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Research Takes Center Stage

Research Takes Center Stage

April/May 2014 | Feature | Erin Anthony

The Institute for Feed Education and Research has completed six research projects to date, with four additional projects still underway. The foundation’s research committee reviews proposed research to determine applicability for our industry. To date, almost all the ideas for research have come from AFIA  ideas needed to support our industry.

How to Decontaminate a Dry Grain Processing Facility
A row of chlorine dioxide gas cannisters line a dry grain facility in preparation for Salmonella spp. decontamination.

How to Decontaminate a Dry Grain Processing Facility

February/March 2014 | Feature | Paul Lorcheim

A 280,000-cubic-foot protein powder grinding, dry­ing and packaging facility had a Salmonella spp. con­tamination of some of the equipment. The facility was nearly impossible to decontaminate using conventional methods, not only because it was a large facility, but also because of its height. It was 90 feet tall with three floors in need of decontamination (the second through fourth floors).

Web-based Feed Wizard Unites Manufacturer and Consumer

January 2014 | Feature | By Steven Kilger

The rise of the Internet has created a new business atmosphere, one where businesses are playing a constant game of catch-up, with consumer trends changing as soon as industries grow comfortable with them. In response to this rapidly changing pace, the feed and grain industry is starting to implement newer, more efficient technology. In the last decade, facility automation has gone from cutting edge to the norm, tablets and smartphones have begun their integration into facility...

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Congress Moves on Key Waterways Infrastructure Act

January 2014 | Feature | By Erin Anthony

With more than 60% of exported U.S. grain transported via inland waterways and a large percent of farm and ranch exports and imports moving through U.S. harbors, new projects for flood protection, port improvements and upgrades to the nation’s aging locks and dams are critical for all involved in agriculture, and the nation’s economy as a whole.

'Need for Speed and Space' Drives Co-op Expansion
The Evansville expansion included a 730,000-bushel storage bin. Photo by Elise Schafer

‘Need for Speed and Space’ Drives Co-op Expansion

January 2014 | Feature | Elise Schafer

Customer satisfaction is the core of Cottage Grove, WI-based Landmark Services Cooperative’s business plan. So, when the 15,000 member strong co-op’s board of directors conducted a study in 2012 to measure satisfaction with its Evansville, WI, shuttle loading facility, it knew something had to be done to improve the results.

The Evansville location serves producers across an expansive territory throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois and has taken in a little more than 200...

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The Bagging Triangle

January 2014 | Feature | By Markus Lackmann

Dry bulk packaging is a simple yet sensitive balancing act. Maximum efficiency and productivity are at the center of a triangle with  product, bag and machine at the vertices. This delicate balance is called The Bagging Triangle. It describes the relationships between the three corners and how the right combination can positively impact an operation’s bottom line. It’s a simple concept; a shift or change in one corner — the product, bag or machine — necessitates a change in one or...

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Using Data to Your Advantage

August/September 2013 | Feature | By Elise Schafer

As the ubiquity of facility automation spreads throughout the feed and grain industry, users are beginning to look for benefits beyond simply running their equipment electronically. Removing facility operations from manual control is still an undeniable advantage to automation systems, but there is also value in their often overlooked secondary function: nearly constant data collection.

“Data collection is showing to be of increased importance to today’s feed and grain facilities,”...

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