February 03, 2014 | From the Field | Arlette Sambs | Views: 654

Technology Takeover

Embrace 'techie' tools to make your job easier

Technology Takeover

I recently attended my daughter’s FFA awards banquet at a local high school where she teaches agriculture. Like most kids, everyone of the students had their cell phones in their hands, typing away. After a failed attempt to get the kids to practice one more time before the event started, the teachers confiscated all of the phones from the kids on stage — and it was like taking one of their arms away to give them up. The awards ceremony went off without any interruptions, at least no one could be seen texting anyway.

The reason I bring up this anecdote is because you see it happening everywhere. Everyone is always on their smart phone — from texting to talking with someone to browsing the Internet for “stuff” — what did we do before the invention of the mobile phone?

Mobile technology also serves as a valuable tool in the workforce. As one of my co-workers stated in a meeting: “[Smart phones] have become a news delivery device.” In this industry, we rely on it for so much more than communication between one person and another. Consider how much time it took to communicate between employees at a plant 10 years ago. They had to go to a desk to jump on a computer to enter any type of data, maintenance, production or safety related information.

Today’s younger generation is very “techie.” They rely heavily on their smart phones — they can find any information with Google, retrieve data, manage personal accounts, take a picture of a piece of equipment that needs some attention, text or call a supplier for some help on fixing a problem out in the plant. As our cover story explains, it cuts downtime and improves accuracy on record keeping for maintenance in eight of Southern States Cooperative’s plants.

There is definitely a generation gap between the folks that work in the plants and manage the plants; however, in this day and age, the older generation is being forced to get on board with smart technology at our workplaces. The list of benefits is endless — and it makes our jobs so much easier.

Here at Feed & Grain magazine, we will continue to deliver information anyway you want to receive it — in print, on our website and on our mobile site as well. Feed & Grain is there when you are looking for information, and we aim to serve all generations!

Please let us know if there is a topic you would like for us to cover in a future issue.

Thanks for reading!

February 03, 2014 | From the Field | Arlette Sambs | Views: 414

Proudly Serving You

Reflections on agriculture's contribution to the world

Proudly Serving You

Last month I attended the 2012 IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference in Altoona, IA. The conference brought together the entire interconnected agriculture sector — including large grain and livestock producers — for three days of cutting-edge education, exhibits and networking.

The opening presentation featured Kip Tom, managing member of Tom Farms LLC, based in Leesburg, IN. Tom Farms is a global production, sales and service operation, specializing in corn and soybeans, that operates over 16,000 acres in Indiana and another 4,000 acres in Argentina. 

Kip began by sharing a little about his family's farming background. Then he brought up an important concern he admitted to thinking about almost daily: the task of feeding 9.3 billion people in 2050. 

He went on to note the average person's caloric intake in the western hemisphere is 3,500 calories/day. In America, it’s more like 3,800 calories/day, when all we need is 1,800 to sustain ourselves. That statistic really caught my ear. What does this tell us? We are already producing enough food for this world, which is evident by the record U.S. obesity rate.

I never thought of famers as food manufacturers, but now it absolutely makes sense. Today there are some 5,000 producers who take raw resources to make a product that creates 30% of our food supply. 

But still, so many people don’t understand how food is produced. They stand on the sideline and let us do it for them. Kip urged us in the crowed to get involved; to educate today’s consumers about where their food comes from.

After listening to Kip, it made me a little proud of the knowledge and experience I gained from my farming background. That’s why I enjoy working in this industry. It keeps me in touch with the good folks who work together to feed this world. All of us are experts about the part of the food chain we touch, and should be proud of our involvement in agriculture.

February 03, 2014 | From the Field | Arlette Sambs | Views: 430

Information Evolution

How we've evolved our content, delivery options

Information Evolution

Welcome to our October/November issue! Thank you for investing time during this busy season to pick up, page through and read Feed & Grain magazine.

The Feed & Grain team works diligently to make sure the products we deliver meet your needs. For example, we’ve introduced new features to the magazine in response to your evolving needs and preferences, including our Digital Table of Contents in the print edition and our recurring Focus on Technology section.

