Succession Planning: Who Will Lead Tomorrow's Grain Industry?

Succession Planning: Who Will Lead Tomorrow’s Grain Industry?

March 06, 2014 | Mace Thornton

In the grain industry, due to its higher-than-average demographic of men in leadership positions, with most carrying the traditional baby-boomer trait of working at one place for the bulk of their careers, the issue of succession planning takes on even greater importance, according to Mike Koenecke, HR recruiter/talent management, Ag Partners LLC.

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FSMA Compliance: You’re Closer than You Think

FSMA Compliance: You’re Closer than You Think

March 06, 2014 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer

Perhaps the most frustrating hurdle the FSMA presents is the fact that unlike USDA’s GIPSA or APHIS inspectors, many FDA inspectors have little or no grain industry background. They’re used to inspecting food plants where you can “literally eat off of the floor,” Mosher said. “Your facility is never going to look like that, but cleanliness is an indicator of grain quality. Especially be careful to clean up pest’s droppings.”

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Execution Is Everything

| Diana Klemme

Merchandising soybeans has been a tough challenge everywhere for the last three years. Futures have seldom showed more than a token carry — and often had steep inverses. Yet elevators can’t ship as much at harvest (or soon after) as they buy.

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Is This The 'New Normal'?

Is This The ‘New Normal’?

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Demand is good; historically, prices appear to hold some strength. Companies and co-ops have been investing in expansion, remodeling and upgrades. Contractors are busy.

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Will Spring Ever Arrive?

Will Spring Ever Arrive?

| Editors Note | Elise Schafer

On March 7, the NOAA’s National Weather Service reported “above normal” to “much above normal” spring flood risk throughout northwest Illinois along the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers. The risk is also above normal along the Mississippi River from Dubuque, IA, downstream to Burlington, IA, as well as in Minnesota’s Red River Valley. 

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