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Rose Creek, MN, Farmer Rescued From Grain Bin

February 13, 2014 | Safety

Feb. 12--ROSE CREEK -- A Rose Creek farmer survived 90 minutes with his legs trapped in a drying bin on Tuesday afternoon.

Craig Nelson got stuck in the bin of soybeans while loading the beans into a semitrailer. Al Mullenbach, assistant chief of the Rose Creek Volunteer Fire Department, said Nelson climbed in after an unloading auger got stuck.

As he tried to loosen up the soybeans, Nelson got sucked in, with the beans up to his waist. He yelled for the driver of the semitrailer.

"It's cold in there, roughly the same temperature that is outside," Mullenbach said. "(Nelson) told me, that if someone would not have been out here with me, I would have froze to death.

"It took us...

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Bunge Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

February 13, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bunge Limited (NYSE:BG)

Q4 adjusted total segment EBIT of $404 million, up $264 million from last year Record combined full-year EBIT in agribusiness and food & ingredients Expect momentum in agribusiness and food & ingredients to continue in 2014 EPS impacted by higher than expected tax rate Annual operating cash flow of approximately $2.2 billion Company to repurchase $200 million of shares under current authorization


Soren Schroder, Bunge's Chief Executive Officer stated, "Agribusiness and food & ingredients finished the year on a strong note.  On a combined, full-year basis, agribusiness, edible oils and milling segments...

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Interstates Companies Named ‘Contractor of the Year’ by Associated Builders and Contractors

February 12, 2014

Sioux Center, IA. – Interstates Companies has been named national contractor of the year by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), one of the largest American trade groups. The award, which recognizes overall excellence and commitment to safety, was presented on February 11, 2014 to Interstates Companies Chairman and CEO Larry Den Herder.

“I am both humbled and honored to accept the Contractor of the Year award for Interstates Companies,” says Den Herder. “This represents hard work and dedication from each team member who has performed work bearing the Interstates name. I can’t wait to see where our team goes from here.”  

“Each year, ABC recognizes an individual or company that...

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Oseco Develops New Heavy-Duty Explosion Vent for Grain Elevator Applications

February 12, 2014 | Grain

Broken Arrow, OK – Oseco, a global manufacturer of custom-engineered rupture discs and explosion vents, has developed the new, heavy duty MV-BE (Metal Vent Bucket Elevator), an explosion vent offering robust explosion protection for the grain handling industry.

The MV-BE explosion vent is designed utilizing materials up to three times thicker than other designs, providing excellent service life to conveying/bucket elevators operating under high vibration conditions or other demanding applications.

Grain storage facilities typically utilize a bucket elevator or pneumatic conveyor to scoop up grain from a lower level and deposit it into a storage facility or silo. Larger elevators with...

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Animal Agriculture Alliance to Host 13th Annual Stakeholders Summit on Millennials

February 12, 2014 | Feed

February 12, 2014 – Early registration is now available for the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 13th annual Stakeholders Summit, to be held May 8-9 in Crystal City, VA.  This year, the Alliance’s showcase event will explore the theme of “Cracking the Millennial Code."

The Summit is a one-of-a-kind conference that is attended by a diverse group of decision makers, including representatives from farms, ranches, food processors, restaurants, grocery stores, legislators, universities and government agencies.  The Alliance welcomes Andy Vance, renowned agricultural journalist for Feedstuffs and active National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) member, as the 2014 Summit moderator.


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Final year for money-losing Upper Harbor Terminal

February 12, 2014 | Grain

This is the last year that the city-owned Upper Harbor Terminal will unload steel, twine, pig iron and fertilizer from trucks and Mississippi River barges, marking the end of a long decline in investment and hopes for a venture that loses money every year.

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Napoleon, N.D., Farmer Dies in Grain Engulfment Accident

February 12, 2014 | Safety

Feb. 11--A 39-year-old Napoleon farmer was killed Monday afternoon after corn broke loose from a grain bin he was unloading and covered him.

Steve Engelhardt, Logan County chief deputy sheriff and coroner, said Charles Sperle died in the yard of his farm 4 1/2 miles southeast of Napoleon.

Engelhardt said Sperle hired two area truckers to haul corn from a 30,000-bushel bin and was unloading the corn with a grain vacuum.

Engelhardt said the bin was full and the door was open as Sperle unloaded the corn.

He said as the corn was being vacuumed from the bin, a funnel formed and when it reached a certain level, broke loose and came flooding out of the door.

Engelhardt said one of the...

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ADM Invests in Rennovia, Inc.

February 12, 2014

DECATUR, Ill. and MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 – Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) and Rennovia, Inc. announced today that ADM has committed to a $25 million equity investment in the privately held company, which develops catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks.

“This investment is part of ADM’s ongoing efforts to enhance returns by strengthening our portfolio of higher-margin products,” said Kevin Moore, ADM vice president, Renewable Chemicals. “There is significant and growing demand for chemical products made from renewable feedstocks. We are impressed with the technology Rennovia is developing, and look...

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NGFA Submits Statements to FDA on Two Proposed Food Safety Modernization Act Rules

February 12, 2014 | Safety | Government

WASHINGTON (Feb. 5) – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) submitted extensive statements recently to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to two proposed rules issued to implement provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The first FDA proposal would require importers to verify the safety of foreign foods and feed/feed ingredients imported and intended for use in the United States, while the second would establish criteria under which the agency would recognize and accredit third-party auditors that perform safety audits for such products.

In its statements, the NGFA provided more than 30 pages of suggestions and comments for the FDA to...

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College Student Career Program’s Keynote Message “Define Your Brand…or Others Will”

February 12, 2014

“Have you ever thought of yourself as a brand?” inquired Bill Lovette, president and CEO of Pilgrim’s, and keynote speaker at the 2014 USPOULTRY College Student Career Program, sponsored by the USPOULTRY Foundation. “Well, you are your own brand. Remember, either you define yourself as a brand in the professional arena, or your competitor will,” he stressed. Lovette was speaking to students at the annual program, held in conjunction with the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta. 

Lovette, an alumnus of the College Student Career Program over 30 years ago, provided an insightful and strategic guide to help students take control of their careers as they enter the...

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