Magazine > October/November 2011
October/November 2011 Articles
How to Manage Combustible Dust
The October 2011 explosion of a Kansas grain elevator that killed six people tragically highlights one of the most serious hazards feed and grain processing companies manage every day — combustible dust. The loss of an employee and community-member is certainly the ultimate price paid for ineffective dust control, but loss of equipment and product, as well as nonfatal injuries, can also occur.
Nearly 280 dust fires and explosions occurred in U.S. industrial facilities from 1980 to 2005,...[Read More]
Using Surveys to Enhance Your Business
Today’s world is an information world. No matter how much information you have, it never seems to be enough! In fact, the truth is — to be competitive you do need more and more information. Some of the information that you need you can get from secondary data sources also known as public information sources (e.g. government data for national and aggregate trends such as unemployment levels and rising fuel prices). However, there are many times you have a need for data that is specific to...[Read More]
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 uncovering of additional information on the case, who knows what will transpire in the near future, much less in the months to come.
I'm writing this column a day after the National Grain & Feed...[Read More]
How to Test Combustible Dust
Solids size reduction equipment — mills — by their very nature are designed to impart energy to a solid and reduce its particle size. Mills typically have moving parts that rotate at high speeds and have small tolerances between them and the body or screens inside. Additionally, an ignitable dust cloud atmosphere may be present within the mill and/or the downstream receiving equipment when processing combustible solids.
These factors make mills a highly likely candidate for creating...[Read More]
Poultry Week 411
The 2012 International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo, the world's largest display of technology, equipment, supplies, and services for the production and processing of poultry, is expected to smash attendance records and welcome more international attendees than ever before.
In addition to updated expo hours, new this year is the official designation of “IPE/IFE Week,” with an emphasis on educational programs in the days prior to and following the expo. Governor Nathan Deal even...[Read More]
Youth Advocate for Agriculture
It almost goes without saying [Read More]
They say when trade works, the world wins. In that case, the president’s signing of Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea on Oct. 21 was a long-awaited victory for all parties.
Global access is imperative to maintaining a competitive edge, as foreign markets hold the most potential. According to Floyd Gaibler, U.S. Grains Council director of trade policy, the overseas market represents 73% of the world’s purchasing power, 87% of the economic growth and 95% of the...[Read More]
Full-Service Food Safety Navigation
The ever-changing face of food safety and regulation has has prompted Leavitt Partners, Faegre & Benson and B&D Consulting to join forces in providing companies involved in the global food supply chain with a collaborative solution to food safety management. This joint effort offers guidance to companies seeking to navigate the shifting food safety challenges of today’s systems, and the new regulations resulting from the passage of the 2011 Food and Drug Administration Food Safety...[Read More]
Talking Turkey with Butterball
Butterball is synonymous with turkey; however, in the instance of its new feed mill, it's happenstance that brought U.S.’s largest vertically integrated turkey producer to Turkey, NC.
The Turkey facility was originally intended to operate as a hog mash mill; however, a downturned economy forced Coharry Farms to put its new-yet-vacant mill up for sale. Meanwhile, in 2010, Seaboard Corporation acquired a 50% ownership of Butterball LLC from Smithfield Foods; Goldsboro Milling Company, a...[Read More]