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 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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Limiting Recall Risk with Tracking Technology

June/July 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Meetesh Shah, president, iRely

Everyone in the agricultural business is well aware of the significant damage a product recall can have on all the companies involved. It is bad for the customers, bad for the partners, bad for publicity and certainly bad for the bottom line. Experts follow best practice rules to help lower the risk of recalls but for many, one slip up can be devastating to the business.

Yet despite this risk, many feed and grain operators are still running basic, outdated technology. It’s no secret that...

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How to Get Involved With Social Media

April/May 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Donna Moenning

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Public sentiment is everything.  With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”

I have spent three decades of my life communicating for farmers and the agricultural industry.  Never has the need to tell agriculture’s story been so great. But with less than 2% of the nation involved in production agriculture, reaching the other 98% seems like a daunting task. Until now …

We have a powerful tool. It’s called social media!

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Kerr Feed and Grain Embraces Innovation

April/May 2012 | Online Exclusive | By Jackie Roembke

Wade Bryant, general manager at Kerr Feed & Grain, represents the fourth generation of the Kerr family to provide feed and nutrition products to producers surrounding Henrietta, TX. In 1930, the company started to plant its roots with small retail location where Bryant's great grandpa started selling feed and other farm supplies. By 1948, Kerr Feed & Grain was born and had established itself as a retailer for other lines of feed; by the mid-50s, it had established the mill and began...

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A Quality Aeration Strategy

February/March 2012 | Online Exclusive |

Four years ago, Calgary, AB-based OPIsystems Inc. launched OPI-integris to introduce the U.S. market to a novel grain management approach that has been widely adopted throughout the world for more than 25 years. The company’s mantra is “be proactive, not reactive” with respect to grain conditioning.

Utilizing a myriad of grain temperature and moisture monitoring components, OPI-integris claims to deliver the highest return on grain investments with its Advanced Grain Management solution,...

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Long-term Planning Offers Gains in Grains

February/March 2012 | Online Exclusive | Jackie Roembke

Feed & Grain’s editor Jackie Roembke sat down for an informal discussion with Elizabeth Hund, senior vice president and division head of U.S. Bank Food Industries, to discuss the current state of global credit markets and strategies borrowers can implement to better manage their risk.

Feed & Grain: In your opinion, what trends are influencing the credit market?

Elizabeth Hund: Right now, the largest issue is what’s going on in Europe — particularly the impact of the European financial...

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Ultrasonic vs. Radar Level Measurement in a Grain Shipping Terminal

February/March 2012 | Online Exclusive |

State of the art ultrasonic level measurement equipment was installed in 1997 on 42 silos at Cargill’s Irving Elevator in Portland, Oregon. The equipment was to provide level data  to an existing PLC which would then use the data for alarm and control and make the data available to a graphic display in the control room which was being added as part of the level measurement system. The goal was to improve utilization of the silos and decrease demurrage fees on rail cars and ships by...

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Great Bend Co-Op Ends Six-Year Wheat Pest Infestation

August/September 2011 | Online Exclusive | Jackie Roembke

CASE STUDY

With weather-related delays in the spring planting season affecting farmers across the country, many wheat storage facilities will be holding on to current supplies longer to maximize crop profits. Great Bend Co-Op in Kansas is no exception. But until recently, wheat storage options were very limited for the full-service agricultural company.

“For the last six years, we’ve had nothing but problems managing bugs in the wheat,” says Dennis Neeland, operations manager for Great...

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