May 31, 2013

Video: Robert Johnson - malted milk

Hello Millers,

Today's video is courtesy of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson.



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Cargill to invest in Holdrege elevator

Cargill will invest about $30 million to increase unloading speeds,  storage and shipping capacity, as well as add railroad service at its grain elevator southwest of Holdrege.

“South Central Nebraska is a highly productive area for grains” said Phil Harders, leader of Cargill AgHorizons U.S.’s Cornhusker Farm Service Group (FSG).  “In addition to the local markets we have been serving by truck, the added rail service will expand the markets for farmer customers to the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. Southwest.”

The capital investment project at Holdrege is expected to be completed by the harvest of 2014.  To date, Holdrege has shipped grain out by truck.  The project will add rail service along the BNSF Railroad, which will allow Cargill to load 120-car shuttle trains.

“Unit trains are an efficient way to move large volumes of grain,” said Tim Coppage, Cornhusker FSG merchandising leader.  “By giving us access to additional markets like the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. Southwest, we can better meet the demands of our farmer customers for broader markets.”

The project will increase storage capacity by 3.5 million bushels, which will bring the total to 5 million.  Cargill will add three truck receiving pits with a combined 80,000 bushel per hour truck receiving capacity. The facility will also have 70,000 bushel per hour rail shipping capacity. 

“The high capacity receiving pits and grain legs will provide a better fit to the increased harvest speed of area producers,” said John Barrett, Cornhusker FSG operations leader.

The facility will be increasing its staff from seven full time grain employees to 10 or more over the coming year.  Contractors will have approximately 100 employees at the site in different stages of construction.

Area officials welcomed the news.

“The economic impact of the facility,” said Phelps County Board Chairman Jim Ostgren,  “will be felt both in the year long construction phase as well as helping provide area producers access to additional markets in the U.S. and around the world for years to come.”

Greg Ibach, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, said: “I am pleased that Cargill is making this investment that will enhance access for Nebraska crops to domestic and foreign markets.”

Nebraska State Senator Tom Carlson added that “this is a substantial investment in our community and contributes significantly to keeping the Holdrege area as a great place to live, work, raise a family, and enjoy more of the ‘Good Life.’  These improvements will increase commerce in our area and service to local grain producers.”

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Cargill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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31/05/2013: Delacon celebrates 25 years in phytogenic feed additives; Whole grain sales open door for ingredients; Japan suspends imports after modified wheat found

Today’s challenges in animal husbandry are caused by an ever increasing demand for meat and dairy products despite escalating raw materials costs and accompanying environmental problems by livestock waste-products. More than 25 years ago Helmut Dedl recognised these arising challenges and discovered the potential and efficacy of plant-derived natural substances, “Phytogenics”. 

Since its beginning, and despite logistic challenges, the production site and the head quarter (HQ) are both located separately in Steyregg/Austria, featuring outstanding technical and quality guidelines.


Gluten-free and whole grain products show no signs of leaving retail shelves, which is providing wider entry for ancient grains and other ingredients into the grain-based foods industry.
As of April of this year, the wholegrain stamp was on more than 8,400 different products in 41 countries, according to the Whole Grains Council, Boston. The whole grain movement received another boost in May when McDonald’s Corp. said it was introducing three new Quarter Pounder with Cheese burgers, all featuring a bun with 8 grams of whole grains.

Japan has suspended some imports of U.S. wheat after a genetically engineered version of the grain was found on a U.S. farm.

Japan is one of the largest export markets for U.S. wheat growers. Katsuhiro Saka, a counsellor at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, said that Japan had cancelled orders of western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest and also of some feed-grade wheat.

Barley is a major animal feed crop.
Barley is a major animal feed crop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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May 30, 2013

Selective breeding and diet changes could produce low methane cows

The possibility of selective breeding to produce cattle that are consistently low methane emitters is being explored by an international team of scientists led by the University of Aberdeen.

The option is being investigated as part of the €7.7 million EU funded RuminOmics project which aims to increase the efficiency of the farming of ruminant animals, such as cows, while decreasing the associated environmental footprint.

