International Production and Processing Expo Preview
With a new partner and focus on technology, the International Feed Expo offers attendees more than ever
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 IPPE has grown to include 1,100 exhibitors, covering more than 420,000 net square feet of exhibit space.
For the first time, the American Feed Industry Association is participating in the Technology XChange program. Each 20-minute-presentation is designed to provide exhibiting companies and their customers with an opportunity for dialogue and discussion about specific, individual topics.
Sessions of interest to IFE attendees include Food Safety Interventions and Ingredients, covering new technologies associated with food safety, ingredients, intervention and validation technologies; Feed Technology,covering how new technology for feed manufacturing and innovative nutritional programs can be utilized in improving feed efficiency for livestock and poultry; and Sustainability, which will demonstrate how specific research or new technologies will address sustainability initiatives — enhance worker safety, reduce energy use (practices), improve natural resource conservation and/or reuse or recycle resources. The short presentations will take place on the show floor on Tuesday, Jan. 29 and Wednesday Jan. 30. Visit www.ippe13.com for a detailed speaker lineup and list of participating companies.
The AFIA is also hosting its popular annual programs, such as the Animal Ag Sustainability Summit, the Pet Food Conference and the International Feed Education Program. For more information about these and other educational programs, visit www.ife13.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The introduction and widespread use of the smartphone is just another step in the ongoing process of automation for both feed and grain businesses, a process that has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time.
Do you think the feed industry’s role in the global carbon footprint should matter to you and your company? What if the question was phrased: If your business is required to install costly new equipment and/or alter its current processes due to the global carbon footprint, would you take notice?