September 30, 2014

30/09/2014: China suspends imports of GM soybean

China has suspended the import approval process for a genetically modified soybean variety, citing "low public acceptance" of GMO food, according to two sources familiar with the matter, reports by Dominique Patton of Reuters.

It is the first time that China's Ministry of Agriculture, has cited public opinion as a reason for delaying approval of a GMO crop.

The decision could fuel wider agribusiness concerns over an increasingly tough environment for GMO crops in China.

"Previously if the MoA decided not to approve a new product, it would be because of not enough data," said an executive with an industry association, who did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

"But this year, the reason is because they are considering social acceptance problems."
The sources declined to identify the soybean variety involved. China accounts for about 60 percent of globally traded soybeans.

China currently allows the import of eight genetically modified soybean products and 15 corn products, which are largely used in animal feed rather than food for human consumption.

A GMO corn variety grown in the United States, Syngenta's MIR162, has not been approved for import by China, causing Beijing to turn away almost one million tonnes of US corn cargoes since November last year.

Analysts have linked the rejection to China's large domestic corn supplies, but GMO food is also struggling to win over public opinion after a series of media reports in recent years alleging purported health risks.

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30/09/2014: Investing in Nigeria? Here's an event not to miss.

There's a great event coming up in Nigeria. It's the AgraInnovate conference and exhibition which takes place from November 18-20, 2014 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos.
Despite the insecurity insurgency in northern Nigeria, the Federal Government has reiterated its resolve to have a wheat bumper harvest by 2015, thereby halving imports through local production.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina, says in promoting the event that "with dwindling oil fortunes and the end of the telecom's boom" the next investment frontier is agriculture that will unlock the country's vast potential and resources to feed not only the continent of Africa but also the world! He says the future is not in oil but in agriculture.

Paul Gbededo, Group Managing Director of Flour Mills of Nigeria, reiterates the sentiment by saying that aquaculture is the future and that "whoever does not join the train now will be left behind."

Nigeria's agricultural sector is being reshaped and reinvigorated as the center of the country's economic growth and prosperity. The key challenges facing this new chapter of sustainable intensification and productivity are widespread.

Modernisation, new ideas and new technology are required across all aspects of agricultural practice. Significant improvements in infrastructure, storage, distribution and waste management must also be introduced.

Agra Innovate is a pioneering new trade event which will bring international agricultural technology providers to Lagos to spend three intensive days with key Nigerian dignitaries, policy makers, agribusiness leaders and entrepreneurs. Together, this audience will identify key business opportunities, technological solutions, share best-practice and form the strategic relationships that will drive this new period of market growth.

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ANDRITZ designs and builds key process machines, but also offers complete plant solutions for the global animal feed industries. Our business is based on a competitive approach to matching the requirements of successful livestock feed, aquatic feed and pet food companies.

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30/09/2014: Multitasking ‘monsters’ - the focus of a new range of hammer mills

Dinnissen Process Technology specialises in the development and production of process technologies and equipment for the feed and petfood industries.
'Monster' hammermill from Dinnissen

Dinnissen is now offering a new and extremely wide range of hummer mills that provide an effective solution for any challenge when it comes to grinding and screening even the most difficult ingredients. The new hammer mills, which will be on view at EuroTier 2014 in November, are characterised by a broad range of capacities and product output particle size as well as flexibility and special add-on functionalities, making them real multitasking 'monsters'.

Enormous range of screening panels, perforations and functionalities
Hammermills are particularly suited for grinding soft to medium-hard products such as grains, herbs, spices, protein-rich ingredients, nutrients, premixes, and minerals. The company’s new range of multitasking hammer mills enables the user to screen output particles ranging in size from 3mm down to 150microns.

Single hammers or double hammers are used depending upon the specific ingredients to be grinded down. A crucial feature of the new product range is the enormous range of screening panels, surfaces and perforations available, as these features determine the capacity, quality and effectiveness of the screening process and make it possible for Dinnissen to offer its clients an effective solution for practically any grinding and/or screening challenge.

Two rather striking members of the new product range are the small Easy-to-Clean DINNOX Mill and the Dinnissen D-Topline Hamex Hammer mill with automatic screen changer.

From the small Easy-to-Clean DINNOX Mill
The Easy-to-Clean DINNOX Mill is a very compact hammer mill with a minimum capacity of 30kg per hour. This small mill is fitted with exchangeable grinding rotors, providing it with a variety of breaking, cutting and grinding functionalities, as well as exchangeable screening panels and adjustable RPMs.