Ruminants produce methane - a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide. Methane is formed in the gut during digestion of fibrous feeds and is mainly released into the atmosphere when the cow belches.

Preliminary findings of the four-year RuminOmics project - which comprises scientists from the UK, France, Italy, Finland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Sweden, with international advisors from Canada and Australia - add further support to the existing idea that the genetics of an animal may influence the level of methane it produces.

Professor John Wallace, who researches microbial metabolism in the gut of man and ruminants at the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, is leading the study said, “Methane production is important for cattle and sheep farmers because if the amount of methane produced can be lowered then there are benefits for the environment, production, and profitability.”

The RuminOmics team has been investigating methane production and feed efficiency between individual animals and the effect of different feeds. In dairy cattle they have shown that the production of methane is quite variable, particularly between individual animals. It is already known that diet can affect methane production. “Currently most diets which have been formulated to lower methane add cost or increase losses of other nutrients,” said Professor Wallace. 

In one study from Sweden, increasing dietary protein concentration lowered methane per kg milk output but at the expense of increased nitrogen losses. Nitrogen is lost as ammonia in the urine which builds up in the soil and is converted to the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide.

Professor Pekka Huhtanen of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, who is also part of the RuminOmics consortium, believes that researchers need to take into account both global warming and nitrogen pollution impacts when change is made to the diet of dairy cattle.

A cow
A cow (Photo credit: SocialRobot)

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30/05/2013: Animal feed from flies; OSU develop monitoring technology; sunken grain pit makes for easy access

The simple, cheap, but effective idea of harvesting maggots and turning them into livestock feed has garnered a Cape Town agricultural company the Innovation Prize for Africa worth US$100 000.
AgriProtein Technologies beat ten other finalists from across the country to scoop the prize by developing a way to create livestock feed out of the bio-waste thrown out by abattoirs.
Researchers at Oregon State University have helped develop new environmental monitoring technology that will allow farmers thousands of miles away, in west and central Asia, to save millions of dollars while more effectively combating a pest that is threatening their wheat crops.
Twenty million acres of wheat in parts of Asia and North Africa are threatened by the 'Sunn pest', a bug that can destroy the value of wheat.
A ready-made sunken grain pit has been designed to allow for easier installation whilst providing ready access to the conveyor within the grain handling sector.
The Dry Pit system from Jema Agro is supplied in bolt-together sections to fit a rectangular concrete casing with vertical sides.
"The self-supporting steel hopper is suspended from the top of the concrete lining and sits 140mm from the floor," explains Mark Unitt of Jema distributor Danagri-3S.

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English: Odontotarsus grammicus, Scutelleridae. A sunn pest. This photo was taken on September 30, 2009 in Ansião, Leiria, PT. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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May 29, 2013

IMAS products at IDMA Exhibition

Imas machinery introduced four new milling products at IDMA this year.

The new Supersense new age purifier, MGSH high pressure grain separator, MMX mixer and new age extraction scale will increase the efficiency and quality standards in the milling sector.

Used for the classification of semolina, the new age ‘Supersense’ Purifier, with its special design,  provides maintenance and energy saving opportunities. 

The MGSH High Capacity Grain Separator, with a cleaning capacity of 120 tons/hour, will allow the cleaning of grains in both factories and silos. 

The MMX Mixer, designed to provide homogeneous assortment and provide the all kinds of assortment (mix) needs of the sector. Mixer, which is taken attention because of  all stainless steel surfaces which is in contact with products, is timesaving for the customers because of fast discharge cover.

With a stainless steel body and innovative design, the New age Extraction Scale, allows the manufacturer to see the final output/input ration in the factory. 

Tuncay Lamcı, Imas machinery general manager stated that Imas provide added value to the milling sector with R&D studies. He added that while Imas is a global company, specific country needs should be taken into account. For example, the flour specifications for the Brazilian market are quite different to the flour specifications for the Indian Market. With an experienced and professional team, Imas can meet the needs of the various markets.

Lamcı also shared Imas' three main focuses; “energy efficiency, system activity and longevity."

