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October 2013


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The Global Miller blog is an online offshoot of Grain and Feed Milling Technology magazine. While the bi-monthly magazine covers milling technology issues in-depth, the Global Miller takes a lighter approach. Our columnists have a keen eye for the most interesting, relevant and (let’s face it) bizarre milling stories from across the world. Each weekday we scour the internet for top-notch news and package it for your perusal in one neat daily digest. The Global Millers are also massive fans of industry events and shows and can often be found out on the road. Here they share stories (and photos) from their travels and, being unable to keep a secret, share details of upcoming events. But the Global Miller is your space too; feel free to comment and share your views.

Registration open for AFIA regulatory training short course

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is offering a 2013 Regulatory Training Short Course (RTS) from November 20-21, 2013. The short course will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Virginia, USA. “This course is a high-demand seminar that always sells out quickly,” said Leah Wilkinson, AFIA’s director of ingredients, pet food and state affairs. “It is AFIA’s third time offering the course and we anticipate not only a full room yet again, but have lined up influential speakers discussing topics beneficial to those serving the regulatory side of the feed industry.” The programming is an opportunity for regulatory professionals in the feed, ingredient and pet food industries to come together to develop the necessary skills to lead their company through the regulatory maze. RTS was created for regulatory directors with several years of industry experience and will cover advanced topics and regulatory strategies. The seminar will include topics such as the Food Safety Modernization Act, Working with State Regulators and AAFCO and Preparing for and Dealing with a FDA Inspection. This year, AFIA will offer an Introduction to Feed Regulation in the U.S. seminar prior to the two-day event for attendees new to the regulatory area for an additional fee. The seminar has limited attendance in order to focus more on individual instruction and will be held on November 19, 2013 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.  View a pdf version of the agenda here. More information...

01/10/2013: New Delhi calls for wheat flour not grain; innovative oilseed crop; FEED II project

Back in August, the Global Miller reported the launch of a USD$22 billion government welfare scheme set up to provide subsidised wheat to 1.2 billion people in New Delhi, India under the National Food Security Act.

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Now, the state of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India has asked the government to provide wheat flour in place of wheat grain. Speaking at the food ministers conference in New Delhi, GS Bali, food civil supplies minister said there were no grinding facilities for wheat grain in remote and rural areas of the state.  Read more... Canadian oilseed producers will soon benefit from research in innovative oilseed varieties with the help of investments of the Canadian government. Gerry Ritz, Canadian agriculture minister recently announced news of a new Soy 20/20 project that aims to research and develop new varieties of oilseed crops in Canada. This investment of CAD$3.7 million will help the Soy 20/20 project develop market-ready varieties of camelina sativa to growers across Canada and will help increase the value of the oil for industrial use. Read more... Community development organisation ACD/VOCA boasts successful work with Ethiopian smallholder livestock producers.  Thanks to a cooperative agreement worth almost USD$14 million, which was awarded to the organisation on 12th September 2013 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ACD/VOCA has established The Feed Enhancement for Ethiopian Development (FEED II) project. Ethiopia’s livestock population is the largest on the African continent, with an estimated 80 million cattle, sheep, goats and camels and 32 million poultry. The project will increase livestock and poultry productivity by continuing to develop Ethiopia’s animal feed sector. Read more...

First Canada Western amber durum quality data released

Protein content data from the 2013 Canada Western amber durum harvest from one crop region have just been released at www.grainscanada. gc.ca. Preliminary data will be updated every Tuesday as samples are received until the 2013 Harvest Sample Program ends. Quality data on amber durum wheat from four crop regions will be released in three phases: Protein content only by crop region and grade, based on individual samples received. Data will be updated weekly. Key functional parameters by crop region and grade, based on regional composites, when sufficient representative samples from each crop region have been received and composites have been made for analysis. Comprehensive quality analysis by grade based on final composites of all regions, as provided in previous years. Quality test results in the second phase will include test weight, hard vitreous kernel percentages, kernel weight, ash content, falling number and wheat pigment content. New this year, a table showing 10-year average protein content in No. 1 and No. 2 Canada Western amber durum by region is available.

02/10/13: Bike-powered mill; investment in US freight rail infastructure; invest in Indian grain storage - Rabobank

A bicycle-powered grain mill is helping to combat poverty in South Sudan. Invented by Canadian PhD student, Chris Hergesheimer, the bike mill can produce 1 kg of flour in 7-9 minutes. This is a remarkable contrast to the1.5-3 hours it takes to grind a family’s daily sorghum needs by hand. 4


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Hergesheimer came up with the idea to give his arm muscles a break when milling small batches of flour for a farmers market in his native British Columbia. The design is relatively simple, using a chain and sprocket to connect the mill to a bike frame equipped with a seat, pedals and handles bars. The idea to export to invention to South Sudan came from one of Hergesheimer’s friends who moved to Canada following the civil war in Sudan in the 1990s. Now Hergesheimer is raising money to fund a trip to the country to build the mills with local people. Read more...

US freight railroad company, BNSF, plans to invest USD$90 million in rail upgrades in New Mexcio, USA.

The company will make signal improvements to five main line tracks through the Belen Terminal and add a locomotive servicing pit to the yard at Belen. It will also continue its robust track improvement program in New Mexico, which will include 2,100 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of about 160 miles of rail and more than 170,000 railroad ties, as well as significant signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC). “BNSF’s capital investments in New Mexico will help ensure our network is prepared for growing demand for freight rail,” said Matthew K Rose, chairman and chief executive officer.

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The time is right to invest in Indian grain storage, according to a report by Rabobank.

Demand for grain storage is expected to grow in the next five years with the drive coming from an envisaged grain-storage deficit, inadequate storage and the new Indian Food Security Bill. Rabobank predicts that in the long run, strategic players who prefer a relatively lower degree of government control will be investing; however, in the short-term, silos will attract investment on the back of government schemes and captive usage by private millers and processors. Read more...

03/10/2013: Second day of US government shutdown; Brazil tops US in corn exports; Haiti’s cereal production

The US Agriculture Department (USDA) has stopped its flood of statistical reports on the second day of a government shutdown. Inspections of meat are considered among essential services that will continue regardless of the shutdown. Depending on the length of the shutdown, the USDA may be forced to delay the release of its monthly crop estimates, which are due on October 11, 2013.

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“We are going to miss the October crop report, if they shut down too long,” said Dan Basse, president of AgResource Co. “If you don’t have the October crop report, that’s really the big one.” Read more... According to Doane Advisory Service, Brazil has officially passed the US as the world’s largest corn exporter, accounting for more than 25 percent of world wide total trade. If this expansion in Brazil’s corn sector continues, it may have a big impact on the US corn market. The exporter numbers are a result of the expansion of the safarinha or double-crop corn production which accounts for more than half of the 2012-13 crop. Read more... Reporting on Haiti’s 2013 spring cereal harvests, the FAO has reported that this season resulted in roughly half of the annual production of cereals, mainly maize and sorghum, but only a third of the rice output. Despite below average precipitation during the sowing period, a lack of tropical storms and flooding in the country has resulted in a recovery of maize yields. Read more...

07/10/2013: Chicken feed impacts on taste; silo featured in new transformers movie

Chickens on a poultry farm in Pennsylvania, USA have been fed scraps from some of the Cities most prestigious restaurants as part of an experiment to evaluate the impact different feed has on taste. In 2004, USDA scientists fed chickens soybeans plus either corn, wheat or sorghum, then boiled the meat in plastic bags and fed it to nine blindfolded taste-testers. The testers reported that corn-fed chickens tasted more strongly of meat broth and were less chewy than the wheat- or sorghum-fed birds. Read more... The abandoned grain silos on South Damen Avenue and West 29th Street in Pilsen, Chicago, USA will appear in Michael Bay’s 4th Transformer’s installment - “Age of Extinction” due to be released next year. In the upcoming film, the silos will be blown up. Bay’s and his crew wrapped filming in Chicago last week, finishing with what one production source called the “mother of all bombs.” Read more...

GRAPAS Awards entries open



You may think we have, over the past 150 years achieved all the progress we can towards creating an efficient milling industry the provides safe food at affordable prices and delivered to consumers on a timely basis. Not so. 

 There is still significant progress being made towards those objectives on an annual basis and the GRAPAS Awards are designed to recognise the advances being made by industry in an area that has largely disappeared from view. That recognition is made in the form of an award called GRAPAS, and is made at the milling industry’s most dedicated event - a three sector co-located exhibition held in Asia every two years and in Europe every fourth year. GRAPAS represents the cereals and oilseeds milling sector with a foes on rice, pasta and flour milling. There are three parts to GRAPAS: an exhibition (co-located with Victam and FIAAP exhibitions); a conference (a one-day event for millers) and an award (for the most innovative and economic improvement in milling developed over the past two years).