Additionally, we are always updating and enhancing our website, www.FeedandGrain.com, to improve ease of use and offer more dynamic content. We developed a user-friendly Online Buyers Guide (found in the navigation bar on our home page), allowing you to search categories and find the products and services you need. We’ve also launched and continue to develop new e-newsletters, consistently providing you with more information.

These changes are part of the constant process we use to help make sure we remain relevant and important to you. Simply put, if we lose your attention — we lose.

Which is why we continue to evolve and improve our product offerings, particularly with digital technology. The “magic” of digital communication is that the more we learn about what you do and your information needs, the more targeted we can be in providing you with that information. It starts when you are gracious enough to provide us with your email address. So far, more than 1,500 of you have done so.

Please take a few minutes to register on www.FeedandGrain.com. Look for the REGISTER button at the top-center part of our home page, click it, then sign up for the e-newsletters and email notifications that you’d like to receive. Help us continue to learn more about your information needs and how to meet them.

With all of the options you have for finding information, we want to make sure Feed & Grain stays at the top of your list. We appreciate your help in doing so!

Arlette Sambs

Editor’s note: For more than 30 years Arlette has been involved with Feed & Grain’s audience and advertisers, and worked with many of the associations supporting the feed and grain industry. She’s serious — please let her know what more we can and should do to meet your information needs.

January 30, 2014 | Views on the News | Steven Kilger | Views: 374

China Inks Deals House Passes WRRDA and The USDA Gets Back to Work

And Cargill opens cutting edge horse feed facility

China Inks Deals House Passes WRRDA and The USDA Gets Back to Work

Chinese Delegation Signs 1 Billion in Deals with Iowa

The Hebei province, China, inked 20 separate deals with Iowa companies, for an estimated total of $1 billion. This continues the Hebei province’s long standing relationship with Iowa that stretches back to 1983. China has made recent deals with U.S. soybean organizations and the Ukraine, as it looks for ways to provide for its growing middle class. Though the details of individual agreements have not been made public, the deal will provide new jobs, economic investment and a continued relationship and access to a giant emerging market. 

Man Dies in Accident at Grain Elevator in Harvey, ND

Alex Rall, an electrician, died in an accident at the Prairie Towers Elevator in Harvey, ND. During the installation of a distributor, a grain chute came loose while being moved. The chute was between 250 to 300 pounds and fell 120 feet before hitting Rall, who was leaving for the day. The accident is still under investigation by OSHA at the time of this writing. 

House Passes $82 Billion Water Projects Bill

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act did the seemingly impossible; it passed through the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. While the Farm Bill seems to be moving at a snail’s pace, with significant obstacles to overcome on the SNAP nutrition portion, the WRRDA flew through the House with a 417-3 vote and will soon go to a conference with the Senate. The bill was passed by playing up its job making potential and that it affects almost every state. The bill will make moves to allocate money in order to finance a much needed upgrade of the nation’s waterways. Some of the infrastructure being used are approaching their 100th birthdays, and the question of if they will fail has been replaced with when they will fail. Because other nations that are in direct competition with the United States are upgrading their infrastructure, the United States’ upgrades are a must in order to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

USDA Reports Corn at 39% Harvested with Soybeans at 63%

After going dark for two and a half weeks due to the government shutdown, the USDA released its first crop report of October. Wet conditions are slowing down the harvest in much of the Corn Belt, and the crop report reflects this. Corn harvested is 14 percentage points behind the five-year average and 46 points behind last year. Luckily, the maturity of the corn crop has grown to 94%, just about the five-year average. Soybeans are at 63% harvested, a 50 point rise from the last report in September and close to its five-year average.

Cargill Opens State-of-the-art Horse Feed Plant

Cargill’s new horse feed plant in Strathroy, Ontario, opened on Oct. 23. The facility will produce its Purina® equine feed and supplements and Loyall®  dog and cat food. The facility cost around $11 million to build and equip and was necessary for Cargill’s goal of meeting the increasing quality demands of its customer.

It’s hard to believe, but this week’s Views marks our fourth month with the new format. As always, I want to thank you for reading and remind you to email me if you have any story ideas, comments on what news you want to hear about or just to say hey. Subscribe to Industry Watch, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for all the latest news in the industry.

January 30, 2014 | From the Field | Arlette Sambs | Views: 405

Roots Run Deep

Getting back to an “aggie” home.

