New Dust Explosion Protection Introduced for Grain Industry
The ProFlapPlusIII from IEP Technologies is the only flap-style isolation valve on the market today that fully complies with the NFPA 69-2014 standard without special review and approval by the AHJ.[Read More]
Save with Point-of-Use Dust Collectors
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.[Read More]
DuPont, University of Missouri and USDA-ARS Collaborate on Soil Mapping
The public-private effort aims to enhance sustainable crop production through field and crop modeling that targets the specific soil, climatic, water-shed and production conditions within producers' fields with real-time information. The three-year exclusive agreement among DuPont Pioneer - the global seed and advanced plant genetics business of DuPont - the University of Missouri and USDA-ARS will bring together the respective strengths of each party in precision agriculture sensors and soil mapping, including the characterization of soil types, topography and water-sheds. Through a unique computerized process offered by DuPont that uses the latest high resolution technology, the...[Read More]
Lockout at the Port of Vancouver Reaches First Anniversary
Feb. 23--It's no anniversary to celebrate.
Nevertheless, Thursday will mark a year since United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver locked out up to 44 union dockworkers after a simmering contract dispute came to a boil.
The fallout was extensive. Some of the impacts have ended or are quieter. Others, including legal proceedings, continue to ripple.
In October, the standoff appeared to ease when the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association publicly said they'd renewed negotiations over a labor contract and that the talks had been productive.
As the one-year anniversary of the lockout nears, neither party will comment in detail about...[Read More]
River closed at New Orleans after barge spills oil
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...[Read More]
4B Components Ltd. Announces the Formation of a New Division
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...[Read More]
AFIA Supports New AMS/FDA Animal Feed Export Certification Program
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...[Read More]
Oliver Manufacturing Moves Into New Offices
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...[Read More]
American Agri-Women Engages Agri/Washington for Association Management
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...
Rabobank Report: High Crop Production to Again Challenge Brazil’s Infrastructure
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...[Read More]
OSHA Announces Interim Final Rule for Handling Retaliation Complaints Under the FSMA
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...
Alltech Hosts Second Annual Career Development Program
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...[Read More]