October/November 2012 Articles

Uncertainty and Risk: How Are You Planning for It?

October 11, 2012 | Departments | Jackie Roembke

The weather is always a major source of uncertainty for all agricultural businesses and as a manager in the feed and grain industry, you know this very well. Certainly those of you operating in the Midwest did not expect the drought to be as long and devastating  as it was during the summer of 2012. Yet, there were some regions where there was ample rain and agricultural production was very good to excellent. Still others of you in places like Texas are dealing with drought conditions...

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International Production and Processing Expo Preview

October 11, 2012 | Feature | Elise Schafer

The inaugural year of the International Production and Processing Expo is finally upon us. The trade show, consisting of the International Feed Expo, the International Poultry Expo and the International Meat Expo, will commence not only with an updated name, but with a new host partner — the American Meat Institute — and new educational and networking opportunities for attendees from all three industries.

Taking place from Jan. 28-30 at the Georgia World Congress in Atlanta, GA, the 2013...

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Property Expansion Considerations

October 11, 2012 | Departments | Jackie Roembke

It’s a challenge with which every operation struggles: when to expand facilities to accommodate your growing business, and how to accomplish that expansion in a way that satisfies your company’s unique needs, goals and issues. Businesses within and supporting our nation’s agricultural industry, regardless of their sectors, face unique expansion considerations, such as varying space requirements with the passing of seasons, the need for neighboring property and the goal of preventing...

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41st Country Elevator Conference Adjourns

October 11, 2012 | Feature | Jackie Roembke

Just as the first hints of frigid winter weather began hitting the Corn Belt, more than 600 country elevator managers and front-line employees traveled to Omaha, NE, for the 41st edition of the National Grain & Feed Association’s (NGFA) Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show.

The event, held Dec. 9-11, featured a day and a half of seminar sessions as well a full trade show featuring more than 100 exhibitors. The over arching theme of the conference program focused on preparing...

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America’s Barometer

October 11, 2012 | Departments | Jackie Roembke

Garciliaso de la Vega may have exaggerated. As historian of Hernando de Soto’s explorations, in 1543 de la Vega described a great flood on the Mississippi River stretching “20 leagues on each side of the river,” and lasting 80 days. Forty leagues is roughly 120 miles, and we can’t know how de la Vega arrived at his number, but it was an impressive flood by any measure. The Great Flood of 1927 was estimated to "only" stretch 80 miles across at its peak.

The Mississippi River is a 2,300-mile...

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Proud New Partner

October 11, 2012 | Departments | Elise Schafer

The American Meat Institute (AMI) is proud to be a partner in this year’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The trade show is a unique opportunity to bring together representatives from the meat, poultry and feed industries under one umbrella to share new technologies, education and networking from feed through distribution.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America....

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OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program

October 11, 2012 | Feature | Jackie Roembke

In June of 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) rolled-out an enforcement initiative called the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (“SVEP” or the “Program”). The stated intent of the Program is for OSHA to focus more of its enforcement resources and energy on employers whom the Agency believes are recalcitrant or indifferent to their obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”). Generally speaking, OSHA qualifies employers as “severe...

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Aflatoxin Attacks

October 11, 2012 | Feature | Elise Schafer

The summer of 2012 was one for the books! Record-breaking high temperatures in much of the Corn Belt and the Western Plains coupled with intense drought had a detrimental impact on the corn crop harvested late in the summer and into the fall. The extended dry heat spell —especially the lack of night-time temperature drops — created the perfect breeding ground for mold, leading to the most widespread outbreak of aflatoxin in recent history.

Levels of aflatoxin, a carcinogenic, naturally...

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Forward Vision Drives Peco Foods Out of Its Shell

October 11, 2012 | Special Report | Jackie Roembke

Family-owned Peco Foods, a fully integrated, privately held poultry grower, processor and marketer, has worked hard for generations to occupy its position as one of the largest poultry producers in the United States, a competitive market wrought with slim margins and ever-evolving demands. Though headquartered in Tuscaloosa, AL, the company has placed a significant stake in the poultry business of neighboring Mississippi; a strategy made apparent with the recent acquisition of three...

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