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01/03/2014: Algae used in chemical-free insect control in grain

Protecting grain in storage from insects without using chemicals is a project being undertaken by researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia. The materials they are working with is algae - and nanotechnology  based on a single-celled algae - in their work. For more information ...

03/03/14: Press Release: Adisseo publishes METHIOPEDIA, the technical reference book for methionine. On the occasion of its Rhodimet®AT 88 production plant start-up in Nanjing, China, Adisseo is publishing Methiopedia - The Methionine Reference Book, intended for nutritionists, purchasers, formulators and technical managers within the premix and feed industries, as well as students, who want to enhance their knowledge of methionine and its use.

“Being one of the first companies to have synthesized powder methionine in the 40’s, we considered that it could be of great interest to collect all the scientific information that Adisseo has gathered in research studies, trials and customer experience” says Pierre Casamatta, Adisseo Global Business Director Methionine & Sulphur Products. “Adisseo experts have compiled information on methionine from around the world, including the latest developments, from fundamental research to in-vivo trials performed both in independent experimental facilities and on commercial farms” he explains. The book offers a complete description of the three forms of methionine – L-methionine (L-Met), D,L-methionine (D,L-Met) and D,L-methionine hydroxy (D,L-HMTBA) – with their characteristics and properties. General chemical processes, metabolism and utilization of each form are detailed in the book and Methiopedia gives precise data on hydrolysis, absorption, and intestinal transport of these different sources.


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“Methiopedia includes research highlights on digestion and metabolism. Statistical models for dose-response are discussed” emphasizes Professor R.A. Swick, from the University of New England, Australia. Methionine exhibits additional functions in animals beyond protein synthesis. These functions have been studied by a number of research teams, including Mrs Rachel Martin-Venegas, University of Barcelona, Spain and J. Buyse, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and are also explained in Methiopedia: cellular-signaling function, protein expression, acidification, antioxidant potential. Besides physiological data, Methiopedia also provides a review of important animal performances (feed conversion, body weight gain…) with practical diets including D,L-Methionine or D,L-HMTBA, especially for broilers. These recent data have been compiled from trials on animals conducted at different institutes across the world, such as BARC, (Bangkok Research Center), Thailand; The China Agricultural University, Beijing, China; IRTA, Spain; INRA, France, as well as Adisseo’s facilities (CERN - Center of Expertise and Research in Nutrition - Commentry, France). “These trials and their meta–analysis show new evidence of the biological equivalency of both forms” says Pierre Dalibard, Global Technical Manager Adisseo. Furthermore, the technical aspects of incorporating D,L-Met or D,L-HMTBA in feeds are developed by Adisseo experts in Methiopedia. They detail the different parameters involved in dosing and mixing accuracy, up to recovery tests, to ensure that the required level of methionine is reached in feed for both powder and liquid forms. Many technical results of recent trials carried out by Adisseo are provided in the book’s appendix, which also contains a selection of relevant abstracts or articles on methionine presented at the latest Adisseo Advancia Seminars. Every year since 2007 these meetings gather worldwide scientists and nutritionists to share research progress on sulphur amino acids. The most recent one was held on August 25th, 2013 in Potsdam, Germany and drew 90 participants from all over the world. For more information: rhodimet-methionine Adisseo customers can get a copy of this book by contacting their local sales representative. Methiopedia is also available for sale on line (price: 39 Euros), by following the above link. About Adisseo Group Adisseo Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of nutritional solutions for animals. It designs, manufactures and markets four families of animal feed additives: Rhodimet®, an essential amino acid for monogastric animals (poultry, pigs, etc.); Metasmart® and Smartamine®, a unique methionine range for ruminants; Rovabio®, a multi-enzyme speciality which improves the digestibility of raw materials and Microvit®, a complete range of vitamins. Adisseo strengthened its expertise in the field of food ingredients formulation, research and development and industrialization since the acquisition of Innov’ia, a European leader in the design and contract processing of powered and granulated ingredients for the food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals industries. Worldwide, Adisseo employs over 1,700 people, has 5 research and development divisions and 7 production facilities in France, Spain and China. Through its global distribution network, it serves more than 2,500 clients in more than one hundred countries. In 2012, the Group’s turnover exceeded €1.1 billion (US$1.4 billion).



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03/03/14: International group challenges Nigerian poultry farmers to adopt new technologies

VIV, an international organisation dealing with the promotion of intensive meat and livestock production, challenged Nigerian poultry farmers to be innovative and apply new technologies to poultry farming. Nathan Nwosu, VIV’s agent in the Nigeria, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of a one-day poultry farming workshop in mid-January 2014. The workshop was organised in the capital city of Abuja for 300 Nigerians on mechanised poultry farming. It was aimed at equipping Nigerian poultry farmers with new ideas that would help them cope with contemporary challenges and boost production in the sector. Mr Nwosu said the meeting was the first of its kind and Nigeria was chosen because it was selected as the fourth investment destination in 2015. “We chose Nigeria because it is a very important country. Topics covered included farm management, food processing, animal husbandry, poultry and meat processing. “Nigerians should be more innovative and apply technologies of doing things like other parts of the world. We intend to educate our local farmers on how to mechanise the sector. Where they do things in a local way, we want to see how we can do it in a more advanced way, so that we can have food security in our country in 2015.” he said.

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Dr Aduku Ochala, a veterinarian, said he came to improve his knowledge and to obtain adequate information on how to raise birds to make more profit. He urged the government to create the enabling environment for the sustainance of such training. Meanwhile, Mr Akinola Adisa, a poultry and fish farmer, said he came to know about new technologies and how he might enable him to apply them properly. Mr Adisa said he was happy to have acquired more information on proper poultry management. He said farming was more profitable than the much craved white collar jobs and urged the unemployed to take advantage of it.

03/03/14: Demand boosts need for poultry feed in India, BEC feed solutions set to taste New Zealand market India’s local demand for poultry feed is drastically increasing; with an expected increase in demand for poultry products by 6% within the year. Currently India’s consumption of poultry per person is measured at 3.1 per kilogram; while the global average for consumption stands at 10.5kg; it is expected however that by 2030 the need in India will rise to 9.1kg. Leading for a higher demand for local feed or a future need to import poultry from the global market. Read more here.



Mr Nwosu said the programme had a target audience of about 250 but noted that more than 300 participants registered. Some of the participants who spoke with NAN commended the organisers, saying the workshop had exposed them to new ideas.

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04/03/2014: Whole grains now included in US food program

Whole-grain join yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables on the list of groceries supported by the USA’s Federal assistance program for pregnant women, mothers and children. It’s a extension of the ‘Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children’, more commonly referred to as WIC and will be introduced by next year. The USDA announced the changes last Friday as the final part of a project that began in 2007 to overhaul and increase the amount of healthy foods included. Changes introduced that year, and which came in in 2009, saw the exclusion of many fruit juices from infant food packages, reduced saturated fats covered and made buying fruits and vegetables easier. For more on this story ...

04/03/2014: Grain backlog gains political support in Canada

Lawmakers in Saskatchewan, Canada have adopted polices to support the federal government if it brings in emergency legislation to deal with a grain transportation backlog that has been hurting farmers.

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“We’re definitively saying the federal government should look at all of its legislative options,” says Premier Brad Wall on Monday. More on this story and related items here on Global News ... Meanwhile grain railway cars sit near the Viterra Inc Grain Terminal as Canada’s grain-supply boom is turning into a bust for farmers: Record harvests and railroad logjams make sales almost impossible. A Bloomberg Report asks us to consider Dennis Gallant, 76. He has yet to collect one cent on the wheat, canola, barley and oats harvested last year on the 1000-acre farm in Warren, Manitoba, he has run since 1960. He has called the local grain elevator every 10 days since October. The answer since is always the same. No thanks. We’re full. “This is crazy,” said Gallant, who normally has unloaded half his crop by March. The delays mean Can$200,000 (US$180,000) in lost revenue as prices slumped and Gallant says he needs a Can$100,000 loan to cover expenses.

04/03/2014: Teff offers Africa farmers a business opportunity

There’s talk of a significant business opportunity waiting in the agricultural farmlands in East Africa. It is ‘Teff’, a golden, wheat-like grain, which has a quinoa-like potential. It’s gluten-free and offers all kinds of marketable health traits that have made quinoa such a hit in countries like the United States: it is high in calcium, protein, iron and amino acids. Teff even helps keep blood sugar levels steady, making it ideal for diabetics, says the report on the website Quartz.





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“Many people consider teff to be a super-food,” says Khalid Bomba, CEO of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency, told Ugandan newspaper New Vision. About a fifth of Ethiopia’s harvested land is dedicated to harvesting teff, and the government wants to double production of the grain by 2015. Locally, it’s used to make a popular flatbread called injera.

05/03/2014: Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit to tackle industry issues in Ocotber The prestigious, Memphis-based agri-research company Informa Economics Group will be participating in the October 2014 annual ‘Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit’, announced it host HighQuest Partners.

Pertinent topics addressed at Informa Economics’ previously held Annual Fall Outlook Conferences - such as the overview on global feed and grains, the management and monetization of scarce water resources and highlights of the global supply/demand situations - are already integrated into the industry-leading, globally recognised content planned for the Summit. The Summit will be held October 7-9, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, USA. A special pre-event program will be added on Tuesday, October 7, to address topics that would have been presented at Informa’s Annual Livestock, Meat, Poultry and Dairy Spring Conference. All registered attendees of the ‘Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit’ are invited to participate in this program at no additional charge. “Participation from Informa Economics Group’s exceptional team will only serve to enhance our already rich content with more comprehensive presentations and knowledgesharing for our Summit attendees,” said Greg Mellinger, President and CEO of HighQuest Partners. “Additionally, the inclusion of Informa event attendees at the Summit will greatly increase the networking and business opportunities on a global scale.” The Summit, now in its ninth year, is the largest annual industry event that convenes buyers, sellers and global leaders in the oilseed and feed grains sector. Delegates will have the opportunity to share the latest information on the oilseed and feed grains markets and network with their peers and with existing and potential new clients in order to broaden their competitive edge. Attendees hail from around the world – the 2013 event in Minneapolis, included over 75 exhibitors and hosted nearly 650 attendees from 30 US states and 25 countries. Summit participants also will enjoy 10-plus hours of dedicated networking time to build and foster relationships among the Summits’ many participants: exporters, importers, merchandisers, traders, and primary processors and downstream consumers in feed, food, biodiesel and industrial applications. In addition, attendees will benefit from the event’s dynamic presentations, which will include engaging information and panel discussions that promote the sharing of key knowledge among industry leaders and experts. Full agenda, speaker and registration information can be found at www. (Note: Information for those who signed up for Informa’s Annual Fall Outlook Conference or Annual Spring Livestock Conference - which will no longer be held - can be obtained from Karen Hayes at +1 901 7664479, fax inquiries to +1 901 7664483 or e-mail karen.hayes@informaecon. com)



About HighQuest Partners The company is headquartered in Danvers, Mass., is a globally recognized strategic consulting and conference company serving the agriculture, agribusiness, grains/oilseed, food, and biofuels markets. Its consulting business has guided hundreds of public and private sector organisations in over 100 countries in making informed strategy, M&A, capital investment and management decisions, while its online Global AgInvesting Research & Insight platform provides critical education and information to investors to make qualified ag investment decisions. Founded in 2000, the company also hosts the premier Global AgInvesting conference series, as well as the annual Oilseed & Grain Trade and Women in Agribusiness Summits, and publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the leading industry and agribusiness directory. About Informa Economics, Inc This company is a division of Informa Plc, is a world leader in comprehensive agriculture, food industry, agribusiness and commodity research, information, analysis and consulting.

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05/03/2014: First CE-certified industrial silo manufacturer

December 2013 saw Symaga, a manufacture of steel structures, certified with CE marking according to EN1090-1:2009+A1:2001. This implies Factory Control Production (EXC 2), which is certified by the Bureau Veritas, for Steel Structures Components, says the company. With this stamp of approval, Symaga reinforces its goal of reach excellence in the manufacture of silos and structures that implement a ‘Quality Management System’ which in turn ensures a product submitted to several strict quality controls. This is added to the continuing education program and quality policy of the company itself, says the company in a written notice to The Global Miller.





“To achieve the CE Certificate, we have improved our ‘Factory Production Control (FPC)’; we have created a ‘Welding Quality Control Plan’, introduced NDT welding tests, periodic corrosion tests, material mechanicals periodic tests and, finally, we added more and new end-product tests,” says a company spokesperson. “Moreover, we provide total NDT traceability, including welding procedures and welder homologation and welding materials traceability.” Another essential issue was Human Resources Training. Because the certificate requires welding personnel approved according to EN2871:2011, welding inspectors and welding operators with NDT knowledge, as well as Penetrating Liquids and Magnetic Particles knowledge (training provided by TUV NORD) were involved.

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05/03/2014: Gluten-free baking with rice

The number of people who no longer consume foods containing gluten is increasing all the time. About ten percent of the world’s population are potential buyers of gluten-free products for health or lifestyle reasons. DeutscheBack GmbH & Co. KG has extended its product ranges for gluten-free bread and pastry goods. The new products TopBake Rice Bread QSD, Fresh 60 and WA Pure give bread based on rice flour a more intensive flavour, a darker and more bread-like crumb and greater freshness and succulence. That allows manufacturers of bakery products a wider choice of raw materials for creating a diversity of quality gluten-free specialities. The bakery products for this clientele are made from gluten-free grain types such as maize, rice, millet and buckwheat or the pseudocereals amaranth and quinoa. DeutscheBack has developed the series TopBake Rice and TopSweet Rice in order to achieve optimum results from baking with gluten-free raw materials. The wide selection of functional systems is based mainly on hydrocolloids, dietary fibres, enzymes and rice flour and starch and includes both single ingredients and premixes or ready-mixed flours for bread and pastry goods. Ottevanger Milling Engineers Moerkapelle and Aalten - Holland Tel.: +31 79 593 22 21 E-mail:

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The TopBake Rice Bread series for bread production has been extended. It is available as a 100 percent ready-mixed flour and as a 50 percent premix. Roasted seeds give the products a flavour typical of bread. In the production of allergen-free TopBake Rice Bread AF, care is taken to avoid the use of all known allergens. The range has now been complemented by the development of TopBake Rice Bread QSD. The use of gluten-free sour dough gives the allergen-free products an intensive flavour and a darker crumb more typical of bread. The 50 percent premixes can be combined with other gluten-free flours. Existing recipes In order to optimise existing recipes in respect of shelf-life and succulence, two new products have been developed for the gluten-free range: TopBake Fresh 60 (Rice) is an enzyme system that delays aging of the crumb. With its excellent water-binding capacity, TopBake WA Pure (Rice) ensures a moister crumb.


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06/03/2014: Connecting pipework couldn’t be easier

‘Counter flanges’ have simplified the transition to modular pipework systems and includes ‘adaptor’ flanges in the series-manufactured range, which are available in both square and round forms. The development has been in response to customer demand days the Jacob company. The new adapters are welded onto the machine outlet or inlet ports. Matching counter flanges from Jacob’s modular range can then be used to connect the adapters to the pipeline, simply and quickly, using bolts. Counter flanges are available in unprimed mild steel or stainless steel. They are used in conjunction with silicone or NBR gaskets to ensure reliable connections to the pipe system. Previously, the customer had to provide a counter flange or adapt it to the correct hole pattern. The new counter flange completes the wide range of Jacob transitions and connection adapters, which also includes welding ends and transition pieces. The series manufactured range covers diameters from DN80 to DN 00mm. Larger diameters are available on request. For More information: About Jacob Jacob is specialised in dust extraction, exhaust air and bulk goods handling, and is a leading manufacturer for pipe systems based on the modular concept in Europe with a world-wide market presence. Pipe systems for bulk material handling as well as dust extraction and exhaust air units for environmental engineering (cooling air/exhaust air) are the largest application areas for Jacob pipe systems (diameters 60 800mm or larger for customised production, 1-3mm pipe wall thickness, steel pipes are primed, galvanised or stainless steel).





