June 30, 2014

30/06/2014: Effect of the agricultural sector on economic growth

Major challenges facing mankind are provision of an equitable standard of living, adequate food, clean water, shelter and energy, a healthy and secured environment, an educated public and satisfying job for this and future generations. 

Of which the first and most basic to human life and survival is food security; which is a situation in which majority of the populace of a country have access to domestically produced food at affordable prices at all times (Akinboyo, 2008). 

This necessitates the role of agriculture in improving the economic framework of any country, which cannot be over emphasized due to that agriculture is the source of food for man and animal and provides raw materials for the industrial sector.  

See more HERE.

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30/6/2014 : AFIA says FDA 'spot on' with FSMA - Proposed Exemption for animal feed

The American Feed Industry Association submitted comments today to the US Food and Drug Administration applauding the agency's proposal to exempt animal food from the Food Safety Modernization Act's intentional adulteration rule. 

The "Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration" would require registered domestic and foreign food facilities to address hazards that may be intentionally introduced by acts of terrorism.

AFIA explained in its comments the significant differences between risks in human food and animal food, particularly when dealing with intentional adulteration, which is recognized by Congress in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

"What is nutritious for a ruminant cow may not be nutritious for a pig. Sheep, for example, have an increased sensitivity to copper. Risk varies between humans and animals as well. For example, humans can be allergic to a host of things from peanuts to shellfish, while animals simply do not have this same risk," the organization stated.

The creation of Section 420 in the FD&C Act states FSMA requires FDA to establish regulations for facilities to review the potential risk of intentional adulteration of food -- further noted in Part C, this applies only to human food.

"AFIA fully supports FDA's findings and proposed exemption of animal food in the intentional adulteration rule as we believe it is Congress' intent," said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. "FDA has indicated the proposed rule's purpose is 'to protect food from intentional adulteration when the intent is to cause large-scale public harm' and AFIA firmly believes animal food has a significantly lower risk of impacting human health."

The final rule on intentional adulteration will be published by May 31, 2016.

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30/06/2014: The plight of the American farmer

Farmers are getting pinched while agrochemical titans and global retailers stampede the market. What can be done to support local farmers?

Unfortunately, we will not feed the world with organic product despite the best will and intention but never the less there are important points made in this article.
See more on this topic HERE.

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30/06/2014: Livestock Myanmar 2015 Expo announced

After great success in 2014, Myanmar’s fist official Feed, Livestock and Meat Industry Show returns in 2015. Livestock Myanmar 2015 Expo will be a great opportunity to promote products and services face-to-face to existing and prospective country customers.

The Myanmar Livestock Federation (MLF) and UBM, the leading organiser of exhibitions in Asia, are co-hosting Livestock Myanmar 2015 Expo at the Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall, Yangon from January 29-31, 2015.

UBM is acutely aware that the livestock product value chain includes not just production, but also processing and packaging, which is why Livestock 2015 Myanmar Expo with Food Processing & Packaging-Myanmar 2015 will again be jointly held with the theme “Food – From Farm To Fork”. 

The practical synergy of these two co-located events brings all feed, livestock and meat value chain stakeholders together to share best practices and knowledge sharing, adding to the practical appeal of both shows to exhibitors and visitors alike.

For more information click HERE.

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June 27, 2014

27/06/14: Cargill develops non-GMO soybean oil

Cargill is introducing a soybean oil made from identity-preserved (IdP), conventionally-bred (non-GM) soybeans for customers interested in exploring a non-GMO claim on their product label. The oil is refined in Cargill’s Des Moines, Iowa, plant in a process certified by SGS, a global inspection, verification, testing and certification company.
“Despite the many merits of biotechnology, consumer interest in food and beverage products made from non-GM ingredients is growing, creating opportunities and challenges for food manufacturers and food service operators,” said Ethan Theis, food ingredients commercial manager, Cargill.
Supplies of Cargill’s new oil are limited, and one food manufacturer already has purchased a significant portion of the available supply. According to Theis, producing an IdP soybean oil from non-GM soybeans is an intricate process, from procuring a dedicated supply of non-GM soybeans to developing processes to avoid co-mingling with bioengineered crops during harvesting, transportation, storage, handling, processing and refining.
“Developing industrial scale IdP products is difficult but something Cargill is well-suited for because of our knowledge of consumer trends, formulation experience, supply-chain management expertise, manufacturing infrastructure and strong relationships with farmers,” Theis said.
Cargill has extensive global experience helping food manufacturers’ source non-GM crops and ingredients made from non-GM crops. The combination of Cargill’s portfolio of non-GM sweeteners, starches, texturizers, oils, cocoa and chocolate, fibers, and stabilizer systems, coupled with R&D and global supply chain capabilities, allows Cargill to help customers manage both the product development and supply chain challenges associated with reformulating to non-GMO.  
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27/06/14: Four Up-and-Coming Ag Journalists Selected to Compete for the 2014 Forrest Bassford Student Award

