NGFA Country Elevator to Focus on Election’s Impact on Industry

August/September 2012 | Feature |

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...

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Why Least Cost Is the Best Value

August/September 2012 | Departments | By Mark J. Carpenter and Todd P. Langel

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...

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Auburn University Hatches State-of-the-Art Feed Mill

August/September 2012 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

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...

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Research Highlight: Lesser Grain Borer

August/September 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Dr. Paul Flinn

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...

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Aggressive Wheat Fungus Defeated with Gene Pyramid

August/September 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Dr. Robert Bowden, Published with permission from the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR)

‘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...

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Research Highlight: Improving Wheat Scab Detection

June/July 2012 | Online Exclusive | Published with permission from the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR)

Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), also called ‘scab’, is a fungal disease that infects wheat and other grains such as rye and barley. The direct and secondary effects of this disease cause billions of dollars in losses world-wide. In addition to reducing wheat yields, the fungus produces a toxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), which makes infected grain unsafe for food or feed purposes. One of the most effective strategies for managing this disease is the use of less susceptible or resistant wheat...

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Paradigm Shift to Lead to High-tech Solutions

August/September 2012 | Online Exclusive |

The following essay earned Colin Hurd a $2,500 scholarship from Feed Energy Company  for its 2012 “Excellence in Ag” Scholarship Program.

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...

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Is Social Media the Most Important New Tool for Agriculture?

Is Social Media the Most Important New Tool for Agriculture?

August/September 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Bethany Olson

The following essay earned Bethany Olson a $2,500 scholarship from Feed Energy Company for its 2012 “Excellence in Ag” Scholarship Program.

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...

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Beyond a Simple Display

Beyond a Simple Display

August/September 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Billy Folkerts, agricultural product manager, Avery Weigh-Tronix

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...

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Food Defense: Is Your Company Secure?

June/July 2012 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

In January, during my visit to Two Rivers Cooperative, general manager Tracy Gatham described the cooperative's partnership with local law enforcement to combat methamphetamine production in rural Iowa. In addition to securing the perimeter with basic security measures, the cooperative, in conjunction with Iowa's "Stop Meth" program, began the practice of adding calcium nitrate to its anhydrous ammonia tanks. The method, developed by researchers at Iowa State University (ISU), creates a...

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AGP’s Chris Schaffer Discusses Export Strategies

August/September 2012 | Cover Story | Jackie Roembke

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...

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Food Defense and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

August/September 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Jackie Roembke

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,...

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Three Secrets to Lowering Insurance Premiums

June/July 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Elise Schafer

Most insurance agencies offer credits to lower insurance premiums based on a variety of factors, such as driving records, workers’ compensation history and recorded training programs. Three agribusiness insurance experts revealed to Feed & Grain their top tips for saving money on insurance costs every month.  

  1. Raise your deductible

One way to control premiums is to take the highest deductible that the insured is comfortable handling because the higher the deductible, the lower the...

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Are You Covered?

June/July 2012 | Feature | By Elise Schafer

In today's competitive environment, with increasing pressure on production, efficiency, and margins, the role of insurance can easily be overlooked by agribusinesses. Afterall, isn't the goal to never have to use it?

Leadership and management may be content to assume they have enough coverage with their existing policies, and unfortunately short-comings don't become apparant until it's too late. Feed & Grain sat down with risk management and property/casualty experts from some of the top...

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Food Defense: Secure Your Company’s Assets_

June/July 2012 | Feature | By Jackie Roembke

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has prompted grain handlers and feed manufacturers to adopt a proactive approach in preventing food borne contamination. Pathogens and sanitation concerns aside, one fundamental consideration to any food safety or HACCP plan must take biosecurity into consideration, i.e. the intentional or unintentional contamination foodstuffs by internal or external entities.

"Anyone who has access to the food supply is anyone who has access to it along the supply...

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