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07/03/14: AFIA Says FDA Lacks Clarity in Trans Fats PhaseOut Process

The American Feed Industry Association today filed comments to the US Food and Drug Administration on the removal of trans fats from America’s food system. Although AFIA has no opinion on FDA’s proposal to phase out partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from the “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, category for human consumption, the organisation expressed concern that FDA does not clearly define that the phase-out process only applies to human food for consumption and not animal food. “AFIA believes FDA’s tentative determination on trans fats is unclear in areas as it does not verify that the language is not valid for food for consumption by animals other than man,” said Leah Wilkinson, AFIA director of ingredients, petfood and state affairs.  “Based on the information published in the ‘Federal Register’ notice on November 8, 2013, we believe that is not FDA’s intention, but are requesting clarification to prevent future confusion between the agency and the feed industry.” AFIA explained FDA published no information in the ‘Federal Register’ that indicates the agency’s concern “beyond food for human consumption.” There also was no representative listed from FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, only a contact from the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, which does not handle animal feed issues. “None of the seven questions on which FDA seeks comment pertains to animal food. Moreover, none of the 46 references cited appears to have any direct relevance to animal food,” AFIA commented. “AFIA believes the clarification we are requesting is warranted because the statutory definition of ‘food additive’ in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act applies with equal force to food for human consumption and consumption of food by animals other than man,” said Wilkinson. “At the very least, we would like a letter from FDA to be placed in the rulemaking docket addressing the clarification.” Defined as an ingredient by the Association of American Feed Control Officials since 1989, vegetable oils and PHOs have a long history of safe use as an animal food ingredient for multiple species. In addition, vegetable oils, some of which that are PHOs, provide essential fatty acids in the diets and rations of livestock, poultry, aquaculture and companion animals. About AFIA AFIA, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 550 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Membercompanies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers. The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and pets. More than 70 percent of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members. 14


07/03/14: New publication to help growers get sulphur levels back on track HGCA has released a new sulphur (S) publication to help growers get S levels back on track. Based on the latest research, Information Sheet 28 can be downloaded from the HGCA website. Over the last 45 years, ‘free’ sulphur deposits from the atmosphere have declined significantly due to reduced industrial pollution. Current deposition is estimated to be only 10 percent of 1980s levels. As soils store very little S, particularly on chalky or sandy soils, many more growers now need to consider making regular S applications. However, the 2012 HGCA/Defra yield plateau project found strong evidence that S application in many wheat and oilseed rape crops could be improved.

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Wheat trials, conducted on sandy soils highly likely to be responsive to S application, showed a clear and significant effect of S application in reducing the acrylamide-forming potential of wheat in five of the six trials. Rothamsted Research, which conducted the work, concluded that 50kg SO3/ha should always be applied in spring to wheat at responsive sites. A second study, led by ADAS, looked to clarify S supply from organic materials, such as manures, slurries and biosolids. “Organic materials contain useful supplies of S. These supplies are either readily available to the crop or locked up until mineralised. “As the Fertiliser Manual (RB209) does not provide sufficient guidance on the S value of organic materials, HGCA commissioned this research to help growers get a better handle on the use of organic fertiliser sources of S,” said Mr Holmes. On average, total S content of organic materials generally showed good agreement with the ‘typical’ values given in RB209, although bio-solids tended to have a higher S content. Nutrient analysis revealed the amount of S available to crops was dependent on the type of organic material. When applied in spring, available S varied from around 15 percent of total S for cattle farmyard manures to 60 percent of total S for broiler litter. When applied in autumn, crop availability was reduced and more variable, due to overwinter rainfall causing leaching. “It is important to remember that organic materials are highly variable and it is advisable to send a representative sample for analysis to help ensure that S targets are met,” concluded Mr Holmes.

07/03/14: Feeding the world … ehm … China?; Turkey: Animal feed totalled US$3 billion last year

According to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); farmers will need to produce approximately 52 percent more grain and 80 percent more meat by 2050. This growing demand is due to the ever increasing global world wide population. But the question often raised is whether we are attempting to feed the world or solely feed China - as it represents a substantial amount of the world wide population on its own. 15

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10/03/14: Landline – Against the Grain; Update Commodities Against the grain ABC TV program Landline presents various views about the aftermath of last year’s failed US takeover of east coast grain handler GrainCorp. Presenter, Pip Courtney, says “The Federal Government’s decision to reject the takeover bid of US giant Archer Daniels Midland took many by surprise. Some growers, particularly on the East Coast, were delighted, while others warned the decision could scare off badly-needed foreign investment.” One thing most people seem to be in agreement about is that Australia’s grain handling infrastructure is aging, inefficient and badly in need of an overhaul and modernisation. The program which can be viewed on line asks: “So now ADM is out of the picture, where will this investment come from?” Read more here ... Turkey struggles to meet its own domestic need for animal feed; because of this it was necessary for Turkey to import six billion tonnes of animal feed last year - valued at approximately US$3 billion. Animal feed imports have progressively increased by five-to-10 percent yearly across the last few years; with an estimated need of seven million tonnes needed for import this year alone. Read more here ... Commodities update “There’s nothing like the threat of an invasion to stir up troubles with world trade and so it is with Ukraine. Ukraine is a big wheat, corn and barley exporter, so when the Russians marched in, markets got the wobbles and prices moved north,” says Kerrie Lonergan, in his weekly commodity update professionally delivered each week on Australia’s ABC TV Landline program. Ron Storey, from ACF-PoFarmer, highlighted: “The key issue here is that the Black Sea is a major contributor now to the grain supplies around the world. They make up around 25 per cent of the world export grain market. Certainly, Ukraine is a significant corn exporter, expecting to export around 15-20 million tonnes of corn this year and around 10 million tonnes of wheat and then you add Russia on top of that.”  When asked who might be the winners if such a conflict were to escalate Ron says, ‘Canada has a significant logistics problem at the moment. The Australian shipping steam, as we call it, which is the forward bookings around the ports, is very fully booked for the next six months.  “So, our capacity to respond is not high. Certainly, we’d be able to squeeze some more out, but probably the biggest impact would come out of the US and South America where the South American corn crop and soybean crops are just coming off. So there’s places that the grain will come from, but the impact would be felt across the broad grain market irrespective of what the source of the grain would be.” Read more here ...

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10/03/14: Russian premix production falls by a quarter; Soybean meal ‘gold standard’ in animal feed Soybean meal ‘gold standard’ in animal feed As the worlds population and middle class steadily increases, the demand for meat continues to grow. With US pork exports alone reaching approximately US$6 billion last year, with soybean being the standard feed ingredient for most US raised livestock. 97 percent of soybean meal is consumed for domestic production - feeding swine, poultry and ruminants. Read more here ...

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Read more here ... 11/03/14: New research call for slug control as AHDB flags up potential £100 million annual cost to industry Work by AHDB’s crop divisions has estimated that a lack of slug control products could potentially cost UK crop production £100 million annually. To help sustain UK crop production, AHDB has revealed plans to invest in a programme of slug research by combining £300,000 of levy funds with potentially significantly greater external sources of funding.


Published in a new review by HGCA, AHDB’s cereals and oilseeds division, the total average annual cost to the UK industry from not using pesticides to control slugs in wheat and oilseed rape (OSR) alone is estimated to be £43.5 million per year. For OSR, approximately 59% of the total area is affected by slugs and the estimated average annual yield loss caused by this pest is 4% of the area affected. Without pesticides, the calculated annual tonnage lost is 54,354 tonnes, costing the industry approximately £18 million per year (2.4% of the total crop value). For wheat, approximately 22% of the total area is affected by slugs. The estimated average annual yield loss caused by this pest is 5% of the area affected. Without pesticides, the calculated annual tonnage lost is 53,280 tonnes, costing the industry approximately £25.5 million per year (1.1% of the total crop value).


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Report author Miss Caroline Nicholls, HGCA Research and Knowledge Transfer Manager, said: “These figures highlight the economic importance of slug control to UK growers and can help regulators make informed choices relating to pesticide authorisations.” Potato Council and HDC have also published estimates of the cost of slugs. If left totally uncontrolled, it is estimated slugs would cause losses of £53 million each year across all potato sectors. For field vegetable production, it is estimated that slugs already cause £8 million pounds of damage each year and the true cost of not treating slugs would be significantly higher. “Based on these figures, the total average annual cost to crop production in the UK of a withdrawal of all chemical slug control options would be in excess of £100 million,” stated Miss Nicholls. With the recent announcement that the European Union has voted to revoke the use of methiocarb, the second most commonly used molluscicide in the UK, and the close eye being kept on the most widely deployed metaldehyde-based slug pellets, AHDB has announced it intends to fund a suite of slug research projects to develop new methods for control. Miss Nicholls said: “The AHDB crop divisions have united to fund a programme of research to improve integrated pest management (IPM) of slugs in arable, potato and field vegetable crops.” Two calls for new research have been issued by AHDB: For the first, £200,000 has been set aside to help growers in the relatively short term. It is anticipated that this research will last three years and will look at how current chemical and non-chemical control approaches can be deployed to best effect across rotations. For the second, £100,000 has been set aside to unlock further sources of funding and provide longer-term solutions. “To maintain an acceptable level of slug control over the longer term, we need to think outside of the box. “We hope this funding will be used to tap into the significant funding potentially available through sources such as the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform, the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy and the UK Research Councils, such as the BBSRC. “This funding could kick-start pioneering research to advance our knowledge of slug genomics, slug behaviour, new control techniques and novel delivery systems,” concluded Miss Nicholls. For further information on the research calls, visit the Procurement pages of the AHDB website. For further information on HGCA’s review of slug control (Research Review 79), visit For further information on Potato Council’s estimates of the cost of slugs, read Research Report 415. For further information on the cost of slugs in field vegetable production, read HDC Factsheet 02/09. 11/03/14: Event: Second global milling conference announced. Preparations for India’s 2nd Global Milling Conference are almost complete with the program being finalized with last-minute speakers.



This year, the 2GMC is being hosted in Bangalore to coincide with VIV India that is taking place at the same time – on April 23-24, 2014.

“We have been fortunate enough to arrange both events in the same city at the same time to complement each other,” says Roger Gilbert, an organizer of the conference. 

“Grain and Feed Technology also works with VIV, hosting its CropTech-FeedTech event. This year we will be incorporating this event into the 2GMC as a debate at the end of the first days proceedings.”

 2GMC will have a strong feed emphasis while maintaining its flour and food milling aspects, he adds. “Dr Dinesh Bhosale, the chairman of CLFMA - the Indian Feed Manufacture’s Association - will be one of our keynote presenters and will be addressing feed technology in an industry that is booming in terms of total feed production.

“He will be joined by the director of Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Dr K Alagusundaram and Pratish Batavi.a the managing director of PD Navakar Bio-Chem Pvt which is an additive and enzyme company that produces bakery improvers to vitamin and mineral premixes.”

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11/03/14: NGFA voices major concerns to CFTC over proposed changes to hedging, speculative position limit rules The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has expressed major concerns with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) proposed regulations that would redefine what constitutes “bona fide” hedging and potentially increase speculative position limits for users of agricultural futures markets dramatically.

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In a recently submitted statement, the NGFA said that under the CFTC’s proposed rule, “we fear that a number of common hedging transactions used for business risk management in the grain, feed and processing sector, but not enumerated in the proposal, could be put at risk.” NGFA’s comments, which are available online, were made in response to the CFTC’s proposed rule to establish speculative position limits for futures and swaps on various commodities. In its statement, NGFA said its members “rely on a consistent and predictable approach to bona fide hedging and position-limit policy decisions made by the CFTC,” and that their risk-management strategies are not structured as an investment or speculative tool. Rather, NGFA said, grain handlers, processors, feed manufacturers, exporters and agricultural producers rely on futures markets to manage business risk. NGFA said the CFTC’s proposal to change the definition of what constitutes a bona fide hedge could create uncertainty and invalidate several commonly used hedging transactions, including locking in futures spreads, hedging basis contracts and delayed-price commitments, and anticipatory hedging of commercial transactions and processing or storage capacity. “To redefine bona fide hedging now in ways that may reclassify certain transactions long considered bona fide hedges by both the industry and the CFTC - as the proposed rule seems to suggest - would have farreaching consequences for agribusiness hedgers and for U.S. agricultural producers,” the NGFA said.  Doing so would lead to a “markedly reduced ability for grain elevators, feed manufacturers, processors and other businesses to hedge their physical commodity risk and force grain and oilseed purchasers to lower bids to farmers, reduce liquidity, and restrict use of tools widely used by farmers and ranchers to manage their risk.” The CFTC’s proposal also would establish new methodologies for determining speculative position limits for agricultural commodities, and for the first time establish such limits for many non-agricultural products. Agricultural commodities, such as corn, soybeans and wheat, specifically enumerated in the Commodity Exchange Act long have operated under federal speculative position limits, which NGFA supports.  But NGFA said that under the new methodology envisioned by the CFTC proposal for determining federal speculative position limits, the spot (current delivery month) month-based formula of 25 percent of deliverable supply could, in some cases, increase by nearly 10 times current spot-month limits.  Meanwhile, the CFTC’s proposed speculative position limits for allmonths-combined for enumerated agricultural commodities could result in increases of as much as 79 percent for soybeans and 62 percent for corn. “We believe strongly that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is unlikely to provide the right solution for commodities as diverse as energy, metals, financial products and agricultural commodities,” NGFA said.  “Even within the agricultural commodities, grain and oilseed markets display characteristics different from other agricultural commodities.  We urge the CFTC to recognize these unique characteristics - functionally and in terms of market size and participants.” For this reason, NGFA recommended for both spot-month and allmonths-combined that designated contract markets, such as the CME Group and Minneapolis Grain Exchange, be authorized to reduce such speculative position limits for specific contracts so as not to repeat problems regarding convergence of futures and cash market values that roiled the industry several years ago. In its statement, NGFA also:



Strongly supported maintaining current “legacy” speculative position limits for enumerated agricultural commodities in the spot month and establishing limits in the deferred months that will facilitate an orderly transition to spot-month limits. Urged the CFTC not to proceed with its proposal to establish different speculative position limits for the three wheat futures contracts - CBOT soft red winter, KCBT hard red winter and MGEX hard red spring. “Varying limits could have unintended and undesirable effects in terms of competition among the contracts for growth and liquidity,” NGFA said. Opposed additional reporting requirements for bona fide hedgers.  For instance, NGFA said the CFTC’s proposal to require users of commodities to submit a written form 10 days prior to the date when potential market positions would need to be taken under anticipatory hedges would be burdensome and unworkable.  “The CFTC must recognize that risk-management decisions need to be market- and business-driven, not centered on satisfying a government filing requirement that may not be timely or appropriate,” NGFA said.