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However, to apply for the award a company must be exhibiting at the GRAPAS Exhibition. The next opportunity to exhibit is at the co-located Victam-FIAAP-GRAPAS Exhibition which is to be held in Bangkok, Thailand’s BITEC (Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre) from April 8-10, 2014. Application opened on Friday and exhibitors can log in here to download the application form. Applicants can also apply to speak about their development on the GRAPAS Conference program by emailing: tutit@ perendale.co.uk

AFIA to host seventh annual pet food conference

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) in partnership with the Poultry Protein and Fat Council will sponsor the seventh annual Pet Food Conference on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, the first day of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The conference will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), Atlanta, USA from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “We are excited to kick off IPPE with AFIA’s annual Pet Food Conference, which attracts more than 200 participants each year.” said Leah Wilkinson, AFIA director of ingredients, pet food and state affairs. “The seminar covers everything from product claims, marketing and nutrition to regulatory and technical aspects of production and is a great networking opportunity.” The meeting’s topics will range from updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act, third-party certification programs including AFIA’s Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Association of American Feed Control Officials as well as a panel discussion on communication and industry best practices. The conference will feature several industry experts discussing topics impacting today’s pet food and pet food ingredient manufacturers including Svetlana Uduslivaia, of Euromonitor International, speaking about domestic and global industry trends. New this year, the conference will include a luncheon with guest speakers from Nutra Blend LLC who will discuss the ‘Drive to Feed the World/Chew on This’ tour as well as consumer outreach messaging. Full agenda available here.

Event: Adifo - Feed sector software seminar

Software solution provider Adifo will host its seminar on feed sector related software tools titled “How to utilize feed industry- specific IT solutions?” tomorrow. Taking place at the Crowne Plaza NEC hotel in Birmingham, UK the seminar offers the opportunity to explore the best IT solutions available to companies in the feed business. For more than 30 years now, Adifo has translated its expertise in the international nutrition industry into sector-specific software tools. Tools that directly contribute to business goals by implementing best practices.   Get introduced to these tools and see how they are already being utilized by a range of feed companies including NWF Agriculture Ltd, Group Depré and Twilmij. The free seminar runs from 10.00 - 17.00  and includes lunch and Belgian beer tasting.  More information. Download the full agenda.

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08/10/2013: Monsanto to acquire Climate Corporation; world food prices lowest in three years; professor of animal production

Chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, Monsanto has announced its agreement to acquire weather data company The Climate Corporation for approximately US$930 million.  The acquisition will combine The Climate Corporation’s expertise in agriculture analytics and risk-management with Monsanto’s R&D capabilities, providing farmers with access to more information about the many factors that affect the success of their crops.  Read more... World food prices fell for a fifth month this September, the lowest level in three years. According to the FAO, the decline in food prices was due to a 6.1 percent grain drop, while all other components of the index rose. The International Grains Council has forecast a 943.2 million metric ton production in the 2013/14 period, a jump from 862.9 million tons in the previous period. Read more...

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Aarhus added that with Hanne as a professor, the department’s expertise in reducing the environmental impact of livestock production will become more visible. Read more...

Sonac introduces Mucopro 80P Digestible Natural Protein Source

Sonac, leading supplier of high quality animal-based proteins, fats and minerals, introduced an improved, highly digestible natural protein source for all species at this year’s SPACE exhibition. MucoPro 80P is a pure porcine mucosal protein hydrolysate developed to stimulate the feed intake of young animals. Suitable for use in all types of animal feed, MucoPro 80P can be purchased in both small  and bulk bags offering greater flexibility for feed manufacturers. MucoPro 80P is formulated through Sonac’s unique production techniques at state-of-the-art facilities in Europe.  This method delivers an exceptionally palatable feed ingredient which is concentrated in free amino acids plus di-and tri- peptides – fractions that are rapidly digested by young animals and fish. As a result, they and their intestinal cells are nourished quickly and efficiently to reinforce the gut defence system.  Mucus, mucosal cells and the intestinal immune system are recognised as providing young animals with high levels of protection against invasive and harmful pathogens. Sonac’s patented manufacturing process also ensures that MucoPro 80P contains less salt and ash compared to competitor products.  Feed producers can therefore benefit from a healthier alternative to other protein options available on the market. In addition, MucoPro 80P is also permitted, by European Feed Law, for application in feed for all animal species. This makes it one of the few animal proteins which can be used in all feed mills, regardless of whether they have separate ruminant and non-ruminant lines or not.

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“MucoPro 80P offers manufacturers significant advantages across a wide variety of animal feed applications – improved flow properties, low salt levels and over fifty per cent less ash than competitor options. What’s more, as we’re able to supply MucoPro 80P in bulk – we can now deliver bags up to 700kg, feed producers can benefit from even greater flexibility and better respond to manufacturing needs. We’re delighted to introduce MucoPro 80P to the animal feed industry,” said Louis Van Deun, sales manager at Sonac. More information. 

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09/10/2013: US shutdown to impact Australian grain prices; UK’s special feeding program for piglets; IFIF re-appoints chairman

Australian grain prices are expected to fall if the US government services aren’t reinstated soon. Last week, President Barack Obama sent Federal employees home, effectively shutting down the United States Department of Agriculture, which usually employs over 100,000 staff. “Reality is, it could actually have a bit of an impact on us and our prices and a negative impact at the time of year that we can least afford that to happen, during harvest,” said Mae Connelly, grain marketer, Farmanco.  Read more...

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UK-based feed manufacturer BOCM PAULS International has adopted a special feeding programme for piglets weaned at an early age. The system incorporates BOCM PAUL’s prestarter Supreme Choice mix in to a porridge which is fed via electronic feeders. The programme offers a nutritious and simple solution to the problem of feeding very young and small piglets (4 - 4.5 kg liveweight). BOCM PAULS state that the system can help ease the change from sow’s milk to solid feed. Read more... Delegates at the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF)’s 26th General Assembly have re-elected Mario Sergio Cutait as chairman for the 2014-2015 term of office.

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Upon accepting his second term as Chairman, Mr. Cutait thanked delegates for their trust. “Through our efforts and partnerships we have positively impacted the environmental footprint, the international regulatory framework, the efficiency and the image of our industry,” he added. Read more...

09/10/2013: AG Growth International contributes US$100,000 to fund grain industry education program

The GEAPS Foundation, a US-based organisation that is training the next generation of grain industry professionals, has announce a US$100,000commitment from Ag Growth International (AGI) a leading manufacturer of grain handling, conditioning and storage equipment. The contribution is the largest received by GEAPS to date from the grain industry equipment, service or technology solutions supplier company. The contrition is to GEAPS’ Foundation for Professional Development Programs Endowment Fund. The GEAPS Foundation, established by the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) in 2011 as a mechanism to secure a stable and predictable funding stream to support training for grain and processing industry operations professionals, which will provide a sustainable funding resource for the enhancement and expansion of the GEAPS/K-State course offerings. .

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“It is in everyone’s best interest to develop trusted, credible and reliable training on operational best practices for our industry. It will encourage the next generation of grain system designers and operators to seek high quality safe and efficient solutions. We at AGI are very proud to participate in this very creative and worthwhile initiative,” said Gary Anderson, president and chief executive officer, Ag Growth International. The GEAPS Foundation is aiming to raise US$4 million over five years to support the Distance Education Program. “AGI’s contribution shows the cooperation and commitment we see from our grain industry product and service suppliers.  “By supporting the development of courses for the GEAPS/Kansas State University (K-State) distance education program, AGI is demonstrating its dedication to the work we do today and how we train the grain industry operations professionals to safely and sustainably feed the world in the future,” said Mark Fedje, GEAPS Foundation board chairman and terminal elevator maintenance team leader for General Mills.  The GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program provides online, peerreviewed CEU courses taught by grain industry leaders in operations safety and grain quality management, facility design, materials handling, and equipment maintenance. The courses help strengthen the skills of today’s workforce and grow the knowledge of tomorrow’s grain industry professionals. In 2012, the industry’s first-ever credentialing program, offering a Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM), was added. “Everyone in the grain industry can benefit from the GEAPS/K-State courses,” said Bill Lyster, GEAPS International Board chairman and special projects manager at Ag Partners. Mr Lyster noted that 16 percent of course participants are from grain industry operations supplier companies.

10/10/2013: Banned feed additive found in beef imports; new grain facility signs lease at port; Meriden appoints new international brand manager

South Korea has halted beef imports from the US after finding traces of the feed additive zilpaterol in a meat shipment. The substance, which is banned in the country, was detected in a 22-tonne shipment from Colorado-based Swift Beef Co. at the end of September 2013.  According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, South Korea have asked the US to investigate the matter.   Read more... Mississippi based Rosedale-Bolivar County Port Commission and the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors, USA have entered into a lease agreement with a subsidiary of Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC for the construction and operation of a new grain storage and barge loading facility at the Port of Rosedale. Louis Dreyfus Commodities, is set to invest more than US$20 million in constructing the facility, which will provide a new outlet for local farmers to sell corn and soybeans to the company, with an annual capacity of more than five million metric tons. Read more... Feed additives company Meriden Animal Health has appointed a new international brand manager. In her new role, Lisa Falconer will work to build brand awareness and enhance product profile throughout the industry.

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“Lisa joins us at an exciting time where we are in a position of growth. Lisa brings with her a wealth of experience that will help take Meriden Animal Health to the next level,” said managing director Steve Harris.   Read more...