IMAS stand at this year's IDMA exhibition 

29/05/2013: New grain milling product to promote safety; large number of grain bin entrapments involve children; IGP launches YouTube channel

Penford has unveiled a new simulator designed to promote safe practices in grain milling.
The starch and ethanol processor, with facilities in Cedar Rapids, built a combustible dust simulator in partnership with Iowa State University’s American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers to be used as an instructional tool in Penford’s safety training programme.
"Combustible dust hazards are a part of any grain handling industry", said Chuck Duthler, director of environmental health and safety at Penford.
More than 60 percent of grain bin engulfment cases occur in facilities that are exempt from occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) regulations. 
A significant number of those exempt cases involve children and the fatality rate of children involved in grain engulfment is a staggering 70 percent. More instances and more fatalities occur from engulfment than from grain bin explosions.
The Kansas State University International Grains Program recently launched a YouTube channel.
The channel features videos with information about IGP courses covering the areas of feed manufacturing and grain management, grain purchasing and risk management, and flour milling and grain processing.

English: Logo for the United States Occupation...
English: Logo for the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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There are plenty of good reasons for Buhler’s success: personal commitment, clever entrepreneurial decision-making, a high level of sensitivity to the changing needs of the market, and a core business that has become a byword for quality and consistency, founded on the distinct power to innovate. Tackling the challenges of the period and of the market have always played a role in shaping the direction of the company. This is simply something that Buhler has always done, and when it comes to generating benefits and added value for its customers, the company has always been a step ahead. Click on the image to visit the Buhler website.

May 28, 2013

The round table on responsible soy (RTRS) to build global bridges for responsible soy in China

The Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) will convene its International Forum on Responsible Development of the Soybean industry, in Beijing, China, today, under the theme "Building Global Bridges for Responsible Soy." Co-hosted by the China Soybean Industry Association (CSIA), the conference is the RTRS' 8th annual conference, and the first held by the association in the Asia-Pacific.

"We are honoured to co-host the first RTRS conference in China," said Agustin Mascotena RTRS CEO. "As the global leader on responsible soy, the RTRS welcomes the opportunity to convene a dialogue on the solutions offered by responsible soy with companies that produce trade and buy soy in Asia. RTRS soy benefits the environment, workers, and communities and helps companies guarantee a long-term sustainable supply of responsible soy into the future."

While the purpose of the RTRS conference is to share knowledge and dialogue about responsible soy between all countries and regions where soy is produced and consumed, the programme has a special focus on China as the world's biggest market for imported soy as well as a major producer.

Soy production, especially in South America, has been blamed for a number of issues including environmental degradation, social breakdown and worker exploitation. The RTRS was created to tackle these issues and transform the soy industry by creating demand for responsible soy in all stages of the supply chain.

"It's exciting to see the increase in demand for responsible soy among companies worldwide," said Mr. Mascotena. "Nearly 663,000 credits of RTRS certified soy have been sold since June 2011 - which is a great start. The Forum in China is an opportunity to build on this initial success and get more companies to join the RTRS, make commitments and take concrete action on the journey to responsible soy. "

The RTRS membership includes large soy producers as well as small farmers from South America, India and China. Major global traders like Wilmar, Cargill, Bunge and ADM are also members, as well as consumer brands like Unilever and Nestlé, global retailers including Carrefour and Marks & Spencer, NGOs including WWF, The Nature Conservancy and Solidaridad, and financial institutions including Rabobank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Many of these companies and organizations will take place in the RTRS Forum in China, making it a truly global event.

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network of over 400 retailers, manufacturers, and service providers across 70 countries, has recently endorsed the RTRS in its Sustainability Activation Toolkit, which contains guidance for companies on how to achieve sustainable supply chains.

soy milk and blueberries
soy milk and blueberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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-Livestock equipment offers solutions "turnkey" for livestock projects.
-Silos, specialising in the design, manufacture and marketing of metal silos for storage.
-Agricultural equipment designs, manufactures and markets metal tanks for water and vineyard equipment.
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28/05/2013: Silo deal boosts grain capacity; Indian food grains policy; Nigerian grain trade threatens Sahel food security

Afgri Operations has taken over the grain management business of MGK Operating Company as part of a strategy to grow its grain storage capacity. 

