Small children have it in abundance and use it often as budding food scientists who delight the world with contributions such as the peanut butter and summer sausage sandwich — seriously, this is really pretty good. With these and other discoveries the researcher in all of us is unleashed.
As we age, our curiosity and research efforts lead to more social research projects. Most notable of these pursuits is testing and adopting peer groups, running replicated field trials on dating and honing our tastes in personal preferences for food, music, sports/recreation activities and personal appearance.
It isn’t until we reach adulthood, where we fully realize how our personal and professional research can lead us into different, and often amazing, discoveries.
For example, this issue’s cover story highlights a research-driven effort whereby a group of researchers look to capture value from grain co-products and processing byproducts, in order to build a better livestock feed. That effort began with a simple question of what someone could do with a so-called “waste product.” Now, it has captured the minds of a large, broad-based group of public and private entities who are willing to put their sweat equity (along with financial equity) toward making this project happen.
In our Focus on Research section, two brilliant corn researchers with Suntava LLC looking for a better way to manage corn rootworm instead, discovered a way to bring a dye alternative that is sustainable and could benefit the food, beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
Even FEED & GRAIN is getting into the act. Our research with you, the reader, told us you want a better way to access the product information you need to grow and remain profitable. We listened and are happy to unveil our new Buyer’s Guide found on www.feedandgrain.com. Three significantly different research projects, all looking to deliver value to the marketplace.
I suppose as long as children, teens, adults, customers and end-users remain curious, research will continue to create the opportunities needed to enhance our lives. So don’t stop asking yourself, “I wonder what would happen if we . . .”
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.