How to Improve Grain Quality Through Hazard Prevention
Food safety planning, compliance with FSMA ensures quality of U.S. food supply
Depending on the context of the discussion, "grain quality" has many connotations. From moisture content to density, the variables dictating the perception of grain quality hinges on measurements the specifications outlined in a customer contract and, ultimately how the commodity will be consumed. Aside from the physical and intrinsic characteristics of the lot, the management of grain sanitation yields its own set of allowances and penalties in today's regulatory environment - increasingly so with the months prior to the finalization of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
For grain elevators and feed mills, in particular, it's important to acknowledge they are part of the food system.
"This is a new concept in the bulk commodity world because, traditionally, most wouldn't think they would be part of the food safety world," asserts Dr. Charles Hurburgh, professor with Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
FSMA pushes all companies up and down the food supply chain to adopt a proactive, preventive approach to food safety by outlining intervention strategies against potential foodborne contamination. Feed mills and grain elevators in particular are impacted by FSMA legislation because they serve both commodity groups _
With the establishment of its Information Technology Innovation Award, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), in partnership with AgGateway and Feed & Grain magazine, recognizes leading feed and grain industry companies that incorporate new, advanced technologies in their routine business practices to help meet the demand of a rapidly developing world population.
Some folks may argue that superior customer service might be more important for retail stores, rather than a business like a grain elevator or feed mill. But it can make a difference in the competitive feed and grain industry — for the very reason that it is competitive. You do have competitors, and attracting and keeping more business is a desirable strategy.
Though known for its inclement weather and dairy production, according to the USDA’s Crop Production Summary for 2013, Wisconsin was ninth in corn production and 15th in soybean production, despite having a wet harvest season. Looking at what the members of Landmark Services Cooperative needed now, and looking forward to what they will need in the future, the co-op built a new grain facility in Fall River, WI, to give them plenty of speed, space and markets — everything a farmer needs to grow....
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