This allows the user to easily and quickly switch between an almost endless variety of grinding and screening applications, depending upon the specific ingredients process and the desired end result. In spite of its very compact design, it is also fitted with completely detachable grinding rotors and extra-large inspection hatches, making it easy to access all the components, including the screening panels, and to clean everything quickly and thoroughly.

The Easy-to-Clean DINNOX Mill is available in stainless steel 304, RVS 316L and polished or electrolytically polished RVS. It can also be fitted with an automatic cleaning system based on compressed air, CIP or hot steam/air for extra hygienic applications, and complies with all EHEDG requirements.

To the D-Topline Hamex Hammer mill with automatic screen changer
Dinnissen’s largest and most sophisticated hammer mill will also be on view at the Powtech in Nürnberg. The new D-Topline Hamex Hammer mill with automatic screen changer can handle grinding capacities of up to 45,000kg per hour and the screen changer has space for four to six different sets of screening panels.

The mechatronic screen changing system automatically selects and places the appropriate set of screening panels in the hammer mill. After the production process has been completed, it also removes and stores the screening panels in less than 40 seconds.

This makes it possible to change screens extremely quickly and greatly reduces downtime. The D-Topline Hamex Hammer mill features a new and ingenious design which greatly increases the surface area of the grinding and screening panels inside the hammer mill, which in turn provides increased grinding and ringing capacity.

The screen storage facility is also fitted with an extra-wide chamber that can be automatically opened. This makes it easier to carry out maintenance and remove damaged screens if necessary, thereby minimizing downtime. The new hammer mill has a maximum speed of 1500rpm, giving it a longer usable lifetime and in lower energy consumption than its predecessors.

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September 29, 2014

29/09/2014: Alternative flours for solving celiac diseases

The search for alternative flours and the creation of gluten-free products are providing a unique opportunity for innovation. Gluten-free coffee flour offers a way for companies to reuse coffee bean waste while giving the celiac disease community another option for cooking. The flour offers a variety of nutritional benefits beyond the caffeine kick.

Dan Belliveau created coffee flour after noticing the waste left from coffee bean production at his job as a director for Starbucks. Once coffee beans are extracted from the coffee cherries, the waste forms a pulp that offers health benefits. Although some plantations use this as a fertilizer, many of them do not reuse the pulp. Belliveau saw an opportunity to make the remaining coffee cherries into a flour that could help people with celiac disease. 

There are several options for people on gluten-free diets who need safe flours including corn, rice, tapioca and others. However, coffee flour offers another alternative with its own nutritional value. Dan Belliveau explains that the amount of caffeine in the coffee flour is less than a regular cup of coffee, and the company is working on a decaffeinated version. 

Gluten-free coffee flour has three times more iron than spinach, five times more fiber than wheat and three times more protein than kale. It is also a good source of potassium, and you would have to eat two bananas to match the flour. It is a multipurpose product and can be used in a variety of recipes ranging from bread to cookies. Instead of a strong coffee taste, Belliveau explains the flour has a fruitier flavor, but this does not limit it to desserts. He suggests it can be used to make pasta and bread without any complaints about taste. The coffee flour will be available in stores in 2015.

by Lana Danboin at EMax Health

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September 26, 2014

26/09/2014: USAID awards Kansas State University $50 million grant to establish Feed the Future Innovation Lab

MANHATTAN — The U.S. Agency for International Development today [Tuesday 23rd September] awarded Kansas State University a $50 million grant to establish a Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification. The grant supports USAID's agricultural research and capacity building work under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Kansas State University

"Through our Feed the Future Innovation Labs, USAID is empowering the world's finest universities to help improve nutrition and end widespread hunger around the world," said USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. "By creating and scaling cutting-edge solutions to our most pressing agricultural challenges, we can help the world's most vulnerable people move from dependency to self-sufficiency — and out of the tragic cycle of extreme poverty."

"With four Feed the Future Innovation Labs now hosted by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension, USAID is making a nearly $100 million investment in Kansas State University's ability to provide leadership to the global food systems research, teaching and extension efforts,” said John Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University. 

Nina Lilja, associate dean of International Agricultural Programs and co-principal investigator for the lab, said, "USAID is recognizing Kansas State University's ability to develop and implement effective science-based international programs in agriculture."