The Livestock Production Council (LPC) has announced that four United States agricultural journalism students will be rewarded for their talent with the 2014 Forrest Bassford Student Travel Award. The award, sponsored by Alltech, supports the journalists’ travel fees and participation at the Livestock Production Council annual convention and Ag Media Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana July 26-30, where they will have the chance to compete for the 2014 Forrest Bassford Student Award.
“The Forrest Bassford Student Award recognizes and rewards excellence and leadership, and encourages professionalism among students,” said LPC Student Award Committee Chairperson Scarlett Hagins. “These four students represent each of these aspects, and we are excited to have them as our 2014 Travel Award winners.”
The four successful applicants are:
  • Breanne Brammer, Gallatin, Missouri: Brammer will be a senior at the University of Missouri this fall and is majoring in agricultural journalism and science.
  • Logan Britton, Bartlett, Kansas: A senior at Kansas State, Britton is majoring in agricultural communications and ag economics.
  • Courtney Leeper, Trenton, Missouri: Leeper is pursuing a degree in agricultural journalism and science at the University of Missouri where she will be enrolled as a senior this fall.
  • Lynsey Meharg, Rocky, Oklahoma: Merharg will be a senior at Texas Tech University for the fall semester and is majoring in agricultural communications.
During the Ag Media Summit, the travel award winners will go through an interview and portfolio review. The Forrest Bassford Student Award winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship while the other three candidates will each receive $750 travel scholarships to attend the convention. The travel award also provides the recipients networking opportunities with many leaders in livestock publishing.
2014 marks the 29th year for the Student Award Program. Forrest Bassford's name was appended to the LPC Student Award in 1992 in honor of his contribution to LPC, and his particular interest in furthering the Student Award. Alltech has co-sponsored the award since 2012.
“Our industry needs bright, young journalists who are eager to investigate and share the latest developments in agriculture with a growing urban population. We are pleased to support these talented communicators in furthering their studies in agricultural journalism,” said Ann Hess, North America field PR manager for Alltech.

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27/06/14:Council’s Beijing Conference Assesses China’s Feed Grains Outlook

More than 300 participants crowded the U.S. Grain and Oilseed Market and Trade Forum, held last week in Beijing, to assess the evolving role of trade in meeting China’s strategic food security objectives. Iowa producers Kevin Ross and James Grief presented on the U.S. producers’ perspective and current crop conditions at the Forum.
“The Forum was focused on food security, sustainability and safety,” said Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council director of trade development in China. “It’s the only conference of its kind in China to join government, traders, end-users and other interest groups to debate how to meet our non-negotiable mandate – to feed the world’s growing and increasingly affluent population.”
Sponsored by the Council and other cooperators, the Forum attracted an audience of traders, government officials, buyers and policy researchers interested in the long term dynamics of the feed grains and meat production in China.
U.S. corn and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports to China have been disrupted by complications arising from the detection of as-yet unapproved biotech traits in some export cargoes. Click here for an update on the current situation. The current disruption, however, does not change the underlying dynamic of rapidly growing demand as China continues to advance economically.
Forum topics included current market developments, market risks, incentives for greater industry cooperation and the need for companies in China to access global markets to upgrade management skills.

Steady growth in food demand fueled by China’s rapidly expanding middle class will create incentives for the expansion of trade and further cooperation between the United States and China. Access to global markets and an improved system for the approval of biotech events are clearly among the most cost-effective and economically productive ways to meet China’s strategic food security goals.

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27/06/14: New AACCI approved RVA Method for Determining the Gelatinization Temperature for Milled Rice Flour.

The RVA (Rapid Visco Analyser) Method for Determining the Gelatinization Temperature for Milled Rice Flour has been approved by AACCI as Method number 61-04.01. 

Gelatinization temperature (GT) is commonly measured to assess rice cooking and processing potential. A faster method using a small quantity of sample has been desired for some time as traditional methods of estimating rice GT using the amylograph and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) are time-consuming and, in the case of the amylograph, require large quantities of samples - not well suited to rice breeding requirements. The Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) is a cooking, stirring viscometer with ramped temperature and variable shear capability. It is commonly used in laboratories to measure the pasting properties of rice and provides the advantages of speed, ease of use, and small sample size requirements. In parallel testing with the traditional methods, the new RVA method also provided more precise results.

