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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USDA Estimates Net Farm Income Will Slide 27%

February 19, 2014 | Government

Feb. 15--Net farm incomes are in for a 27 percent drop this year, according to federal economists, though Montana agriculture groups say they may miss the worst of it.

The forecast, released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, puts net farm income at its lowest point since 2010 and credits much of the drop to falling prices for corn, a crop that isn't widely grown in Montana.

Still, state farmers are bracing for lower prices after four straight years of record growth.

"Most farmers right now are thinking prices are going to continue to fall, but there's still some optimism," said Lola Raska, Montana Grain Growers executive vice president.

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China Dumps Grain Policy to Boost Meat Production

February 19, 2014 | Grain

For decades, China's rulers deemed grain production a linchpin to its national security. The policy of self-sufficiency was a legacy of its planned economy from the days of Mao when China was increasingly isolated from the outside world.

But China's communist founders couldn't have predicted the nation's dizzying rise in meat consumption, which has grown nearly ten-fold to 71 million metric tons since 1975.

That's why China has been increasingly importing grains such as soybeans and corn from the U.S. and Brazil to boost its livestock population. Grain self-sufficiency was becoming like communist dogma in China: more a theory than a practice.

Then last week, Beijing called it quits by...

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Electro-Sensors, Inc. Acquires Wireless Hazard Monitoring Product Line From Harvest Engineering Inc.

February 18, 2014

Minnetonka, MN, February 18, 2014 – Electro-Sensors, Inc. (Nasdaq: ELSE) announced today it has acquired the advanced wireless hazard monitoring product line from Harvest Engineering Inc. (“Harvest”). Electro-Sensors will market and sell the new hazard monitoring products under its new HazardPRO™ product line and manufacture and service them at its Minnetonka, Minnesota facility.

“The creation of the HazardPRO™ product line will enable us to deliver best-in-class hazard monitoring systems built upon a field-proven wireless platform,” said David Klenk, President of Electro-Sensors. “This acquisition complements our existing hazard monitoring sensors and systems and expands our product...

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Kemin Launches Magazine

February 18, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa – February 18, 2014 – To comply with new regulations and meet the increased consumer expectations regarding food safety and quality, the feed industry is embarking on a new era focused on prevention rather than reaction.

To help feed professionals navigate the future of food safety, Kemin recently launched a new magazine, FeedForward™. FeedForward serves as a resource addressing hot topics such as the Global Food Safety Initiative, the impact of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the importance of a comprehensive Salmonella control program. The first issue is filled with timely information from recognized experts including...

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