River closed at New Orleans after barge spills oil

February 24, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remained closed at New Orleans on Monday following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil spilling from a barge.

Authorities involved in the cleanup and investigation planned a Monday morning conference call as they worked on estimates of how much oil spilled and when the river would re-open, a Coast Guard spokesman, Petty Officer Bill Colclough, said.

At last count Sunday night, the river closure affected 26 vessels — 16 waiting to go downriver and 10 waiting to go upriver.

Officials reported only a light sheen following the accident but river traffic was halted to avoid contaminating passing vessels and to...

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4B Components Ltd. Announces the Formation of a New Division

February 24, 2014

4B Components Ltd. Morton IL. announces the formation of a new division, Midwest Plastic Moldings Ltd. Located a few miles north of the US operation’s headquarters, Midwest Plastic Moldings was formed after the company purchased the assets of Midwest Plastics Inc, a premier manufacturer of custom injection molded products for the agricultural and industrial markets. “as demand for our material handling products has grown, this new division will enable us to better meet our customers’ needs for high quality plastic elevator buckets produced from HDPE, Nylon and Urethane and other custom injection molded agricultural products.” Says Johnny Wheat, 4B USA Senior Vice President, “With a...

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AFIA Supports New AMS/FDA Animal Feed Export Certification Program

February 20, 2014 | Government

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new agreement that designates USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as the authority to certify animal feed and pet food products for export to foreign countries.

“The agreement is a result of AFIA’s efforts to inform USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service about several issues that industry has had exporting to various markets, such as Brazil’s requirement for Good Manufacturing Practice certifications and products under the implementation of China’s AQSIQ Decree 118,” said Gina Tumbarello, AFIA manager of international trade. “The need to find a feed...

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Oliver Manufacturing Moves Into New Offices

February 19, 2014

LA JUNTA, CO:  On February 17th, Oliver Manufacturing’s Sales, Engineering, R&D, Customer Service, IT, and administrative staff moved into the newly constructed Oliver office building attached to their production facility.  The approximately $3.5 million building was design by Matt Schindler of WDM Architects in Wichita, Kansas.  The nearly 15,000 square foot facility is designed in a modern, industrial style that includes touches of antique industrial elements that “embraces our heritage, while exemplifying our culture of innovation,” said President/CEO Brian Burney.  The building features 11 closed offices, 27 open office spaces, 2 conference rooms, a board room, 2...

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American Agri-Women Engages Agri/Washington for Association Management

February 19, 2014

Washington, DC - (AgPR) - American Agri-Women announces that Agri/Washington is providing executive staffing support for membership retention, communications, conference planning and development. American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations.


Agri/Washington is a full-service public affairs firm with headquarters in Washington, D.C. The firm offers a unique combination of agricultural, communications, government relations, trade association and conference management expertise.

“We look forward to working with Agri/Washington, which is the premier agricultural public...

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Rabobank Report: High Crop Production to Again Challenge Brazil’s Infrastructure

February 19, 2014

Rabobank has published a new report on the outlook for Brazil’s agribusiness industry for 2014.   

In the report, the bank’s Food & Agribusiness Research team says it expects another year of record production for several of Brazil’s major agricultural crops in 2014, including soybeans and, depending on weather developments, sugarcane.  However, according to a recent research note, international prices for many of Brazil’s agricultural commodities fell in 2013, and could decline further in 2014.  Rabobank says that infrastructure and logistics remains a key point of concern for the country for 2014, particularly for the export market. With production and export volumes set to rise...

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OSHA Announces Interim Final Rule for Handling Retaliation Complaints Under the FSMA

February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today published an interim final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Food Safety Modernization Act. OSHA invites the public to submit comments on the interim final rule.

FSMA, signed into law January 2011, provides employees who disclose information about a possible violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act with protection against retaliation from businesses engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding or importation of food.

This interim final rule establishes procedures, burdens of proof, remedies and...

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Alltech Hosts Second Annual Career Development Program

February 19, 2014

They've come from places as far away as Kazakhstan, Peru and Australia, and from cities as close as Versailles, Kentucky. They’ve worked in organizations as varied as the Spanish Army Veterinary Military Centre, Let’s Talk Science outreach group, and the Brazilian Jockey Club. Alltech’s 2014 Career Development Program (CDP) members are a prestigious group of 15 recent graduates from across the world including the United States, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Australia, India, China, Kazakhstan, Spain and Ireland, that beat out more than 1,500 applicants for their spots.

The program, now in its second year, is designed to to recruit the future leaders of global agribusiness and kicked...

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The USDA Releases Agriculture Outlook Through 2023

February 19, 2014 | Government

Feb. 18--The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday released its annual long-term projections for the agriculture industry, with the forecast going out to 2023.

Below are some bullet points from the 93-page report:

High commodity prices led to record values of U.S. agricultural exports and U.S. net farm income in 2013. Projected reductions in prices for most major crops over the next several years will result in declines in export values and farm cash receipts through 2016. While net farm income is projected to stay below the 2013 record, it remains well above the average of the previous decade (2001-10).

Strengthening global food demand, a weak dollar, and continued biofuel demand,...

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Chicago Supplier Sues Biofuel Manufacturer for $81,000

February 19, 2014

Feb. 14--A Chicago-area company has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Energae LP, a Clear Lake, Iowa, "green energy" company that has sought funds from North Dakotans in the past five years.

Ingredion Inc. of Westchester, Ill., filed suit in Cerro Gordo County District Court in Mason City, Iowa, on Feb. 6. The company is asking for $81,581 from Energae, a biofuel manufacturing business.

According to the lawsuit, Energae entered into a contract with Ingredion on Sept. 27, 2012. Ingredion says it provided products to Energae and charged $80,402. It says Energae made one payment of $2,500 on May 20, 2013, but owed $77,902. With interest at 1.5 percent per month, the total owed is...

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