July 23, 2014

23/07/2014: Ord grower plants biggest sunflower crop ever

A grower in the Ord irrigation scheme of Western Australia has planted his biggest ever crop of sunflowers.

Peter Pegg is growing 40 hectares of the colourful crop this year and hopes the big sunflower planting will have long lasting benefits for his soil.

"I'm growing it mainly for the soil advantage," he said. 

"Sunflowers are a hollowed-stem type crop, which aerates the soil in my view. So that's the main reason [for growing], but it should make me a fair bit of money I hope.

"It's a good looking crop, the best sunflower crop I've ever grown, but it's too early to tell how it will end up. I'm sure the birds will fly in and chew a bit, the grubs will take a bit, so we'll see what ends up in the bin," says Mr Pegg, adding that he's still six or eight weeks away from harvest.

With a wry smile, veteran grower Peter Pegg, says he's never had so many tourists pulling up on the side of the road to take photos of his farm.

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23/07/2014: China's feed show attracts key exhibitors

Kris Gong from the organising committee of China Guangzhou International Feed Industry Exhibition 2014 - which takes place from August 26, 2014 - says the event will witness the opening ceremony of this biggest feed industry exhibition of South China. For short it is being called Feed China 2014 and will be held in China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex.

Up to now, many famous enterprises have confirmed their booth. For example, some leading feed equipment companies, such as Andritz Group, FAMSUN (Muyang), Rongda, Jinwu, have confirmed that they will attend Feed China 2014. Nanning Zeweier Feed Company, Biotogether Company and Yuxing Chemical Company will participate as feed additive exhibitors.

To make the exhibition known to all the public, Feed China 2014 now is working with hundreds of media including China Feed, Guangdong Feed China, Feed Additive, Feed Review, Northeast Feed Information, chinafeed.org.cn, businesswithindia.com, tradeshow.com, findexporters.com, gfmt.co.uk, aquafeed.co.uk, chinafeedonline.com, chinabreed.com etc. 

"We believe Feed China 2014 will be paid more and more attention by the insiders and will attract more and more worldwide exhibitors or buyers to attend," says Mr Kris Gong.

"For more information please contact me directly. Feed China 2014, the biggest feed industry exhibition of South China, may be a good chance for you to experience the various kinds of feed equipments and the trend of the China feed market," he adds.

Read more HERE.

Kris Gong can be contacted:
Tel: +86-20-29188711
Fax: +86-20-82579220
Email: krisgong1@163.com

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July 22, 2014

22/07/2014: Mathews Company offers referral program

Mathews Company from Crystal Lake, IL in the US kicked off a new programme this month called Refer-a-Friend. The program will incentivise word-of-mouth referrals by paying a US$500 cash reward directly to the referring customer when a grain dryer is purchased as a result. 

According to Jeremy Kemp, Sales & Marketing Manager, M-C has always had a loyal customer base with many of their satisfied customers freely sharing their positive experiences, which can be read on the M-C website. 

“With the Refer-a-Friend program, we see an opportunity to generate additional word-of-mouth referrals by taking it a step further by rewarding our customers when that referral turns into a new M-C grain dryer sale, says Kemp.”

Any current owner of an M-C grain dryer is eligible. A simple form needs to be completed and submitted by the referring customer at the time of order. The program effective dates are July 20th through October 31st, 2014. Interested M-C dryer owners may visit M-C’s website and click on the Refer-a-Friend icon for complete program details.

Headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL (USA), Mathews Company is a third-generation family-owned company that has been a leading global manufacturer of high quality innovative agricultural equipment, specializing in grain drying, and celebrates 60 years of business in 2014.

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22/07/2014: AFIA Honors Ruminant and Non-ruminant Experts with Annual Awards

Ermias Kebreab, PhD, an expert in ruminant nutrition and Gerald Shurson, PhD, an expert in swine nutrition, were honored at an awards ceremony Monday evening for their professional achievements by the American Feed Industry Association and the American Society of Animal Science.

Ermias Kebreab, PhD, an expert in ruminant nutrition

Dr Kebreab was presented with the Ruminant Animal Nutrition Award. He is a professor and DrSesnon Endowed Chair of the Animal Science Department at the University of California-Davis. He joined the faculty of UC-Davis in 2009 as a professor of animal science, establishing a nutrition modeling laboratory.

"During the last 10 years, Dr Kebreab has authored 111 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 34 book chapters, more than 150 abstracts and has been principal investigator for grants exceeding US$8 million" said Richard Sellers, AFIA's senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs.

"As one of his largest contributions to the industry, he's contributed to the research of the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions from ruminants, which we know is an important step forward in the sustainability of the industry."

Dr Kebreab received his bachelor's degree from University of Asmara in 1987. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Reading, UK in 1989 and 1998, respectively. Dr Kebreab has worked as a post-doctoral fellow, adjunct and associate professor of nutrition modeling at universities in England and Canada.

Dr Kabreab also serves on national and international scientific committees, and has been an invited speaker for scientific and industry conferences in several countries on five continents.

Dr Shurson was awarded the Non-ruminant Animal Nutrition Award.

"Shurson is a professor at the University of Minnesota where he has responsibilities in research, on-campus teaching and Extension," said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. "His research program focuses on evaluating the nutritional value of distillers' dried grains with solubles in swine diets. It is really quite interesting."

Dr Shurson has authored more than 300 scientific publications and has generated more than US$10 million in research funding. His research has been presented to audiences in 15 countries. He provides educational programs for producers and feed industry professionals on nutrition and management related issues and serves as a consultant for ethanol and feed industries, and government agencies.