Event: 64th International JTIC Milling & Cereal Industries Meeting, France

Organised by AEMIC, the 64th international JTIC cereals event takes place this year in Reims, France form the 13 - 14 November 2013. The Wheat-Flour-Bread industry trade show is a unique, unmissable event for all wheat and bread lovers, informed technicians, and investors looking for innovative solutions. Between plenary conferences presenting solid information about the latest topics, exhibitors offering solutions for every producer in the cereals chain, and events showcasing the latest innovations, visitors will have an embarrassment of choice. With over 108 exhibitors expected at the trade show, industry professionals can discover everything that’s new in equipment, ingredients, products, services and training specific to the industry. Visitors to JTIC will also have the opportunity to take part in a workshop space and poster space with enriching and innovative ideas. The poster sessions will offer scientists and industrialists the opportunity to present their latest studies or applied research to the Wheat-Flour-Bread industry. More information and registration details available here. 

Guttridge Ltd launches the new Silo Sweep Auger, extending its range for grain handling

Leading manufacturer of bulk handling equipment, Guttridge Ltd has introduced its new Silo Sweep Auger. The highly reliable, robust robust machine is used for the automated emptying of grain silos. Its introduction extends Guttridge’s already broad range for grain handling allowing the company to offer efficient solutions, with local UK support, for every aspect of on-farm or central storage transfer. A fully integrated service for sweep auger replacement extends from the removal of old equipment right through to on-site commissioning of the new product. “We’re delighted to be launching the elegant and highly specified Silo Sweep Auger,” said Paul Gott, Sales & Marketing Director, “The patented design has been rigorously refined to ensure the very highest levels of reliability and presents an efficient and robust solution, at a competitive price. We recognise the importance of a UK product to many of our farming customers so we are very pleased to extend our range to include this important piece of grain handling equipment.” Grain silos empty under gravity but as grain levels drop this process stalls. One option is to dig out the residual volume manually, but this incurs substantial labour costs and raises HSE issues. The alternative is to use a sweep auger, which as the name suggests, sweeps across the silo floor, transferring the remaining grain via a screw to the silo outlet. The Guttridge Silo Sweep Auger is made from galvanised steel to improve longevity and reduce the risk of product contamination from flaking paint. Rubber blades ensure an efficient sweep of the silo floor while an enclosed clutch and motor mechanism prevents grain ingress and subsequent damage, improving reliability.  The patented drive design delivers the very highest levels of efficiency by reducing slip and strain within the system. See the Silo Sweep Auger for the first time at UK Grain on 6th November 2013 or find out more here.

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AFIA to host first-ever export seminar at IPPE

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Next year, for the first time ever, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host a seminar to provide focusing on feed and feed ingredients export processes in the USA. The first seminar of its kind, ‘How to Export Feed and Feed Ingredients to the U.S.’ will be held during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) which takes place from 28 - 30 January 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  “Over the years AFIA has seen an increased interest and curiosity by IPPE participants in exporting feed and feed ingredients to the U.S.,” said Gina Tumbarello, AFIA manager of international trade. “The seminar is designed to address this growing demand by providing a variety of information from a diverse panel of speakers. If you are currently exporting to the U.S., or thinking about it, this seminar will serve as an excellent resource.  The half-day seminar will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center and will include presentations from both the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Topics include: - U.S. Feed/Feed Ingredient Import Trends - APHIS: Exporting Animal and Plant Products to the U.S.

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11/10/13: ICI acquires elevator from Cargill; The great global food gap; Calata corp’s own brand animal feed Agribusiness leader, Interstate Commodities, Inc.(ICI), has purchased Cargill’s grain elevator in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

Cargill has operated the Lincoln facility since 1999, when it acquired Continental Grain Company’s worldwide commodity marketing business “ICI was founded in 1947, purchasing distillery grains and selling to the feed industry throughout the eastern United States,” said Greg Oberting, CEO. “In recent years we have been focused on expanding through value-added service in agricultural commodity transportation and logistics. Acquiring the Lincoln facility is part of that strategy.” Although not strictly milling related, in light of global rising food prices, here’s a thought-provoking piece to kick start your Friday.  According to an online survey by leading global information provider Nielsen, 85% of global consumers report that rising food prices will soon start to impact their choice of grocery products.

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In the survey, 14% of global respondents indicated that they would soon buy more loose, unpackaged, unbranded cereal (such as rice, wheat and grains). 11% said they would stock up on fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, and 8 percent said they would buy more canned fruits and vegetables. Back in May, British newspaper the Daily Mail published Snapshots of families’ weekly groceries from around the world, highlighting the everincreasing food gulf between nations. Philippine-based Calata Corporation has announced plans to distribute its own brand of animal feed made by the Chinese agribusiness operator, New Hope Group. New Hope is one of the largest feed producers in China with an annual production capacity of 26.6 million tons. It is also one of the largest suppliers of meat, egg and dairy product in China, providing more than 200 million poultry, and half a million tons of milk each year. “We are creating our own brand that will be manufactured by New Hope,” Joseph Calata, company chairman noted in a text message to reporters. “We will distribute this to the whole Philippines,” he added in a statement to the Philippine Stock Exchange.

14/10/13: Evil eco-activists, strong EU wheat exports, pig profits

UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has labeled anti-GM campaigners as ‘evil’ and ‘casting a dark shadow over attempts to feed the world’. The British government has uprated its stridency following last month’s attack from leading scientists on environmental activists continuing to obstruct research into genetically-modified crops, most notably the Vitamin A-boosted “Golden Rice” strain. Read more …  Lower feed prices are bringing a much stronger outlook to pig production, according to a report from Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt. Compared to 2012, when escalating grain prices led pig farmers to slaughter their assets early, this year’s harvest looks set to bring fatter and more valuable pigs to market. Read more …  There’s more good news from EU grain markets, as a large, good-quality harvest from eastern and western Europe is meeting rising worldwide demand, concentrated especially in China, Egypt and Brazil. Read more …

Strategy and M&A expert joins agribusiness advisory firm HighQuest Partners

Agribusiness consulting firm, HighQuest Partners recently announced it has appointed a new managing director and co-head of the firm’s consulting practice. A former management consultant and agribusiness industry executive, Pranav Garg will continue to  deliver HighQuest’s commitment to its strategic and M&A advisory business. In his new role, Garg will bring thought leadership and industry experience to client management teams, helping them capture value by developing and executing growth, performance improvement, and turnaround strategies. “Pranav has a solid track record of creating value at leading agribusiness companies, both as an industry executive and a management consultant. His connections in the industry, and his clarity of the economic drivers of performance will be a significant benefit to industry and private equity managers seeking higher growth and performance at their companies,” said Greg Mellinger, HighQuest’s CEO.

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“I am delighted to join a company that is unique in its commitment to the agribusiness and food industry, with a history of over 200 consulting engagements for financial, industry, and public sector clients,” added Garg.  Most recently, Garg worked at Newpoynt Partners, focusing on market entry strategies and M&A deal strategy, valuation, and due diligence for strategic and private equity clients. Prior to this, Garg was a management consultant at Arthur D. Little and Charles River Associates, where he identified US$300 million in productivity improvements at a leading agribusiness company, and also developed a profit improvement strategy for a leading crop science company. Brest terminal serves major centre of agriculture and animal breeding Yara International’s Feed Phosphates terminal, located in Brest, France is a major hub of agriculture and animal breeding, with distribution ranging from Bretagne, North West France across the Atlantic. Yara’s warehouse, which boasts a capacity of 5,500 mt and is both GMP+ and ISO 9001 certified, has delivered nearly 200,000 mt of product to customers in and around France since it opened in 2003.

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15/10/13: Australian vaccine products for animal health; cyclone destroys 52,000 tonnes of grain; new grain elevator opens

Vaccine producers Animal Science Products Inc. (ASP) and animal health solutions provider BEC Feed Solutions have announced a collaboration to introduce and sell ASP’s superior vaccine protection products in the broiler and layer markets. The product range will consist of several unique water pH stabilisers and vaccine protection products. “These products have demonstrated excellent results in scientific trials, farm trials and have become well established throughout the intensive livestock industry; and are the dominant products in the United States,” says Bailey Reynolds, president of ASP. Read more... A severe cyclone has damaged warehouses containing 52,000 tonnes of foodgrain stocks in the Jagannathpur and Berhampur regions of Odisha, India. KV Thomas, Indian food minister, has asked his senior officials to remain in constant touch with the  government to help ensure immediate action for those affected. Read more... A new US$11.2 million, privately owned grain facility has opened near Aberdeen, Washington, USA. Comprising of four stainless steel grain bins, the new facility was introduced to help meet the growing need for storage and delivery.

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Silos Cordoba are getting ready to show their grain storage solutions at Agritechnica in Germany

Agritechnica is the World’s Leading International Exhibition for Agricultural Machinery and Equipment and Silos Cordoba will be there.  Not wanting to miss out on this great event Silos Cordoba are getting ready to show their grain storage solutions, that meet all the expectations of such a demanding global market: Enhanced Durability Silos    Silos Córdoba has established Z-600 galvanized steel as standard. With 600 gr/m2 on both sides or 42 microns coating per side it means the highest zinc coating in the market.    When required, Silos Cordoba manufactures its silos with extra long durability, silos are manufactured with: Magnesium, Aluminin and  Zinc carbon steel alloy (Suitable for high salinity and Chemical contamination). Thermosetting paint galvanized steel (suitable for Chemical contamination). Special Silo Design Silo design is in compliance with Eurocode 1 (European Standards) and Ansi-Asae (American standards). Silos are designed with Seismic silo calculation according to the particular seismic hazard zones of the country. Heat insulation silo. Double roofing and double sheet body, with heat insulating filling. Agritechnica 2013 will take place in Hannover, Germany, from 12-16 November, with Preview Days on the 10th and 11th November. Silos Cordoba will be more than pleased to see you there. Find them at Hall 7, stand B24! More information available here. 