Karen Burg, vice president for research and professor of chemical engineering, said, "The grant is a major win and a testament to the capabilities and longstanding commitment to agriculture shared by Kansas State University and the state of Kansas."

This newest Feed the Future lab will identify technologies to help smallholder farmers in Africa and South Asia improve land, water, soil, crop and livestock management while simultaneously improving yields and sustaining natural resources. The lab will focus on countries in West Africa, east and south Africa, and South Asia.

"The research is mutually beneficial to both international and U.S. agriculture," said Vara Prasad, Kansas State University principal investigator who will serve as director of the lab. "We will be working on leading research and capacity-building of all our partners, including training graduate students, scientists and farmers."

Gary Pierzynski, university distinguished professor and head of the Kansas State University agronomy department, is also a co-principal investigator of the lab.
This is the fourth Feed the Future Lab awarded to Kansas State University. Other labs focus on sorghum and millet research; applied wheat genomics; and the reduction of postharvest loss. Currently there are 24 Innovation Labs led by 15 U.S. universities, with involvement from more than 60 U.S. colleges and universities in 39 states.
Feed the Future is working to scale-up proven technologies and activities, expand nutrition interventions and programs, and conduct research to create the next generation of innovations that can change the lives of food producers and their families. In 2013, Feed the Future reached more than 7 million farmers and other food producers with new technologies and management practices on more than 4 million hectares of land, while reaching more than 12.5 million children with high impact nutrition interventions that improve health and development.
The U.S. Agency for International Development is leading the U.S. Government's efforts to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.

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September 25, 2014

25/09/14 Romer Labs® Introduces Two New Testing Solutions for the Detection of Agrisure Duracade™ Corn

Newark, Delaware September 24, 2014 – Romer Labs, a leading supplier of food safety diagnostics solutions today announced the introduction of two new monitoring tools for the detection of eCry3.1Ab protein expressed by Syngenta’s Agrisure Duracade insect-resistant corn also known as Event 5307. This test was developed with support from Syngenta for growers and others who will handle Agrisure Duracade grain. The easy, rapid detection of Agrisure Duracade corn in the grain supply by U.S. corn exporters is important because the grain is not yet approved for import in China and the European Union.

Romer Labs’ AgraStrip _TraitChek _eCry3.1Ab lateral flow tests are an easy to use, accurate and affordable detection system. The TraitChek system allows for the qualitative detection of one (1) Agrisure Duracade corn kernel in 400 non-Agrisure Duracade kernels (0.25%) at the grain elevator with results visualized in 3 to 5 minutes. This rapid, sensitive test strip format provides the best sensitivity for the detection of Agrisure Duracade corn currently available which expedites grain processing. Also available are the AgraStrip SeedChek _eCry3.1Ab lateral flow and ELISA-based systems to rapidly test seed lots for quality control requirements as well as leaf tissue samples in the field or lab.

Romer Labs sells an extensive portfolio of GMO testing products in lateral flow and ELISA formats. This includes bulk grain tests for Vip3A (MIR162) corn and CSPB corn which are also unapproved traits in some markets .

About Romer Labs:
Romer Labs, founded in Washington, MO, in 1982, is a leading provider in diagnostic solutions for food and feed. It develops, manufacturers and markets rapid test kits for food allergens, food pathogens, mycotoxins, veterinary drug residues and other food contaminants. The company also operates four accredited full-service laboratories on three continents. Romer Labs has facilities in Austria, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and the USA. For more than 30 years, Romer Labs has been a trusted partner for the food and feed industry worldwide.

For further information, please contact:
Tim Lawruk
Senior Director, Marketing
Romer Labs
130 Sandy Dr Newark, DE 19713 Tel: 1-302-781-6400

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September 23, 2014

23/09/14 Lambton Conveyor Supplies Grain Handling Equipment

Skyway uses the all galvanized grain leg and drag chain conveyors manufactured by Lambton Conveyor in its system designs. In projects where grain needs to be conveyed vertically, the bucket elevator gets the job done quickly and efficiently. In addition to the bucket elevators, Skyway also utilizes drag chain conveyors when grain needs to be moved horizontally or a slight incline.