Roots Run Deep

The farm on which I grew up has changed hands — probably more than once — since my parents passed away. My brother worked the land for a while, but the era of small dairy and hog farms with 120 acres of corn and alfalfa is a few decades behind us.

I enjoyed the farm — even with all the work we had in front of us every day. My siblings might argue that I enjoyed socializing with other farm kids even more so. Probably true. County fairs and showing livestock were great … and just happened to be where I met the guy who became my husband.

Working on Feed & Grain in my adult life has given me a different perspective on agribusiness. I have a better understanding of global demand and transportation infrastructure issues, of the challenges of high-efficiency throughput and top-flight feed manufacturing. But I also understand, because of my background, the foundation of agriculture: hard working men and women who think smart and work smart every day to feed the world. Those who help them to become more efficient are a key element of every farm’s success.

It’s fitting then, to note that in my hometown of Evansville, WI, Landmark Services expanded its grain shuttle facility, adding storage, a new grain dryer and improving receiving and load out in 2013. All part of a significant investment in helping their customers have more and better options serving the world’s food chain.

There are times when I shake my head in wonder at the technology, capacity and speed of today’s modern facilities. I
wonder what Mom and Dad would think to see agriculture, though it passed us by, growing and strengthening in that little corner of the world. I believe they’d be proud that, for a couple of generations, they laid the foundation for an ag community that continues to grow.

I’ve written recently about the changes in the world of media, and of our acquisition by the American Farm Bureau Federation. There is a link, I’ve realized, that we’d been missing at Feed & Grain. That link is agriculture. As part of a media company, we were one brand among many. As part of the Farm Bureau, we are as we were in Feed & Grain’s roots, surrounded by “aggies.” And it makes me feel at home again.

Best wishes for a great 2014 and beyond.

Arlette Sambs
Publisher, Feed & Grain

November 06, 2013 | Views on the News | | Views: 319

Fall Harvest Inches Closer to the Finish Line

Grain fire erupts in Nebraska and Perdue Farms gets sued again

  1. Perdue Farms Sued Over “Humane” Labels
  2. Fire at Grain Elevator in Gordon, NE, Over Weekend
  3. Corn at 59% Harvested With Soybeans at 77%
  4. ADM Reports Adjusted Third Quarter 2013 Earnings of $0.46/Share
  5. United Ethanol in Milton WI Cited by OSHA After Employee Death in April

Perdue Farms Sued Over “Humane” Labels

Perdue Farms has been accused of trying to profit off of the increased customer concern over where the foods they buy are coming from. Wendy Roy of Palm Bay, FL, who filed the lawsuit, claims that Perdue follows the same guidelines, set by the National Chicken Council, as most of its competitors, but tries to fool customers into believing that the chickens they raise are better treated. The lawsuit is attempting to be classified as class action so that other customers will be able to join in. The language in the lawsuit insinuates that current practices used by the industry are “a system of mechanized brutality,” which gives merit to Perdue Farms’ counter claim that the Humane Society of the United States is attempting to use this lawsuit in order to attack their brands. The company also claims that it goes further than NCC guidelines in ensuring that its chickens are humanly treated. A similar lawsuit against Perdue Farms from 2011 is still being played out in the court system after a judge threw out many of the claims. 

Fire at Grain Elevator in Gordon, NE, Over Weekend

A large fire broke out on Oct. 24 in Gordon, NE, at the Gordon grain elevator. The fire took teams of firefighters from the surrounding counties and North Dakota to contain. It was contained by noon the first day, but crews doused hot spots and flare-ups into the early hours of the next day, soaking the grain with an estimated 1,900 gallons/minute of water. The cause of the fire is unknown, but spontaneous combustion of grain is believed to be responsible.

Corn at 59% Harvested With Soybeans at 77%

The USDA reports fall into the category of things that you don’t miss until they’re gone. After the U.S. government shutdown of last month, it was nice to see a new USDA report. Corn jumped 20% with this week’s closing in on the five-year average. Soybeans jumped 14%, bringing it even with the five-year average. With the release of this week’s report, both corn and soybeans have climbed just above their five-year average.