Dr Shurson grew up in southern Minnesota on a diversified dairy cattle and swine farm. He received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Minnesota and his master's and doctorate degrees in swine nutrition from Michigan State University. 

The Ruminant Animal Nutrition Award was presented to Dr Kebreab by William Seymour of Southern States Cooperative and the Non-ruminant Animal Nutrition Award was presented to Dr Shurson by Craig Wyatt of AB Vista, both on behalf of AFIA during the ASAS annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo. The awards are sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association as part of its continuing awards program that dates back to 1948. The ruminant and non-ruminant awards were an addition to the overall awards program in 1998.

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22/07/2014: Fire at feedmill causes US$1 million damage

A fire in a dryer caused more than US$1 million in damage at Nutrition Service Company near Pulaski in Missouri, USA on Monday.

The Pulaski Tri-County Fire Department was called to the feedmill at W249 Deer Drive, about two miles northwest of Pulaski, around 13:30. Firefighters from other area departments were summoned to the scene shortly before 14:00. Crews remained on the scene as late as 20:20.

Heavy black smoke was visible at the scene and aerial trucks were pouring water on one of the structures at the business, according to Press-Gazette Media photo editor Jim Matthews, who was at the scene.

There were about 20 fire trucks from a number of agencies at the scene. They included the Bonduel, Shawano, Gillett, Navarino-Lessor, Green Valley and Howard fire departments.
Pulaski Tri-County Fire Chief Randy Wichlacz said there were no reports of injuries.

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July 21, 2014

22/07/2014: Evonik invests in new silica plant in Brazil

In addition to building this new silica production plant in São Paulo, Brazil to produce high-growth silica for high-quality low rolling resistance tires, Evonik is also catering for the needs of the growing regional business inspecialty segments in South America's food, animal feed, and agricultural industries.

The company is investing a mid-double-digit million euro amount; the plant is scheduled to
go on stream in 2016. This will be the first production plant for highly dispersible (HD) silica in South America.

Patrik Wohlhauser, Executive Board Member and Chief Operating Officer of Evonik Industries says, "With this investment in Brazil, we are positioning ourselves as an innovative provider of advanced inorganic materials for resource-conserving applications in the important South American market."
Dr Johannes Ohmer, head of Evonik's Inorganic Materials Business Unit, says, "The new plant in Americana will enable us to offer our Brazilian and regional customers high-quality silicas from local production in combination with our outstanding services. This
consolidates our leading global market position."
Evonik is expanding its silica capacities throughout the world: By the end of 2014 alone, they will have grown by around 30 percent compared to 2010. In Chester (USA), a plant for precipitated silica with an annual capacity of about 20,000 tonnes is scheduled to begin operations in 2014. 

The expansion in North and South America follows expansions that have already been completed in Europe and Asia. A production plant extension was completed in Thailand in March 2014, for example. Evonik is one of the leading producers of silicas. 

In addition to precipitated silica, the Group also produces the fumed silica AEROSIL® and silica-based matting agents under the ACEMATT® brand. In total, Evonik has a worldwide capacity of about 550,000 tonnes of precipitated and fumed silicas and matting agents per annum.
Company information
Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalisation. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.
Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2013 more than 33,500 employees generated sales of around €12.7 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.0 billion.

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21/07/2014: Svein Richard Brandtzæg appointed new Yara CEO

The Board of Directors of Yara International today announced the appointment of Mr Svein Richard Brandtzæg as the company's new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Jørgen Ole Haslestad by February  2015.
Mr Brandtzæg - the new President and CEO of Yara International ASA

Mr Brandtzæg currently serves as President and CEO of Norsk Hydro ASA, a position he has held since 2009. Prior to this, he has held a number of management positions in Norsk Hydro. Born in Norway in 1957, Brandtzæg graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He holds an economics degree from the Norwegian School of Management and a PhD from NTNU.

"In preparation for the retirement of Jørgen Ole Haslestad at the age of 65, the Yara Board of Directors initiated a thorough process to identify his successor. I am very pleased to announce Svein Richard Brandtzæg as Yara's new President and CEO. His proven track record as a top executive and his vast experience from the process industry will benefit the company greatly," said Leif Teksum, Chairman of the Board of Directors in Yara.

"I am both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead another Norwegian-based, global champion. I am looking forward to meeting new challenges, people, products and markets in Yara, but until I take over, my full commitment and focus remain on Hydro's agenda," said Svein Richard Brandtzæg.

Jørgen Ole Haslestad has served as President and CEO since 2008 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008. During his tenure as CEO, Yara has grown substantially both in terms of production and sales. Yara is today a leading company, delivering solutions for sustainable agriculture and the environment, and has a business model designed to create value for shareholders and customers as well as society at large.

"It has been exciting and rewarding to be part of Yara's management and board over the last ten years. The company is well positioned for continued, future growth, and we are fortunate to have a global organization that is both competent and inspired. I am pleased that Brandtzæg has accepted to head the company, and I look forward to welcoming him and introducing him to our staff," said Jørgen Ole Haslestad.

"Jørgen Ole Haslestad has developed Yara considerably since taking the helm in 2008. Both production and sales volumes have increased almost 50 per cent in this period, and he has led the transformation of Yara to being a broad-based provider of commodity and value-added solutions both within industrial, environmental and fertilizer market segments. 

Furthermore, he has introduced new and comprehensive processes and governance systems, especially within the areas of ethics, compliance, innovation and safety. I would like to thank Haslestad for his contributions to Yara and wish him all the best when he retires," said Leif Teksum.

Brandtzæg will take on his new position at the latest February 1, 2015.

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