Updated grain sampling guide from HGCA

Research and development company HGCA has published an updated grain sampling guide. The guide consolidates information from a range of existing publications into one publication, highlighting the best practices from across the supply chain. The new guide, which has been endorsed by industry organisations including AIC, MAGB, nabim, NFU, NFUS, Red Tractor Assurance, TASCC and UFU, covers recent developments in protocols as well as the essentials of when to sample and how to do it.  “For growers, knowing the quality of your grain is essential so that you can store it then sell it effectively, and get the best return for your work,” says  Jonathan Tipples, HGCA chairman,. “But the new guide is not just for growers. It has been drawn up with support across the supply chain, so it sets a benchmark for good sampling practice from the field to the weighbridge,” he added.  The new guide highlights four key points for sampling grain. The first is to know the harvested quality so that growers can dry and cool the grain as necessary and identify potential buyers. 18


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Protecting the harvested quality is the second stage. Stored well, grain quality should not deteriorate but store managers need to be on the lookout for any early signs of spoilage or infestation. Thirdly, when grain leaves the farm, it is important to get a sample of what is loaded onto the lorry. This provides a record of what has been sold and can show that the grain meets specifications. In addition, farm assurance schemes often require this type of sample to be retained to ensure traceability in the supply chain. The final stage for sampling is at commercial intake where buyers use automated equipment to take samples from lorries as they come in. These samples are used to confirm that the grain meets the specification and also to inform decisions about further processing.  HGCA has also updated its poster ‘Inspecting grain for defects and impurities.’ Guide and poster available here.

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In turn, Dmitry Medvedev, Russian prime minister said that creation of the Grain Pool between Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan will be extremely profitable, “because our countries are leading exporters of grains.”  Finally, the ministers have succeeded to create common approaches. “I hope we can move forward- considering the fact that our countries are key grains’ exporters in the world, creating new logistics chains will benefit our countries,” said Medvedev. 

Event: IA OM Mideast & Africa Expo

Taking place from 5 - 8 November 2013, the 24th IAOM Mideast and Africa Expo is the biggest gathering of milling experts in the Mideast and Africa district. The expo will be conducted in a custom made marquee, boasting an area of 2500sqm stretched across the shores of Movenpick’s private beach in Sousse.

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BS&B Safety Systems launch flameless vents for bucket elevators

Global expert in explosion protection technology, BS&B Safety Systems has launched a flameless venting system specific to bucket elevator operations, to protect against explosions. Bucket elevators, also known as grain legs, are used for hauling flowing bulk materials (namely grain and fertiliser) vertically. If an explosion happens inside a process or storage enclosure, the rapid rise in pressure will exert destructive forces in milliseconds, putting personnel and equipment at risk. The explosion venting IQR System™ comprises two parts, an explosion vent and a quenching module. The explosion vent responds rapidly to the building force of an expanding flameball and opens to relieve this pressure. As the developing fireball passes through the vent it is intercepted by the quenching module which retains the flames and hot gases, as well as the potentially toxic burning and unburnt dust. While the flameball temperature of a dust explosion can easily reach 500°C/ 932°F, the quenching module typically remains below 100°C/212°F, followed by rapid cool down due to its large surface area. This results in a negligible change in temperature in the surrounding environment. The system is an ideal solution for venting of explosions in bucket elevators that are located within, or partially within, a building or a zoned area where normal venting cannot occur. The vents are relatively lightweight, as they are smaller than standard flameless vents. BS&B Safety Systems offer organisations bucket elevator examinations and guidance regarding size and position of the venting with respect to international codes and standards, including NFPA 61 or VDI 2263 Part 8.1. BS&B Safety Systems’ proven range of protection and prevention technology includes explosion venting, explosion suppression, a choice of chemical and mechanical systems for the isolation of interconnected process equipment, plus spark detection and extinguishing equipment to manage a source of both dust explosion, ignition and fire. For further information please contact: BS&B Safety Systems Tel:  +44 (0) 161 955 4202  Email: sales@bsb-systems.co.uk  Web: www.bsbipd.com

18/10/13: Alltech expands presence in Europe; GM crop pioneers honoured with world food prize; China’s rice revival

Alltech is proud to announce the opening of its new facility in Dunboyne, Ireland, an extension of its European headquarters. The new facility employs 102 people and has tripled in size and capacity from 1,200m2 to 3,600m2.  “Alltech opened its first international office in Ireland almost 30 years ago and I am extremely proud today of what it has become: the focal point for Alltech’s European activities and a shining example of what we are about,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech. Read more... On 17 October 2013, three genetically modified (GM) crop science pioneers were honoured with the prestigious World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. According to the prize citation, in 2012 17 million farmers worldwide grew GM crops.

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More than 90 percent of those farmers are from developing countries. GM activists suggest that the technology increases yields, reduces harmful pesticide use, and will be a key tool in feeding 9 billion people by 2050. Following the controversial award, Steve Baragona, feed and agriculture reporter, VOA news, USA looks at where GM crops came from and where they’re going. Watch the video here. A rare indigenous rice species, which was almost extinct in the 1970s due to low output, is being revived in north China’s Hebei Province. ‘kermes rice’ is known for its red colour. One of the estimated 140,000 rice varieties in the world, it is indigenous to eastern Hebei. Read more...

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UK free range egg supplier Birchgrove Eggs supplies Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK with over 4000 eggs per week, and in a commercial trial for a research project with scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), they are feeding their hens a layers mash where most of the protein component of the feed is provided by yellow lupins instead of the usual soya protein. Soya traditionally made up a considerable percentage of the poultry feed and using a home grown alternative which does not affect egg quality contributes to assured provenance and sustainability. Birchgrove Eggs is undertaking an 18 week commercial trial as part of a collaborative research and development project between industry and academia where Aberystwyth University is one of 12 partners. The company is run by Tony and Gwen Burgess. “We are delighted to be partners in this important research project that has already shown the potential to generate real nutrition and possible future cost benefits for poultry producers across the UK,” said Tony Burgess. “Poultry feed costs are escalating and we are looking for home grown alternatives to the imported soya we have relied on over the years. Growing lupins in the UK to replace imported soya is a really excellent good news story – for consumers, farmers and wildlife. The research with IBERS is a great example of innovation and partnership through science.” The aim of the research and development project is to look at sweet (edible) lupins which are high in protein as a viable UK-grown alternative protein source to go into animal and fish feeds to replace as far as possible and ideally up to 100%, the soya protein component. IBERS experiments feeding laying hens with lupins found no significant impact on their feed and water intake, growth, weight, egg production or bird health. In fact the lupin based feed seemed to perform essentially the same as the standard feed in comparison. Soya prices are increasing and UK supplies are imported largely from South America, and the impact of their production in South America means that huge areas of land are turned over to soya production. “The UK and Europe has major issues with protein security within the livestock sector and are heavily dependent on imported soya. We need to find ways of increasing the amount of protein that can be grown “on-farm” in the UK.  Research studies at IBERS have demonstrated the potential for lupins in laying hens and it is excellent to have this work taken forward in a large commercial scale study with Birchgrove,” said Nigel Scollan, Waitrose chair of sustainable agriculture at IBERS and the principal investigator on this research project 

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“We have always used Birchgrove eggs primarily due to the high quality of their produce. We believe that buying local and free range has benefits across the board. It is wonderful to see that they are now working to develop the feed that is local as well so reducing the carbon foot print even further for our eggs.” added Jeremy Mabbutt, head of hospitality services at Aberystwyth University. 

21/10/13: Estonian grain terminal built by farmers; Sorghum - a day to remember; exporting grain through the Amazon jungle

A new grain facility, the largest joint agriculture effort of its kind, has opened in Estonia. Roodevälja grain terminal, which boasts a 50,000 ton capacity, was built by members of farmer’s cooperative, Kevili at a cost of €8 million. Situated in Sõmeru parish, a rural municipality of Estonia, Roodevälja can receive 500 tonnes of grain per hour and conducts grain tests in 10 seconds. The terminal also includes a lab. Preparations are now under way for extensions of the terminal that aim to double the capacity. More information.  Last Friday - a historical day in the agricultural world - saw the first-ever bulk shipment of US sorghum to China unloaded at the Guangzhou Port Facility, South China. The 60,000 metric ton shipment reinforces the continuing modernisation of China’s feed industry. Staff from the US Grains Council, representatives of buyers and sellers, port officials and US government representatives were present at the leading coastal hub port. More information.  In support of an ever-expanding corn and soybean trade, Brazil has opened a new highway that offers exporters a shortcut through the Amazon jungle. It is estimated that the BR-163 highway, which connects Mato Grosso state’s soy belt with two key river ports, will boost grain exports by some 3 million tons next year, relieving congestion at ports in the southeast of the country. “We’ve been exporting through the wrong route, to Santos and Paranagua,” said Carlos Favaro, president of Mato Grosso soybean association, Aprosoja in reference to the ports on the southern coast. Ships there had to wait for 60 days to load grains last year and some frustrated buyers cancelled orders.” See supporting material here. 