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11/03/2014: Roller flour mill - A revolution in the UK from 1820s to the present day

Almost 50 members of the London and South East Millers Association gathered in London at Nabim’s Arlington Street headquarters this evening to hear a joint presentation by Bryan McGee and Rob Sorland-Ball on the ‘Roller four mill - A revolution in the UK from 1820s to the present day.’ Henry Gustav Simon introduced the first roller mill into the UK in 1878 from Hungary and Austria, where the technology was first developed, to challenge the dominance of stone milling. While he sold some hundreds of the new mills in the first few years both in the UK and throughout the Empire, it was not until the 1881 great London International Exhibition ‘ Flour Mill Machinery’ organised by Nabim that roller mills became established in the industry following practical demonstrations throughout the three-day show, Mr Sorland-Ball, who is researching the history of the roller mill for an English-Heritage funded project, told his audience.

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12/03/14: 90 cattle killed each day due to bovine TB

32,620 cattle were slaughtered in Great Britain due to bovine TB in 2013, new figures released today reveal. This equates to almost 90 cattle being killed each day as a result of the disease. The figures published today also show that the incidence rate – i.e. the proportion of previously TB-free cattle herds found to be infected with new incidences of the disease – was 4.5%. This means the rate has been at an unacceptably high level of above 4% for a decade and shows the steady toll of bovine TB on British cattle herds. Farming Minister George Eustice said: “Our efforts to control bovine TB have kept outbreaks steady over the last ten years, but we are still nowhere near an acceptable position. Almost 90 cattle are being slaughtered each day due to bovine TB and we cannot allow that to continue. “Today’s figures are another reminder that we need to do all in our power to bear down on a disease that is costing taxpayers millions each year and taking a terrible economic and emotional toll on our farmers.” Defra consulted on a 25-year TB eradication strategy last summer, which included proposals for disease surveillance, pre- and post-movement cattle testing, removal of cattle exposed to bTB and wildlife controls including culling and vaccination trials. The final strategy will be published this Spring. It will also focus on the development of new techniques such as badger and cattle vaccines and new diagnostic tests that could one day offer new ways of tackling the disease. The latest figures can be found here ...

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Rob Shorland Ball and Bryan McGee were fantastically received at 21 Arlington Street in London last night. Roller mills from the 1820s to the modern day, with an interesting short history of the crossover from millstones and another crossover to the change of use for UK mills to hotels, apartments, cinemas and heritage attractions. With full use of Grain & Feed Milling Technology’s archive from 1891 as Milling, Rob and Bryan exposed some an amazing story. The techical leap in technology was no less than aided by five factors, and amazingly Grain & Feed Milling Technology was one of them.

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12/03/14: Kemin offers new testing service to evaluate oils and fats: The Lipid Evaluation Test monitors the nutritional and oxidative quality of lipids to optimize feed, increase profitability

Kemin is launching a new customer service tool to better assess the oxidative quality and nutritional value of oils and fats in feed. The Lipid Evaluation Test provides nutritionists with accurate lipid profiles containing the apparent metabolizable energy (AME) values and oxidative status and potential in order to improve applications and combat unwanted variations of oils and fats in animal nutrition. Oils and fats are critical ingredients in feed formulations due to their high energy-yielding potential. However, like many raw materials, these lipids come from a wide variety of sources and are prone to large variations in their nutritive value. “Until now, the tools to effectively evaluate the nutritional and quality profile of lipids were not readily available to the industry,” said Dr. Tom Verleyen, marketing director of the company’s animal nutrition and health division in Europe. “Traditionally, nutritionists analyzed oils and fats using the standard energy value, which our researchers have found to be quite different from the actual values. With the Lipid Evaluation Test, nutritionists can work with their Kemin representative to ensure they have accurate, reliable numbers.” Numerous analyses performed by Kemin scientists have resulted in up to 30 percent variations in AME values for a single oil type. The nutritional value of oils and fats are characterized by the ratio of unsaturated/ saturated fatty acids, the level of free fatty acids, as well as the level of moisture and various impurities.




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12/03/14: Early aphid activity forecast following relatively warm winter

Cereal and oilseed rape aphids are likely to fly considerably earlier this year, according to HGCA’s Aphid News service. The service, provided in association with Rothamsted Research, uses data from a national suction trap network and long-term weather data to forecast the start of aphid flights and aphid abundance in spring and early summer. The forecasts include dates when cereal and brassica aphids are expected to be first caught in thirteen suction traps. Miss Caroline Nicholls, HGCA Research and Knowledge Transfer Manager, said: “Average temperatures in January and February can be used to forecast the first aphid flights. “The temperature in January and February was considerably higher than the long-term average across the country – by 1°C to 1.5°°C in the north and around 2°C in the south – and it is estimated the first aphid flights will be two to four weeks earlier than average. “The forecasts show that the suction trap, located in the South West, could capture the first cereal aphids any day now,” stated Miss Nicholls. The Rothamsted suction trap, located in Hertfordshire, has been capturing brassica aphids since its first year of operation 50 years ago in 1964. At this site, peach–potato aphid (Myzus persicae) is predicted to be captured on 15 April this year – the 8th earliest forecast date out of the 50 years.



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13/03/14: Biorgin appoints Yunior Acosta Aragon as new Feed Sales Technical Manager of Europe.

With a PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Rostock, Germany and a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering provided by Universidad Central de Las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba - Yunior brings 25 years of extensive experience as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine; with a further 9 years as a technical and product manager of multiple companies specialising in animal nutrition. Capitalising on Yunior’s experience and education, Biorgin is counting on him to fulfil his role as a Sales Technical Manager for all animals. Managing multiple European countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republish, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands). According to Roberto Vituzzo, Global Feed Business Manager, “hiring Yunior will help us to establish our position in Europe, providing better services to both customers and distributors. Yunior is an important addition to the team, providing technical services to all animal species, as we still need to expand our businesses in that region.” Yunior is also the author of “The Use of Probiotic Strains as Silage Inoculants”. Which makes him fit perfectly at home with Biorgin - which holds multiple patents such as Nutricell, Brewcell, HiCell, Primecell, Selemax and far more.  For more information go to:

13/03/14: TUSAF opening ceremony

Here is just a light hearted video of the opening ceremony of TUSAF also known as the Turkish Flour Industrialists Federation (Also known as Turkiye Un Sanyicilleri Federasyonu). An event which will be focusing on the future strategy, development and vision of the milling sector. Bringing professionals together in order to find solutions to the problems facing the industry and push forward in order to further develop the Turkish sector. Bringing forth 600 national and international delegates from around the globe and approximately 50 exhibitors. An abundance of speakers will be present during the event - with each day being broken down into multiple sessions. The topics for these sessions are as follows: Opening Session First Session: “Past, Present and Future of Wheat” Second Session: “Flour Industry and Future Vision” Third Session: “Role of Bread in Balanced Nutrition” Fourth Session: “Role of Bread in Balanced Nutrition - Continued” We look forward to sharing our experience with you.



13/03/2014: Robust management of feed safety and quality is of high importance

A team of Campden BRI staff reviewed the feedback collected during the ‘Hot Topics Session’ on ‘Barriers to quality and safety management of livestock feed’ seminar held in Chipping Campden on March 6, 2014.   With an increasingly complex feed supply chain, robust management of safety and quality of feed is of high importance. Campden BRI offer essential expertise across the feed supply chain.  However, it was clear that Campden BRI could provide specific support in the areas of raw ingredient performance and supply chain management, say Mervin Poole & Nick Saunders of the Research Institute. “Campden BRI provides technical expertise in three areas of raw ingredient assessment that are utilised to support the livestock feed industry.  These include raw ingredient performance assessment, novel (waste and by-product streams) ingredient quality and safety assurance and the development of technology.   “The development of raw ingredient performance is a key opportunity for the livestock feed industry,” they say. “Our supply chain management services cover comprehensive, cost effective and efficient methods of ensuring that systems operate as specified and comply with adopted standards and best practice.  We can facilitate the development and review of procedures and systems, including raw material production, sustainable sourcing of consistent materials, postharvest technology, primary processing and waste management.” If you would like to either register interest in participating in a group focusing on these areas or discuss any other topics, please contact the BRI team with details of your specific interest (or phone +44 1386 842287).

14/03/14: Nottingham Trent University - Poultry feed study highlights economic potential

‘Superdosing’ poultry diets with the enzyme phytase could result in huge savings to the poultry industry, new research has revealed. A study led by Nottingham Trent University found adding high levels of phytase to rapeseed meal – a cheap home-grown protein source – was just as nutritious for broiler chicks as the widely-used soyabean, which is more expensive and imported from the United States. Rapeseed meal is about £100 a tonne cheaper than soyabean, but contains higher levels of anti-nutritional factors which can reduce bird health and performance. But scientists have found that increasing levels of phytase in rapeseed significantly increased the bioavailability of phosphorus in broiler chicks, which is vital for the development and maintenance of their skeletal system. Phosphorus – which is present in plant tissues, grains and oil seed – is supplemented into poultry feed, but is very expensive and broilers find it hard to utilise it because it is always bonded to other elements and compounds. About two-thirds is bound to a molecule called phytate, and can’t be accessed by poultry because they have such tiny amounts of phytase in their gastrointestinal tract – which is needed to make the phosphorus bioavailable. This anti-nutritional effect of phytate is estimated to cost animal producers up to £1.3 billion a year, and phytate-bound phosphorus that is excreted can also have negative implications on the environment. But according to researchers the findings from this latest study, published in the journal British Poultry Science, could address both of these issues.



The team, from the university’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, studied the effect of feeding broilers diets where the main protein source was either rapeseed or soyabean meal. The diets were then supplemented with no phytase, the recommended dose of phytase, or a ‘superdose’. The phosphorus and dietary calcium solubility – how much was available for the bird to absorb – of almost 200 chicks were then measured. The researchers found that superdosing rapeseed meal diets with phytase resulted in 76% of dietary phosphorus being absorbed, which is two per cent higher than that absorbed in soyabean diets supplemented with the recommended dose. In addition to this, the amount of calcium and phosphorus excreted reduced by nine per cent and 11% respectively, compared to diets without phytase, and by four and five per cent compared to diets with the recommended dose. “Cheaper and more environmentally-friendly ways to meet the phosphorus requirements of broilers are constantly being sought after,” said Natalie Morgan, who is based in the university’s Poultry Unit and was supported by animal feed enzymes company AB Vista. She said: “The UK poultry industry produces over 850 million broilers a year, which are fed approximately 1,300 tonnes of broiler feed, so our findings could have a big economic consequence. “By adding high levels of phytase into poultry diets can make a poor quality, cheaper protein source produced in the UK, provide the same nutritional value as a widely used, more expensive protein source imported from USA for poultry.” For more information click here ...

14/03/14: AFIA Nutrition Symposium Covers Sustainability in Feed Industry On Tuesday, the American Feed Industry Association’s Nutrition Committee hosted the annual Nutrition Symposium in Las Vegas, Nev. The “Protecting Your Investment and Sustaining Agriculture for the Future” meeting kicked off a week of events at AFIA’s Purchasing and Ingredient Supplier Conference.

Four experts addressed attendees on various aspects regarding sustainable agriculture and how it pertains to the feed industry. Alan Romero, a professor at the University of Wyoming Rural Law Center, discussed water rights and how water scarcity will affect agriculture. He stressed with the right incentives, farmers could reduce consumption through improved efficiency. Dr. Ken Griswold, Kemin Industries, spoke about reducing post-harvest losses in grain crops, stating even a small percentage loss of dry matter in grains can result in big financial losses. Dr. Marty Vanier of the National Biosecurity Center at Kansas State University  addressed biosecurity and protecting the feed ingredient supply chain, an important issue she related to “the hot topic of the week,” PEDv, or porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Vanier told attendees preparing for the unexpected can greatly reduce the impact of calamities. “The trick is to identify and respond to the unknowns. How do you do that? Expect the unexpected,” explained Vanier. Vanier also encouraged the industry to meet with local emergency response personnel and have a prepared communications plan should disaster strike. The symposium’s final speaker, David Schmidt, shared survey information to shed light on consumer trust in agriculture. Schmidt said despite what a boisterous minority would have us believe, taste, price and nutrition remain the key factors in consumers’ decisions in the grocery store. 27


The 2015 Spring Committee Meetings, Nutrition Symposium and Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference will be hosted March 9-13 in Orlando, Fla.

14/03/14: Rovabio® is the only versatile enzyme package that optimizes the energy and amino acid digestibility of Soybean Meal.

Rovabio® contains 19 different enzyme activities that degrade a variety of non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs). Through an extensive R&D program, Adisseo has demonstrated that the addition of Rovabio® increases the apparent metabolizable energy of soybean meal (SBM) by 4.5% (i.e. 105 kcal ME/kg; 47.6 kcal/lb) and AA digestibility by 1.5%. In poultry nutrition, SBM is a very important source of protein, digestible amino acids (dAA) and energy (AME).  In typical broiler diets, approximately 70% of digestible lysine and 25% of the ME can come from SBM. Rovabio®, with its multiple enzyme activities, increases the ME and dAA contribution from SBM in these diets. The significant increases just mentioned are directly related to the high NSP content in SBM: pectin, cellulose and hemicellulose. The non-starch polysaccharides, pectin, cellulose and hemicellulose are complex polymers and oligomers that represent 22% of the NSP content of SBM.  The multiple enzyme activities in Rovabio® break apart plant cell walls, protein-NSP complexes and starch-NSP complexes in SBM, as demonstrated in Figure 1 and numerous broiler growth assays. In a recent validation study at CERN(2), broilers were fed wheat and barley based diets, with SBM inclusion rates ranging from 20 to 40 %, with and without Rovabio®.  When assigning energy improvement to each raw material, results show that nitrogen-corrected metabolizable energy of SBM was improved by 127 kcal/kg with Rovabio® (2,256 vs. 2, 129 kcal/ kg DM, respectively).  These data were confirmed in a follow up broiler trial(3) where broilers were fed reduced-energy, corn-based growing and finishing diets that contained 30.4% and 25.2% SBM in the respective phases. In this trial, the inclusion of Rovabio® improved 35 day body weight by +3.9 % and feed conversion by -2.5%. These in vitro data support the improvements in ileal metabolizable energy (IME) that were determined using caecectomized cockerels. An average of two IME tests(1)  demonstrated that Rovabio® increased SBM IME from SBM by + 4.5 % (2,397 kcal/kg DM in Rovabio®-supplemented SBM vs. 2,292 kcal/kg DM in Rovabio®-free SBM). « In addition to its already well known activity in cereal grains and byproduct meals, Rovabio® possesses an ideal complement of enzymes that are required for the breakdown of NSPs in soybean meal.  These combined enzyme activities allow broilers to extract and utilize the full nutrient value of a diet that contains soybean meal. » concludes Aurélie Preynat. 1 Benefit of a multi-enzyme product on corn- and soybean meal based diet in poultry  Grenier, S et al., 2005 2 Adisseo internal trial C11-112 3 Adisseo internal trial E13-226 Contact (Research Manager Nutrition and Enzyme)



About Adisseo Group Adisseo Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of nutritional solutions for animals. It designs, manufactures and markets four families of animal feed additives: Rhodimet®, an essential amino acid for monogastric animals (poultry, pigs, etc.); Metasmart® and Smartamine®, a unique methionine range for ruminants; Rovabio®, a multi-enzyme speciality which improves the digestibility of raw materials and Microvit®, a complete range of vitamins. Adisseo strengthened its expertise in the field of food ingredients formulation, research and development and industrialization since the acquisition of Innov’ia, a European leader in the design and contract processing of powered and granulated ingredients for the food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals industries. Worldwide, Adisseo employs over 1,700 people, has 5 research and development divisions and 7 production facilities in France, Spain and China. Through its global distribution network, it serves more than 2,500 clients in more than one hundred countries. In 2012, the Group’s turnover exceeded €1.1 billion (US$1.4 billion). Adisseo Group is one of the main subsidiaries of China National BlueStar, a key player in the chemical industry in China with 30,478 members of staff and a turnover of €6.9 billion.

