With harvest yields continuing to increase and demand for animal protein continuing to rise, the need for storage and production has never been greater. In the Midwest, it can be hard keeping track of what is being built, so Feed & Grain has compiled a list of ongoing or recently completed construction projects with in-depth looks at five of them.
From sanitation to loading, maintaining the quality of grain in storage begins at harvest — starting with cleaning the empty bins. The time to spring into action and clean is now according to Dirk Maier, professor of grain science and industry at Kansas State University.
Whether preparing to speak to an audience of five or 500, to employees or to the local zoning board, these tips can help you quickly prepare, and confidently deliver, a focused presentation sure to succeed
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.
It will be up to individual facilities to prepare themselves to avoid getting hit. But luckily, no one is alone in this fight; there are associations, academics and others working to help them off the tracks.
On Nov. 15 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency shocked many when it acknowledged the “blend wall” that petroleum groups had been claiming for years, was, in fact, a reality that needed to be addressed immediately.
It is estimated that more than 750,000 steel grain bins have been built in the United States in the past 75 years. It is anyone’s guess how many of these are still in use. In recent years, the industry has erected between 10,000 to 16,000 steel bins a year.
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).