Afgri said the deal would boost its grain storage capacity by 165 000 tons to 4.471 million tons.

The food grains management policy of the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, India is in a mess, according FirstPost.

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) directly and through other state government affiliates procures rice and wheat from farmers at the minimum support price set by the government.

As per the prevailing norms the government needs to maintain a total food grain stock of 31.9 million tonnes as on July 1, of every year. The website claims that the actual amount of food grain stock is much higher than this number.

Northern Nigeria’s grain trade, which supplies almost half of the Sahel’s cereals, has slowed severely, while abnormally high prices of staple grains across the Sahel are causing serious food security concerns in this chronically vulnerable region. 

The areas most at risk are southeastern and central Niger, which are highly dependent on Nigerian grain flows, as well as northern Nigeria and northern Benin.  

buckwheat Русский: Гречка Svenska: bovete Bota...
buckwheat Русский: Гречка Svenska: bovete Botanical name: Fagopyrum esculentum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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May 24, 2013

Video: Lil McClintock - Sow good seeds

Today's Friday music video is courtesy of Lil McClintock


Bühler joins “Partners in Food Solutions”

Bühler has joined “Partners in Food Solutions” as its fourth partner. PFS is a nonprofit organisation founded by General Mills, which also includes the other leaders in the global food industry, Cargill and Royal DSM of the Netherlands. They collaborate with the development organisations USAID and TechnoServe. The aim is to make the technical and business expertise as well as other resources of the companies involved accessible to small and growing food processors and millers in African developing countries through voluntary employee missions.  

Rather than simply sending technical staff to Africa, PFS is relying on a sustainable knowledge transfer system on the basis of personal employee missions of the companies involved. On the one hand, PSF is working closely with TechnoServe, which offers in-depth country knowledge that helps make for successful on-the-ground program implementation. The second experienced cooperation partner, USAID, helps shape and guide PSF by sharing strengths, experiences, methodologies, and resources through a public private partnership formed in 2010.

Jeff Dykstra, CEO of PFS, comments the new membership of Bühler as follows: “This alliance to which Bühler has now been added strengthens and expands our base of knowledge, deepens our expertise, and ultimately moves us much closer to our goal of helping more than 500 Africa-based food processors. PFS’s unique consortium of world-class industry players connecting their employee expertise with small and growing food companies has the power to improve the whole food sector in Africa and beyond.”

Ian Roberts, chief technology officer of Bühler, adds: “The PFS business model fits perfectly with our culture of commitment to improve the food chain. The over 150-year history of Bühler as a leading supplier of capital equipment to the food industry can now be made available by PFS to the small and growing food companies throughout Africa. We think this is a perfect opportunity for us to use our core competencies for improving food security in Africa.”

Read more about the partnership here.

Tapco Inc.

Tapco stocks the largest inventory of elevator buckets and bolts in the world, some 900,000 buckets and 14 million bolts. They also have the largest inventory of abrasion resistant sheeting, drag flights and hanger bearings in North America. Click on image to visit company website.

Grain Millers, Inc. endows scholarship with $100,000 donation to IMEF

During the IMEF Breakfast as the 117th Annual IAOM Conference & Expo in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Keith Horton, Grain Millers, Inc., announced the company’s intentions to establish an endowed scholarship with a donation of $100,000 to the International Milling Education Foundation.

“Grain milling is one of the oldest professions in the world and with an ever-increasing world population, milling will remain a most life sustaining profession. Promoting our profession and motivating future generations to seek careers in milling is critical,” Horton explained.  

“Like so many other milling companies, Grain Millers Inc. and its board of directors recognises the importance of our industry and the individuals who will lead it into the future,” Horton continued. “In today’s high-tech world, it is more necessary than ever that we provide the best opportunities for a quality education in milling, while also continuing to teach future generations the ‘art’ of milling.  Investing in the education of future millers and grain science students has never been more important and should be a priority to us all.”  

The endowed scholarship will be the first one established under the umbrella of the IMEF.