14/03/14: Chris Barnes appointed as Global head of supply chain and procurement for Anitox

Chris Barnes joins Anitox from his recent position at AB Agri, where he fulfilled the role of logistics and supply chain stability. Originally graduating from Exeter University - with a brief career as a lawyer; he found his true calling when he joined Unigate’s graduate program. Where he joined Wincanton, a company that hired more then 3663 employees - developing experience which would set the foundation for his future. With an extensive amount of experience around his belt, Chris is planning to work with Anitox to double the companies size within the next three years. Fervently taking on his role as supply chain manager - reigning in all levels of the supply chain to ensure quality. Stating “Unforeseen circumstances can always interfere with supply chains, but forward thinking and the correct contingency plans can minimize the impact.”reaffirming his commitment to a well maintained supply chain. During his time with Anitox, Chris Barnes will be seeking to expand into new markets and launch new projects - consolidating the companies leading position. Capitalizing on new opportunities, building supply chains that are not just resilient - but perform at a high level of quality. For more information on Antiox - visit their website here:

14/03/14: HGCA welcomes cereal buyers from Morocco and Algeria

HGCA’s exports division, BCE, last week hosted a visit to the UK for the main buyers from the state purchasing agencies of Morocco and Algeria. The inward missions programme ran over two days, and allowed representatives from both countries to experience the processes involved in the UK’s grain markets, and learn more about farm assured grain. ONICL of Morocco and OAIC of Algeria are responsible for the imports of milling wheat into their countries, and have a combined annual import requirement of around 8 million tonnes. The inward missions were designed to help develop and maintain grain exports from the UK.



First on the programme was a visit to HGCA Chairman Jonathan Tipples’ farm in Kent, where delegates saw how grain is produced and looked after on farm. Delegates were then shown around a cooperative grain store and the Port of Tilbury, where they learned more about the quality controls and regulations relating to ukp and uks, the industry’s wheat export classifications. Aziz Abdelali, General Director of ONICL said: “It’s important for us to see the level of investment in the UK supply chain as this gives us confidence in a professional supply of quality wheat. I would like my colleagues to see what I have seen, and I will urge them to watch this market seriously.” Salima Tacherifet, Head of Quality Control at OAIC, added: “The whole supply chain in the UK is very well organised. We saw the whole traceability in the chain by following the paperwork from the farm to the store to the port and the laboratory. This is very good. I don’t normally get to see the quality control checks at the port so this was really useful to see.” BCE has worked closely with ONICL and earlier this year was successful in opening up the feed wheat market in Morocco, which had previously been closed by the Moroccan government. BCE has also helped Moroccan biscuit manufacturers import uks biscuit wheat. OAIC currently imports all wheat into Algeria through a tender system on which the UK is listed as a supplier. ukp has previously been imported to Algeria, and BCE is hoping also to introduce Algerian buyers to uks varieties.

17/03/14: Grain uncertainty at Crimea ports

Ukraine is one of the world’s largest suppliers of cereals, especially maize and wheat, and the Crimean ports are the main transit points for sending grain by sea. Crimea ports are somewhat paralysed due to the political issues between Ukraine and Russia and this is unsettling according to say Ukrainian authorities. These problems are considered very serious as shipping may negatively affect the global grain market and lead to price rises and uncertainty. Whilst some of the problems are relating to military maneuvering (Ukranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Russian military had stationed large anti-submarine ships near the port of Novoozernoe, completely blocking the channel) the implications to trade activities are immense. Secretary of the port of Sevastopol, Andrey Telni, said, “The shipping is partly paralysed mainly because of psychological reasons. There is a possibility of conflict escalation, and some people are afraid of this. Now we have a situation on the peninsula where confrontation between the two or even three fleets – as Crimea has created its own fleet – must be considered,” Mr Telni added “The navy is thus in a state of tension and wary of any possible provocations. And as is quite common, nobody really wants to go near the warships in such a situation.” Read more here ...

17/03/14: Fuelling the future

It has been reported that the University College London and Lloyd’s Register have collaborated on a project researching the drivers for the future energy mix in shipping by 2030 and have now issued a document. ‘Global Marine Fuel Trends 2030’ gives views into future fuel demand for the containership, bulk carrier/general cargo and tanker sectors – which represents approximately 70 per cent of the global shipping industry’s fuel demands.



It is interesting that NGO’s have put much emphasis on farming and harvesting practices when it comes to sustainability and low carbon footprint issues seemingly forgetting about the essential transport that is required to move product. Whilst shipping can control its own destiny to some extent, ship-owners will always focus on compliance and profitability. If society wants lower GHG emissions and cleaner fuel, change in shipping has to be driven by practical regulation and market forces so that cleaner, more efficient ships, are more profitable than less efficient ships with higher GHG emissions. Lloyd’s Register commented “Shipping is the enabler of world trade – if world trade grows then so will seaborne tonne miles of cargo. As we can expect strong growth for shipping, with emissions regulations and rising energy costs, shipping decision makers will benefit from a clearer understanding of the potential scenarios for marine fuel demand.” The report shows according to the classification society, these scenarios include: • Status quo – The world will continue its current growth momentum with some booms and busts over the next twenty years • Global commons – A shift to concern over resource limitation and environmental degradation will see a desire for a more sustainable world being developed and fairness in wealth distribution. Governments will find common ground and accelerated economic growth, within a framework of sustainable development, which will follow • Competing nations – States act in their own national interest. There will be little effort to forge agreement amongst governments for sustainable development and international norms. This is a self-interest and zero-sum world with a likely rise in protectionism and slower economic growth

“The marine fuel mix for containers, bulk carriers and tankers by 2030 looks decreasingly conventional,” continued Lloyd’s Register. “Heavy fuel oil (HFO) will still be very much around in 2030, but in different proportions for each scenario: 47 per cent in Status quo, to a higher 66 per cent in Competing nations and a 58 per cent share in Global commons – the most optimistic of scenarios for society. “A high share of HFO, of course, means a high uptake of emissions abatement technology when global emissions regulations enter into force. The declining share of HFO stands to be offset by low sulphur alternatives, such as MDO/MGO, LSHFO, and by LNG,” Lloyd’s continued, “to varying degrees depending on each ship type and scenario. LNG, for example, is predicted to reach a maximum 11 per cent share by 2030 in the Status quo scenario.There is also the entry of hydrogen as an emerging shipping fuel in the 2030 Global commons scenario, which favours the uptake of low carbon technologies stimulated by a significant carbon price.” “I think that the report underlines that any transition from a dependency on HFO will be an evolutionary process,” said project leader and Lloyd’s environmental consultant Dimitris Argyros. “LNG is forecast to grow from a very low base to a significant market share by 2030 - even if there is no major retro-fit revolution – most of the LNG take-up will be in new buildings. But it is important to note that an 11 per cent share in 2030 is the equivalent in volume of about 20 per cent of the bunker market today.” Lloyd’s concluded ‘The uptake of engine and alternative propulsion technology and the emergence of non-fossil fuels can only be driven by a society’s ability to create a world with lower GHG emissions – the technology is not the barrier.”

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17/03/14: Australian Malt processing plant in Vietnam

Western Australia’s grain handler CBH Group’s newest investment, a malt processing facility in Vietnam, started taking shape on Friday.



A two-year construction process on what will be the only malting plant in South East Asia valued at $75 million will be run by Intermalt, an offshoot of CBH part-owned Interflour. The malting site, about two hours south of Ho Chi Min city, is part of a $150 million investment which will also include three new flour mills. The barley facility is expected to process 110,000 tonnes of barley each year, a majority of which will come from Western Australian growers. Intermalt general manager James Kirton is reportedly happy to see a project finally get off the ground and said “It’s a great opportunity for the farmers in WA and our shareholders to finally realise the hard work that’s been put into get to this stage. Over the next few months, we’ll be leveling and raising the ground level so we’re in line with the rest of the Interflour Vietnam port facility, so it’s ready in the third quarter of this year for full construction to start on the civil works” Read more here ...

18/03/14: Best breakfast awards cap farmhouse breakfast week success

HGCA has declared Farmhouse Breakfast Week 2014 a resounding success, with hundreds of events and promotional activities held across the UK including schools visits, special breakfast menus and competitions. The Best Breakfast Awards, a new addition to the campaign for 2014, saw 261 venues put forward their best breakfast dishes for a public vote. Consumers voted in their thousands with more than 6,600 votes cast.  TV chef Dean Edwards joined the HGCA team to present the overall winner, The Tavern Company in Liverpool, The campaign generated widespread social media coverage with in excess of 6,000 mentions of the campaign tag #BreakfastWeek.  The campaign generated an estimated £3.2million of media coverage, across consumer and trade titles. The campaign website saw more than 66,000 visits, resulting in more than 1,500 resource orders and there was a 23% increase in twitter followers. HGCA Board member Andrew Brown visited inner city schools in Leicester, and Philip Dolbear, HGCA regional manager, visited his local primary school’s breakfast club with the Farmhouse Breakfast campaign resources. The sessions helped children learn about the importance of eating breakfast, and how cereal and oilseed breakfast foods are produced. Karen Levy, Campaign Manager, said: “Every year the campaign gets bigger and better, and HGCA is tremendously grateful to everyone that gets on board to really help promote healthy breakfast messages.” Next year’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign will take place from 25 until 31 January 2015. More information will be available shortly at www. HGCA runs a number of consumer campaigns to help inform, inspire and educate consumers about cereals and oilseeds. Its nutritional microsites;, and  also offer advice and a variety healthy of recipes. with their award.

18/03/14: Update commodities

The weekly commodity update from Kerrie Lonergan, Australia’s ABC TV Landline, headlined weather issues and he was joined by Professor Roger Stone, a famed climatologist. Kerrie raised the subject of ‘living in Interesting times’ and noted three interesting issues for this week’s commodity update on grain: 32


1 Global grain prices have increased 25% in 6 weeks (Ukranian crisis…) 2 Australian wheat prices have increased $35 per tonne in last month 3 The word is an El Nino is soon upon us and that means drought View this week’s video and listen to Professor Stone’s interesting interview about the weather. Read more here ...

18/03/14: BASF increase footprint in Australia

German corporate giant, BASF, one of the world’s largest makers of agricultural chemicals has recently bolstered its presence in Australia, with 40 new jobs and increased investment in research and development. The head of BASF’s crop division, Markus Heldt, recently visited Australia and said “We’ve looked at consumers’ behaviour, farmers’ attitudes the last couple of years around the globe and we felt there’s clearly a need to recognise achievement of modern farming, the contribution of farmers around the globe to our wellbeing. That’s how we came up with our slogan. We’ve done a global branding campaign in 2013 in 20 different countries around the globe and we just feel strongly that somebody has to speak up in favour and in support of farmers.” Adding to that he said “So, obviously, today we have more than seven billion people living on this globe and we expect another two billion until 2050. Eighty per cent of those additional two billion people will live in Asia. So obviously we have to produce more on the same amount of land, or even less, and using less resources to feed the growing world population. That’s a big challenge. And we believe that technology and R & D - research and development - are needed to meet these challenges in the future and that’s where we as a global company, BASF, is stepping up to the challenge to commit long-term resources for research and development to address some of those most-pressing needs. Read and watch more here ...

19/03/14: Concerned Brazilian non-GM industry targets animal feed sector with 1 day forum

Leading organisations involved in the supply of non-GM soy from Brazil are to host a one day industry event in Germany this April specifically for European animal feed producers and users at which they will present the facts about current supply and logistics of non-GM product from Brazil. The event follows the recent announcement by the German Poultry Association (ZDG) and others including the German Egg Association (BDE) that they would no longer be using non-genetically modified soybean material due to alleged shrinking supply of GM-free material from Brazil. The Forum will be held in M¸nster/W., Germany – the southern gateway to the highest feed and poultry industry concentration in Germany – on 8 April 2014. The event is being supported by three industry organisations involved in the supply chain of certified non-GM soy food products with the soy component carrying the biggest focus - The German Association of Food without Genetic Engineering (VLOG); The ProTerra Foundation and The Brazilian Association of Non-GMO Grain Producers (ABRANGE). Delegates will be able to find out more about the current reality of commodity supply from Brazil; clarity on the legalities of EU and national GM labelling regulations and be able to hear directly from growers and processors based in Brazil’s largest supply  regions the truth about the availability of oilseeds – what growers can deliver, why they can deliver, and the logistics of getting the products to market.



The conference is aimed decision makers of European trading companies, feed compounders, poultry, pig and dairy producers, as well as retailers. For more information and to attend the email: non-gmosoy@ or visit

19/03/14: GM crossroads

Genetically modified crops are gradually making their presence felt across Australia. Although it hasn’t been a sudden embrace of the new technology, only two states; South Australia and Tasmania today maintain a ban on GM crops and trials. 

The South Australian moratorium ends in 2019 and already debate is underway about what happens in five years’ time. It’s a subject that the growers of the livestock fodder crop Lucerne are watching closely.

This report from Leah MacLennan looks at the work of Lucerne Australia and has comments from some Australian farmers as well as some insights from two American farmers (lucerne is called alfalfa in USA). Most pertinent comment comes from former South Australian Premier, and now head of the peak body Primary Producers SA, Rob Kerin, “It’s a very complex topic. Today is very much about education and trying to understand the intricacies of you know, what GM lucerne would actually mean.’

 Rob Kerin was State Opposition leader in 2004, when the government suspended the use of genetically modified crops and now he hopes the moratorium will be lifted. He comments “The debate got away from us around the 2002, 2003 mark. The science was put aside. There was a lot of rhetoric, a lot of argument. I just wish we could get back to the science, understand the technology, understand the argument of a premium for non GM versus productivity increases using it. I think the you know, I wish we could get away from the politics of it and just look at what is best for South Australia.” Read more here ...

19/03/14: Registration Now Open for GEAPS/K-State Courses on Entrapment, Pests, and Materials Handling

Minneapolis – Registration opened today for three spring courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University Distance Education Program. GEAPS 525: Management of Insect Pests, GEAPS 545: Grain Entrapment and GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I run April 21-May 23. Protect your stored-grain quality with GEAPS 525: Management of Insect Pests, a course on infestation prevention and management. Perfect for those involved in grain handling and storage, this offering discusses different insect pests associated with grain, sampling methods and devices, the proper use of grain protectant and fumigation, and chemical and nonchemical methods of pest prevention and management. Upon graduation, students will have the skills needed to make timely pest management decisions while also protecting grain quality and the environment. Completion of this course confers credit toward the Specialist Credential in Grain Quality Management.



