Will Spring Ever Arrive?

Will Spring Ever Arrive?

April/May 2014 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

On March 7, the NOAA’s National Weather Service reported “above normal” to “much above normal” spring flood risk throughout northwest Illinois along the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers. The risk is also above normal along the Mississippi River from Dubuque, IA, downstream to Burlington, IA, as well as in Minnesota’s Red River Valley. 

High Hopes for Late Harvest

High Hopes for Late Harvest

October/November 2013 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

Even with last year's drought-stricken crop, the 2013 harvest is still well behind 2012. But this came to no one's surprise, as it was almost doomed from the beginning by Mother Nature. First, she ushered in Spring 2013 with cooler than average temperatures across the entire country and healthy doses of rain in the Corn Belt, pushing planting back dangerously late in over-soaked areas.  

A Bittersweet Summer

August/September 2013 | Editors Note | Elise Schafer

I recently celebrated my five-year anniversary as a full-time employee of Cygnus Business Media, Feed & Grain magazine's former parent company, and nearly simultaneously reached another milestone in my career: being named editor of Feed & Grain.

Over the past five years, I have worked for several Cygnus publications in various industries (all while serving as part-time Feed & Grain staffer), but I always felt most at home among the folks in the feed and grain sector. Through my travels as...

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Spring Brings New Beginnings

April/May 2013 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

Despite the recently erratic weather — snowstorms delaying planting, flooding from endless days of rain, lingering pockets of drought, manic temperature swings — I think it’s finally safe to say spring has sprung. 

After the challenges of 2012 — many of the effects of which are still being felt up and down the grain and feed supply chain — the ag sector seems to be optimistic about the 2013 growing season and subsequent harvest. According to the USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and...

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Food Fight

February/March 2013 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

The 117th edition of the National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) Annual Convention, held in San Francisco in mid-March, drove this sentiment home in its general sessions: While agriculture is one of the greatest growth industries, the coming years will be filled with the unique challenge of restoring the public’s trust in the food system. For those working and living agriculture, it should come as no surprise that much of the content presented by the event’s diverse set of speakers...

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Sweeping Change Ahead?

February/March 2013 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

Since I began my tenure as Feed & Grain’s editor, OSHA’s 2009 Letter of Interpretation regarding bin entry and sweep auger operation has remained a point of strife and confusion among our readers.

In the letter, a response to an insurance agent’s inquiry about the restrictions involved with employees working in a grain bin with an energized sweep auger, OSHA stated that it is in violation of the Grain Handling Standard (1910.272 (g) (1) (ii) to do so unless the employer eliminates all...

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Navigating the New Year

January 2013 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

After almost a decade on the job, I can say with certainty, the last month of each year is a always a blur. Back-to-back issues, relentless deadlines, business travel, planning meetings — it all comes raining down in December. However, for me, it is also one of the most valuable times of the year because I find myself especially connected to Feed & Grain readers, who, to be honest, make it all worthwhile. 

Earlier this week I attended the National Grain & Feed Association’s (NGFA) 41st...

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Industry Invests in its Future

August/September 2012 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

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...

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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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OSHA Amplifies Efforts

February/March 2012 | Editors Note | Jackie Roembke

Popularized in by the misspeak of former president George W. Bush, we're all familiar the following idiom, though I ask that you allow me to take liberties with it for the purposes of this column: "Cite me once, shame on me; cite me twice, shame on me and the entire enterprise." Thank you for humoring me, but this was the first thing that came to mind as Eric Conn, head of OSHA practice with law firm Epstein Becker Green, outlined OSHA's new strategy for adding new members to its least...

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