21/10/13: Event - Livestock Myanmar 2014

In support of the ever-increasing agricultural market, the beginning of next year will offer great marketing and trade opportunities in Asia. Livestock Myanmar 2014, the first international feed, livestock and meat industry show takes place from January 23-25, 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar is one of Asia’s up-and-coming markets with a strong focus on improving its agricultural output. Organised by UBM and supported by the Myanmar Livestock Federation, Livestock Myanmar 2014 will offer a great platform for over 200 industry professionals and players including farmers, integrators, feedmillers, mixers, veterinarians and processors to convene and exchange their invaluable experiences, ideas and innovation while at the same time it will foster valuable partnerships between Myanmar companies and international enterprises.

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UK TAG, supported by UKTI, will help companies attend Livestock Myanmar 2014. UK TAG is able to offer grants of UK£2000 to eligible UK business and individuals to attend this event. UK TAG will organise a British Pavilion to give companies from the UK a base and an opportunity to showcase their products and presentations on cattle and pigs at a cost of UK£1100 per company. For other exhibiting options, full details and enquiries please contact:

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22/10/13: Danisco Animal Nutrition explores the benefits of feed additives beyond growth performance

Dr. Ajay Awati, development lead at DuPont subsidiary Danisco Animal Nutrition, will present on the topic “Benefits of Feed Additives Beyond Growth Related Performance for Animal Production” at the Animal Nutrition conference in Brussels on 23 October 2013. Dr. Awati - a qualified vet and doctor of Animal Sciences with over eight years healthy nutrition experience and an extensive back catalogue of peer reviewed publications - will argue that while the role that feed additives play in achieving growth performance is extremely important, their use can also contribute to broader animal and consumer welfare. He will use specific examples to demonstrate how enzymes, natural betaine, essential oils and Direct Fed Microbials (DFMs) can achieve strong long term profitability for animal producers by improving healthy performance parameters and positively impacting the environment, public health and animal product quality.  His presentation will span the role of feed additives in supporting gut health, reducing dependence on antibiotics, achieving compliance with environmental and food safety legislation, and ultimately in achieving both commercial success and food security. Dr. Awati commented, “The feed additive business has come a long way since the 1980s, when the emphasis was on using feed additives just to improve production performance of animals. We understand a lot more today about the role of feed additives in animal gut health and others factors that can support healthy development. We can use that knowledge to achieve long term success and profitability for our customers in today’s challenging scenarios and help them feed the world in years to come.”

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22/10/13: USDA releases crop reports despite complaints; ‘pig’ pin for sale at IPPE; the EU ‘PROteINSECT’ project

According to a US agriculture department official, crop reports will continue to be released during stock exchange trading hours. The reports will carry on in spite of complaints that high-speed traders have access to the data before it becomes available on public websites, reported international news agency Reuters.  Crop reports used to be released when grain markets were closed. However, last year the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) began releasing its key monthly crop reports to the open grain market. Read the full Reuters article here. As the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) draws closer, event organisers have announced a partnership with the Hard Rock Cafe chain to offer a pig pin, which will be on sale during the Expo. IPPE organisers chose the pin to celebrate the introduction of a new pork and swine pavilion and the VIV International Pork Production Summit education program at the upcoming 2014 Expo. The pig pin will be on sale in the main lobby near attendee registration during IPPE show hours, as well as at the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta, located at 215 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, USA. Read the full release here. A new EU-funded project, is currently being coordinated in the UK by The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) in collaboration with China, Africa and mainland Europe. In light of the increasing notion that insects can be utilised as an alternative protein source, the ‘PROteINSECT’ project is working to drive changes to EU legislation. Current legislation prohibits the inclusion of protein derived from insects in animal feed, with the exception of feed intended for fish or shellfish. Those involved in the PROteinSECT project hope that the research results will help promote the use of insects in pig and poultry feed in the future, particularly as these animals already consume insects as part of their natural diet. What’s your view? For the full report and to take part in the PROteinSECT survey, visit the project website. 

22/10/13: Dutch Ambassador visits mill in East of England

Her Excellency Laetitia van den Assum, ambassador of the Netherlands recently made her way to the East of England. As part of a fact-finding visit hosted by British leaders in animal feed, BOCM PAULS, Her Excellency visited the Tucks Mill site in Norfolk, UK. With the ability to produce more than 300,000 tonnes of pig and poultry feed annually, the mill is the largest operated by BOCM PAULS, which is owned by Europe’s largest livestock feed manufacturer, ForFarmers B.V., headquartered at Lochem in The Netherlands. 

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The Ambassador was in Norfolk to find out more about the UK agricultural sector and how this successful international business operates as part of a programme by The Netherlands Embassy in London. Accompanied by Dr. Henk de Jong, Agricultural Counsellor and Stella van Bemmelen, Agricultural Assistant, The Ambassador was welcomed by Bert-Jan Ruumpol, Chief Executive Officer, ForFarmers B.V., Iain Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, BOCM PAULS and Nick Major, Corporate Affairs Director, ForFarmers. Following an introduction to BOCM PAULS by Iain Gardner, chief executive officer, Bert-Jan Ruumpol, chief executive officer, ForFarmers, outlined ForFarmers’ strategy, objectives and reasons for investing in the UK, while Nick Major, corporate affairs director discussed the opportunities and challenges for the UK’s food and farming sector. Her Excellency was then shown around the mill by Ketill Lord, regional operations manager, BOCM PAULS, providing an opportunity to see the entire production process, from raw materials being delivered to finished feed products being loaded for delivery to farms throughout the region. t. “A critical part of my role is to find out how leading businesses in key market sectors operate and this is my first opportunity to visit a livestock feed manufacturer. I was delighted to learn more about BOCM PAULS and ForFarmers from the company’s senior management team and see for myself how these products are manufactured.  “The Embassies of The Netherlands are intent on helping businesses such as BOCM PAULS and ForFarmers, which are a critical driver of economic growth, to take advantages of the opportunities which exist within European and global markets. I was fascinated by ForFarmers’ rapid growth, its success in integrating different working practices and cultures across its constituent businesses, together with the company’s plans for future expansion,” said her excellency. See original article here.

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22/10/13: Event: Myanmar Agribusiness Summit

With high growth and development potential, Myanmar is quickly building prominence, attracting the attention of international investors aiming to draw profits from the country’s vast natural resources. While oil, gas and coal mining, hydropower projects and logging have featured most prominently to date in terms of investments in Myanmar, agribusiness has emerged at the forefront of recent government development policies. The political transformations that Myanmar is undergoing are a golden opportunity for the country to engage in agribusiness to achieve economic growth with sustainable and rights-based outcomes. The Myanmar Agribusiness Investment Summit 2014 is designed to provide a platform for the international agribusiness industry players and potential investors to gather in Yangon; providing updated on the market potential and development plan of the agribusiness in Myanmar; implication of new economic regulations arising from latest parliamentary decision for the agribusiness sectors.

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- bridge partnerships via customised business matching programs The Summit takes place from 21-22 January 2014  at the Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar. For more information, a copy of the summit program and conference registration details, visit the event website. 

23/10/13: Fighting child malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa GM report’s directly from the European Commission’s Research & Innovation Centre ...

In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of the energy intake of the local diet is based on everyday foods such as cassava, maize, millet, or sorghum, but those staple foods do not provide sufficient nutrition. One consequences is high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children, which affects not only their health but also their cognitive development.  Scientists are convinced that the right doses of micronutrients added to certain basic foods can fight malnutrition. The five and a half-year European Union-funded INSTAPA project undertook extensive research on the ground in Kenya and other sub-Saharan countries to identify practical ways of boosting the iron and zinc content of daily food. The project is being conducted by research scientists from Europe and Africa. A particularly promising approach has been found in the inclusion of yellow cassava in the diet instead of the usual white cassava. Yellow cassava has higher levels of beta-carotene, a pigment that the body can easily convert into vitamin A.  Yellow cassava is thought to provide children with around 50 percent of their daily vitamin A needs. Iron and zinc supplements are known to have an effect on the cognitive development of children.  The project team carried out trials giving children a multi-micronutrient powder with maize flour which is mixed in porridge and given daily for one year. After this the mental development of children is monitored over a three year period to identify the long term effects on cognitive development. Improved nutrition is hoped to have long-term benefits leading to a stronger, healthier population that will contribute more to economic development in the region.  The next big challenge for the researchers is how to provide affordable enriched food to a widely rural, low-income and often isolated population. Inge D. Brouwer, the coordinator of the INSTAPA project at Wageningen University, in The Netherlands, believes that with the right business model, the INSTAPA approach can be profitable to the agro-food industry.  “We are also trying to convince the food industry to go for ‘economies of scale’; that through lower prices and greater volume they can open up big new markets with less purchasing power and generate appropriate levels of profit,” says Ms Brouwer.  She stresses the importance of strengthening the capacity of Africa’s own researchers in this area and a network of researchers and institutions specialised in micronutrition is being developed while a number of postgraduate students will receive training. Training manuals have already been incorporated into the curricula of some of the university courses in the participating countries and this will certainly have a significant impact on local research.  “Through capacity building and by strengthening scientific and technological knowledge in the field of staple food-based approaches in Africa and Europe, the project is making a significant contribution towards improving the quality of diet of young children and their mothers living in resourcepoor areas in sub-Saharan Africa,” Ms Brouwer explains. 

