GEAPS Exchange Education Sessions

February/March 2013 | Feature | By Mike Martin

In late February, grain elevator operators descended upon the land of bourbon and thoroughbreds for the 2013 edition of the GEAPS Exchange. The event, held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in the heart of Louisville, featured a diverse line-up of educational sessions, which tackled many of the industry’s critical issues, and a trade show with more than 300 exhibitors eager to showcase their latest equipment.

GEAPS Exchanges focus on education and information that provide...

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Global Feed Industry Collaborates to Benchmark Livestock Sustainability

February/March 2013 | Feature | Elise Schafer

As members of the feed and agriculture industry, we slightly cringe when restaurant servers describe their grass-fed, locally sourced beef as though the alternative should be avoided; we shudder when television cooking show hosts refer to “meatless Monday” as having an overwhelming impact on the environment; and we shake our heads in dismay when animal rights activists claim it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.  

It’s not that we don’t support small farms...

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To the Rescue: How Salvage Operations can Minimize Commodity Losses

February/March 2013 | Feature | By Elise Schafer

Preparation 101: the Pillars of Safety, part I of this two-part series, focused on how grain and feed facility managers can prevent emergencies by preparing their staffs for a variety of disasters and following three fundamental safety rules: keep written safety policies, conduct frequent training and drills, and maintain a good relationship with first responders.

Part II takes into consideration that some catastrophic events, whether “acts of God (usually weather related)” or pure...

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Compliance and Sustainability Dominate IPPE Agenda

February/March 2013 | Feature | Elise Schafer

The 2013 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) once again gave feed industry professionals a bird's eye view of today's most pressing issues, opportunities and challenges facing the industry. Providing that information was the American Feed Industry Association, the sponsor of the International Feed Expo, one of the three shows co-located at IPPE 2013.

AFIA presented educational programs including the International Feed Industry Institute and the annual Pet Food Conference as...

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Preparation 101: The Pillars of Safety

February/March 2013 | Feature | By Elise Schafer

It's often said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Perhaps in the grain industry a better analogy is a kernel of prevention is worth a bushel of cure, but however you look at it, safety experts and emergency responders close to the grain industry couldn't agree more.

Preparing for natural disasters, explosions and other emergencies should rank among facility managers' highest priorities  — right up there with boosting efficiency, meeting regulatory compliance and increasing...

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Sweeping Changes Come to OSHA’s Sweep Auger Enforcement

January 2013 | Feature | By Amanda R. Strainis-Walker and Eric J. Conn

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) roller coaster ride of enforcement policy in connection to sweep augers and bin entry has taken another major turn.

After a recent string of confusing interpretation letters issued by OSHA effectively banned the practice of employees working with sweep augers inside of grain bins without nullifying the equipment’s functionality by requiring the auger to be guarded on all sides, a ground-breaking settlement of an OSHA case against an...

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Cash Grain Observations

January 2013 | Feature | By Cody Bills

The 2012-13 growing season and marketing year will go down in history as a year of extremes. The American farmer experienced the worst drought in a half century and a second straight year of sharp price increases for grains. Along with these higher prices came higher volatility, whipsawing grain prices and straining margin accounts; and, after two years of disappointing production, basis have ratcheted up yet again to historic levels.

Not only did the drought affect how much grain was...

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41st Country Elevator Conference Adjourns

October/November 2012 | Feature | By 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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Aflatoxin Attacks

October/November 2012 | Feature | By 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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International Production and Processing Expo Preview

October/November 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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OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program

October/November 2012 | Feature | By Eric J. Conn and Lindsay Smith

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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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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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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