Kazakhstan reduced grain export by 32 percent last year

February 27, 2014 | Commerce

In 2013 Kazakhstan exported 5.023 million tons of wheat, a 32-percent decrease compared to 2012, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported citing the country's Statistics Agency.

In monetary terms, the wheat export last year amounted to $1.235 billion, a 21.9-percent decrease on-year.

In 2013 Kazakhstan also exported 1.859 million tons of wheat and rye flour (16.2 percent down) worth $575 million (4.3 percent down).

Kazakhstan, one of the world's largest grain exporters, harvested 14.5 million tons of wheat in 2013. In 2012 the harvest was 12.8 million tons. In 2011 the country saw a record high grain harvest at almost 27 million tons.

China may become one of the major sales markets for Kazakh...

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Cargill’s greenfield mill breaks ground in Punjab

February 27, 2014

Bathinda, Feb 26 (IBNS): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal along with Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India and Achyuth Iyengar, Managing Director, Cargill Feed & Nutrition-India broke ceremonial ground on Cargill India's greenfield dairy feed mill in Bathinda in Punjab on Wednesday.

The Rs. 70 crore project by Cargill, the global leader in animal nutrition, will cater to the growing need for quality feed for Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan dairy farmers.

The 1,20,000 MT feed manufacturing plant will encompass an area of 8.5 acres, and use the latest technology from Cargill USA and Cargill Italy feed manufacturing plants.

The project is also expected to generate...

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Freighter Carrying Soybeans Ran Aground on the Elizabeth River

February 27, 2014

Feb. 27--PORTSMOUTH -- A freighter carrying soybeans that was "soft aground" in the Elizabeth River overnight has been freed, according to the Coast Guard.

The 590-foot ship's pilot reported that it got stuck shortly after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday near Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, said Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill. The Hanze Goteborg was heading out from port when it got stuck, he said. The ship is carrying soybeans.

The ship was freed about 6:15 a.m. today by tugboats that began working to free the ship Wednesday night, but were asked at some point overnight to stop and wait until high tide was near. The ship was only blocking part of the channel.

No injuries were reported and...

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Tyson Foods to Donate Nearly One Year’s Worth of Food to Bozeman Residents

February 27, 2014

Tyson Foods, Inc., in conjunction with the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Scholarship Competition (CAO) and the Montana State University Collegiate Cattlewomen, donated a truckload of protein to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank located in Bozeman, Montana.  
The truckload of protein arrived today at approximately 9:00 a.m. This incredible donation of meat products was the result of a challenge posed to this fall’s participants in the Alliance’s CAO program.
“We’re always looking for ways to raise awareness about the seriousness of hunger across the country,” said Tyson Foods’ director of social media Jack Pate. “And this is one of those events that does that, while meeting...

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Workers Injured in Grain Facility Explosion South of Warren, IL

February 27, 2014 | Safety

Two workers were reportedly injured in an explosion at a grain facility just south of Warren, Illinois.

Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner said the blast was reported just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Gavilon Group facility, 6979 Route 84.

Initial reports indicated several people were injured in the explosion. To read more click here.

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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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