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“The knowledge gained during the project will also strengthen the competitiveness of local SMEs targeted at production of foods with increased nutritional value,” Ms Brouwer concludes.

23/10/13: The jewel in their crown effectively destroyed

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Reuters reports a fire has ravaged Copersucar’s sugar terminal in Brazil on Friday, paralyzing operations of the world’s biggest sugar trader and putting 10 million tonnes of export capacity offline for six months or more.

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The fire hit all of Copersucar’s warehouses at the Santos port, igniting 180,000 tonnes of sugar - roughly 10 percent of Brazil’s monthly sugar exports - and driving prices of the sweetener to a one-year high on global markets. Copersucar says nearly a fifth of the world’s sugar exports flows through its trading desks.

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24/10/13: AB Vista’s International Non-starch Polysaccharide Forum 2014 AB Vista, leading global supplier of micro-ingredients to the animal feed industry have announced news of the inaugural Inspire: International Non-Starch Polysaccharide (NSP) Forum which aims to address the development and use of NSP enzymes in animal nutrition.

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“By clarifying NSP misunderstandings, highlighting the mechanisms by which NSP enzymes act and examining the reasons behind product performance, Inspire Forum 2014 will also seek to define those potential directions for future development most relevant to the needs of the marketplace,” O’Neill added. Over the coming months, a full agenda, plus confirmed speakers, will be released and posted to the inspire forum website. Those interested in receiving the latest information before and during the forum can also follow @inspireforum or use the #nspforum hashtag on Twitter.

24/10/13: New Centre for Agriculture partnership announced at Vice-Chancellor’s annual lecture

Meeting the increasing need for food to feed the world’s expanding population was the subject of this year’s annual lecture from Professor Quintin McKellar, vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, UK as he announced the new Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management – a new collaboration between the University, the Royal Veterinary College, and Rothamsted Research. Professor McKellar’s 2013 lecture, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, explained the need for action to avoid food crisis and described how the University, together with its partners, planned to tackle the challenge of a cost effective and robust food system to ensure UK food security.

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“I am delighted to announce that the University of Hertfordshire is partnering with two of the world’s leading agricultural institutions - the Royal Veterinary College and Rothamsted Research - to establish the new Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management. “This new partnership will draw on the combined expertise to lead research into some of the most pressing issues affecting every aspect of food production in the UK – from the farm to our table.  We will undertake research into aspects of animal and plant production which will contribute to national food security, as well as educating the next generation of agriculture and food chain specialists, ” said Professor McKellar. The new Centre will provide world-class education and research in food production, food supply, environmental management and sustainability.  The courses, including compulsory work experience for undergraduate students, will equip graduates with knowledge and skills to lead and inform sustainable agriculture and food security – ensuring high employability of graduates. More information.

24/10/13: K-State’s cattle feed webinar; US government shutdown ends; CHS releases grain mobile app

On the 29 October 2013, Kansas State University (KSU), USA will host a webinar that focuses on the use of controversial feed supplement Zilmax, formerly known as zilpaterol hydrocholoride.  Led by Chris Reinhardt, extension feedlot specialist, K-State Research and Extension, the webinar will look at the effect Zilmax has on the cattle feed industry. Although Zilmax is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US meat packer Tyson recently suspended its purchase of the supplement following animal welfare concerns. Read the full K-state announcement here. Following a 16 day political battle that saw the US Agriculture Department (USDA) suspend its flow of statistical reports, Barack Obama, president, USA has signed a bill to end the federal government shutdown. Weeks of bitter political fighting gave way to a frenzied night in Washington on 16 October as Congress passed the bill that will prevent the country from crashing into debt.  “Now that conferees have been named, it is time for the committee to get down to business and take action to bring certainty to our family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, rural residents and hungry neighbors,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU) president.  More information. Leading farmer-owned grain company CHS Inc. has released a new grain trading mobile application.  As well as providing market information, the free app also offers access to CHS grain terminals, soybean processing plants and select service center bids. “We’re excited to share our CHS grain trading mobile app, making it even easier for producers to manage aspects of their marketing when and where it’s convenient for them,” says Rick Dusek, vice president, CHS grain marketing-North America. Read the full release here. 

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24/10/13: New! GFMT article: The holistic approach to avoid losses in the feed mill In this first feature of the newest edition of Grain and Feed Milling Technology, Yiannis Christodoulou, president, Agentis Innovations, Thailand discusses ways to avoid losses in the feed mill.

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However, many feed companies within the Asia Pacific region still do not maintain tight control on stock inventory, scale tolerances and the volume of recycled fines and rework arising from inefficient production processes and equipment. Read the full article here.

25/20/13: Event: Biosecurity Program scheduled at IPPE 2014

Taking place from 28 - 30 January 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, USA, IPPE is the world’s largest annual poultry, feed and meat industry event.  Next years installment will see the introduction of a new Program, Biosecurity – Revisiting the Basics and Implementing New Strategies which is scheduled from 8am - 12pm on the last day of the event.

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The need for effective biosecurity programs stems from the outbreaks of the H7N9 virus in China and the H7N3 virus on Mexico.  Sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association, the Biosecurity – Revisiting the Basics and Implementing New Strategies half-day program will revisit the well-established basics of successful biosecurity plans and explore new strategies for today’s global challenges.  The half-day program registration fee is US$100 for all International Production & Processing Expo attendees. The program will feature industry specialists, a panel discussion and a Practical Biosecurity Workshop.  Discussions: - Dr David Shapiro, Perdue, will discuss Real-World Biosecurity Strategies to Minimize or Eliminate Animal Health and Food Safety Risks. 

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25/10/13: Bühler and KSU offer Executive Milling Short Courses

In conjunction with Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science and Industry, Bühler Inc. is offering several milling short courses. Registration is organised by the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM).  Course objectives: Understanding the underlying principle of the milling process and the parameters that can be influenced by either the raw material or the milling system; understanding the challenges of the operating staff; and learning which critical control points to check in order to judge whether an operation is running well.  29

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When are the courses? 11 - 15 November 2013 (English) 14 - 18 July 2014  (English) 11 - 15 August 2014 (Spanish) 10 - 14 November 2014 (English) Courses will take place in both the IGP Executive Conference Center and the Hal Ross Flour Mill on the K- State campus in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. To register, contact: International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Tel: +1 913 338 3377 Email: info@iaom.info Visit Bühler’s website for more information.

25/10/13: AFIA and NGFA release feed rules statement

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued proposed rules on Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and RiskBased Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. The release marks the latest set of proposed rules issued by the agency to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).   In response, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), both representing feed manufacturers’ interests in the US, issued the following joint statements today: “We are pleased to see these rules are now available for public comment,” said Richard Sellers, AFIA vice president of feed regulation and nutrition.  “These rules will have a major impact on our members. We will begin implementing our plan to analyze the preventive control rules jointly with the Foreign Supplier Verification and the Accreditation of Third Party Auditors rules already released. We have asked the agency to extend the deadline for comments to match the preventive control rules deadline.” “Publishing the proposed preventive control rule for animal feed and pet food is another important step in FDA’s ongoing implementation of FSMA,” said David Fairfield, NGFA vice president of feed services.  “We intend to work closely with AFIA, Pet Food Institute and other industry partners in developing comments on the proposed provisions to help ensure the requirements are achievable and facilitate the continued manufacture and distribution of safe animal feed and pet food.” See the proposed rules here. The rules will be published in the Federal Register on 29 October 2013 Comments will be due 120 days after the official publication in the Federal Register.

25/10/13: Cargill’s new horse feed mill; African rice production; The Indiana grain industry

Food and agricultural producer Cargill has opened a new 140,000-ton capacity feed manufacturing facility in Louisiana, USA. The new mill will produce feed for the pet food, aquaculture, equine, beef, poultry, dairy, and wild game industries.

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The facility has 53,000 square feet of warehouse space. Its tower is 231 feet tall, with 65 bins for grain, bulk ingredients, and finished feed. There are also six large storage bins outside of the tower. Two separate extruders allow the mill to produce pet food and specialty aqua feeds at the same time. Further information available here. The Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé was the setting for  one of the largest gatherings of rice industry professionals, policy makers and farmer representatives at the the 3rd Africa Rice Congress, which drew to a close yesterday. During the gathering, more than 650 delegates from 60 countries, including 35 African nations called for help from the FAO to ‘stimulate national, regional and global partnerships to develop Africa’s rice sector’. Africa is expected to produce 27.2 million tonnes of rice this year, up by 2 percent over last year. Read the full FAO article. According to Purdue University, USA the mid-western state of Indiana has nearly 1.3 billion bushels of grain storage capacity. Estimates suggest however, that about 30 percent was unused last year. In this video, Chris Hurt, agricultural economist, Purdue University explains how this year’s crops are set to produce more business following last year’s drought.