Entrapment prevention is a topic every grain industry professional should be familiar with. GEAPS 545: Entrapment Prevention covers everything from common entrapment causes to equipment and systems used in preventing accidents. Lectures discuss common causes of entrapment accidents, bin entry standards and regulations, reclaim systems, training and safety requirements, permits and accountability, best management practices and safety features in new grain facilities. Course graduates will be knowledgeable about regulations, initiatives and standards, and comfortable putting emergency plans into place. This course brings graduates closer to the Specialist Credential in Property and Casualty Risk Management. GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I is designed for newcomers to facility operations and maintenance. The first in a three-part series, this offering explores the properties and flow characteristics of grains and other dry bulk materials. Students will learn about the relationship between material characteristics and bin capacities and pressures; selection and sizing of bins, spouting, valves, distributors and gates; and screw conveyor components, sizing and powering. Completion of GEAPS 550 counts towards the Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM). Courses are administered entirely online, and consist of ten hour-long lectures developed and peer-reviewed by industry specialists. Tuition is $625 for GEAPS members and $795 for non-members. To register, please visit Registration closes April 15. For more information about the courses or the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program, contact Rose Miller or Chuck House at GEAPS: rose@geaps. com;; (952) 928-4640. About GEAPS
 The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is a professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as the knowledge resource for the world of grain handling industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical operations needs by providing the finest networking, education and professional development programs. GEAPS global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,800 individual members from about 1,150 companies. 20/03/14: Charentes Alliance selects Perten NIR grain analyzers Charentes Alliance, a large French grain farmer cooperative, has selected the Inframatic 9500 NIR grain analyzer from Perten Instruments to be used at more than 100 grain receival stations. The IM 9500 is the latest NIR grain analyzer model from Perten. Launched in 2011 it combines industry standard transmittance NIR technology with ruggedness and ease of use. “Grain traders and cooperatives really appreciate the IM 9500 for its accuracy and reliability” says Henrik Andrén, Grain Business Area Manager at Perten Instruments. Charentes Alliance collects close to 1 million tons of grain and oilseed per year, from its member farmers in south western France. Wheat and corn make up more than half of the traded volume but sunflower seed and rapeseed are also important crops. Charentes Alliance will use the IM 9500 at 119 grain receival stations to test incoming grain for protein and oil content. “The IM 9500 is an excellent grain analyzer, and Perten is a very reliable partner. Being able to test the incoming grain immediately will allow us to segregate different qualities and increase the total value of the grain we handle” says Monsieur Xavier Charbonneau, Crop production market director at Charentes Alliance. For more information please contact:
 Henrik Andrén Business Area Manager – Grain Phone: +46 701 01 69 63 35


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20/03/14: Croptech & Feedtech hot issue at VIV Europe 2014 This May professionals in milling and processing from around the world finally have the chance to return to their favourite Dutch city for global expo VIV Europe.

Utrecht in The Netherlands boasts a proud history of hosting exhibitions to welcome and inform feed industry executives from around the world. Now Utrecht is preparing to take on that role once again, when the VIV Europe 2014 world expo for poultry and livestock husbandry and processing takes place in this beautiful city from May 20th to May 22nd. A unique trade show where crop and feed technology will play a prominent role. Special feature CropTech-FeedTech For instance a debate on digital engineering at the heart of feed production will take place as well as a major CropTech-FeedTech conference on Wednesday May 21st. Before the conference launches, an open discussion involving all of the participants will commence with short presentations on the digital engineering theme by six global suppliers. Key suppliers who will address automation in all parts of the feed manufacturing chain, from mixing and conveying to pelleting and extrusion. evelopments in this field are progressing so rapidly and are so vital for the production of animal protein that this theme has attracted massive international interest. Exhibition manager Ruwan Berculo explains: “Within the central theme of ‘Sustainable intensification’ the production of animal feeds is essential. The quality of the feed is a spearhead because this has such a massive influence on the quality of the end products for the consumer. The feed component is also a significant factor for the cost price of meat, poultry meat and eggs. The production of high-quality feed is therefore a main topic at VIV Europe. The scientific world is discovering an increasing level of how the production chain can be managed by using technology and automation. It all comes down to the ability to switch quickly between various protein-rich raw materials, depending on price and availability on the world market and tracking and tracing.” At VIV Europe experts and exhibitors will therefore be presenting their best techniques and launch a variety of ground breaking products in this particular field. 20.000 key players, 140 countries Berculo concludes: “Visitors will discover the combination of the technology on show and the seminars and congresses that will allow them to gain greater in-depth knowledge. We are expecting 20.000 key players from 140 countries to attend. Many are from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and Russia. In addition entire diplomatic delegations will come to take a look at the world premieres. ” Complete cattle farm complexes and systems which cannot be exhibited at the show because of their size, will be visited via field-trips. Six hundred exhibitors from 45 countries have their latest products set to present to the entire industry. They are ready. Are you? Attending VIV Europe is free upon registration. Please click here for your free ticket.

20/03/14: VIV visits Perendale to talk over benefits for digital and print readers alike VIV Worldwide visited the Perendale offices in Cheltenham, UK, this week to discuss how magazines such as GFMT and International Aquafeed can help readers when they visit VIV events around the world.



The meeting, which took place over two days, was productive and “will yield some valuable outcomes for readers,” says Roger Gilbert, the publisher of GFMT. “We will be working closer with VIV Worldwide on its CropTech-FeedTech debate-style two-hour conference programme which will have its fourth outing at VIV Europe in May 2014.” In return, he had the opportunity to explain how milling of four and cereals for human consumption had brought about the early development of the feed industry as a “stand alone” business and how millers throughout the world were still connected directly with eachother no matter whether they were primarily flour, rice or feed millers. GFMT, first published in 1891 and known as ‘Milling for much of its 123 years, has a responsibility to past generations of millers to successfully find a way forward for the magazine in challenging digital and globalisation times. Working with event organisers such as VIV to reach a wider audience was a significant aspect of meeting that challenge, he added.

20/03/14: XV Int’l Grain Round Gelendzhik (JUN 3-6), Register NOW for the biggest grain conference in Russia!

The Russian Grain Union under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, International Grains Council, Federal Tariff Service of Russia, the Administration of Krasnodar Territory, Agroindustrial Union of Kuban holds the XV International Grain Round «Grain market – yesterday, today, tomorrow» on June 3–6, 2014 in Gelendzhik, Russia.  The Grain Round is a traditional event organized by the Russian Grain Union at the beginning of a new grain year and dedicated to the discussion of major results of the last season, production forecasts, price and grain market situation dynamics, use of new grain production, processing and storage technologies, grain market transport and financial infrastructure development and other issues. More than 800 representatives from more than 30 world countries are expected to take part in the event. Here is the link to the previous event XIV International Grain Round “Grain market – yesterday, today, tomorrow”, June 4-7, 2013, Gelendzhik, Russia ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES 1 Presentation of your company in the business meeting zone 2 Stand area in the prefunction room in front of the conference hall (including chairs, table, portable banner, internet access and electricity) 3 Advertising materials in the conference brochure We look forward to receiving your response with regard to the conference matters! Phone/Fax: +7 (499) 975-53-57, +7 (495) 607-82-85; Mobile: +7 (926) 014-49-94; E-mail:,

21/03/14: CIC Feeds targets efficient growth with SmartPro™ incubation from Pas Reform Sri Lanka’s CIC Feeds (Pvt) Ltd. has selected the latest SmartSetPro™ setters and SmartHatchPro™ hatchers, together with a full suite of ventilation, climate control and hatchery automation systems from leading Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform, to fasttrack plans for further expansion.



As an integrated poultry company the operations of CIC Feeds Group include the manufacturing of compound feeds, breeder farms, hatchery, broiler farms and processing plant. With plans to expand its breeder business, the company will increase production with a further 400,000 day-old chicks per week, to meet rising demand both in its own broiler farms and for supply to customers. Mr Lal Silva, Managing Director of CIC Feeds Group, said: “For solid, sustained growth, we have looked at the latest Modular, single-stage technologies to deliver robust, uniform day-old-chicks that support our plans throughout the integration, as well as increasing efficiencies in our hatchery operations. “In choosing Pas Reform, we have an incubation partner that understands our challenges and opportunities for the future, with SmartPro™ hatchery technologies that meet all of our criteria for quality, increased production and energy savings.” As an integrated operation, says Mr Silva, it has become imperative to exploit the full genetic potential of modern chicken breeds, which is made possible by modular, single stage incubation practices. The company has chosen 12 SmartSetPro™ setters and 12 SmartHatchPro™ hatchers, in combination with Pas Reform’s SmartTray™ 162 setter tray with space saving honeycomb design, for improved cost per hatch. The new hatchery is nearing completion and will be fully operational in the third quarter of this year. The Group’s General Manager Mr. Ajith Weerasinghe and his team have set high standards for the new hatchery, which is expected to be one of the best in Sri Lanka. “Overall hatch quality, performance and the savings we can realise, both in improved feed conversion in the broiler chicks and in the reduced electrical energy consumption of Pas Reform’s SmartPro™ incubators, will make our new hatchery one of the most efficient and profitable in Sri Lanka.”

21/03/14: GRAPAS Bangkok - April 8-10, 2014

For the third time GRAPAS Asia Exhibition will host a milling conference focused on rice, flour and other food milling topics. GRAPAS the exhibition hosted by Victam International to run alongside its Victam Asia and FIAAP Exhibitions in Bangkok, Thailand (from April 8-10, 2014) at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). Perendale Publishers Limited – the publishers of the International Milling Directory and the long-standing Grain and Feed Milling Technology magazine – is proud to be the chosen patron of the GRAPAS Conference and sponsor of the 2014 GRAPAS Awards. Keeping firmly in mind the need to provide information and new ideas in a timely and efficient way, the 2014 GRAPAS Conference Asia will be held on the opening day of the Exhibition – April 8, 2014 from 10:00-17:00 - in three parts; one morning and two afternoon sessions. The Conference will be in English with simultaneous translation into/from Thai. Morning and afternoon coffee and refreshments will be provided (but not lunch). There is no participation fee for those who register in advance. Registering on spot costs US$10. We are expecting between 100-200 delegates over the course of the day. Pre-registered attendees will receive a ‘Certificate of Attendance’ at the end of the day together with a 2014 subscription to GFMT magazine. All attendees will receive a copy of the latest edition of the International Milling Directory 2013-14. There will be an opportunity for attendees to meet with speakers and other delegates during the coffee breaks. Where? The Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre. Located on 88 Bangna Trad Road in Bangkok Thailand. When? April 8th, 2014 - From 10:00 - 17:00 38


REGISTER HERE Conference Theme: Guaranteeing safety through greater use of technology in the milling process in food, flour and rice processing “This time we have split the conference into three separate sessions focusing on food, flour and rice, from the control of raw material and product quality at each step of the milling process. This format will make it easier for attendees to step in and out of the conference to suit their needs on what will be a busy show day,” says organiser Roger Gilbert. REGISTER HERE

21/03/14: The 9th China (Shanghai) International Starch and Starch Derivatives Exhibition 2014

China International Starch and Starch Derivatives Exhibition has witnessed 8 years of rapid development for China’s starch industry ever since its debut in Shanghai in 2006. It is the only professional exhibition directly organized by the China Starch Industry Association which focuses on showcasing starch and starch product processing industry. On the 2nd of August 2013, Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co Ltd (UBM Sinoexpo) acquired China (Shanghai) International Starch & Starch Derivatives Exhibition (Starch Exhibition) and the co-located International Starch Sugar Products Exhibition from Epica and organized the show together from 2014 onwards. Starch Exhibition 2014 will be concurrently held with leading events CPhI China and Food Ingredients Asia, totally covering 200,000 square meters, attracting more than 3,500 exhibitors and 60,000 visits. Through this partnership, we will offer a onestop sourcing event for both upstream and downstream starch and starch facility industries. The 8th China (Shanghai) International Starch and Starch Derivatives Exhibition 2013 attracted 11,286 professional visitors from 30 countries and regions, including: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, America, Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, Canada, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia and so on, 25% more than in 2012. According to statistics,there is a total turnover of 263 hundred million yuan in three days` exhibition, and 133 hundred million yuan turnover intention Where: Shanghai New International Expo Center When: 26-27 June, 2014 - 09:00am – 17:00pm  28 June, 2014 - 09:00am - 16:00pm Contact:   Shilry Zhai +86-021-33392318 Yongqiang Chen +86-021-33392300  WEBSITE -VISITOR REGISTRATION=EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION=



21/03/14: NGFA Voices Concerns to OSHA Over Proposed Rule to Track Workplace Injuries, Illnesses

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is concerned that an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notice of proposed rulemaking “does little to achieve its stated goal of reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities.” In a recently submitted statement, the NGFA asks OSHA to withdraw its proposed rule to track workplace injuries and illnesses. According to the letter, “the current injury-and-illness reporting requirements have worked well and proven themselves as balanced and useful in protecting lives and reducing injury levels.” The proposed rule would require employers to electronically submit to OSHA injury-and- illness information currently contained in forms 300A, 300 and 301. Under the OSHA proposal, each establishment with 250 or more employees would be required to report on a quarterly basis, and establishments with 20 or more employees in certain designated industries would be required to report annually. The agency also would have discretion under the proposal to require any employer to submit more detailed information about specific injuries and illnesses. In its statement, NGFA outlines the following concerns: Reliability: As currently proposed, the rule would allow OSHA to obtain and release to the public detailed information regarding specific workplace injuries and illnesses, including the company, location and incidentspecific data. OSHA states that the change would give employees, potential employees, consumers, labor organizations and businesses, and other members of the public important information about companies’ workplace safety records. However, NGFA states, “OSHA under its proposal would provide such data without any meaningful context. As a result, the data and information made public may well not be a reliable measure of an employer’s safety record or its efforts to promote a safe work environment.” Privacy: The proposed rule would require employers to submit confidential details about the company and information about its employees, which many consider proprietary business information. In issuing its proposal, according to NGFA’s letter, “OSHA ignores several court rulings that have found employers have a privacy interest in maintaining the confidentiality of such data and business information, and fails to consider the implications of publishing it.” For example, OSHA states it intends to publish the addresses of certain businesses that produce, store or maintain highly sensitive, hazardous or valuable products or commodities. Depending upon the nature of the business, publicizing locations and number of employees could leave a business vulnerable to threats to security.  No-Fault: The proposed rule abandons OSHA’s “no-fault” approach to recording keeping without justification or analysis.  Disincentives: Under existing rules, OSHA encourages employers to record all possible qualifying incidents, and provides that if an incident is later found to be outside the reporting requirements, it can be stricken. This protection may well have resulted in employers erring on the side of “over-reporting” of injury and illness incidents with the assurance that they could be corrected later, NGFA says. However, the proposed rule potentially would give employers an incentive not to record those incidents, and “paradoxically, the outcome would be less - not more - information on workplace injuries.”  Access: Under the proposed rule, OSHA would require all records be submitted electronically. However, OSHA has not tested or verified its assumption that only a small portion of businesses do not have immediate access to computers or the internet. This verification is required under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.