ADM Reports Adjusted Third Quarter 2013 Earnings of $0.46/share

While adjusted earnings were down $0.07/share from ADM’s third quarter last year, net earnings were up to $0.28/share. Other highlights included an increase in oilseeds processing profit of $25 million along with a $91 million increase in corn processing profit. Agricultural services profit did decline $122 million though, due to weak exports. ADM’s net debt is down to $3.4 billion.

United Ethanol in Milton, WI, Cited by OSHA after Employee Death in April

This is a story that we’ve followed closely at Feed & Grain. Our south-central Wisconsin home in Fort Atkinson is a mere 20 minutes from Milton, WI, and the death of Jerad Guell deeply affected the community we live in.  United Ethanol has been cited with 15 violations, 12 of which were classified as serious and one that was labeled willful. According to OSHA’s Field Inspection Reference Manual CPL 2.103, a violation is willful when “evidence shows either an intentional violation of the Act or plain indifference to its requirement.” The violation in question was the failure to lock out the conveyors that empty bins when an employee is inside. United Ethanol is being fined $140,000 and being placed within a program that requires inspections to make sure that the company is in compliance with regulations.

As always, I want to thank you for reading and remind you to email me if you have any story ideas, comments on what news you want to hear about or just to say hey. Subscribe to Industry Watch, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for all the latest news in the industry.

October 30, 2013 | Views on the News | | Views: 320

China Inks Deals, House Passes WRRDA and The USDA Gets Back to Work

And Cargill opens cutting edge horse feed facility

The top stories for the week of Oct. 20 were…

  1. Chinese Delegation Signs 1 Billion in Deals with Iowa
  2. Man Dies in Accident at Grain Elevator in Harvey ND
  3. House Passes 82 Billion Water Projects Bill
  4. USDA Reports Corn at 39% Harvested with Soybeans at 63%
  5. Cargill Opens State-of-the-art Horse Feed Plant

 

Chinese Delegation Signs 1 Billion in Deals with Iowa

The Hebei province, China, inked 20 separate deals with Iowa companies, for an estimated total of $1 billion. This continues the Hebei province’s long standing relationship with Iowa that stretches back to 1983. China has made recent deals with U.S. soybean organizations and the Ukraine, as it looks for ways to provide for its growing middle class. Though the details of individual agreements have not been made public, the deal will provide new jobs, economic investment and a continued relationship and access to a giant emerging market. 

Man Dies in Accident at Grain Elevator in Harvey, ND

Alex Rall, an electrician, died in an accident at the Prairie Towers Elevator in Harvey, ND. During the installation of a distributor, a grain chute came loose while being moved. The chute was between 250 to 300 pounds and fell 120 feet before hitting Rall, who was leaving for the day. The accident is still under investigation by OSHA at the time of this writing. 

House Passes $82 Billion Water Projects Bill

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act did the seemingly impossible; it passed through the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. While the Farm Bill seems to be moving at a snail’s pace, with significant obstacles to overcome on the SNAP nutrition portion, the WRRDA flew through the House with a 417-3 vote and will soon go to a conference with the Senate. The bill was passed by playing up its job making potential and that it affects almost every state. The bill will make moves to allocate money in order to finance a much needed upgrade of the nation’s waterways. Some of the infrastructure being used are approaching their 100th birthdays, and the question of if they will fail has been replaced with when they will fail. Because other nations that are in direct competition with the United States are upgrading their infrastructure, the United States’ upgrades are a must in order to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

USDA Reports Corn at 39% Harvested with Soybeans at 63%

After going dark for two and a half weeks due to the government shutdown, the USDA released its first crop report of October. Wet conditions are slowing down the harvest in much of the Corn Belt, and the crop report reflects this. Corn harvested is 14 percentage points behind the five-year average and 46 points behind last year. Luckily, the maturity of the corn crop has grown to 94%, just about the five-year average. Soybeans are at 63% harvested, a 50 point rise from the last report in September and close to its five-year average.

Cargill Opens State-of-the-art Horse Feed Plant

Cargill’s new horse feed plant in Strathroy, Ontario, opened on Oct. 23. The facility will produce its Purina® equine feed and supplements and Loyall®  dog and cat food. The facility cost around $11 million to build and equip and was necessary for Cargill’s goal of meeting the increasing quality demands of its customer.