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25/10/13: Constraints threaten EU feed and livestock producers

The EU market requirements for feed materials, estimated at approximately 200 million tonnes/year and representing 15% of the global feed market, have started to deviate substantially from other continents because of societal and political dynamics, resulting in ever increasing constraints and specifications for our feed supply, says Ruud Tijssens, new president of The European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) and director of corporate affairs in Agrifirm Group, based in The Netherlands. He succeeded Patrick Vanden Avenne, who has been FEFAC’s President since 2010, in June 2013.

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“These developments have a direct effect on feed security for the longterm which could undermine the EU livestock industry’s competitiveness. The EU holds very different views and standards compared to other world regions when it comes to food safety, genetic modification of crops and sustainability. At the same time, the EU remains highly dependent on imports for the supply of several critical commodities, such as protein-rich feed materials and essential minerals, e.g. phosphates.  In his Federation’s e-Newsletter published today, Mr Tijssens says, “The EU feed industry is faced with an increasingly complex supply of feed materials when doing business with its trading partners, as our companies operate on the same global market with powerful upcoming markets such as China and India, who don’t demand the same specifications. The EU already lost preferential buyer status for many key exporters as a result.  “Feed business operators have to comply with very strict rules as regards EU food safety.  “This led to the situation where the EU feed industry had to deal with an aflatoxin crisis this year because a large consignment of maize from South-Eastern Europe was deemed unsuitable for feed use, though this very same batch was eventually exported and processed as cattle feed in the United States because of more lenient standards. 

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“In addition, increasing political and market demands for sustainable feed material supply are creating new pressures for our sector seeking to meet the societal demands. Our sector already successfully demonstrated that innovative improvements in resource efficiency go hand in hand with environmental gains.  “However, all the above-mentioned deviations create an unlevel playing field on the global market and may pose a serious threat to the competitiveness of the EU livestock industry in the long term.”  He is calling on national governments and European institutions to work together with the whole EU feed and livestock chain in the current round of negotiations on Free Trade Agreements in order to secure access to the global market of feed materials.  FEFAC does recognise and support the objective laid down in the new CAP to reducing our dependency on imports by supporting Research and Development, Innovation and Investment in the local production of vegetable protein and the safe feed use of processed animal protein, including insects, and former foodstuffs.  However, the EU needs to establish a policy framework on food and feed security which identifies access to feed materials as a key strategic goal. After all, we want to maintain a sustainable livestock industry meeting societal demands, while creating added value and jobs in rural communities by taking advantage of the growing global demand for animal products, he adds. 

28/10/13: New! GFMT article: Increasing Pet food throughput In this article, the production process and packaging of pet food is discussed. 

Ingrained within Suffolk history, Skinners Pet Foods has been producing dog food for over 40 years in their mill, which has been in operation since 1688.  Read the full article here. 

28/10/13: Event: Breakfast Cereals Americas - Practical Short Course 2013

Breakfast Cereals are created in a wide range. Given that technologies for making breakfast cereals vary and evolve continuously, a better understanding of raw material properties and how to integrate these in products is a key element for business development.  Organised by Smart Short Courses, a joint operation of ID&A Ignace Debruyne & Associates and Filtration and Membrane World (represented by Ignace Debruyne, PhD and Sefa Koseoglu, PhD) the ‘Processing and Production Technologies for Breakfast Cereals’ course will offer a full review of existing technologies and ways in which to apply tin order to produce great quality products for the Latin American market. Who should attend Breakfast Cereals Americas? Decision makers such as product technicians, R & D engineers, engineering supervisors, Q&A technicians, project engineers, process improvement engineers, business development managers, sales and marketing specialists, equipment manufacturers, product formulators, plant engineers, processors, chemists, and technicians. Breakfast Cereals Americas will take place at the Le Meridien Panama Hotel, Panama City from the 2 - 3 December 2013. To take advantage of the early bird discount, register on or before 3 November 2013! Early bird registration: US$795 Standard registration: US$945

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29/10/13: New! GFMT article: Traceability in the food and feed supply chain

In this article, Chris Knight, head of agriculture, Campden BRI, UK discusses traceability in the food and feed supply chain.  Traceability identifies the path from where a product originated to where it has been supplied, and consists as a series of interlinking chain of records either between process steps in an individual food (or feed) business operation and/or between different stages in a food supply chain.

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29/10/13: Alltech’s Career Development Program; supporting the link from food to feed; Bunge acquires Mexican mills The second annual Career Development Program organised by animal health and nutrition company Alltech has been launched.

Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, announced a further ten vacancies for the program, which takes place in February 2014.

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Graduates will have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s top specialists in the fields of science, aquaculture, marketing, veterinary science, I.T., business and biotechnology. Deadline for applications is 2 December 2013. Full announcement available here. Earlier this year, an industry association was set up to promote the use of recovered food waste in animal feed. The European Former Foodstuff Processors Association (EFFPA) focuses on the interests of businesses, which specialise in the processing of former foods for use in animal feed in all EU member states.

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Using former foodstuffs in animal feed has been practised since ancient times, the sector however, has never been formerly represented. Until now. EFFPA held its 1st General Assembly in Brussels this month, aiming for an official launch of the association on 1 January 2014. It is a part of EFFPA’s mission to include as many operators as possible in the association, all for the benefit of a more professionalised former foodstuff processors sector. EFFPA estimates that former foodstuff processors in member countries now process appoximately 3 million tonnes of former foodstuffs into animal feed. For more information, visit the EFFPA website. Bunge North America, an branch of food operating corporation, Bunge Limited, has agreed to buy the wheat milling business of agribusiness group Grupo Altex. 

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As a leading Mexican wheat miller, Grupo Altex operates six mills with an annual processing capacity of approximately 800 thousand metric tons. Its product portfolio includes bread flour, prepared flours for baked goods, tortillas and pizza and semolina for pasta. “This investment further strengthens our core food and ingredients segment by building on the consistent success of our North American milling business,” said Gordon Hardie, managing director, Food & Ingredients, Bunge Limited. Visit the Bunge website for the full release.

29/10/13: Meriden unveils new corporate website

Following months in the making, Meriden Animal Health is pleased to announce its new corporate website, www.meriden-ah.com The new site underwent a complete overhaul with the aim of making it more user-friendly and easier to navigate. The content has been reviewed and re-written to incorporate updated information and provide customers with the information they are looking for. Features and interactive elements have been added to make the site easier to navigate, so you can find the information you need in fewer clicks. The interactive timeline provides an insight into the history of Meriden, whilst the interactive map makes it quicker and easier to find your regional office. ‘This website is the result of feedback from our valued customers.  The marketing team has put time and effort into ensuring that all the information on our new website is up-to-date and easily accessible.  We hope our customers enjoy exploring the new website and find the information they need,’ said Lisa Falconer, brand manager, Meriden. The new corporate website forms the heart of Meriden’s online presence.  This is the final website in their range of online platforms to be updated.  Our other websites include www.orego-stim.com, the website for Meriden’s flagship product Orego-Stim and www.meriden-fusion.com, the website for the Fusion Feed Safety Range of mycotoxin binders.

30/10/13: Feed safety assurance for milling by-products is licensed for delivery

In the coming decades the world population will grow to about 9 billion people, at the same time the welfare level is rising throughout the world. This results in higher demand for safe cereal products for human consumption. At the same time the safety requirements for milling by-products used for animal feeding are also becoming more stringent.  Meat, dairy and egg products must comply with high food safety standards so demonstrable control of feed and food safety is becoming more and more important for domestic and export markets. Read the full article written for GFMT by GMP+ and the FRA here …

30/10/13: Event: Turkish International Grain Congress and Exhibition takes place from March 13-16, 2014

Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation (TFIF), has the potential to provide large benefits to all its members and a single authority for the entire industry for more comprehensive perspective of the development and surrounding the future strategy and vision of the sector. In line with industry needs, TFIF conducts studies, looking for solutions to the problems and consistently contributes to the development of the sector. TFIF, both the structure of the board of executive directors and its members, considering all relevant aspects of the industry, spread to all parts of Associations of Turkey. Turkey is a flour exporting country.