Chain Conveyor - Round Bottom Incline
Skyway’s partnership with Lambton goes back more than 20 years so designing their grain handling systems is a familiar process. Since the bucket elevator is well-known equipment to international clients, it's often the piece of equipment requested in overseas projects.. Lambton equipment has been incorporated into storage designs in locations around the world. Countries like Canada, United States, Australia, Libya, New Zealand, Guatemala, Syria, Iran, Czech Republic, Mongolia, and Argentina all have benefited from the installation of grain legs as part of Skyways designs.
The bucket elevator is the "old reliable" in the grain handling industry, invented in 1842 by Joseph Dart and build in Buffalo, New York. The original grain legs were used in ports to handle the loading and unloading of grain being shipped from North America to the rest of the world. It still remains a fact that grain leg buckets deliver the gentlest handling, least spillage, and lowest maintenance, minimum amount of wear and tear, and quietest operation compared to similar mechanical elevating devices on the market.

Grain Leg
With more than 38 years of manufacturing and construction experience the company has grown to become a true leader in the grain handling industry and helps Skyway be the same. From the local farmer to the commercial processor Skyway and Lambton have the reputation for providing high quality, innovative and cost effective equipment and designs.
The company is a privately held corporation founded in 1979 as an extension of a grain storage distributor and construction company established in 1965. The corporation manufactures and distributes grain and material handling equipment for farm, commercial and industrial applications. Skyway joins Lambton Conveyor in being committed to being the leader in design and production of galvanized modular products for the industries and markets it serves.
As a manufacturer of bucket elevators / grain legs, paddle drag chain conveyors, catwalks and flow accessories for farm and industry, Lambton uses state of the art computer aided design and C.N.C. technology to produce its full catalogue of all galvanized equipment. The standard galvanized construction, modular design, competitive pricing and short lead times coupled with an excellent design and production staff enables quick reaction in providing solutions to meet the needs of customers.
In their home territory in southern Ontario, Canada, the company also has construction and maintenance divisions. The purpose of these divisions is to give the technicians' hands-on opportunities to field test new products as they are being designed. Field testing equipment in the design stages results in grain handling equipment that works right the first time and every time after that. The product is designed for years of trouble free service in some of the most demanding applications and punishing environments. Because of their construction background their features-loaded equipment is manufactured with ease of installation and subsequent maintenance in mind.

Whether you are a large commercial handler/processor or a large farm producer, Skyway truly has a high quality, cost effective solution to your bucket elevator needs.

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23/09/2014: JTIC is hosting a Grain Tech Cluster from Çorum, Turkey

Paris, France – 15 September 2014, Grain Tech Cluster comprising representatives of Turkish grain processingmachinery industry, members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Çorum, will exhibit at JTIC on 15 & 16 October.

2 days and several goals for this cluster: meet investors from the grain processing machinery industry, present their products and make deal with potential partners.

Grain Tech Cluster will organize B2B meetings in order to develop possible partnerships with grain processing machinery professionals in the Turkish Pavilion within the JTIC on 15 & 16 October.

On October 16th, a press conference will be held at 10:00 am at Turkish Pavilion with a view of presenting the project and the participating companies.

With great pleasure, we would like to invite you to the press conference. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Basak Delépée by email ( or phone (0033 6 82 21 70 28) to confirm your presence.

Grain Tech Cluster:
The Turkish food processing machinery industry is able to produce every kind of machinery and equipment for grain
processing machinery industry. Today, Turkish grain processing machinery industry is internationally recognized and
allows country to become one of the top exporter countries in the world within the sector.
Due to presence of high level of specialisation in grain milling machinery-manufacturing industry with their strong relations to supporting sectors such as metal casting, electronic and plastics, Çorum has become an internationally known region in Turkey with its knowledge and special production capabilities.

Çorum is the most powerful province for grain processing machinery industry, which offers a high quality, affordable, innovative and different range of grain processing machinery products for investors in the sector. The region realized approximately 35% of Turkish export in grain processing machinery industry. Çorum’s grain milling machinery industry is very competitive and export oriented. Today, the industry firms export their grain processing machinery products such as flour, semolina, corn, rice processing machineries and install turnkey plants to five continents.

In order to be centre of grain processing machinery in the world, Çorum food processing machinery manufacturers laid the foundation of cluster initiation in 2011 with SME Networking Project of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Economy.

Çorum Grain Processing Machinery Companies believe that cooperating in the same value chain and clustering at the common strategy can answer the needs of the customers more quickly in different geographical markets.

Innovative companies that manufacture food-processing machinery in Çorum established Grain Tech Cluster through “The Increasing International Competitiveness of Çorum Agro Food Processing Machinery Industry UR-GE Project” that is managed by Çorum Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Having several references of installing turnkey plants with all kinds of machinery and equipments in the international standards, Grain Tech Cluster provides numerous options for the new entrepreneurs and food producers in the world.