It’s hard to believe, but this week’s Views marks our fourth month with the new format. As always, I want to thank you for reading and remind you to email me if you have any story ideas, comments on what news you want to hear about or just to say hey. Subscribe to Industry Watch, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for all the latest news in the industry.

October 23, 2013 | Views on the News | | Views: 363

OSHA, EPA and Cargill Round out Top Five

Five men freed from grain silo tops the list

  1. Rescuers Free Five Men From Grain Silo in Camden, NC
  2. Leaked EPA Proposal Significantly Scales Back Biofuel Blending Requirements
  3. Grain Tube Catches Fire in Huron County, Ohio
  4. North Carolina Department of Labor Investigating George Wood Farms
  5. Cargill Closing Another Texas Feedlot Due to Drought

 

Rescuers Free Five Men from Grain Silo in Camden, NC

It’s  a refreshing change of pace to be able to report a happy ending to a grain entrapment incident. Initially, three men were trapped inside a 125,000-bushel silo; the other two became trapped when they went in to try and save them. By the time they were rescued, one man was covered up to his neck in the grain, another up to his chest and the rest up to their knees. The fire department vacuumed out the grain around the workers and cut holes in the tank to drain it. Rescue tubes were also used, but it is unclear how effective they were. This year’s wet conditions make grain engulfment more likely to occur, so make sure to stay safe.

Leaked EPA Proposal Significantly Scales Back Biofuel Blending Requirements

The scaled back blending mandates that this report suggests may have an impact on the availability of corn for feed next year, but its effects may be felt far into the future. In it, the EPA not only acknowledges the blend wall, but also notes that it is an important factor to consider. This report confirms what oil advocates have been saying for years and may lend credence for requests for individual mandates by refineries. The report also goes against increasing the amount of fuel blended with higher 10% ethanol, mirroring statements made by refineries. It says “Few retailers are able to sell ethanol blends beyond the 10 per cent maximum, or willing to take the legal risk that comes with it.” Although the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard is still uncertain, both sides seem  prepared to take their issues with the EPA’s blending requirements to court, with oil groups suing over the 2013 mandate and biofuel groups getting ready to do the same for 2014.

Grain Tube Catches Fire in Huron County, Ohio

Part of the system that was moving grain between silos in Huron County, Ohio, became clogged and caught fire. It took 12 firefighters to put out the blaze. Even though the fire took only a few hundred gallons of water to extinguish, it was a challenge for the local firefighters due its location about 150 feet in the air. No one was hurt during the incident, and other than the lost grain, the damage was minor.

North Carolina Department of Labor Investigating George Wood Farms

Due to the events covered in the No. 1 news story (Five Men Rescued from a Grain Bin), The North Carolina Department of Labor is looking into the operations of George Wood Farms. The investigation is making sure that the employees were properly trained and that all safety regulations were followed. They will also look for past incidents.Though the company was cited once for missing safety signs, it has never been fined.

Cargill Closing Another Texas Feedlot Due to Drought

While the Corn Belt had a wet spring that delayed planting, followed by a dry summer and then a wet fall, the South has dealt with only one weather condition, an omnipresent drought. Going into its fourth year, the extreme drought that is plaguing the region has claimed another victim, the Lockney, TX, cattle feed yard. The yard will be closed next summer due to dwindling supplies. The area’s ranchers have been forced to cull herds due to lack of pasture lands and the high cost of feed in recent years.

That’s it for this week. I want to remind you to email me if you have any story ideas, comments on what news you want to hear about, or just to say hey. Subscribe to Industry Watch, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for all the latest news in the industry.

October 21, 2013 | Grain Hedge Insights | Elise Schafer | Views: 285

Basis Levels Taper Their Decline

Basis levels tapered their decline this week with corn basis off 2 cents on the week and soybean basis unchanged

Grain basis levels were mostly steady to weaker over the last week as harvest continues to add supplies to the pipeline. For the week, US average corn basis was down 2 cents a bushel while soybean basis was unchanged.

For corn, much of the weakness this week was confined to the Northern Plains and Western Cornbelt as corn supplies start to ease the premium offered at key end users. Ethanol plants as a group were off 5 cents this week across the US, but losses of 10 cents or ore were fairly typical in the Western Cornbelt.  However, in far reaches of Northern Wisconsin, some grain buyers continue to hold strong with +50Z still being offered for fresh supplies. At river terminals, basis levels held mostly stable as strong export demand continues to underpin river markets.

