Magazine > June/July 2008
June/July 2008 Articles
Delivering on the Promise
The United States remains the leading provider of high-quality grains to the global marketplace; however, can we be expected to maintain that position forever? FEED & GRAIN looks at how the industry is positioned and the factors which impact our place in the grain quality equation.
What is Quality?
Quality means many things to many people. To some it's a style of management that improves your business via TQM. Others use it as a way to wish someone well, without really meaning it;- [Read More]
Discounting Your Profits?
Once again we are with Mike, the general manager of our mythical multistation grain cooperative located somewhere in the Western Corn Belt. Today, Mike is discussing the company’s P&L with his accountant and the conversation is not going well. Nevertheless, Mike’s temporary misfortune sheds some much-needed light on how discounts can rob you of profits and productivity, and FEED & GRAIN examines ways to minimize the impact discounts have on your bottom line.
Mike sits fuming in his office,...[Read More]
Quality from the Ground Up
Depending on whom you ask, most people will say that grain quality reaches its peak at harvest.
Indeed, once it leaves the farm, the primary driver of grain quality evolves from its initial function of producing a quality crop to one of grain quality preservation.
While the role played by elevator operators and those who handle grain as it enters the marketing channel is vital to overall grain quality, the upfront work done by grain producers themselves has added a much-needed boost to...[Read More]
Quality - How to Keep it Everybodys Job
Quality — we talk about it lots. Customers are concerned about it — grain farmers that deliver grain to your elevator – where their grain is graded by quality; or livestock farmers that purchase feed from you in the feed business — where they want the highest quality feedstuffs to feed to their dairy cows, poultry, hogs or other livestock. When you sell grain, your customers are also concerned about grain quality of the wheat, corn, soybeans or other grain products that you ship out of...[Read More]
FEW Restores Faith in Ethanol Industry
Nashville, TN has a lot to be proud of. "Music City" is the beating heart of country music, home of the Grand Ole Opry and rich in American history and world culture. And after June 16, Nashville can also proudly boast that it hosted the 24th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), the largest ethanol conference and expo in the world.
The 2008 FEW will be bigger than ever, with an expected attendance of 6,000 - roughly 700 more than last year, and over 600 exhibitors. Dave...[Read More]
An Industry Perspective
Making and keeping your commitment to providing high- quality feed products and grain to the marketplace needn’t be a daunting task. Our industry works hard to ensure all links of the grain channel chain are tempered with the resources needed to support grain quality. Join us as we check on how our industry’s associations engage and enlighten its member and stakeholder publics on quality-related issues.
What criteria are important to consider when looking at hiring a new employee? Or,...[Read More]
Quality Practices that Pay
Don't risk premiums by letting moisture, mold, pests or undesirable temperature compromise grain quality. Using appropriate drying, aerating and inspecting practices help protect and preserve the value of your grain.
Guarding grain quality is the mission of thousands of grain elevators and farms across America. The guardians of grain quality dedicate their lives to monitoring the commodity at every step in its lifecycle from harvest to feed trough, and it's not always an easy job....[Read More]