Through high technological production facilities and lean production techniques, Grain Tech Cluster companies move their competitiveness to a higher level by serving high quality products with reasonable prices at requested delivery time to its customers from all over the World. Grain Tech cluster becomes the most reliable port for both national and international entrepreneurs by innovating itself technologically, allocating resources for R&D, having a modern machine infrastructure and high skilled staff and most importantly the support of Çorum Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Economy.

Detailed information about Grain Tech Cluster and company profiles can be found on

Read more HERE

Press Conference      
16 October 10:00 am
JTIC, Turkish Pavilion M10 to M18

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23/09/2014: Registration Now Open for GEAPS/K-State Courses on Grain Operations, Management Basics for Supervisors, Flour Milling Quality

Minneapolis – Sept. 22  


Registration is open for the last round of courses for 2014 from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University Distance Education Program. The schedule includes two courses in the grain operations credentialing track and one for the new grain processing credential.

If you’re looking to improve daily operations, GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations Management provides basic, but comprehensive information about operations and handling procedures at grain facilities with an emphasis on safety. This course is designed for new hires or others who want to broaden their operations knowledge. Course material covers main elevator types, components and equipment; grain receiving procedures; sampling, testing and grading; binning; housekeeping and maintenance; and more. Completion of this course confers credit toward the Credential in Grain Operations Management.

Offered for the first time, GEAPS 501: Management Basics for Grain Facility Supervisors provides a comprehensive overview of supervisor responsibilities and key management practices. The course covers policies and procedures, safety management, accounting, budget management, inventory management, capital project management, employee management, marketing and transportation, maintenance, insurance and regulatory compliance. Completion of this course confers credit toward the Credential in Grain Operations Management.

Registration for GEAPS 500 and GEAPS 501, which both run Nov. 3 – Dec. 5, is available on the GEAPS website.

Find out how adjustments in your milling process can impact flour quality and characteristics with IGP 530 Quality Control/Quality Assurance in Flour Milling. This course covers wheat classes and uses, milling process and impact on quality, flour quality characteristics analysis, mixing property analysis, dough analysis, sampling and online analysis, statistical process control, and process adjustments and flour additives. Completion of this course confers credit toward the Credential in Grain Processing Management.

Registration for IGP 530, which runs Nov. 11 – Dec. 12, is available on the IGP Institute website at Kansas State University.

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is a professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as the knowledge resource for the world of grain handling industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical operations needs by providing the finest networking, education and professional development programs. GEAPS global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,800 individual members from about 1,150 companies.

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Auction sale of 600 lots being staged on Thursday, 2nd October 2014
Industrial auctioneers Sanderson Weatherall have been appointed to stage an online auction of animal feed milling plant and equipment on behalf of Joseph Stewart & Co Ltd following its decision to sell The Corn Mills milling business in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
The live onsite auction and webcast is being staged by Sanderson Weatherall in conjunction with chartered surveyors Lisney, Ireland’s largest independent real estate agents and features the sale of 600 lots of production machinery suitable for the manufacture of pellets, coarse ration and micronized flakes.
Key items to be auctioned include five pelleting presses, two hammer mills, two micronisers, two roller mills, electrical equipment, laboratory equipment, plant spares and consumables and many items of factory equipment.
The auction and webcast will be staged at 11am on Thursday, 2nd October with viewing of equipment at The Corn Mills in Mill Road, Boyle between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday, 1st October or by appointment.
Auctioneers will be on site to conduct a traditional sale with online bidding available through to purchasers from the UK and overseas who are unable to attend.
Roy Tubman, partner asset advisory at Sanderson Weatherall, said the sale was being staged because the directors of Joseph Stewart & Co Ltd had sold the company to focus on other areas of their business.
He said: “There is a well-established milling industry in Ireland because of its healthy agribusiness sector so local buyers will have an opportunity to acquire plant for their own mills in good time for installation prior to the busy winter period.
“This is a rare opportunity for local buyers who attended similar auctions in the UK because rationalisation of the industry means there are now very few mill disposals.”
Mr Tubman expected the auction to attract bidders from throughout the United Kingdom and abroad with enquiries received from mainland Europe, SE Asia and Australia.

For more information please contact Justin Strong, director, SKV Communications at or tel: 0161 838 7770.

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