Further reading 

Read more about the New RVA Method in the Perten Science World issue No 9. General information about The Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) can be found here.

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June 26, 2014

26/05/14: The ICC Online Store has launched!

ICC is proud to announce the launch of the ICC Online Store! You can now purchase all ICC Standard Methods online using a credit card, and immediately download the Standard Methods as PDF files. To celebrate the opening of the Online Store, all ICC Standard Methods are currently available at the special discount rate of -50% which is usually only available for customers from member countries. Register one time for free and log in to your account at any time to manage your orders and purchased files. 

The store has been developed and deployed by ICC based on the open-source software Drupal Commerce. 

In the future, the Online Store will be extended to include other sections such as event registrations, QAS subscriptions and ordering services and products powered by ICC Services GmbH. 

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26/06/14: Symaga - company video

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26/06/14: Chipotle Mexican Grill uses premium South Australian grass-fed beef

Author: Jack Baldwin

Massive North American food chain Chipotle has revealed that South Australian sourced grass-fed beef is an important part of its supply line in an article on the Huffington Post.

Steve Ells, founder and co-CEO of Chipotle, said that South Australia has some of the best beef when looking for cattle raised without hormones or antibiotics – necessary for Chipotle’s ‘Responsibly Raised’ premium range of food.

“Rather than serve conventionally raised steak, we recently began sourcing some steak from ranches in southern Australia, which is among the very best places in the world for raising beef cattle entirely on grass,” Ells said.

“The cattle are raised without added hormones, antibiotics or growth promoters by ranchers committed to humane animal husbandry. The meat produced by these ranchers is "grass-fed" in the truest sense of the term: The cattle spend their entire lives grazing on pastures or rangelands, eating only grass or forages (by definition, forages are hay and grass--corn is not forage). It meets or exceeds the husbandry standards set forth by the American Grassfed Association, not to mention all of the protocols we apply to our domestic Responsibly Raised beef.”

Chipotle has recently grown from around 800 outlets to over 1,600, and their demand for antibiotic and hormone-free premium beef was outstripping the US supply. During 2013, they purchased over 45 million pounds of US beef – not enough to meet their demand.

“In addition to the simple fact that our Australian grass-fed beef is delicious, serving it is an important step in our never-ending journey to help build a food system based on what we call ‘Food With Integrity’. Returning to grass-based farming systems for cattle is a core component of our long-term vision.”

Ells said that he hopes that premium grass-fed beef will turn from a niche in America to a mainstream product, and that South Australian beef is a good example for the US to follow.

“The transition toward grass-fed beef won't happen overnight. But we need to start somewhere, and years of research by our purchasing team suggests that Australia is the best place to start sourcing grass-fed beef at the scale. We’re optimistic that our decision to serve grass-fed beef from Australia is one small step in the larger journey of restoring the practice of raising great American beef entirely on grass.”

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26/06/14: USDA Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Department Implementing New Farm Bill Programs, Unveiling New Centralized Online Resource to Support Next Generation of Farmers

U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Harden also unveiled www.usda.gov/newfarmers, a new website that will provide a centralized, one-stop resource where beginning farmers and ranchers can explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed.

"New and beginning farmers are the future of American agriculture," said Deputy Secretary Harden. "The average age of an American farmer is 58 and rising, so we must help new farmers get started if America is going to continue feeding the world and maintain a strong agriculture economy. The new policies announced today will help give beginning farmers the financial security they need to succeed. Our new online tool will provide one-stop shopping for beginning farmers to learn more about accessing USDA services that can help their operations thrive."

USDA's New Farmers website has in depth information for new farmers and ranchers, including: how to increase access to land and capital; build new market opportunities; participate in conservation opportunities; select and use the right risk management tools; and access USDA education, and technical support programs. These issues have been identified as top priorities by new farmers. The website will also feature instructive case studies about beginning farmers who have successfully utilized USDA resources to start or expand their business operations.

