10 Things To See At IPPE

10 Things To See At IPPE

January 2014 | Special Report | Elise Schafer

The International Production & Processing Expo is the most anticipated event of the year for the feed, poultry and meat industries. Consisting of three expos in one — International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo — it is the ultimate destination for anyone involved in animal agriculture from production through processing.

There is truly something for everybody at the IPPE, ranging from hour-long educational sessions to off-site networking opportunities...

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Triple Expansion Keeps Wheat Exporter on Top

August/September 2013 | Special Report | Elise Schafer

As you drive west on U.S. highway 2 in Northeastern Montana, you’ll begin to make out an enormous grain elevator on the horizon, amongst the oil wells that dot the Bakken oil field landscape. Impressive by all accounts, this high-capacity, state-of-the-art, highly automated loop track facility in Culbertson, MT, is strategically the only shuttle train facility within a 40-mile radius.

But despite its isolation, it is hardly one-of-a-kind. In fact, it is only one of a set of nearly...

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New Shuttle Car Loader Facility Prepares for Takeoff

August/September 2013 | Special Report | By Mike Martin

Driving south from I-80 on Highway 81 toward Fairmont, NE, you’ll see plenty of elevators and grain legs jaggedly brushing the skyline. Nearing Fairmont, you quickly spot a new elevator, about a mile west of the Highway 6 and 81 intersection. You have to wonder, why here in the midst of so many other grain operations, with an ethanol plant a few miles south, did someone sprout a 2.1 million bushel facility?

You’ll get an answer rather quickly. It’s there because “everything fell into...

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Protecting Stored Grain to Maximize Quality

June/July 2013 | Special Report | By Tom Phillips, David Hagstrum and Gerrit Cuperus

Stored grain, as with other durable stored commodities and their value-added products, are at their highest quality just after harvest or manufacturing, and are at risk of decreased quality during storage from the depredations of insects, molds, vertebrate pests and physical damage. A new technical training book produced by Kansas State University titled, Stored Product Protection, details the types of pests and damaging agents, methods for management, prevention of infestation, control...

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Egg Ranch Cracks into Feed Production

February/March 2013 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

From its humble beginning in Guy and Nell Hickman’s backyard in 1944, Hickman’s Family Farms has grown to become the largest egg producer in the southwest. The family owns and operates three Arizona locations: one in Maricopa and two in Arlington. In total, it houses 5.4 million layer hens — and an additional 1.3 million replacement pullets — and produces 2.3 million dozen eggs a week with distribution spanning six states, including Hawaii.

The success of Hickman’s egg and egg product...

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Intuition, Purpose & Opportunity Impel 50/50 Joint Venture

January 2013 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

The purpose of every corporate mission statement is define the reason the organization exists and provide a framework for how it conducts business now and in the future; however, how firmly — and creatively — it sticks to this path is another story.

From the top down, United Farmers Cooperative (UFC), a farmer-owned co-op operating in southern Minnesota, keeps true to it’s promise to member owners: “To provide, products, services and technology in a manner extraordinary enough to add value...

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Forward Vision Drives Peco Foods Out of Its Shell

October/November 2012 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

Family-owned Peco Foods, a fully integrated, privately held poultry grower, processor and marketer, has worked hard for generations to occupy its position as one of the largest poultry producers in the United States, a competitive market wrought with slim margins and ever-evolving demands. Though headquartered in Tuscaloosa, AL, the company has placed a significant stake in the poultry business of neighboring Mississippi; a strategy made apparent with the recent acquisition of three...

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Auburn University Hatches State-of-the-Art Feed Mill

August/September 2012 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

Auburn University’s College of Agriculture has hatched an exciting new addition to its poultry science department. Just in time for the fall semester, the long anticipated Poultry & Animal Nutrition Center has opened its doors to students and the poultry industry alike. Located in the center of the “Broiler Belt” (Alabama ranks third in broiler production after Arkansas and Georgia), Auburn is one of six poultry science programs in the United States; the mill is poised to fill the gap in...

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Ships O’ Soy!

June/July 2012 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

On the shore of the estuarine bay of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, WA, Ag Processing Inc's (AGP) new port terminal elevator sits only 12 miles away from the Pacific Ocean-

Mobile Mania: New Use for Hand-held Technology

April/May 2012 | Special Report | By Elise Schafer

Start with a decades-long adoption of operations automation, add unmatched dedication to quality control and sprinkle generously with state-of-the-art mobile devices for maintenance tracking. This yields one award-winning feed division, belonging to one of the nation's largest farmer-owned co-ops: Richmond, VA-based Southern States Cooperative.

Southern States Cooperative’s Park City, KY, feed mill was built in 1977 with cutting edge (for the time) automation technology in its receiving,...

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Not Your Daddy’s Feed Mill

August/September 2011 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

Driven by the growing needs of its producer partners, Iowa’s NEW Cooperative created its NEW Feeds, LCC, feed division in the early 90s. As technology, regulations and automation shaped the feed manufacturing industry, Elwyn Bruhl, feed division manager and 40-year NEW Cooperative employee, has witnessed every stage of this evolution. Standing within the cooperative’s new state-of-the-art Liddendale, IA, feed mill, Bruhl smiles and confidently reports: “This isn’t your daddy’s feed mill.”

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Micro-quality: Making Every Kernel Count

April/May 2011 | Special Report | By Elise Schafer

Technology drives innovation. In the grain industry, this adage can be applied to everything from automation to invoicing. Notably, post-harvest grain quality measurement technology has proven to be a critical, ever-evolving tool for the industry. Quick and accurate mycotoxin testing has improved feed safety and blending techniques, however, they are limited in their ability to provide a snapshot of quality attributes at an individual-kernel level.

Analyzing singular kernels could be the...

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What’s on the Horizon? Predictions for the Future of Agriculture

February/March 2011 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

At the intersection of technology and population growth, the future holds unimaginable opportunities — and likely some unprecedented challenges — for agriculture.

According to the United Nations’ Population Division, by 2050 the median global population is projected to reach 9.2 billion people — about a 30% increase from today’s population. In order to meet global food demands, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates the need for a 70% increase in farm production and an...

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No Grain, No Gain

January 2011 | Special Report | By Jackie Roembke

J.D. Heiskell & Co., a 125-year-old grain and commodity trading business, motto says it all: “Right feed, right time, right place.” The privately held company as evolved it’s business to stay true to this promise, while maintaing the family values it touts as its foundation. The country's fourth largest feed manufacturing company by volume, J.D. Hesikell has boldly grown in order to keep up with the demands of its customer base, exceeding expectations along the way.

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