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August/September 2012 Articles
Is Social Media the Most Important New Tool for Agriculture?
When asked what one believes to be the impact of technology on agriculture, a standard and
common answer might focus on scientific and technological developments that have been made in all areas of the agriculture industry. These developments include (but are certainly not limited to) genetic advancements in the livestock industry, bio-tech agronomic...
Research Highlight: Lesser Grain Borer
The lesser grain borer, Rhizopertha dominica, is one of the most common and damaging insect pests of stored wheat in the United States. In the autumn, the periphery of the grain bulk cools faster than the center and this allows grain insects to continue to reproduce in the center. Very little is known about the movement of the lesser grain borer in temperature gradients in stored grain. The Stored Product Insect Research Unit (SPIRU) of the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research...[Read More]
Food Defense and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has placed the spotlight on food defense, a collective term used to encompass activities associated with protecting the nation's food supply from deliberate or intentional acts of contamination or tampering (Source: FDA). Given the nature of the feed manufacturing and grain handling industries — industries where the products often make their way through a number of touch points and encounter numerous counterparties (farmer,...[Read More]
AGP’s Chris Schaffer Discusses Export Strategies
With its sights set on positioning the cooperative as the fastest, most efficient by-products shipper in the Pacific Northwest, Ag Processing Inc (AGP) began loading ocean-bound vessels filled with soy meal and DDGS from its new port terminal elevator at the Port of Grays Harbor (PGH) in January 2012.
According to AGP's senior director of exports Chris Schaffer, who oversees the co-op's export trading operations in the United States, the heightened demand for agricultural products out...[Read More]
Who’s Minding the Store?
For decades the grain handling industry has struggled with the catastrophic effects of dust explosions at facilities throughout the United States. However, the industry has made tremendous strides to make the workplace safer upon the harsh backdrop that the industry faced as of the 1970s. Chart 1, issued by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) as of 2011, establishes how far the industry has come in the past 35 years.
The stark reality that forced the grain handling industry to...[Read More]
Beyond a Simple Display
The agricultural industry provides products and services that are vital to everyday life, and in order to continue delivering quality goods and maintain profit margins, these applications require the highest level of precision in all aspects of production. The ability to record data and provide real-time reports is arguably as important as precision in these times of volatile commodity/input prices. To ensure these operations achieve the necessary accuracy and data management, indicator...[Read More]
Research Highlight: Using Radiation to Control Pests
A study authored by Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR) entomologist G.L. Hallman by Submitted to the Journal of Stored Products Research. It stated the use of food irradiation is increasing in the world because it can assist in solving some food problems such as food-borne illness and quarantine of agricultural commodities. This review article focuses on the use of irradiation in stored products for pest control. The doses required to control stored product pests range...[Read More]
Paradigm Shift to Lead to High-tech Solutions
Agricultural technology has changed the industry beyond what many of us could have imagined. Its relatively brief history has created value in areas that we did not even know existed 20 years ago. Remote data capture is one of the most paradigm shifts happening today, offering producers the ability to measure and manage. The potential for technology...[Read More]
Aggressive Wheat Fungus Defeated with Gene Pyramid
‘Ug99’ is the term used for a group of highly virulent races of stem rust that emerged in central Africa starting in 1999. Since then, the Ug99 group has spread to South Africa and north to Ethiopia, Yemen, and Iran. Experts expect that it will continue to spread and will eventually reach North America. The threat to the global wheat crop is high because Ug99 is able to defeat almost all of the older resistance genes that have been used to protect wheat from wheat stem rust for the last...[Read More]
Why Least Cost Is the Best Value
Traditional animal feed formulation is premised on finding the lowest-cost ration that obtains the desired level of performance. Increasingly, computer software programs that formulate animal feed employ what is often referred to as a “least cost” formulation system. This has been the case for quite some time. To the average person engaged in the animal feed industry, least cost formulation is not controversial. But to those unfamiliar with production agriculture, least cost formulation...[Read More]
Auburn University Hatches State-of-the-Art Feed Mill
Auburn University’s College of Agriculture has hatched an exciting new addition to its poultry science department. Just in time for the fall semester, the long anticipated Poultry & Animal Nutrition Center has opened its doors to students and the poultry industry alike. Located in the center of the “Broiler Belt” (Alabama ranks third in broiler production after Arkansas and Georgia), Auburn is one of six poultry science programs in the United States; the mill is poised to fill the gap in...[Read More]
Three Mobile Agribusiness Technology Trends To Watch
Mobile technology has freed the consumer, the businessman, the world from the dull glow of a computer monitor; the confines of Wi-Fi; the loneliness of a cubical. Small, sleek _ [Read More]
Educating Tomorrows Managers
Where will we find our next generation of agribusiness managers? How can we make sure they have the preparation they need to be successful? What role should agribusiness play in answering these questions? As we look to the future, these are some pretty important questions that deserve some serious thought by everyone interested in the future of agriculture. Even though answering them won’t necessarily help a feed and grain firm in the short run, they are critical questions for the...[Read More]
Industry Invests in its Future
During my two-hour drive from Birmingham and Auburn to write this issue's cover story, "Auburn's New Feed Mill Comes to Roost," I tried to mentally prepare my questions for Dr. Don Conner, the head of the university's poultry science department, and Mitchell Pate, director of the poultry research unit, but my mind began to wander. I began to think about how excited the student's must be to kick off the Fall 2012 semester in an immaculate, brand-new, state-of-the-art feed mill. The...[Read More]
Meeting Your Information Needs
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 (pg. 4) and our recurring Focus on Technology section.
Additionally, we are always updating and...[Read More]
New Faces of IFEEDER
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Follow the Signals
In our last issue, elevator owner Mike was reassuring his son Jason that even in severe drought years such as 2012 there are ways to make money. Mike reminded Jason to “remember Granddad’s words: Don’t panic; learn to respect market signals.”
Crops are small and demand must be curtailed. Market signals in 2012 crop are already loud and clear: Corn almost doubled in price since the fall of 2011; soybeans went more than twice as high, almost to $18. Futures spreads in corn and soybeans range...[Read More]
NGFA Country Elevator to Focus on Election’s Impact on Industry
The most anticipated industry event for country elevator and feed manufacturing professionals is right around the corner. The National Grain and Feed Association's 41st annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show will take place Dec. 9-11 at the Hilton Omaha/CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE.
As usual, the event's agenda will provide just the right mix of politicial commentary and grain handling and merchandising tips, delivered by high profile and informative speakers. With the...[Read More]