Time and cost: NGFA says OSHA has grossly underestimated the costs of compliance, estimating it to be only $183 per year for establishments with 250 or more employees, and only $9 per year for establishments with 20 or more employees in specified industries. However, NGFA says, the agency fails to account for numerous costs associated with the proposed rule, including, but not limited to:    Possible cost of adopting a new system to accommodate OSHA’s filing system; and Training for a new system and implementation of electronic systems for businesses only using paper format, which is representative of most grain, feed and processing businesses. Further, according to NGFA’s statement, “OSHA provides no data, surveys or objective support for its assertions of the benefits that allegedly will flow from the proposed regulation. The agency’s claims are mere speculation and conjecture that these benefits will emerge. Simultaneously, the agency ignores entirely the various negative consequences that are sure to occur. “For all these reasons, the NGFA believes OSHA’s proposed rule will fail to enhance workplace safety and instead will have the effect of driving up costs for grain, feed and processing businesses, and pose a risk to increasing unemployment,” the statement concludes. For additional information, see NGFA’s statement.

24/03/14: Indo Livestock 2014 expo & forum

INDO LIVESTOCK EXPO & FORUM is known as Indonesia’s biggest Livestock, Feed, Dairy & Fisheries industry show. Formed in 2002, Indo Livestock Expo & Forum will for the 9th time achieve this accomplishment. It will bring together trade buyers representing integrators, farmers, feed millers, meat and egg processors, veterinarians, importers, distributors and retailers to view the latest technology, update on the latest issues, network and do business. Indo Livestock 2014 Expo & Forum will attract 12,000 trade visitors and delegates. More importantly, over 500 exhibitors from 40 countries are expected to once again participate in this years Indo Livestock Expo & Forum. The five (5) country pavilions confirmed to attend this three-day show are Indonesia, Europe/USA, Taiwan, Korea and China. Indo Livestock Expo & Forum will be once again held in Jakarta every two years. It will continue the success story of its last accomplishment in 2012. Indo Livestock 2014 Expo & Forum will be held on 18 – 20 June 2014 in Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta – Indonesia. Hosted by the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health, The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, Indo Livestock 2014 Expo & Forum incorporates with Indo Feed, Indo Dairy and Indo Fisheries 2013 Expo & Forum. It is a ‘must attend’ event for decision makers and buyers across Asia. This Indo Livestock Series is planned to be opened officially by Mr. Ir. H. Suswono, MMA - Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia. The Minister of Agriculture once again gives appreciation and support for this years Indo Livestock Expo & Forum, “I have the great pleasure to support the Indo Livestock 2014 Expo & Forum in conjunction with Indo Feed, Indo Dairy and Indo Fisheries 2014 Expo & Forum. This event will assuredly provide an excellent opportunity for the industry to look at the latest technology and products; which includes sharing information on the latest issues of the livestock sectors and its solutions“.



Various activities have been prepared for this years Indo Livestock, such as ten Technical Product Presentations which are made free for exhibitors at Indo Livestock 2014 Expo & Forum. As a value added service, exhibitors will be provided with a free 45 minute use of the rooms and will have seating for up to 50 participants. Presentation rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Some seminars that complement Indo Livestock 2014 would be the National Seminar by MKTI (Indonesia Animal Welfare Society) on Pengembangan Sistem Reproduksi Ternak Sapi di Indonesia (Cattle Reproductive System Development in Indonesia), Seminar by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and many more. The SDTI (Milk, Meat, Egg & Fish) programme focuses on the campaign of increasing animal protein and the consumption of Indonesian farming products. The campaign aims to educate and increase the awareness of animal proteins and their importance; particularly for people who lack the understanding of animal protein consumption. Road to the accomplishment of Indo Livestock 2014 Expo & Forum, as the organizer, PT Napindo Media Ashatama works closely with the educational instututions and media in order to run the SDTI programme in some area in West Java. First, in Cihanjawar village in Purwakarta recency, West Java Province, PT Napindo Media Ashatama collaborated with Lab. School Cibubur High School and Poultry Indonesia publication to encourage the mothers in order to serve the menu completed with milk, meat, egg and fish for family every day. The next programme was held in Paledang village in Garut regency, West Java province. In the nearest time, on March 2014, PT Napindo Media Ashatama works with Animal Husbandry Faculty of Bogor Agricultural University and Poultry Indonesia publication in order to run the Milk Drinking Day. For once again, the mothers of preschool children became the target of this programme. Indo Livestock Expo & Forum is also formed as the No. 1 marketing platform in South East Asia. Indo Livestock 2014 is expected to be the only focused event covering the complete spectrum of the livestock, feed, dairy and fishery sectors. It is also perfectly timed to coincide with the improving economic and political climate in Indonesia. Indo Livestock 2014 Expo & Forum will feature the biggest livestock, feed, dairy and fishery industry exhibition of the year in Indonesia. Without a doubt, Indo Livestock Expo & Forum will become a top priority for those looking to get updated on the livestock industry and technology development in the Asia Pacific region, as well as a platform to enhance business cooperation, though the development of animal husbandry technology and services in Indonesia. The exhibition is strictly for business, trade & professional visitors and invited guest only. The exhibition will be opened at 10 am to 5 pm on 18 – 19 June 2014 and at 10 am to 4.30 pm on 20 June 2014. Booth rates are started from USD 318 per square metre (min. 15 sqm) for Space Only and USD 358 per square metre (min. 12 sqm) for Walk-On Package. Mark your calendar NOW and make INDO LIVESTOCK 2014 EXPO & FORUM as your way to success. Contact us today at Tel: +62-21 864 4785/56 e-Mail: or visit our website for further information.

24/03/14: Business profitability is the focus for eight new HGCA arable Monitor Farms

Eight arable growers have joined HGCA’s Monitor Farm programme in the first large-scale, farmer-led initiative of its kind in England and Wales. Following the successful call in November 2013, the eight new Monitor Farms were selected from 136 interested farmers. The eight farms are the first in a network of 24 HGCA Monitor Farms to be rolled out over three years, with a focus on business improvement, benchmarking and cost of production. 42


The Monitor Farm model is based on the sharing of best practice and the challenge of decision making through group discussion. This network of HGCA Monitor Farms representing different business models and farming systems will face the same challenges and need to find rapid solutions to the same daily issues confronting their peers and the wider industry. Each farmer will be in the scheme for three years, hosting meetings of local growers to share best practice and knowledge. The monitor farmers, their steering group and associated HGCA Arable Business Groups will deliver benchmarking activity and peer review of decision-making on farm. While highlighting cost of production and efficiency, this will also bring a new focus on day-to-day farm decision making. HGCA’s Regional Managers, supported by a network of Regional Officers, will facilitate activities at each site to deliver technical input and a detailed analysis of production costs. They will also work with farmers on knowledge exchange and dissemination to the wider industry, to promote best practice. Richard Laverick, HGCA’s Head of Regional Development, said: “The potential for impact in the industry is huge, because this is the first farmer led, farmer centred and farmer driven business improvement initiative to be delivered on this scale in England and Wales. “The farmers decide the agenda and programme of activity for each site, with a clear aim to achieve a demonstrable improvement in business performance over the three years of the programme. “The underlying premise is that farmers learn best from fellow farmers. Hard evidence of business improvement and the demonstration of new techniques on a commercial scale are the keys to bringing about behaviour change and spreading best practice.” He added: “A willingness to share information with peers is vital for growers wanting to engage with the HGCA Monitor Farms.  Through the project HGCA aims to highlight opportunities for greater cooperation between neighbouring growers, helping to spread risk, develop understanding and ultimately to build sector resilience.” The new HGCA monitor farmers are: · Phil Meadley, Driffield, Yorkshire · Mike Daniells, Louth, Lincolnshire · Jo Franklin, Royston, Hertfordshire · Tom Bradshaw, Colchester, Essex · Julian Gold, Wantage, Oxfordshire · James Lee, Crediton, Devon · Rob Fox, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire · Mark Wood,  Fawley, Herefordshire In the north of the country, Phil Meadley farms 250ha near Driffield, approximately four miles from the North Sea coast. In a four-way family partnership, he grows milling wheat, oilseed rape, peas and barley. Phil is particularly interested in soil health, reducing fuel usage, addressing mycotoxins and looking at his whole approach to cultivations. Also in the north, Mike Daniells is a farm manager at Swaby near Louth. On land totalling 2,000ha Mike grows first wheat, winter and spring barley, oilseed rape, spring beans and vining peas, as well as keeping a herd of 60 suckler cows. Like many growers around the country Mike is finding black-grass control more difficult, and wants to address this, in addition to making a steady move towards a no-till system. He is already in an ELS scheme, with Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on his land and has started using GPS to achieve variable fertiliser rates.



Jo Franklin is a partner in her family farm and grows approximately 930ha of combinable crops just to the west of Royston, Hertfordshire. The chalkbased land is part owned and part rented with the rest on a mixture of share and contract farming arrangements, and includes an area of grassland used to support a flock of sheep. Jo has a keen interest in soil and crop health, and uses a number of precision farming techniques to ensure accuracy of application. She provides agronomy advice for some of her neighbours and carries out in-house trials. She is currently developing a commercial grain storage facility on-farm.  Financial viability and pushing yields are her other main interests. The second monitor farmer for the east of the country is Tom Bradshaw.  Tom is a partner in his family farm and grows 1,485ha of combinable crops – malting barley, milling wheat, peas and beans - to the west of Colchester in Essex. Apart from a small area of owned land, the majority is farmed under contracting arrangements and includes a wide range of soil types. He has been involved in Recommended Lists trials, and appeared on the BBC Harvest programme in 2013.  Tom was recently elected to the NFU combinable crops board. The HGCA Monitor Farm with the longest recorded history is at East Hendred near Wantage, managed byJulian Gold. The farm has been in the Eyston family since 1300, a family which can trace itself back to Sir Thomas More. Julian farms 800ha on a five-year rotation of oilseed rape, winter wheat, spring beans, winter wheat and second wheat, winter or spring barley. The farm is primarily arable, although there are also sheep and shoot enterprises.  Julian is passionate about sustainable intensification, reducing wastage, soil health and controlled traffic farming. Further south, James Lee is HGCA’s new monitor farmer near Crediton. A family partnership, the Lees farm a total of 260ha, of which 140ha is arable. They also have 70 suckler cows and 350 ewes. Farming hilly terrain with thin to medium loams, James has experienced benchmarking and peer review in New Zealand and wants to emulate this in the UK. James and his family currently grow oilseed rape, winter wheat, spring barley and oats, and want to expand their diversification. Robert Fox is a farm manager based just outside Leamington Spa. The business is highly diversified, with a large enterprise around general storage and document storage, as well as machinery and labour sharing with another arable farm. Robert farms 400ha of owned and rented land, with a rotation of winter wheat, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring beans and spring barley. His challenges in the coming years include black-grass control, improving soil quality and introducing controlled traffic farming. Mark Wood is a farm manager based half way between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye.  The farm is 250ha owned, 250ha rented and 500ha contract-farmed, primarily growing feed wheat as well as peas, oats and oilseed rape. Mark has three full time staff, and is a member of the Rosemaund Farmers Association. The issues facing Mark and the farm include precision farming, staff replacement and achieving consistent yields under variable conditions. Mark has hosted trial work for other organisations in the past. The Monitor Farm concept is a proven model that originated in New Zealand and has been developed in Scotland over the past ten years.  Independent reviews have confirmed the industry impact and benefit of the programme in Scotland, with sharing of experience highlighted as the most beneficial aspects of the concept. Each of the new Monitor Farms will hold an opening meeting in June or July 2014.



24/03/14: David W. Maclennan elected as Cargill’s new chief executive officer

David W. MacLennan, currently serving as Cargill’s President and Chief Operating Officer has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer - succeeding Gregory R. Page who will continue on in the position of Executive Chairman. David W. MacLennan, now aged 54 started at Cargill in 1991 and has since gone on to hold a multitude of roles within the organization. With a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the industry, MacLennan was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 and promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2011. MacLennan originally received a Bachelors Degree from Amherst College and then a Masters in business administration from the University of Chicago. Prior to his contributions at Cargill he was the Vice President of LIT America and President of Fixed Income Capital Markets at US Bancorp Piper Jaffray.

24/03/14: U.S., Canadian Pork Industries Collaborate with Feed Industry, Others on PEDV

More than 60 people representing the U.S. and Canadian pork, feed and other allied industries recently participated in a meeting on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) hosted by the National Pork Board, and in collaboration with the National Pork Producers Council, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American Feed Industry Association, the National Grain and Feed Association, the National Renderers Association and the North American Spray Dried Blood and Plasma Producers, in Des Moines, Iowa. Although the disease does not affect humans or pork safety, it has infected and killed millions of young pigs on farms of all sizes in 27 states since May 2013 and in four Canadian provinces since January. “Our main goal was to bring a group of people together to help us agree on research needs related to PEDV and feed systems so that we can get answers to ongoing questions as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Dr. Paul Sundberg, vice president of science and technology at the National Pork Board. “We’ve been working on PEDV research and collaborating with all pork industry stakeholders since the disease was discovered here, and we’ll continue doing that to get practical results for farmers to use to save their pigs.” The meeting participants, made up of producers, veterinarians, nutritionists, academics and government and association officials, also shared what’s currently known about PEDV, including transmission routes, possible vectors and current testing limitations. The group reiterated that PEDV is not a human health or food safety issue and agreed the virus is of Asian origin genetically, but its direct pathway to North America remains unknown. “The feed and ingredient associations appreciate the National Pork Board and pork industry for organizing this important roundtable discussion,” said Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). “The research agenda outcome from the meeting is one we are optimistic will assist in investigating this devastating disease more in depth, helping to develop mitigation steps and communicating to those in our respective industries.” During the day-long session, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offered information about the agency’s pathways analysis that seeks to identify and describe pathways that exotic viral pathogens of swine may enter the country. The Canadian participants shared their PEDV experiences and actions taken this year, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians presented its initial survey of early PEDV cases. In addition, participants learned results of veterinaryinvestigations in several states and heard what the feed, feed ingredient and rendering industries are doing to enhance their biosecurity programs and mitigate risk. 45


“After taking all of this information into consideration, the group agreed that there are multiple ways for pigs to become infected via a fecal-oral route, including environmental, transportation, feed systems and other vectors,” Sundberg said. The top research priorities agreed upon by the group are: 1) to investigate the effectiveness and cost of treatments that could be used to mitigate the survival of PEDV and other viruses in feeds, 2) to conduct contamination risk assessments at all steps within the feed processing and delivery chain, 3) to develop a substitute for the currently used swine bioassay procedures and 4) to continue to investigate the risk of feed and other pathways for pathogen entry into the U.S. “If feed is a factor in the transfer of PEDV, based on past research we know that there are specific time and temperature combinations that should inactivate the virus,” Sundberg said. “However, there are many variables that can affect feed, including post-processing contamination, which is another area that must be carefully controlled even if inactivation occurs.” David Fairfield, vice president of feed services for the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), said, “This meeting illustrates the ongoing commitment that all participants in the pork industry have in eliminating PEDV. The dialogue was constructive and transparent, and facilitated a better understanding on what is known and not known about the disease. NGFA believes the feed-related research priorities identified during the meeting are appropriate and will provide important information that can be used as part of a comprehensive strategy to eradicate PEDV.” To date, the Pork Checkoff has funded 17 PEDV-related research projects totaling nearly $1.7 million. The Institute for Feed Research and Education, AFIA’s foundation, has pledged $100,000 toward PEDV research. AFIA’s Sellers added, “To show our dedication, industry groups are committing resources and funding to the research effort and will continue to communicate updates to those affected in order to minimize further effects.” About AFIA AFIA, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 550 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Membercompanies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers. The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and pets. More than 70 percent of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members.