Today's policy announcements in support of beginning farmers and ranchers include:
  • Waiving service fees for new and beginning farmers or ranchers to enroll in the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the 2014 crop year. NAP provides risk management tools to farmers who grow crops for which there is no crop insurance product. Under this waiver, announced via an official notice (PDF, 171KB) to Farm Service Agency offices, farmers and ranchers whom already enrolled in NAP for the 2014 crop year are eligible for a service fee refund.
  • Eliminating payment reductions under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for new and beginning farmers which will allow routine, prescribed, and emergency grazing outside the primary nesting season on enrolled land consistent with approved conservation plans. Previously, farmers and ranchers grazing on CRP land were subject to a reduction in CRP payments of up to 25 percent. Waiving these reductions for new and beginning farmers will provide extra financial support during times of emergency like drought and other natural disasters.
  • Increasing payment rates to beginning farmers and ranchers under Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) (PDF, 288KB). Under this provision, beginning and farmers can claim up 90 percent of losses for lost livestock, such as bees, under ELAP. This is a fifty percent increase over previously available payment amounts to new and beginning farmers.

In the near future, USDA will also announce additional crop insurance program changes for beginning farmers and ranchers – including discounted premiums, waiver of administrative fees, and other benefits.

These policy announcements are made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

The Deputy Secretary made these announcements at the inaugural meeting of the reconvened Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee held at the University of California Davis, California. This Advisory Committee, composed of 20 members, including Extension agents, lenders, farmers, ranchers and academics will meet through 2015 to learn, discuss, and formulate recommendations to USDA on how to support new and beginning farmers.

A fact sheet outlining significant USDA efforts to support beginning farmers and ranchers, and other Department-wide accomplishments, are available on www.usda.gov/results.

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June 25, 2014

25/06/14: Can plant extracts improve feed efficiency in ruminants: Current knowledge and outlooks?

Subsequent to this year’s distributors meeting for the Mediterranean area, Middle East and Africa in Barcelona, a technical seminar was organized by Pancosma dealing with the current knowledge and future prospects about the ruminant nutrition sector and the market perspectives with regards to the termination of the quota system in the EU in 2015.

The Swiss feed additive manufacturer Pancosma organized a seminar dealing with the future of the ruminants sector and of its competitiveness. For this opportunity, several external speakers were invited to exchange with the members of the Pancosma’s distributor network from Europe, Africa and Middle East.

In a context of high volatility and increase of the cost of the raw materials, especially proteins, the first speaker Ms. Lara Del Rio from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture kicked off the seminar stating that we have to expect a severe change in the market conditions once the current milk quota system of the Common Agriculture Policy in the EU will end in April 2015. All European countries are already currently preparing the official end of this quota. The EU Commission has increased progressively the national quota allocated to the member states, up to a total of a 7% from 2007 to 2014. Ms. Del Rio commented at the EU dairy producers will react by increasing the milk production and becoming much more important players in the exportation of milk products to the emerging countries, where demands is booming. Among the Top 10 of the importers China, Russia, Japan, India, Algeria, Egypt were quoted. In this global changing context, productivity of the EU dairy herds will prevail to guarantee correct revenues to all farmers of the sector.

According to Prof. Sergio Calsamiglia, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the best answer to 
react on the future market challenges is to improve feed efficiency. To reach higher feed efficiency by 
improving genetics is relatively limited today whereas herd management and special feeding strategies still have big potentials of improvement. Plant extracts were presented as one of the most profitable, fastest and safest solution to increase productivity of the dairy herd but also of the beef cattle. Prof. Calsamiglia demonstrated, through his personal work and scientific publications, how specific plant extracts blends offered by Pancosma have proven their beneficial impact on improved digestibility and a reduction of maintenance requirements in ruminants which are both key factors for optimized energy and proteins utilization. These blends can shift the profile of the produced volatile fatty acids in favor of the propionate. This better energy extraction is especially important in transition period when dairy cows are normally mobilizing their body reserves. 

Thanks to a strong scientific back up, the Swiss company has been able to select phytonutrients able to 
reduce the phenomenon of energy imbalance. Some other blends also have the capacity to guarantee a 
constant feed intake. 

But also beef production needs to implement adapted feeding concepts to be more efficient and – what is more and more required by governments and consumers – to be less detrimental for the environment and safe for the consumer. Mr. F. Hagg (Technical Manager – Allied Nutrition – SA) explained how the plant extracts benefits on the rumen can be good alternatives for beef cattle too. South Africa counts among the major feedlots worldwide. Based on his 9 years-experience, Mr. Hagg explained how Pancosma’s phytonutrients can take part in complete nutritional and veterinary programs, together or replacing ionophores and with buffering products. In the South African context, the Pancosma phytonutrients brought to the breeders: an improvement of their vaccination programs and an increase of animals performance, including carcass quality. More than just having a distribution agreement, both Allied Nutrition and Pancosma companies are working hand in hand to develop new market applications.

