows should be barred from grazing, kept inside barns and fed with grass harvested before the nuclear plant accident,” said Mitsuhiro Honda at the milk and dairy products division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. “We are not concerned about the safety of beef as the meat now on the market came from animals born more than two years ago.” Japan has restricted raw-milk shipments from Fukushima and neighbouring Ibaraki prefecture after tainted products were discovered through random testing. Read more ...

Farmland soils tested for Radioactivity near Fukushima plant Japan is testing soils from farmland in the prefectures hit by radiation leakage from the Fukushima nuclear power station, to asses whether crops can be planted. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) plans to finish testing the soil samples by mid April, about the period that the farmers sow their rice.

High levels of radiation are delaying repair work at the Fukushima Dia-Ich power plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Yukiko Yamada said that “we will advise each of the local government offices, based on the test results as to whether the farmers can go ahead with planting. Read more ...

ASTA seeks funding for Germplasm Enhancement of maize

The American Seed Trade Association organised a congressional delegation March 17-18 in Washington, DC to inform US House of Representatives and US Senate Agricultural Appropriations subcommittee members about the importance of the Germplasm Enhancement of Maize (GEM) program and to request additional funding. 49


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GEM is a joint partnership between members of the seed industry and the US Department of Agriculture designed to increase the genetic diversity of corn germplasm and corn hybrids grown by US farmers. Read more ...

Antitrust Merial and Intervet/Schering-Plough terminate agreement

US-based Merck and France based sanofi-aventis have terminated their agreement to form a new animal health joint venture by combining sanofiaventis’ animal health business Merial with Intervet/Schering-Plough, Merck's animal health unit. As a result, each party will keep its current, separate animal health assets and businesses. Since the initial announcement about the intended combination on March 9, 2010, both companies have worked diligently to create the proposed animal health joint venture, including submitting requests for the required antitrust reviews. Read more ...

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March 2011 - The Global Miller  

A look back at news from around global milling industry in March 2011

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