About National Pork Board The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or go to

25/03/14: Update Commodities, 24th of March

The weekly commodity update from Kerrie Lonergan, Australia’s ABC TV Landline, continued to headline weather issues and the quandary that many wheat farmers face – take big price and gamble on weather or wait for weather and potentially get lower price! Interesting how Chicago Futures prices have risen on back of Ukranian crisis along with issues in India and Canada and added concerns re drought in Northern NSW and Queensland (Australia). Pentag Nidera and Profarmer both give their views on the issues and the speculation in the market and information on how March regularly brings high volatility to the marketplace. Two other facts: China is now importing 65 million tonnes of Soy Beans from USA Australian Dairy Industry Sales to China have expanded from A$309 million in 2001 and reached A$6.2 billion in 2013  Read more here...

25/03/14: Long life barley

The key to producing ale that ages better is to reduce how active one particular enzyme is during the malting process. That enzyme is called lipoxygenase and it converts fats in the grains into the stale papery flavour. Carlsberg has spent more than a decade searching for a barley with lipoxygenase enzymes that don’t work properly and researcher, Birgitte Skahhauge commented ‘After having screened more than 15,000 lines, mutated genase lines, we actually identified one barley line which were lacking this enzyme activity. After more than a decade in development, the new malting variety is being grown commercially in South Australia and as a result is set to become a major global supplier of a specialty barley that extends the shelf life of beer. Read more here ...

25/03/2014: If economic growth is driven by population then Nigeria’s future is assured

Abuja, Nigeria: Jim O’Neill, a former chairman of consulting firm Goldman Sachs Asset Management, says Nigeria could be the world’s15th largest economy if its large population actively participated in economic development. O’Neill made the prediction at the ongoing 20th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja on Thursday last. The theme of the summit which took place from March 18-20, 2014 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, in Abuja, was ‘Transforming Education through Partnerships for Global Competitiveness’.



He said that events in Brazil, India, Russia and China known as the Brics Nations had shown that with their large populations, they could engage the world. He said that economic growth was driven over a long term by population and productivity. O’Neill said that with all available indices, Nigeria had already been listed among the expected 15 largest economies by 2050. “What you are seeing today is the list of the 15 largest economies by 2050 and Nigeria is there. This means that Nigeria can be the 15th largest economy by 2050. “You have one ingredient in a very substantial way; you have a large and young population that is outstanding significantly,” he said. According to O’Neill, if the population is properly harnessed, Nigeria will make it to be the 15th largest economy by 2050. The management consultant urged the Federal Government to ensure that all the strategies it had put in place to drive the economy were implemented. He said that the Growth Environment Score (GES) had indicated that the largest economies in the world also had large population growth. He noted that the countries that formed 11 largest economies in the world contributed 70 per cent of the world population. “So, if the 15 countries can do the right things and improve productivity, the world will be diversified and be better. There are various variables to help them and education is one of them,’’ he said. O’Neill also charged the government to strive to improve power supply in the country, adding that the country should emulate South Korea, which shared similar indicators with it. “Today, South Korea has the wealth of a level which is very similar to the so-called G-7 developed nations. They are the only large population which has made that change in my life time. “So, where they did well, you can emulate, harness and develop your society along those lines and you will get to be where they are today,” he said. He said that the Korean situation was possible in Nigeria because the country had more than two times Korea’s population, adding that by 2050 Nigeria would be six times more and wealthier than South Korea. He noted that no fewer than 45 million people in South Korea had access to modern technology which they used in helping the growth of the country’s economy. “If the 170 million population of Nigeria is given that tradition, especially the young people, it is a huge change influence, and the second aspect is power”. O’Neill called for more trade among neighboring countries in Africa in order to improve economic activities in the region. According to him, if Nigeria can trade with other African nation, it will be more self-fulfilling. He added that “everything else is education; get all your young people into proper education to give them chance to develop their skills to contribute to growth and development of the economy. “This may determine if you will be the 15th largest economy in the world by 2050.” Report forwarded by Nathan Nwosu



26/03/14: Light leaf spot risk remains high

Risk of light leaf spot is high according to an updated forecast from Rothamsted Research. The latest forecast takes into account winter rainfall from December 2013 – February 2014 and shows that risk remains high in all regions and has increased in the south due to heavy rain over winter. “Growers may need to be particularly vigilant this spring,” explained Dr Neal Evans of Weather INovations (WIN) who put together the forecast. “I suspect the model is underestimating the amount of disease we are seeing. Light leaf spot incidence on pods at harvest last year was low, although stem incidence at the time was moderate to high.” Pod incidence is one of the key inputs for the forecast as a measure of disease carry over from one season to another. For future years, it may be possible to combine stem and pod incidence, to tweak the model. This and other aspects of light leaf spot are being looked into be Dr Evans and his colleagues as part of HGCA project RD-2013-3814(Investigating components of the oilseed rape light leaf spot epidemic responsible for increased yield loss to the UK arable industry). In addition to WIN and HGCA, the project involves scientists from SRUC, ADAS, Rothamsted Research and technical input from Bayer CropScience. Commenting on light leaf spot levels in the field this season, ADAS’s Dr Faye Ritchie said: “We saw the first signs of the disease at a low level at the end of January.  In some fields the disease remains at a low level but in other, perhaps less sheltered fields, the rain has certainly driven the epidemic along and we see patches of diseased plants where rain-splash has spread the disease from initial foci”. Dr Jon West, Rothamsted Research added “We were quite surprised when we assessed our experimental field plots this past week.  Some varieties had very little infection whilst others had severe infections and it’s the severity of the infection that has an impact on yield loss.  Overall the level seems moderately high this season but there’s definitely a large varietal effect”. Further details on varietal resistance to light leaf spot are available in the HGCA Recommended List. To view the forecast, go to

26/03/14: Thermal Processing Conference at Campden BRI

Developments in commercial heat preserved food production are fastgrowing and constantly changing in all areas – from packaging, to food production, to legislation and beyond. That’s why it is important to stay abreast of these developments in order to produce the best possible heat preserved foods and drinks, meeting exacting quality standards, without fear of breaching legislative requirements. In response to industry needs Campden BRI is bringing its technical excellence together in a major two-day conference, on 12-13 June (see Martin George, event director comments: “Campden BRI has almost 100 years’ experience in both scientific and technical areas of heat processed foods. This conference will explore the latest developments in commercial heat preserved food production at an international level. Included as part of the conference will be presentations from food industry experts from France, Norway, South Africa and the United States, with speakers from familiar names such as Heinz and Holmach also presenting. Experts from Campden BRI will also be sharing their knowledge of heat preserved food production. The technical sessions will be split into three themes: Thermal food processing



High impact research in thermal processing Challenges to process validation and compliance. The conference is ideal for technical specialists working in all areas of heat processed foods.” For further information on the conference, please contact Martin George (01386 842037) Campden BRI ( provides technical, legislative and scientific support and research to the food and drinks industry worldwide – with a comprehensive “farm to fork” range of services covering agri-food production, analysis and testing, processing and manufacturing, safety, training and technical information services. Members and clients benefit from industry-leading facilities for analysis, product and process development, and sensory and consumer studies, which include a specialist brewing and wine division.

26/03/14: 57th FEFAC Annual General Meeting: “Greening” the landscape for animal nutrition in Europe

2014 marks a transition year for the feed chain as the EU moves from the old Common Agriculture Policy into the implementation period of the reform package, therefore close scrutiny is required as the agreements are put into practise. One of the key objectives of the 57th FEFAC Annual General Meeting is to discuss the contribution animal nutrition can make to the “greening” of livestock farming in order to meet the policy goals for sustainable development while improving competitiveness. The key driver for future growth in the compound feed industry will be the anticipated increase in global demand for European dairy products. FEFAC has therefore invited EDA (European Dairy Association) President Michel Nalet to share their perspective on EU dairy market outlooks in the background of the CAP reform dynamics, with particular attention for the lifting of milk quotas in 2015. Martin Scholten, Chairman of the Animal Task Force, a science-based organisation that brings together industry and academic experts as regards innovations in the livestock industry, has been invited to highlight the key R&D challenges in EU livestock farming and animal nutrition. Submitting common precompetitive research projects in support of initiatives for sustainable agriculture, such as the DG AGRI stimulated European Innovation Partnerships, will help to demonstrate the new opportunities for the value chain part of the livestock sector. For the 2nd discussion panel, FEFAC has invited FVO Director Michael Scannell (European Commission) as a key note speaker to discuss the main implications of the future interaction between the official controls of competent authorities and the private sector own check systems. A key focus area will be the role animal nutrition can play to reduce the need for antibiotics, as has been outlined in the EU action plan on antimicrobial resistance. DG SANCO will provide an update to the General Assembly on its planned proposal to harmonise EU rules for medicated feed. FEFAC President Ruud Tijssens invites FEFAC members and stakeholders to join its 57thGeneral Assembly in Liège in order to discuss the key options for stronger cooperation to unlock the potential of EU livestock production in the context of global growth of demand for animal products.

26/03/14: Compound feed production estimates for 2013

The compound feed production in the EU-281 in 2013 reached an estimated level of 153.8 mio. t, i.e. slightly less than in 2012, according to data provided by FEFAC members.



While pig feed production dropped by 1.7%, cattle and poultry feed have seen their production grow respectively by +0.8 and +0.6%. As a consequence, poultry feed consolidated its position of leading segment of EU compound feed production slightly above pig feed. The most important factors which have weighed on the EU feed demand in 2013 were the cool weather in spring, which impacted on availability of forages in a large number of countries and the still fragile economic situation of the pig sector, which, along with the implementation of the group-housing requirements for sows, affected the resilience of the pig production. Among the largest producing countries, UK and Poland performed rather well, with annual growth of resp. +5 and +3%, while Germany and Italy remained stable and France, Spain, and The Netherlands saw their production fall by 1%. Germany strengthened its position as leading EU country in terms of total compound feed production before France and Spain shoulder to shoulder. The new EU Member State, Croatia, has seen its compound feed production falling by 7% from 635,000 to 590,000 t compared to 2012. The final estimate and detailed breakdown of the 2013 results will be presented on the occasion of the 57th FEFAC General Assembly on 5 June 2014 in Liège. Market Outlook for 2014 FEFAC market experts foresee a stabilisation in poultry feed production, a further reduction in pig feed production (-0.5%) and a more significant reduction in cattle feed demand due to better expected weather conditions for grasslands and forages production (-1%). Overall, this would lead to a 1% decrease in compound feed production in 2014 vs. 2013. The general export-led market demand for livestock markets, mainly dairy products is improving while agricultural markets for grain and key protein ingredients have softened compared with the previous year. This generally more favourable economic context is however contrasted by the still very fragile economic situation in many livestock farm holdings in EU and political uncertainties linked to the situation in Ukraine and with regard to the impact of future free trade agreements both regarding tariff concessions for livestock imports to the EU and market access to raw materials.

27/03/14: Alltech’s 30th Symposium Asks Agronomy Industry to Cultivate Through “What If” Technologies

Maximizing productivity will be the key approach to agriculture for the future. Alltech Crop Science, one of six sessions during the “What If,” 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium will explore questions such as “What if farmers were more familiar with drones than tractors?” and “What if plants could naturally resist disease?” The Symposium will take place in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 18-21. With a new format in 2014, the popular yearly event will explore the question of “What If” in sessions focusing on Crop Science, Life Sciences, Africa, Business and Technology, Modern Farming, and The Algae Opportunity presented by experts from around the world. “A key innovation for modern farming today is the potential use of the eye-in-the-sky, the drone” said Patrick Charlton, Alltech European vice president and chair person for the Crop Science session. “Drone technology can aid farmers and maximize 100 percent of their arable land, ensuring zero waste. The opportunity for pinpointing microbial populations in the soil and linking them to drone technology is vast, promising accurate yield predictions and improved yield influence.”



Robert Walker, Alltech Crop Science general manager, will also discuss how science can promote crop production and examine how plants could naturally resist disease in the future. “The future of farming is that we must feed 9 billion mouths by 2050,” said Walker. “To meet this target, farmers must not think of themselves as producers, but agricultural entrepreneurs utilizing all the available technology and scientific breakthroughs to meet the future challenges.” The Crop Science session will also address mycotoxins, often considered the “silent killer.” Nick Adams from Alltech’s Mycotoxin Management Team will examine how farmers can expose mycotoxins on their farms through crop science, therefore reducing and eliminating this agricultural threat. Registration for Alltech’s 30th Annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 10. Standard registration after April 10 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs. Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2013 Alltech International Symposium, 96 percent indicated that they plan to attend again. For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit or email symposium@

28/03/14: Nutreco announces results of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting, held on 27 March 2014, adopted the 2013 financial statements and determined the dividend due to holders of ordinary shares for the 2013 financial year at € 1.00 per share. After deduction of the interim dividend of € 0.30 (paid out in August 2013) the final dividend amounts to € 0.70 per ordinary share. This final dividend will be paid out in ordinary shares, which will be charged to the share premium reserve not subject to dividend withholding tax. Alternatively, upon election of the shareholder, the dividend can also be paid out in cash, after deduction of 15% dividend withholding tax. The ex-dividend date is 31 March 2014. Changes to the composition of the Supervisory Board • Mr Rob Frohn (1960) has elected to resign his position, due to his other activities. The Supervisory Board thanked Mr Frohn for his valuable perspectives on international business and finance and his dedication to Nutreco. • Mr Piero Overmars (1964) has been appointed as member of the Supervisory Board for a first period of 4 years. After having obtained his MBA degree from Nyenrode Business School in 1987, Mr Overmars joined ABN AMRO Bank N.V where he was member of the Managing Board from 2006 to 2008. • Ms Herna Verhagen (1966) has been reappointed as a member of the Supervisory Board for a second period of 4 years. Resolutions adopted by the AGM • The members of the Executive Board were discharged for their management in 2013 and the members of the Supervisory Board for their supervision thereon. • KPMG Accountants N.V. was appointed as auditor for the 2015 financial statements.



• The designation of the Executive Board as the corporate body authorised to issue ordinary shares and to grant rights to subscribe for ordinary shares, was extended for a period of 18 months. The authorisation will be limited to 10% of the issued ordinary shares as at the time of this authorisation, which percentage will be increased to 20% in case of mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. • The Executive Board was designated for a period of 18 months as the corporate body authorised to restrict or to exclude pre-emption rights entitled to the Shareholders in connection with the issuance of or grant of rights to subscribe for ordinary shares. • The Executive Board was authorised for a period of 18 months to buy back the Company’s own ordinary shares, other than without financial consideration, representing maximum of 10% of the Company’s issued share capital. On 24 April 2014 Nutreco will present its trading update for the first quarter of 2014.