To conclude the seminar, totally new outlooks for the ruminant nutrition were discussed thanks to the talk of Dr. E. Wall (Pancosma R&D Deputy Director for Ruminants) who gave a detailed insight in the scientific work of Pancosma. Dr. Wall reported that Pancosma’s philosophy & research interests are different from the competitors. She pointed out that up to now ruminant nutritionists focused only on the rumen. In contrast, Pancosma discovered recently that the lower gut plays a decisive role for feed efficiency but also for the health status and stress resistance of dairy cows. Therefore, the Swiss company aims at using insights gained of basic fundamental research to improve animal performance and success of its customers. It consists in a clear identification of the mode of action of the phytonutrients and of potential for new application. In the last 10 years, Pancosma made heavy investment in basic research. The worldwide scientific community is now ready to extrapolate the observation done on monogastrics animals to ruminants thanks to comparative physiology disciplines. First results will be presented at the next Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) in Kansas, USA in July 2014

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25/06/14: Guangzhou International Feed Industry Exhibition 2014

The biggest feed industry exhibition of South China

China Market·A huge market around the globe Since 2010, China has leaped to the first place, becoming the world’s largest feed producer,covering feed ingredients, feed additives, feed processing, feed machines, education, scientific research, testing and other fields. Feed industry now plays a fundamental role in national 

In China, Guangdong Province, big province for the feed producer and aquaculture, has made the 
greatest contribution in feed output for nine consecutive years. So whether you want to purchase products or tap into China, Guangdong is the good place for you to get it. In order to build to business platform for the global suppliers and buyers, Guangzhou International Feed Industry Exhibition comes into being.

About FIE

It is estimated that this event will occupy 8,000 square meters of exhibition space, and attract more than 300 exhibitors as well as over 9,000 visitors.

Now it has gained substantial support from over 100 organizations and companies, such as Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangdong Province, Guangdong Feed Industry Association, buhler, Andritz, CPM, Muyang, Zhengchang Group, Shanghai Shende Machinery Co., Ltd., Haid, Tongwei Group, Guangdong Xipu Biotechnology Co., Ltd., and so forth. Look forward to your participation

Exhibition Scope 

Feed machinery: feed particle machine, crusher, blender, granulator, bulking machine, cooling machine, drying machine, hoister, screening equipment, packaging machine, weighing equipment, etc;

Feed: feed ingredient, concentrated feed, feed additive, pet food, microcomputer control system, product quality testing equipment, etc;
New technologies, products and workmanships,ect;
Related products: Biomass fuel molding equipment; Biogas technologies & engineering equipment

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25/06/14: IDMA Press Release - Exhibitor number has reached to 185 at IDMA

Exhibitor number has reached to 185 at IDMA

As the meeting platform of millers around the world, IDMA Exhibition prepares to surpass its previous exhibition success in the exhibitor brand numbers even though there are still 10 months for the opening. Participation of 185 brands to the exhibition, which will be held at Istanbul Expo Center's 3 halls on 33 thousand-square meter area, have been already confirmed.

Being the sole broad participation technology fair in the world that brings the grain and pulses processing industries together, IDMA prepares to double its previous exhibition success. In 2013, 236 brands participated to International Flour, Semolina, Rice, Corn, Bulghur, Feed Milling Machinery & Pulse, Pasta, Biscuit Technologies Exhibition IDMA that was realized on 18 thousand-square meter area. In 2015, participation of 185 brands to the exhibition that will be realized at 3 halls with 33 thousand-square meter area have been already confirmed. Obtained while there are still 10 months for the exhibition, this success points that the exhibition will grow over 80% in terms of both exhibition area and exhibitor brand number.

World grain and pulses processing industry's largest technology and equipment brands aim to exhibit more technologies and products by participating to the exhibition to be held in 2015 with larger booth spaces.

As the halls are almost full, the number of the countries to which visitor operations are made for IDMA 2015 increased to 129. As the organizer of the exhibition, Parantez International Fair Organization aims to reach the same growth rates for 2015 exhibition in terms of visitor number as well.

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25/06/14: Flour fortification with vital vitamins and minerals - Micronutrient deficiencies & the consequences

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25/06/14: How Will You Manage Oilseed And Grains Sector Challenges?

The 9th Annual Oilseed and Grain Trade Summit is the premier destination for learning, networking, and conducting business in the global oilseed and grain industries. Experienced industry leaders from throughout the value chain will explore the most important issues throughout the sector and forecast market trends to come. 