“We are excited about what this donation does to expand the IMEF Scholarship Program and the additional support it affords to grain milling students,” stated IMEF President Joel Hoffa. “We have had tremendous support from across the industry for IMEF, but this level of commitment by Grain Millers is significant to the continued success of IMEF.”

The Christian F. Kongsore Scholarship will be presented to a qualified grain milling student by Grain Millers Inc., on an annual basis beginning in the fall semester of 2013. The amount of the annual award will be $5,000. More details and an application form will be posted at

24/05/2013: China to become major grain importer; Farmers plant rice near Fukushima site; New feed handling brochure

China, the world's largest food consumer, is expected to become a major grain importer by 2015, head of a global grain trader said in a recent industry forum.  
Sunny Verghese, CEO of Olam International Ltd, a Singapore-based grain trader, said because of diminishing resources of land and water, China is on the way to become a major importer of corm, wheat and rice by 2015.

Farmers have resumed planting rice for market only 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

It was the first time since the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster that farmers have gone inside the former 20-kilometre "no-go" zone around the doomed plant to sow rice intended for sale.

Suffolk-based pig equipment specialists, Quality Equipment, has produced a new brochure on feed handling systems. It provides pig farmers with a wealth of information on all types of kit needed to transport feed around the farm and to the pigs.

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Drawing of a Poland China (breed) pig
Drawing of a Poland China (breed) pig (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May 23, 2013

Event: VIV Russia video report

Over the past three days we have witnessed the success of another VIV show. This is the first time Grain and Feed Milling Technology has attended in Russia. VIV Russia 2013 is concluding today after three impressive days in the bright and modern Crocus Expo Centre some 25 km from the centre of downtown Moscow.

VIV Russia attracted a growing number of feed exhibitors ranging from the traditional of Buhler and Amandus Kahl to newer exhibitors such as our recognised Chinese exhibitors. In fact, VIV Russia offered several country pavilions including, USA, the Netherlands, Italy, China and France.

There were over 300 exhibitors and some 6,000 visitors in attendance.

GFMT magazine supported the VIV by hosting its CropTech-FeedTech conference, which this time focused on digital technologies and engineering in the feed manufacturing industry. Companies participating in CropTech-FeedTech were Amandus Kahl, Wenger, Muyang, MTech, Cargill-Provimi and Afla Laval. All spoke about how new technologies were changing the feed manufacturing business and leading to greater efficiencies in feed and food production. The meeting was chaired by Roger Gilbert.

GFMT will run a pictorial review of the event in an up-coming issue but for now, check out this video of Gerard Leeuwenburgh, director of international exhibitions, VNU Exhibitions Europe, who is responsible for VIV Russia.

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AACCI’s whole grains working group unveils new whole grain products characterisation

AACC International’s (AACCI) board of directors recently approved the Whole Grains Working Group’s characterisation of whole grain products. The characterisation asserts that a whole grain food product must contain 8 grams or more of whole grain per 30 grams of product.

Dr Julie Miller Jones, AACCI Whole Grains working group chair, who led the association’s efforts on whole grains product characterisation said that, "Currently, consumers are confused about what constitutes a whole grain food, and this characterisation provides clear guidance to those who seek to consume the recommended levels of whole grain."

The recommendation has been highly anticipated by the cereal grain industry and will aid consumers in choosing which food products to eat to meet the federal government’s dietary guidelines. The guidelines state that Americans should make half their grains whole, which means that each day they should eat at least three servings of whole grains with 16 grams of whole grain or six servings of foods that have at least 8 grams of whole grain. 

The Whole Grains Working Group made the distinction of 8 grams of whole grains per 30 grams of product to take into account food products that include refined grains, which currently enjoy higher levels of consumer acceptance. A standard characterisation of a whole grain food also levels the playing field for everyone in the cereal grain industry and allows for uniform messaging about whole grain food products. 

The language does not impact statements about products that are allowed by the law, other ingredients that might be in a food product, or the naming of food products.

Cereal (grain maize) harvest in Brazil
Cereal (grain maize) harvest in Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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23/05/2013: Grain baiting to cull feral pigs; IAOM raises $50,000 from auction; exports of rye and triticale

Grain growers in Australia are encouraged to take part in the Central Highlands Regional Council's free feral animal 1080 baiting campaign.