28/03/14: Adisseo launches the Rovabio® Enzyme Clinic, a new tailor-made training in feed enzymes

Adisseo is launching the Rovabio® Enzyme Clinic, a unique tailor-made training session - a balanced mix of scientific lectures and practical exercises on how to get the most from feed enzymes. This training is provided to customers by Adisseo’s nutritionists and technology experts. Enzymes increase nutrient availability in feed and contribute to better animal performance, lower feed costs and pollution reduction. Since enzymes are highly specific proteins which work in very small quantities, it is necessary to have precise knowledge on their modes of action, the nutritional implications of their effects and their handling properties for premix or feed applications. Hélène Lionet-Llorca, Adisseo Enzymes Business Unit Director, highlighted the benefits of this program: “This training offer concentrates the knowledge Adisseo has gained during the development of our Rovabio enzyme range over the last 17 years. It is the result of the high R&D investment that we dedicate every year to enzyme nutrition and application, and the cooperations we have with external partners. Most importantly, it includes all the various information and techniques that we have generated from the practical application of enzymes via our close relationships with customers from all parts of the world.” It is designed to benefit nutritionists, quality managers, mill managers and purchasers. Depending on a customer’s predefined needs, Adisseo sets up a 2-3 days training program developed specifically for their team. The objective of the training can be different, according to each customer and the participants involved. This program is officially recognised as a training course by the French professional education authorities. It is made up of specific modules on different topics, from selection of the appropriate enzyme preparation, value extraction in formulation, application technologies to methods for checking enzyme activity in complete feeds. The training includes presentations, videos and practical workshops on both non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) enzymes and phytases, as well as special tests developed by Adisseo to help in enzyme assessment.  This training is part of the global Rovapack offering, a comprehensive set of services designed to answer all customers’ needs for maximizing Rovabio® value in their specific usage conditions.



About Adisseo Group Adisseo Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of nutritional solutions for animals. It designs, manufactures and markets four families of animal feed additives: Rhodimet®, an essential amino acid for monogastric animals (poultry, pigs, etc.); Metasmart® and Smartamine®, a unique methionine range for ruminants; Rovabio®, a multi-enzyme speciality which improves the digestibility of raw materials and Microvit®, a complete range of vitamins. Adisseo strengthened its expertise in the field of food ingredients formulation, research and development and industrialization since the acquisition of Innov’ia, a European leader in the design and contract processing of powered and granulated ingredients for the food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals industries. Worldwide, Adisseo employs over 1,700 people, has 5 research and development divisions and 7 production facilities in France, Spain and China. Through its global distribution network, it serves more than 2,500 clients in more than one hundred countries. In 2012, the Group’s turnover exceeded €1.1 billion (US$1.4 billion). Adisseo Group is one of the main subsidiaries of China National BlueStar, a key player in the chemical industry in China with 30,478 members of staff and a turnover of €6.9 billion.

28/03/14: New preconditioner: How does it increase global performance in feed extrusion processing? The use of preconditioners Preconditioning systems have generally been used in feed extrusion lines (e.g. dry pet food, fish-feed) to overcome certain limitations that single-screw extruders have in terms of mixing efficiency, cooking and flow capacity. They are currently used in diverse food and feed processing applications in both single-screw and co-rotating twin-screw extruders (TSE). For example in TSE production of fish-feed pellets, preconditioners are recognized by industry specialists as being efficient because they improve productivity and quality and allow greater flexibility in controlling process parameters. The function of preconditioners in extrusion The preconditioner, located directly upstream of the extruder, is an equipment component that makes it possible to hydrate, pre-heat and homogeneously mix powdery raw materials with injected fluids (steam, water and potentially oil or slurries). This operation is carried out on a continuous basis and involves facilitating heat and mass transfer as regularly as possible between the solid, liquid and gaseous phases. The goal is to obtain a homogeneous pre-cooked product that is best adapted to the next stages. The quality of this processing depends in large part on the intensity of the mechanical mixing, but also on the specific thermal and water diffusivity for each product, defined by the exposure time needed for the dry material to be in contact with the steam so that it is properly hydrated and heated. Empirically, a residence time of about two minutes was generally used upstream in the TSE for fish-feed flours. New fish-feed recipes – richer in vegetable proteins and with reduced starch– and new processing throughput and quality requirements for finished products have led to seek preconditioning times around three minutes or more.



This increase in preconditioning processing time results in energy and humidity being disseminated to the core of the particles, which is more efficient than simple surface treatment, even when apparently similar temperatures are reached. Eventually, all of the work carried out to prepare cooking and start the starch swelling is as much energy usefully gained by the product for the following stages of the cooking-extrusion processing. Innovations: description of operations Clextral has developed a new innovative preconditioner to respond to process requirements and increase the capacity of existing systems. In the second part of this article, we refer to this equipment as “preconditioner+” (see Picture n°1) to describe how it operates and to introduce the main results of experimental tests.   With the Preconditioner +, the main function - which is to continuously ensure an homogeneous mix of the raw materials - is carried out by two horizontal intermeshing counter-rotating shafts, fitted with adjustable paddles (see Picture n°2), designed to process the product flow in an optimal way. According to the specific throughput and the physical and chemical properties of each material being processed, it defines a distribution and filling ratio in the mixing unit, directly linked with the residence time required in the end. The key innovation of the Preconditioner +, always aiming to improve heat and mass transfer to the product, is to integrate an Advanced Filling Control device (AFC) which interacts directly on the material inside the mixing chamber and which enables the filling ratio to be adjusted. This AFC system uses a special designed screw inside the tank, and modifies favorably the flow by enabling a partial and controlled recycling of the material being processed, from the outlet to the entry point, thus intensifying the specific preconditioning functions. In addition, the AFC system does not just increase the filling ratio, but also generates better product distribution, in particular in the first third of the mixing chamber which is the preferential zone for steam injection. To achieve this, the different adjustable water and steam injection ports have been optimally positioned –axially and angularly– to enhance absorption and product exposure time during the mixing stage. Experimental measurements on the Preconditioner +   Extensive experimental trials on processing effects have been carried out on the preconditioner+ to assess the improvements generated by its AFC system on the twin-screw extrusion process. In this case, a standard fish-feed recipe (basic salmon feed) was used, without necessarily seeking optimal performance to begin with, but to set an objective benchmark compared to traditional preconditioning systems. The first significant observation was a lowering of the SME (Specific Mechanical Energy) required in the extruder –an average of 3% with equal extrusion parameters– mainly due to the increase of preconditioning time, and largely compensating the additional consumption of the preconditioner. As mentioned previously, this efficient pre-cooking also enables a reduction of the shearing and the torque used in the extruder, which also is beneficial in reducing the wear of the screws and barrels.



By focusing exclusively on the preconditioner, the experiment also demonstrated that the new filling ratio (up to 75%) achieved by using the AFC, made it possible to increase residence time by 60% for an equivalent fish-feed flow and therefore to go beyond the average of three minutes sought. At the same time, the combination filling/steam distribution made it possible to increase the product temperature by 3-4°C at the outlet of the preconditioner, using comparable steam injection. It is even possible to achieve product temperature of over 96°C with optimized steam injection, while limiting energy loss thanks to the new design. Following the improvements on the pre-cooking stage, we were able to measure a significant increase of the gelatinization of starches before their insertion into the extruder. Finally, on the finished product after extrusion, granulation and drying, these upstream modifications resulted in increased hardness of the pellets of at least 10 to 15%, an essential quality criterion required for their use in fish rearing farms. Functional advantages of the Preconditioner + in industrial applications Beyond the process benefits on product quality, it is important to stress that this equipment has also been designed to facilitate industrial applications, in particular due to the increased flexibility provided by the AFC. This variable-speed device makes it possible to adjust the residence time as required and thus adapt the equipment to different types of recipes, thus responding to the need to have multi-product extrusion lines. Moreover, this convenient design allows the system to start up when fully charged, even after prolonged down time with a full tank, thanks to the new kinematic feature. In terms of hygiene or food safety, the design of the preconditioner+ limits to a strict minimum the retention areas and thus greatly facilitates cleaning. This feature is further enhanced by an integrated “quick recipe change-over” function through the reversible AFC system, used here as a conveying screw that enables the entire tank to be emptied. These improvements in equipment cleaning capabilities and hygienic design are non-negligible advantages, in particular in food processing applications. Eventually, the intensification of the preconditioner provides improvement in the overall process, energy savings and enhanced quality of finished products, as well as greater flexibility and better control of operating parameters, whatever the recipe. Furthermore, the preconditioner can be easily adapted to single-screw or twin-screw extruders in various food processing applications that require a mix or the pre-cooking of raw materials, such as those used for making pet foods, corn flakes, pre-gelled flours or starches, pellets, etc.   Written By: Samuel Raymond R&D Engineer – CLEXTRAL Technology Development Department

28/03/14: GRAPAS Speaker - Robert Zhu

Speaker: Robert Zhu, Director Asian Food and Pasta Business, Buhler (Guangzhou) Food Machinery Co Ltd, China Robert Zhu joined Buhler in 2002, after working as the head of Technology and Production in a flourmilling company of China, started new challenges in building up Customer Service organizationin Buhler China.



With the experiences gained in the China market, Robert Zhu took over the management of the grain milling and the grain processing business. Since 2014, Robert Zhu is leading the Buhler’s Asian food and pasta activities and is to develop the manufacturing platform of Asian food applications.     Mr Zhu will be addressing the following topics in his presentation at the GRAPAS Conference on April 8, 2014 in the BITEC, Bangkok: Brief introduction of Buhler (Guangzhou) Food Machinery Co - a new joint venture acquired a local  company Yaoxian Food Machinery Co Ltd is to set up a platform offering worldwide Asian food solution from China Main products and main market in the first stage will be strategically focus based on the existing product portfolio Buhler’s transferred products - TPVL/TPVA continuous dough mixer manufactured in China and its application and used in China

31/03/14: Kendall named new President of World Farmers Organisation

Former NFU President Peter Kendall has been named the new President of the World Farmers Organisation (WFO). Mr Kendall was elected during the final session of the WFO General Assembly in Buenos Aries, Argentina, and succeeds American Robert Carlson. The WFO is made up of more than 50 national farmers’ organisations and agricultural co-operatives and was formed to improve the livelihoods of farmers and the viability of rural communities as well as ensuring coherence with other agriculture related activities, such as forestry, aquaculture, the environment, trade, research and education. NFU President Meurig Raymond, who has been attending the five-day conference, said: “I would like to congratulate Peter on his election as President of the WFO. Over the past eight years he did an outstanding job for the NFU in promoting British agriculture, not just at home, but to a worldwide audience. I know that in this role he will show the same effort and enthusiasm to help develop key agricultural policies, including food security, climate change and trade.”

31/03/14: 2nd Global Milling Conference on April 23-24, 2014 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India

31 April 2014: ASSOCOM INDIA in collaboration with United Kingdom based Perendale Publishers Limited (publishers of Grain and Feed Milling Technology Magazine–GFMT) is organizing 2nd Version of Global Milling Conference on April 23-24, 2014 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The 2nd Global Milling Conference will be hosted in the same week in city as VIV India 2014. This event looks at bringing to India international participants as either speakers or delegates to review the Indian milling industry - flour, rice, feed and grains - from a milling processing point-of-view. India with its one-billion-plus population will be a major user of milled products and a leading country in total milled grains in the decades ahead and will lead the region in technological advancements.



Dr Dinesh Bhosale, Chairman of CLFMA - the Compound Indian Feed Manufacture’s Association - will be one of keynote presenters and will be addressing feed technology in an industry that is booming in terms of total feed production. He will be joined by the Director of Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Dr K Alagusundaram, Dr. V. Prakash, Scientist, CSIR – India, Mysore, Dr. Ram Rajasekharan, PhD, FNA, FASc, FNASc, FNAAS Director - Central Food Technological Research Institute Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Pratish Batavia, the Managing Director of PD Navakar Bio-Chem Pvt.  Besides these a number of eminent speakers shall also be joined such as Mr. Pankaj Jaiminy, Asst. Vice President Food Certification, Testing & Inspection, TUV Sud South Asia, Dr. Y.N. Sreerama, Senior Scientist, Department of Grain Science and Technology CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI). Eminent International speakers - Dr. Claus M. Braunbeck, Sales Manger Asia of Frigor Tec, Germany; Ms. Helena Pachón, Senior Nutrition Scientist, Flour Fortification Initiative Research Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University; Mr. Johan den Hartog, Managing Director, GMP+ International, The Netherlands and Mr. Roger Gilbert, Perendale Publishers Ltd (Publisher of GFMT magazine) will also make presentations. Two-day conference This year’s program covers both feed and food subject jointly over six sessions and panel discussion which include, in addition to the opening keynote session with its focus on UK, India and China, will include: Day 1 Session 1: Opening & Keynote presentation Session 2: Food & Feed Security “Feeding 9 billion by 2050” Session 3: Milling Developments 1 “Minimizing energy usage in the mill” Day 2 Session 4: Storage & Transportation “Quality in Quality Out” Session 5: New Technologies “What’s new in feed and food milling?” - Processing of cereal grains and pulses for value value-added food ingredients Session 6: Feed & Food Heat Treatments “Maintaining hygienic standards and the way ahead Adopting quality control programs & regulations” The cost to attend is Rs.10,000/-Person for Indian delegates and US$250/person for foreign registrants. The full programme can be seen on the following links along with registration procedures.  International registrations can be made through the link: http://conta. cc/1dLDToE Indian registrations can be made through the link:

31/03/14: GRAPAS Speaker - Nick Wilkens Speaker: Nick Wilkins,

Director, Head of Rice Processing, Buhler Sortex Ltd, London Nick, a Mechanical Engineer by training, started his career with Rolls Royce Ltd, designing aero engines. This was followed by a move to Oxford Instruments (OI) plc, a manufacturer of high-technology equipment and systems for industry, research, and healthcare.  Where he was responsible for the operations of the NMR manufacturing facilities.



Nick joined Buhler Sortex Ltd in 2005 as Manufacturing Director and was responsible for the manufacture of all optical sorting, and rice processing equipment. He has been involved in the acquisition and successful integration of companies based in Brazil and China..  He has held responsibility for manufacturing facilities in the UK, India, EU & China. For the last three years Nick has been heading Buhler’s worldwide rice processing activities.

31/03/14: As the IEC celebrates its 50th anniversary, IEC Business Conference Vienna 2014 gets off to an excellent start

Over 300 leaders and decision makers from egg businesses across the world are gathered in Vienna, Austria, this week for the International Egg Commission’s Business Conference. During the next two days delegates will hear from industry experts and business leaders, as they discuss the latest trends and issues affecting the international egg industry. Former EU Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr Franz Fischler and former ALDI Board Member and CEO, Johann Morwald will open the conference sessions on Monday morning.  Dr Fischler will provide invaluable insights into EU policy and the impact on supply price and stability of feed grains, and Johann Morwald will discuss retailer expectations for the food industry. IEC Chairman, Cesar de Anda, officially opened the conference on Sunday evening; he welcomed over 300 delegates from 30 different countries. 2014 is a significant year for the IEC, as it celebrates its 50thanniversary; to mark this milestone, the organisation will be celebrating its past while looking to the future of the industry. Cesar de Anda told delegates:  “I am delighted and proud to welcome you all to Vienna for our organisation’s first IEC Business Conference.  During the next two days we will have the opportunity to discuss the incredible strengths that our product, the egg, and our industry has to offer the world; we will also learn ways in which our businesses can become even more effective.  We have a fantastic line up of speakers from across the value chain ready to share their knowledge with us on subjects ranging from retailer expectations and egg marketing, to animal influenza and the very latest research into genetics.” In addition to the conference sessions normally associated with IEC conferences, the new IEC Business Conference will also include new focus group committee meetings, where members will discuss production & trade and economic issues in more detail.   Other speakers who will be sharing their expertise on Monday and Tuesday in Vienna include: · Nan-Dirk Mulder from Rabobank · Danielle Cagan from Nestlé · Dr David Swayne from USDA/Agricultural Research Service We will bring you daily updates from the conference, ensuring that you are kept fully up to date. For more information, please contact Vikki Millichamp at the IEC: vikki@


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