Top 5 Reasons to Attend: 

Extensive programming! The programming covers a vast array of content including: oilseeds, grain, ingredients, transportation, risk management, financing, feed, and much more!

Networking! No other conference lets you network with stakeholders from across the entire value chain.

A new pre-conference seminar focusing on Animal Proteins. This one-day overview of the animal protein sector will feature detailed market outlooks presented by experts from Informa Economics, Inc.

A new tradeshow floor called AgEx. This vibrant marketplace will provide enhanced opportunities for attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors to interact in a fun and friendly way.

Co-located with 3rd Annual Women in Agribusiness Summit. Highlighting career opportunities in food and agriculture for today’s talented women, and providing tools for women to become informed leaders in the industry. 
Enjoy all of this at the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit on Oct. 7-9 while enjoying the culture, cuisine and fun of New Orleans.  
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June 24, 2014

24/06/14: Growers asked to take part in resistant beetle survey

Growers are being asked to send suspected pyrethroid-resistant cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) samples this harvest to Rothamsted Research for resistance analysis.

Following last year’s restriction, oilseed rape (OSR) seed treated with neonicotinoids cannot be planted this autumn and foliar-applied pyrethroids will now be the main treatment option to protect OSR during the first 6-8 weeks of growth from CSFB attack.

Following reports of knock-down resistance (kdr) to pyrethroids in CSFB in Germany and suggestions from UK growers that pyrethroids are failing against CSFB in the UK, HGCA has commissioned research to investigate the issue.

As part of this work, Rothamsted Research is calling for growers to send CSFB populations, where resistance is suspected, to them for analysis to help detect any potential resistance issues in the UK.

Dr Stephen Foster of Rothamsted Research said: “We are looking to see if the kdr mutation is present in UK CSFB populations and, assuming it is, we will then work to quantify resistance levels.

“As we need good samples with a high number of live beetles, we are asking growers to sample around harvest because beetles are found in large numbers at this time.

“To help growers, we have produced some simple sampling guidelines which are available from the HGCA website.

“With many more growers considering pyrethroid applications this autumn as a consequence of the neonicotinoid restriction, it is essential that we all work together to understand and manage any potential resistance threat.”

The CSFB resistance project is part of a package of research commissioned by HGCA in response to the restrictions.

Caroline Nicholls, HGCA Research and KT Manager, said: “We have also asked Rothamsted Research to develop a laboratory assay to test the potential of peach–potato aphids to transmit turnip yellows virus (TuYV), in addition to screens already underway to detect known insecticide resistance mechanisms.

“We have also funded ADAS to investigate how much shot hole damage OSR seedlings can tolerate so we can make sure growers are working with the best spray thresholds for CSFB.

“Where possible, results from our research will be made available in time to help growers adapt their pest control strategies for OSR this autumn.
Download the sampling guidelines

Further information is available from www.hgca.com/neonics

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24/06/14: New Programmable Motion Control with Two Signal Set Points

The new Model MSD-800 series motion sensing controls offer affordable and reliable protection of indoor and outdoor rotating equipment such as screw conveyors, belt conveyor pulleys, rotary feeders and bucket elevators from costly damage by continuously monitoring rotary speed. The Model MSD alerts the operator of a change in speed by sending a signal to the control unit which can be used to sound an alarm and/or shutdown the equipment completely. By monitoring speed you can greatly reduce system and equipment downtime by fixing malfunctions such as broken drive gears or belts, over-worked motors, belt overload and other problems before serious damage occurs.

The Model MSD is comprised oftwo different components, a control unit and a speed sensor. The Model MSD-800 control unit has a simple set up menu that can be programmed to indicate two under-speed points or two over-speed points, or one of each. The control unit acts as a digital tachometer that constantly displays the actual rotary speed of the equipment being monitored. The control unit is installed remotely in a control panel where it is free from dust, dirt and vibration and allows the operator to monitor equipment from one central location.

The Model MSD-1 speed sensor, which installs directly to the shaft of the rotating equipment to be monitored, is enclosed in a rugged cast aluminum housing that is designed to withstand harsh environments. The sensor detects motion by means of a precision metal disc with slots on its periphery generating electronic pulses as the disc rotates past an infra-red light source. These pulses are transmitted to the MSD-800 control unit where the signal is analyzed and the relays are activated or deactivated at preset signal speeds. The sensor enclosure is weatherproof, dust-tight and meets NEMA Type 3S, 4, 4X classifications. For hazardous environments, explosion proof sensors are available that meet NEMA Type 7, Class I Groups C and D and NEMA Type 9, Class II, Groups F and G classifications.

