‘Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
No really, I am! Okay, so I’m having a little fun at the expense of those tireless legions of workers who ensure your tax dollars are being spent wisely, efficiently and with only your benefit in mind. Oops, there I go again.
You can’t escape the fact our government commands a large presence in our daily lives. Whether we Americans are working hard or playing harder, one would be hard-pressed to entertain either activity without some degree of oversight.
Don’t get me wrong here; I’m not saying regulation and oversight are bad by any stretch of the imagination. I’m ecstatic that our food inspection and food safety record is the envy of the world. Rather, I think it’s a case of just being “governmented out.”
I recently attended the National Grain and Feed Association’s Country Elevator and Feed Industry Conference in Chicago where I heard presentations from two representatives of our federal government: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FDA.
The DHS was there to discuss the Chemical Facility Security Rule and its ramifications on the feed and grain industry — by the way, operators need to conduct their Top-Screen risk assessment by January 22, 2008 so DON’T DELAY. The FDA updated attendees on the progress of the Import Safety Action Plan, designed to proactively monitor the quality of products entering the United States. and formulate a better response to food/ingredient-related emergencies. In the pages of this issue, we look at what OSHA has in mind for re-regulating fall protection systems. See a trend here?
The common theme at play here is safety. From our facilities, to our food and to those who work in this industry, the government is taking a highly visible role. With the threats of terrorism, less than stellar food safety track records of some countries and workplace safety concerns, we now HAVE to have this kind of oversight in our world.
So while many may wonder if this is another case of “big brother” running amok, think back to when you were a kid. If you ever found yourself in a tight spot, knowing your big brother had your back felt pretty good.
Grain, feed and seed facilities are often faced with a dirty situation when designing dust collection for rail car and truck dump pits. Designing a dump pit with good dust collection in mind not only addresses the dirty situation, but can save you operational time and money.
Point-of-use dust collectors capture nuisance dust while keeping product with the grain stream.
We’ve all seen the headlines across social media about the potential for Cuban Cigars to be legalized. That’s because in December 2014, President Obama said the U.S. would soon re-establish relations with Cuba nearly 55 years after the trade embargo was enacted
Industrial facilities that use rail as a part of their operation move railcars by a variety of motive power types. No matter what type of motive power is used, applicable rail operating safety rules and procedures should be followed. Applying up-to-date rules and procedures to rail operations will enhance employee safety and facility efficiencies.
Having automated technology running operations in facilities has been an industry standard in the feed industry for years, and the grain industry is rapidly catching up. The advantages of the technology are numerous and evolving. Automation improves equipment life expectancy, employee safety and productivity, facility efficiency and ultimately profitability.
Feed & Grain is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 Harvest Photo Contest. Entries poured in from December 2014 until this February showcasing our readers’ ability to manage a record crop — some with limited access to rail or other shipping options. Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions!
The year 2014 ended as a mixed bag on the transportation front. Historically poor railroad performance in the Northern Plains and record-high costs for railcars were detrimental to many grain shippers. But on the bright side, Congress’ passage of the Waterways Resources Reform and Development Act recognized the importance of maintaining vital waterways like the Mississippi River.
In comparison to many transactions in the business world, grain and feed ingredient purchase and sale transactions are fairly informal. In many respects, grain and ingredient trades remain relatively straightforward and largely result from casual telephone conversations followed by a short written confirmation.