In soybeans, basis levels were not as well defined with southern stretches of the country starting to show basis strength as harvest concludes while northern markets were generally steady to weaker for the week. At soybean plants, Eastern Cornbelt plants were generally steady to slightly higher on the week, while plants in the West were generally weaker. River markets were generally weaker for the week with losses of a nickel on basis being fairly commonplace.

October 16, 2013 | Views on the News | | Views: 320

U.S. Goverment Shutdown Didn’t Slow Down the News

News shows the continued need for government agencies

The top news stories for the week of Oct. 7 are …

  1. Longshoremen’s Union Sued by Tidewater Barge Lines
  2. Dakota Plains Cooperative Approves Merger With CHS Inc.
  3. The American Petroleum Institute Sues EPA Over the Renewable Fuels Mandate
  4. USDA May Close Three California Poultry Plants in Salmonella Outbreak
  5. Monsanto Halts Work on Corn Processing Facility in Argentina

 

Longshoremen’s Union Sued by Tidewater Barge Lines

 

The longstanding lockout of International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers by United Grain and Columbia Grain had a rollercoaster week. The two sides have agreed to resume negotiations for the first time since last spring, with the Port of Vancouver even offering to pay for a mediator to try to get the two sides to settle their disagreements. But with that came news of a lawsuit filed by Tidewater Barge Lines over some of the picket lines set up by the union. Tidewater Barge Lines claims that the water bound picket lines have negatively affected their business even though they are a neutral third party. Tidewater cited instances where their unionized workers refused shipments from Columbia Grain in a show of support, along with instances of impeding barges and tug boats.  International Longshore and Warehouse Union stated that they are well within their rights to free speech. Disrupting the business of a neutral third party is illegal under the National Labor Relations Act.

Dakota Plains Cooperative Approves Merger With CHS Inc.

 

Dakota Plains Cooperative, a Valley City, ND-based organization, voted to merge with CHS Inc. The deal now only has to make it past the CHS board of directors before being made final. Dakota Plains had $135 million in sales during its last fiscal year and offers agronomy, seed, feed and energy services and products to its members. Dakota Plains cited three main reasons for the merger: the desire to keep up with its members’ needs,, CHS’ ability to keep up with new technology and CHS’ ability to offer members a wider range of services.

The American Petroleum Institute Sues EPA Over the Renewable Fuels Mandate

The dispute between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the oil industry over the Renewable Fuel Standard escalated on Oct. 10 when the American Petroleum Institute filed a lawsuit with the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court. The American Petroleum Institute is a lobbying organization that represents the oil industry and has been one of the leading organizations pushing for the repeal or delay of the RFS. This lawsuit pertains to the 2013 requirements for the national fuel volume mandate, the level of biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and cellulosic biofuel that must be blended with oil-based fuels. The AIP’s reason for filing the suit is the late issuing of the mandate (nine months after the deadline) and a cellulosic biofuel requirement that is well above what is currently being produced. The Renewable Fuel Association claims that the lawsuit is frivolous and is searching for a problem before one emerges.

USDA May Close Three California Poultry Plants in Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak has emerged in the midst of the U.S. government shutdown, with the USDA and CDC working with a diminutive staff. There have been at least 300 cases of Salmonella related sickness since the outbreak began with 42% of those of those with symptoms needing to be hospitalized — twice the normal rate.  Several strands detected are resistant to antibiotics. The outbreak has been linked to Foster Farms, whose facilities were under threat of shutdown at the time of this article’s posting, but have been allowed to stay open under government supervision.

Monsanto Halts Work on Corn Processing Facility in Argentina

The debate over Genetically Modified foods continues to plague Monsanto across the globe. Though more journalists and scientists are coming out for GM crops, citing the lack of evidence that they are harmful to humans when consumed and that the few studies that show signs of them being so are flawed, the opposing side tends to drown out their opposition. Monsanto has been forced to delay their corn processing facility in Argentina due to protests by the Argentine Malvinas Assembly over the company’s GM crops.

Well, those are the top five. I want to remind you to email me if you have any story ideas, comments on what news you want to hear about, or just to say hey. Subscribe to Industry Watch, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for all the latest news in the industry.

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