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24/06/14: RomerLabs® emphasizes its role as an innovative provider for food allergen testing solutions by launching the new AgraApp for Apple iOS7

  • RomerLabs® is the first company offering an Application for Apple iOS7 assisting the testing of food allergens by lateral flow devices – namely the AgraStrip® Line
  • AgraApp is free of charge and can be downloaded easily in the App-Store

Tulln, Austria June 23, 2014 – With the launch of the new AgraApp, Romer Labs®, a leading global food-safety diagnostic company, further expands its product portfolio for allergen testing solutions 

The new AgraApp enables customers to analyze and document food allergen results obtained with AgraStrip® Brazil Nut, Almond, Cashew, Hazelnut, Macadamia Nut, Peanut, Pistachio and Walnut.

The procedure is simple: With the smartphone, the user is taking a picture of the test strip result region and AgraApp is matching the colour of the test line

to a given colour palette in the app, allowing the output of a semi-quantitative result. The picture together with the result will be stored on the smartphone and can be 
forwarded by mail to the computer instantly. Furthermore detailed test kit instructions, FAQs, a stop watch, re-order forms as well as technical support information make the AgraApp a suitable tool.

AgraApp is free of charge and can be downloaded easily in the Apple App Store.

The app has been developed by Romer Labs UK Ltd with the aid of funding from the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, as part of a projectfocused on analysis of allergens with Micromass UK, LGC and the University of Manchester.

With its LFD and ELISA testing solutions Romer Labs has the largest allergen product portfolio currently available on the market and offers tailored one-stop solutions for all diagnostic needs and outstanding support for customers on an international level. With fully accredited ISO 17025 service laboratories in Austria, United Kingdom and United States, Romer Labs is also offering analytical services for a wide range of allergens.

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24/06/14: Global leaders hoping to fight anemia with rice fortification

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24/06/14: VIV Europe Digital Review

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24/06/14: 2015 IPPE Exceeds 435,000 Square Feet and Continues to Grow

With seven months remaining until the show, the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has already surpassed 435,000 net square feet of exhibit space and is on target to reach its goal of 450,000-plus net square feet. Comprised of the three integrated tradeshows – International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo – the 2015 IPPE has secured more than 890 exhibitors as of the beginning of June and is on pace to have 1,200 exhibitors by January.

“More than 80 percent of the show floor has already been booked, and this includes our expansion into Building C. The 2015 IPPE will offer an excellent location for businesses to collaborate, network, learn about new products and services, and discuss and resolve common issues facing industries represented at the show. We anticipate more than 28,000 attendees, and the merger of AMI and NAMA creates a new dynamic which should further increase our attendance,” stated Charlie Olentine, IPPE show manager.

The global annual poultry, feed and meat industry trade show will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 27-29, 2015, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The Expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of feed, meat and poultry products.  IPPE will also feature dynamic education programs addressing current industry issues, combining the expertise from AFIA, AMI and USPOULTRY.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2015 IPPE, visit www.ippexpo.org.

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24/06/14: The Livestock Event 2014: more livestock + new technical

The Livestock Event, the UK’s leading livestock trade show held at The NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 July and organised by RABDF Events, will be welcoming a record 400 livestock entries and over 450 trade exhibitors, providing the most comprehensive offering of any UK event, all under one roof in the most easily accessed location.

Farmers can drive straight in off the motorway network to free parking on hard standing, travel by train or plane to Birmingham International just 10 minutes undercover walk away, or take a free coach from one of 34 auction marts located throughout England and Wales..

The Event which will be officially opened on the first morning by farm minister, George Eustice MP will be show casing the latest equipment including over 100 new products. Cutting edge technology will be complemented with timely financial and business advice, for example on the benefits of forward buying to secure better input prices and become less reliant on spot purchases.

Visitors will be able to watch the cream of the crop of dairy cattle, and some of the UK’s highest performance recorded beef cattle in the National British Blue and Charolais Shows and the Aberdeen Angus National Junior Championship.

Away from the ringside, visitors will have the opportunity to evaluate automated systems – the event is staging a robot milking and feeding demonstration with 40 commercial cows, along with a robotic equipment display from the world’s leading milking machine manufacturers. The new off road venture will feature some of the latest UTVs and 4 x 4 pick-ups for test driving around The NEC’s specially configured off – road track. The Healthy Feet and Forage Field exhibitions will include farmer interactive sessions on mobility scoring and plate metering while useful tips can be picked up from the 50 short seminar sessions focused on animal health, nutrition, business, practical farming issues and career opportunities.