Michelle Janes, Biosecurity Queensland senior crop protection officer said summer crop growers would benefit from using grain bait as a control method.

"Feral pigs can travel over large distances and cause significant damage to crops at grainfill," Janes warned.

"Recent seasons have seen feral pig populations on the rise and valuable summer crops will soon start attracting feral pig activity."

The International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF) raised $50,000 from silent and centerpiece auctions during the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Conference & Expo in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

“We are impressed by the great results, especially considering we had decided not to hold a live auction this year,” said Joel Hoffa, IMEF president. 

On July 1, 2013, new roughage tolerances for exports of Canadian triticale take effect in eastern Canada. On August 1, 2013, new roughage tolerances for exports of Canadian rye and triticale take effect in western Canada. 

Currently, commercial cleanliness requirements in Rye, Canada Western (CW) and Triticale, Canada (CAN) do not include tolerances for roughage.

At their April meetings, the Eastern and Western standards committees recommended the following tolerance:

Triticale, Canada (CAN) - 0.1% Total small seeds, attrition and roughage

Rye, Canada Western (CW) - 0.1% Total small seeds, attrition and roughage

The Distribution of the Ferel Pig in Australia...
The Distribution of the Ferel Pig in Australia According to the Department of Conservation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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May 22, 2013

Zheng Chang

Zhengchang, established in 1918, has made constant innovations in feed machinery industry and accumulated a wealth of experience in tackling the various challenges facing feed companies and, more importantly, is able to offer a range of comprehensive solutions. ZCME has now evolved into China’s largest manufacture of feed machinery and has 16 branches in China with over 1300 staff and more than thirty offices all over the world. Click on image to visit the Zheng Chang website.

Perten launches dough mixer and analysis system

Perten Instruments has launched a new dough testing instrument – the micro-doughLAB.

A small scale (4g) dough mixer and analysis system which determines the quality and processing characteristics of flour and dough, the micro-doughLAB can be used to screen breeder lines, develop rapid and small scale methods and to establish the performance, specification, water and mixing requirements of flour.

The small sample size is ideal for researchers, wheat breeders, grain handlers, millers and bakers with limited sample and/or valuable samples. It enables users to save time and money by accurately and quickly identifying the best flour for their application.

The new product uses doughLAB for Windows (DLW) software. It is easy to use, compact, reproducible, accurate, and cleans up quickly.

Micro-doughLAB now does the job of two traditional dough-testing instruments: evaluating both the viscous and elastic properties of dough in a single instrument.

Read more about the micro-doughLAB here.

The Perten micro-doughLAB

AFIA distinguished service award recipient

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has named Trevor Tomkins, PhD, recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award for his life-long contributions to the feed industry and to AFIA. He was honored May 14, 2013, at the board of directors meeting in Arlington.

Dr Tomkins has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. He retired in 2011 as the chief executive officer of Milk Specialties Global, where he expanded the reach of one of the largest independent dairy companies in the U.S., into food products. He then founded venture idairy, an innovative investment company that works with local partners in global, emerging markets to bring capital, technology, education and opportunity to producers and entrepreneurs throughout the dairy value chain. Currently, venture I dairy is working on projects in India, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya.

"This industry really has contributed to the agricultural bounty of this country," said Dr. Tomkins as he addressed the AFIA board of directors. "Food security is one of the single biggest issues and if we don’t address it, we have no hope of feeding 9 billion people by 2050."

22/05/2013: Assad troops attack grain depot; Brisbane silo demolition; Pakistan wheat exports to Iran

Forces loyal to the Assad regime have attacked a grain depot in Tell Rifaat, a city in northern Syria near Aleppo, which is under control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Sources said that 5 tonnes of barley were destroyed in the shelling of the depot compound.
Assad troops have also targeted 150 bread bakeries and killed more than a hundred people queuing to buy bread in a bakery last December.

A demolition crew set 100kg of explosives inside a disused silo, which was used to store malt for brewing beer in Brisbane.
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