April 10, 2014 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer | Views: 1281

Feed Industry Feels ‘Lack of Recognition’

AFIA reacts to FDA’s denial to extend the animal food rule comment period

Feed Industry Feels ‘Lack of Recognition’

Some of the changes proposed include new CGMPs for facility operations, equipment design and process controls, as well as mandates on Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls.

March 14, 2014 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer | Views: 1537

Five Things to Love about the New FeedandGrain.com

Feed & Grain magazine launches a new and improved website

Five Things to Love about the New FeedandGrain.com

You may have noticed over the past several days that one of your favorite bookmarks on your web browser looks a little different. That's because Feed & Grain launched a new website earlier this week.This makeover has been months in the making, but after a few days of testing and tweaking,...

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March 06, 2014 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer | Views: 1252

FSMA Compliance: You’re Closer than You Think

Food safety expert says your feed or grain facility likely already meets many FSMA rules

FSMA Compliance: You’re Closer than You Think

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...

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July 24, 2013 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer | Views: 289

A Bittersweet Summer

Feed & Grain's new editor shares personal happiness, sorrow over recent tragedies.

A Bittersweet Summer

I recently celebrated my five-year anniversary as a full-time employee of Cygnus Business Media, Feed & Grain magazine's former parent company, and nearly simultaneously reached another milestone in my career: being named editor of Feed & Grain.

Over the past five years, I have worked for...

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July 11, 2013 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer | Views: 154

Are You Emailing Correctly?

Old but good communication advice for feed and grain business managers

In flipping through old issues of Feed & Grain, I ran across a Manager's Notebook from 2007 that, although only six years old, had me nearly laughing at how archaic it sounded. It was about effective communication for feed and grain businesses, and had a section dedicated to email. The...

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March 27, 2013 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 283

Food Fight

As GMOs face the court of public opinion, are you doing your part to educate the public on agriculture

The 117th edition of the National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) Annual Convention, held in San Francisco in mid-March, drove this sentiment home in its general sessions: While agriculture is one of the greatest growth industries, the coming years will be filled with the unique...

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March 13, 2013 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 138
February 01, 2013 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 266
January 14, 2013 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 265

Navigating the New Year

Knowledge, guidance lies in past experiences

After almost a decade on the job, I can say with certainty, the last month of each year is a always a blur. Back-to-back issues, relentless deadlines, business travel, planning meetings — it all comes raining down in December. However, for me, it is also one of the most valuable times of the...

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January 14, 2013 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 148

Top 10 Products & Services of 2012

A collection of the most popular equipment and services of the year

Technology offers an infinite amount of data collection opportunities — too many, some may argue; however, the ease-of-access and accuracy of the information means nothing if you're not going to use it in a way that gives it relevance. When attempting to identify trends, programs like Google...
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