RABDF chief executive, Nick Everington commented: “Livestock Event is responding to last year’s visitor survey by offering more livestock and more technical exhibits resulting in the largest ever offering, all of which has been designed to help farmers make more money, and enjoy a day away from the farm with their partner, herdsman, nutritionist and vet.”

Barclays national agriculture specialist, Oliver McEntyre commented; “We are proud to be principle sponsor of Livestock, the Event grows in stature every year and is firmly established as one of the premier agricultural business events across Europe. The buzz of excitement around The NEC last year was palpable, and we are expecting to entertain and engage with thousands of customers on the Barclays stand over the two days, showcasing our commitment and understanding of UK agriculture.”

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24/06/14: Meriden promotes Dr Chloe Loh

Dr Chloe Loh has been promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the South East Asian region.  Chloe is based in the Malaysian office of Meriden Animal Health.

Chloe will manage the sales of Meriden products across the region, continuing to grow the customer base. 
Chloe joined Meriden Animal Health in

2010 as Regional Technical Sales Executive with responsibility for sales and technical support in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  She later took on responsibility for Japan and Myanmar.

Prior to Meriden, Chloe worked within the Malaysian feed industry, picking up commercial trade and technical experience. 

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June 23, 2014

23/06/14: Smiling parasitic wasps give farmers sting in the fight against pests

Author: Jack Baldwin

University of Adelaide PhD student Rebecca Kittel has discovered 18 new species of tiny parasitic chelonine wasps which have potential to be used as biological control agents as they specifically target individual varieties of moths.

The adult wasps inject their eggs into the eggs of host moths. The wasp larvae feed and develop inside of the moth caterpillars, emerging from the caterpillar as it dies. The larvae then form a cocoon until environmental conditions are right for the adult to emerge and the cycle begins again.

"The biology and the fact that each wasp species targets only one specific moth means that they are potentially ideal candidates for development as biological control agents of agricultural pests," says Kittel.

The wasps, which measure up to 4mm long, are among 150 new species discovered by Kittel. Specimens from around the country were sent to Kittel to identify, 250 of which were part of the 18 species published in her entry to the journal Insect Systematics & Evolution.

"Wasps from this family have been successfully introduced to Australia as controls, for example against the potato tuber moth. It's important, however, that these wasps are properly identified and described so that agricultural researchers can work with known species."

The new group - from the genus Phanerotomella Sz├ępligeti - was previously considered a small genus, known only from three described species. Kittel's intensive study has revealed a much richer species group than previously thought.

One feature is that they look as if they are always smiling.

"They are very friendly looking and indeed, they can be very good friends to us," says Kittel.

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23/06/14: Role of Extruders in Halal Food Production

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23/06/14: Importance of disease resistance ratings on show at open day

Visitors to HGCA’s open day at Duchy College, Cornwall, got a vivid reminder about the value of varietal resistance when dealing with crop diseases.

As is typical of Cornwall, the trial site faces particularly strong disease pressure, with this season’s warm, wet winter and heavy spring showers driving development of septoria tritici in wheat and rhynchosporium in barley at this site.

In untreated trials, the differences between varieties were stark. More susceptible varieties were suffering from significant leaf death while the more resistant varieties maintained a large green leaf area.

“By the 17 June event, varieties with RL septoria ratings of 4 were heavily affected by the disease, those rated 5 had high levels of disease but did show a greater green leaf area on the critical yield forming leaves,” says Dr Jenna Watts of HGCA.

“The greatest variation was seen in varieties with a septoria rating of 6, several varieties were showing only low level symptoms whereas others were more affected by the disease. Varieties with a 7 rating demonstrated that excellent disease control can be achieved by varietal resistance even in a high disease pressure situation.”

At this site, septoria disease symptoms rose steadily during April but crop development outgrew the disease by the end of that month.  Heavy rainfall at the end of May allowed the disease to move up the plant from older leaves to the yield forming leaves.

It was a similar story for rhynchosporium in winter barley, where levels of disease on varieties rated 4 and 5 were very high compared with more resistant varieties. On those rated 7 and 8, there were few rhynchosporium symptoms, though net blotch and brown rust were observed on some varieties.

Visitors also saw a wide range of treated winter wheat and winter barley trials to help give a wider overview of approaches to disease control. As ever, growers were keen to compare the trials with their own crops and pick out varieties that perform well in local conditions to try in their rotation for the year ahead.

For more information on crop varieties and disease control, go to hgca.com

You can view a slideshow of septoria tritici in untreated wheat varieties here.

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