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Review safety tips for working around bins and silos

February 27, 2014 | Safety

Farming consistently ranks as one of the most hazardous job occupations and according to the Ohio State University Extension Farm Safety and Health program, on average, 26 Ohio farm workers lose their lives to production agriculture each year.

Grain bins present one of those farm hazards where we occasionally hear tragic stories of lives lost due to grain engulfment or from being overcome from toxic vapors. Flowing grain acts much like quicksand and can rapidly trap or bury a person. Even if a person is not buried or suffocated by the grain, the weight of the grain and its flowing nature make it almost impossible to escape without assistance.

Grain bin safety week is Feb. 23-March 1....

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Andale and Halstead Farm Co-ops Hope to Merge

February 27, 2014

Feb. 26--Two area farm co-ops are set to merge if members approve in a vote set for Monday.

Andale Farmers Cooperative and Farmers Cooperative Elevator of Halstead together have about 1,300 voting members with annual sales of $100 million to $150 million, and profits of $2.5 million to $4 million, said Jack Queen, president and general manager of the Halstead-based co-op.

If the merger gets the required two-thirds support from the members of each co-op, the deal will close Aug. 1. The new entity would be called Grainway Farmers Co-operative.

Queen said the two co-ops are roughly equal in size. The combined territory stretches roughly from about 10 miles north of Halstead on the north to...

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Ross Offers One Stop Custom Fabrication Service

February 26, 2014

Providing one stop fabrication service to manufacturers throughout the process industries, Ross, a world leader in mixing and blending technology, designs and builds storage tanks, pressure vessels and reactors for virtually any process or application.

Complimenting a wide array of specialty equipment for mixing, blending, drying and dispersion, Ross’ fabrication capabilities enable companies to standardize on quality, simplify procurement, streamline costs and benefit from decades of engineering experience.

Pictured is a 300-gallon holding tank designed for 75 psig internal pressure at 350ºF and also rated for full vacuum. Equipped with a 50-psig baffled and insulated jacket, the tank...

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Railserve’s REAct Wearable Emergency Stop Button Reduces Risk of Rail Collisions

February 26, 2014

Railserve has developed and implemented new technology that allows its employees to remotely stop locomotives with the push of a single button worn on their safety gear.

Railserve, the largest North American provider of in-plant railcar switching and associated services, is now using the Railserve Emergency ACTion Technology (REAct) at all of its 65-plus service locations. This application of remote-stop technology on manned locomotives is believed to be the first of its kind in North America.

When a hazard is recognized, REAct allows authorized employees to stop a train without communicating to the engineer. These life-saving seconds can be critical when a vehicle enters a crossing in...

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Animal Agriculture Alliance Announces Stakeholders Summit Keynote Speaker

February 26, 2014 | Feed

The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced today that famed author Jeff Fromm will be the keynote speaker at the Stakeholders Summit, to be held May 8-9, 2014 in Crystal City, VA. Early registration is now available for the Summit—the Alliance’s 13th annual capstone event, themed: “Cracking the Millennial Code."
 
Fromm holds a marketing degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has more than 25 years of brand marketing and innovation experience for Hallmark, KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce, Build-A-Bear Workshop and other brands.
 
Author of “Marketing to Millennials: Reach the Largest and Most Influential Generation of Consumers Ever,” Fromm spearheaded the...

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Former AFIA President Oakley M. Ray Passes

February 26, 2014 | Government

The American Feed Industry Association is saddened to report that Oakley M. Ray, former AFIA president from 1972-92, passed away Feb. 21, 2014. Ray was born May 5, 1927 to Oakley and Clotilda Siewers Ray, a young farm couple, both natives of Harrison Township (near Vincennes, Ind.).

Oakley was a devoted husband to Yotice (Sally) Ray; they were married for 63 years. He was a father of two, Sue (Ray) Shepard and Mike Ray (Lu Anne Ray) and grandfather of five, Stephen Ray, Michael Dean Shepard, Katherine Ray, Mallory Shepard and Ashley Shepard.

Oakley graduated from the Monroe City High School in 1944 with an enviable record in both books and basketball. He attained fame as a member of the...

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Bayer CropScience Submits EPA Registration Application for ILeVO

February 26, 2014

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past few decades, soybean growers in the Midwest and around the United States have faced a challenge to their crops – Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) – which is dependent on early-season moisture, but when it hits, is devastating to their crops. Bayer CropScience announced today that it has an application pending with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the registration of ILeVO® seed treatment. If approved, ILeVO seed treatment would be the first product to provide breakthrough protection for soybean seedlings from the soil borne pathogen Fusarium virguliforme, the fungus that causes SDS.

SDS is present in...

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BMO Report: Canadian Livestock Producers Set for Robust Growth in 2014

February 26, 2014 | Commerce

According to a BMO Economics Agriculture Report, released today, the Canadian livestock industry is set to benefit from a variety of factors this year, including lower feed costs, the weaker loonie and expected stronger economic growth on both sides of the border. Between the bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE) crisis, fluctuating feed prices, the global recession, and the longer-term appreciation of the loonie, Canadian hog and cattle producers have faced almost every conceivable challenge over the past decade or so, said Aaron Goertzen, Economist, BMO Capital Markets. Fortunately, the pendulum has finally started to swing in the other direction, which has positioned the industry...

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Bell Aquaculture to Open New Mill in Albany, Indiana, in Spring of 2014

February 26, 2014

REDKEY, Ind., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Aquaculture announced today plans to open a feed mill to supply feed for the local and national aquaculture industry. The new mill, located at Bell Farms in Albany, Indiana, will be the first of its kind to locally produce feed to service the aquaculture industry on a mass scale using local Indiana ingredients.  

Scott Nelson of Integral Fish Foods, recently purchased by Bell, will be the head of operations for the mill. Scott brings 30 years of experience in fish feed production, and will provide Bell with the expertise to produce feeds specific to fish species and key periods in the life cycle of the fish.

The mill is expected to begin...

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USDA Chief Economist Says Farm Bill Will Affect Income, Not Plantings

February 26, 2014 | Government

The U.S. Department of Agriculture increased its estimate of U.S. agricultural exports to $142.6 billion for fiscal 2014, up $5.6 billion from November's estimate and $1.5 billion higher than the previous record level in fiscal year 2013.

In his annual address Feb. 20 at USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum being held in Arlington, Va., USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber noted that the forecast varied by product.

"The forecast for grain and feed exports is boosted $3.2 billion from November to $31.3 billion on greater volumes of wheat, corn and feeds and fodders," he said.

"Oilseed and product exports are forecast at $31.4 billion, up $2.5 billion, driven by record soybean and...

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