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Moreover, Turkey is actually leading at world wheat flour trade, both in technology and flour quality. Between 2005 - 2013, Turkey managed to export around 2,000,000 M/T wheat flour and located at first and second position in world flour trade. In addition to the Annual General Board Meetings and the International Congress of TFIF, both domestically and internationally, the relevant sectoral meetings in every month, are not only important place for gathering company representatives and industrialists but also for experts and managers of public institutions. Now, we are pleased to inform you that the Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation in cooperation with our partners declare about holding of International Grain Congress and Exhibition namely, “Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation, Celebration of 10th Foundation Anniversary and International Congress and Exhibition, March 13-16, 2014, Titanic Deluxe Belek, Antalya, Turkey. Executive Board of TFIF visited Anıtkabir, monumental mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey, on January 23, 2004 and gathered the first meeting on April 1, 2004, therefore, the congress and exhibition of the year 2014 will bring the celebration of 10th year anniversary and have a special importance. This will be largest gathering for flour millers, wheat traders and suppliers, bread and bakery producers in the region with more than 600 national and international delegates and around 50 exhibitors expected. All detailed information will be available at www.tusaf.org. Given the current concerns, this congress seek new opportunities for both existing and new markets, strengthen trade relationships and build new ties, and meeting and connecting with major industry buyers, sellers, and producers. Among speakers, Ministers for both Turkey and Black Sea Region countries, president of International Association of Operative, International Grain Council and European Flour Millers and public and private sector representatives from important countries and civil society organizations. The main subject of the Conference is wheat market. The additional subjects, considered during the event are flour and wheat trading, the role of government and regulations and its outcomes. The target audience of the Conference: Turkish flour producing and trading enterprises, flour importers, grain exporters, wheat purchasers from the countries of the Europe, United States, Black Sea, Middle East and Africa regions. Traditionally, within the congress frames there will be the exhibition, where the key companies-suppliers of flour producing equipment, engineering companies, public sectors, banks, brokers, traders and others will be presented. “I would like to inform you that languages of congress will in English/Russian/Turkish. “On behalf of TFIF, we are well aware of your esteemed position in this industry and it will be our honour to have your support and participation,” Erhan Özmen, Chairman of the Executive Board.

30/10/13: Winter wheat variety brings better than expected yields in the US Pacific Northwest

Harvest results in the US Pacific Northwest indicate that AgriPro brand winter wheat variety, SY Ovation, which Syngenta released commercially to growers just last year, produced top yields throughout the region — as high as 16 bushels per acre better than average. “The results really speak for themselves,” said Ed Driskill, cereals key account manager, Syngenta, Moscow, Idaho on the Ag Professionals website recently.  35


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“SY Ovation is an extremely well-rounded white wheat variety, proven to be high yielding with good threshability and very good end-use quality. Needless to say, growers who planted it last year are very pleased.” SY Ovation is the first commercially-released certified seed variety in the Pacific Northwest developed using doubled-haploid technology. Along with good stripe rust tolerance, it offers heavy test weights and excellent yield potential. In 2013, this translated to Idaho, Oregon and Washington dryland fields with yields ranging from more than 80 bushels per acre to almost 120 bushels per acre, and irrigated fields with yields close to 165 bushels per acre. Test weights averaged around 60 pounds per bushel.  Read the full story here ...

30/10/13: Decoupling US farm incomes safety net from actual plantings urged

Hot-off-the-press from the National Grain & Feed Trade Association in the USA As farm bill conferees convene today to begin the process of resolving differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) sent a letter to the conferees making recommendations regarding the commodity section and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Concerning commodity programs, the NGFA urged congressional conferees to decouple farm income safety net programs from actual plantings.  The NGFA noted that historically, when government commodity programs encourage planting that is inconsistent with market demand, it negatively affects markets, international trade relationships and the agriculture industry as a whole. The NGFA in particular warned that “linking any type of farm program income supports to actual plantings...could risk exposing the United States to potential trade challenges under the World Trade Organization.”  The NGFA also urged conferees to reduce further the CRP acreage cap, while retaining language in the House-passed bill that would allow certain non-environmentally sensitive land to exit the CRP before contract expiration without penalty. Currently, the House-passed farm bill would reduce the existing 32-million-acre cap to 24 million acres, while the Senate version would lower it to 25 million acres - both through a gradual, stair-step approach over a period of years. The NGFA noted that the most recent CRP general sign-up results reflect the continued trend toward increased planting of crops on land suitable for production in response to market demand.  If sign-ups remain steady over the next five years, the NGFA wrote, the resulting acres enrolled in the CRP would decline to less than 22 million acres. Meanwhile, the penalty-free early out provision in the House-passed farm bill would allow CRP contract holders to terminate their contracts in fiscal year 2014, provided the land meets specified criteria and has been enrolled in CRP for at least the previous five years. NGFA said its farm bill recommendations were designed to establish “a sound farm policy framework for agricultural producers, agribusinesses and the millions of Americans whose jobs depend on a vibrant and flourishing U.S. agriculture.” Established in 1896, the NGFA is a U.S.-based nonprofit trade association that consists of more than 1,050 companies from all sectors of the grain elevator, animal feed and feed ingredient, integrated livestock and poultry, grain processing, biofuels and exporting business.  

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NGFA-member companies operate more than 7,000 facilities nationwide that handle more than 70 percent of U.S. grains and oilseeds. Affiliated with the NGFA are 26 state and regional grain, feed and agribusiness trade associations. The NGFA also has strategic alliances with the North American Export Grain Association and Pet Food Institute.

30/10/13: Storage on farms need to be up-to-the-mark

Controlling insects and pests in grain storage required air-tight silos and other containers if farmers want to protect their crops, according to an industry storage expert from PCB Consulting, Peter Botta. He has been talking to farmers promoting a project that is part of a Grains Research and Development Corporation. Mr Botta has presented 38 times to growers over the past half year in the run up to harvest in an attempt to improve on-farm storage to protect quality and hygiene. Growing resistance to some insecticides and the removal of dichlorvos from the US market have heightened industry concerns about farm storage. Read the original story ….

31/10/13: AB Vista hosts conference presentation: Phytase can add serious value to European poultry production

In a recent presentation that took place during this year’s Union of Poultry Breeders of Ukraine annual conference, held from the 23 - 26 September 2013 in Sudak, Ukraine, Dr Rob ten Doeschate, technical director, AB Vista, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), reviewed the importance of phytase to European poultry producers. “Phytase feed enzymes are used by most poultry producers worldwide,” he stated. “Since their introduction to improve dietary phosphorus availability in the early 1990s, commercial phytase products have changed substantially, and are now capable of both delivering higher levels of phosphorus release per unit of activity and destroying a higher percentage of the phytase in the diet, giving better matrix values. “Superdosing is the addition of extra phytase capable of destroying phytate quickly and fully, which is perhaps the most exciting development in recent years. As phytate is an anti-nutrient, this will lead to performance improvements in the target animal greater than those expected from the simple release of nutrients due to added phytase,” Dr ten Doeschate added. “Typical responses to superdosing include improved live weight gain and feed intake leading to a significant improvement in feed conversion efficiency, with these results confirmed in independent university and commercial trials around the world.” The Union of Poultry Breeders of Ukraine conference is the largest annual feed industry event held in the Ukraine, with over 300 companies exhibiting in 2013. An audience of more than 60 people, representing all sectors of the Ukrainian poultry industry, attended Dr ten Doeschate’s presentation, which was organised by Brenntag Ukraine, the local distributor for AB Vista feed ingredients. “This was a fantastic opportunity for those involved in the Ukrainian poultry industry to hear first-hand from an expert on the potential benefits of phytase use in poultry diets, and to gain a better understanding of the negative impact phytate can have on performance,” said Anatoliy Klochko, Brenntag Ukraine’s division manager for animal nutrition. “There are still significant gains to be made from feed enzyme use here in the Ukraine, and the use of phytase to reduce costs and improve performance through superdosing is set to spread rapidly as the benefits become more widely recognised.”

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31/10/13: New! GFMT article: Weighbridges the workhorses of industrial weighing

In this article, Mark Spick, Parkerfarm Weighing Systems, UK discusses the use of weighbridges in the grain, feed and milling sector. Weighbridges play a vital role in today’s grain, feed and milling industries, providing valuable weight data for incoming and outgoing vehicles at farms, mills, food processing plants, storage facilities and terminals, as well as for bulk loading activities. Today, a blend of versatile instrumentation, user-friendly software and communication technology is rapidly increasing the scope of weighbridges, thereby expanding their operational and data collection capabilities. Read the full article here. 

31/10/13: Lesaffre Feed Additives strengthens team; Ireland’s agri-food trade mission; Canada’s grain elevators are full Lesaffre Feed Additives (LFA), a division of Lesaffre Nutrition & Health, a leading company in probiotic and yeast-based product applications for animal feed, recently announced a new addition to its team.

Dr Frédérique Clusel, will take over as the new managing director of LFA. She will be based at the Lesaffre headquarters in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France. Clusel graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and holds a Master in Business Administrration (MBA) from HEC Executive Education. With over 20 years’ experience in the animal health sector, Clusel has expertise in management functions worldwide, particularly in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. Prior to joining LFA, Clusel was group manager at the Swine Business Unit, Europe Middle East and Africa division (EMEA), Zoetis, USA.  Visit Lesaffre’s website. The Gulf States of Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabis are to receive a major boost from Ireland’s agri-food and equine sector. Earlier this week, Simon Coveney, minister of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland arrived in the region at the helm of a 60-strong trade mission. According to estimates from the Irish food board, Bord Bia, Irish food exports to the Gulf amounted to almost €200 million in 2012. Bord Bia estimates there is potential to double that figure by 2020. Read full article here. Western Canada’s transport systems are under strain as a result of record grain harvests in the Canada’s prairie regions.  According to reports from the Western Grain Elevators Asoociation, shipping terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert are running at capacity, prairie grain elevators are full and elevator operators require double number of current rail cars provided in order to to get the waves of grain off farms. “The situation this year is unprecedented,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevators Association. More information here.

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