December 14, 2011 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 528

Uncharted Territory

The CME Group's response to the failure of MF Global

After MF Global's bankruptcy and the subsequent revelation it had misused customers funds, the grain industry was left reeling from frozen accounts and the lost confidence of its customers during the last quarter of 2011. With Senate hearings underway at the moment and the near-certain...

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September 26, 2011 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 423

Harvest 2011’s Winners and Losers

Yields a mixed bag

By the time this issue hits the streets, the 2011 harvest will be in full swing. Elevators in some areas will take in record volumes; others, however, will experience the diminished returns resulting from Mother Nature's bipolar regional spring and summer weather. With the numbers from...

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May 23, 2011 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 405

Stormy Harvest Ahead?

Tornado outbreaks and epic flooding, the spring of 2011 will be remember as one of the most destructive and deadly in recent history.

Tornado outbreaks and epic flooding, the spring of 2011 will be remember as one of the most destructive and deadly in recent history. Add less-than-ideal temperatures, and agriculture is sent reeling, trying to navigate the unpredictable and attempting to catch-up with delayed planting. The...

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March 23, 2011 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 337

Feed & Grain Turns 50

When Feed, Grain and Farm Equipment published its first issue in 1961, the world was a very different place. John F. Kennedy was in the thick of the Civil Rights movement. Mainframe computer systems took up entire floors of office buildings and held less memory than a common Flash...

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January 24, 2011 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 264

Attitude Impacts Efficiency

Among the many thought-provoking educational sessions at the International Feed Expo, Leland McKinney's presentation "Energy Conservation Tips for Your Feed Mill" stood out above the rest. While McKinney, an associate professor of grain science and industry at Kansas State, offered up very...

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January 09, 2011 | Editor's View | | Views: 328

The Tide Also Rises

Capitalizing on agriculture

Happy 2011! As we all gladly welcome this new year of opportunity, we as an industry have to be cognizant of political and market trends — both domestically and abroad — to be able to capitalize on and maintain agriculture’s momentum.

In early December I attended my first National Feed &...

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October 22, 2010 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 300

Seize the day, plan for tomorrow

Utilize equipment, technology to position your company for future success

Showcase 2011 marks two milestones: The beginning of a new year of opportunities and Feed & Grain's 50th anniversary. Over the course of our tenure many innovations have graced the pages of this magazine — and many of you have been with us along the way. For this, many thanks and a promise...

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September 27, 2010 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 289

Happy Customers Spur Long-Term Success

Excellent customer service requires more than a thank you and a smile. It’s about meeting — and often times, exceeding — expectations before, during and after a transaction. Unfortunately, the rise of technology and innovation has fostered a drive-thru mentality in many of our daily...

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May 24, 2010 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 386

Challenge Convention

Supervisors and managers may be reluctant to introduce new ideas for fear of backlash

While driving through the empty expanses of Central Illinois, returning to Wisconsin after my visit to Griggsville, IL-based JBS United, Inc., I found the inspiration for this column. Tuned into National Public Radio, the guest speaker noted a Russian proverb: “The tallest stalk of wheat is...

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