July 29, 2014

29/07/2014: Genome of African rice sequenced

An international team of researchers have sequenced the complete genome of African rice, enabling the development of new rice varieties that are better able to cope with increasing environmental stresses to help solve global hunger issues, report International Business Times today.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/solution-world-hunger-scientists-sequence-genome-african-rice-solve-nine-billion-people-1458795

The genetic information will also enhance understanding of the growing patterns of African rice.


The effort to sequence the African rice genome was led by Rod Wing, director of the Genomics Institute at the University of Arizona, USA who says
in Science Daily, "Rice feeds half the world, making it the most important food crop.

"Rice will play a key role in helping to solve what we call the nine billion people question." he added, referring to predictions of what the world's population will increase to - many of whom are likely to be living in areas where food is scarce - by 2050.


The question lies in how to grow enough food to feed the world's population and prevent the health, economic and social problems associated with hunger and malnutrition.


Read more HERE.
 

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29/07/2014: 25th Annual IAOM

25th Annual IAOM
Mideast and Africa District Conference and Expo”.
Cape Town, South Africa

3 – 6 December 2014
 

Contact:  
IAOM MEA District, PO Box 566, P.C. 112 Ruwi, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Tel: +968 2471 2338, Fax: +968 2471 1340,
E.mail: info@iaom-mea.com
or
Ms Shannon Henson, Director of Meetings and Exhibits.
IAOM, International Association of Operative Millers.
12351 W. 96th Terrace, Suite 100 Lenexa, Kansas 66215 USA.
Tel: +1 (913) 338 3377, Fax: +1 (913) 338 3553,
E.mail: shannon.henson@iaom.info, info@iaom.info

Read more HERE.
 

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29/07/2014: A powerful solution of combined surface-active compounds launched

Controlling and saving cost is imperative among feedmills. To boost feedmill profitability, Kemin based in Herentals, Belgium, has introduced KEM WET® Amp – a synergistic mixture of powerful surface-active agents that maximise milling operation efficiencies by optimising the overall conditioning performance and increasing profitability.
 
http://www.kemin.com/products/kem-wet
Inquire here for the product

Feedstuffs represent the largest single cost in the milling process and feedmill managers are continuously challenged to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) that increase productivity and quality, as well as reduce costs and risks. KEM WET Amp is a cost-effective solution for an effective pre-conditioning process, providing benefits through feed manufacturing KPIs.


The product has a special affinity for water-based liquids, reducing surface tension and enhancing transfer, spreading, penetration and stability of water-based solutions in feedstuff materials.


Research studies have shown that KEM WET Amp is more effective and performs more consistently compared to other water and surfactant alternatives. The product’s unique physical properties and combined powerful surface-active agents allow it to penetrate easily into feed particles and distribute uniformly.


“Not only does KEM WET Amp perform better, its economical usage rate is a key benefit for manufacturers,” said Dr. Luis Conchello, veterinarian and Kemin product manager for feed processing technologies. 


“Along with this advanced product, Kemin offers a complete feed conditioning program to help feed mills grow profitability by achieving the highest productivity at the lowest cost, while assuring product quality.”

Kemin, a global leader in liquid technology, has a strong commitment to feed safety and processing. Through TOTAL NUTRITION™, the company offers a range of solutions to keep animals safe, healthy and efficient, while returning a profit.
 

Kemin – Inspired Molecular Solutions™
Kemin (www.kemin.com) provides “inspired molecular solutions” specifically developed to provide nutrition and health benefits for humans and animals. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where approximately 500 specialty ingredients are made for the global feed and food industries as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets.


A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has nearly 2000 employees and operates in more than 90 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

Read more HERE.
 

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29/07/2014: USDA urged to immediately restore official Grain Inspection Service

Citing the "extremely troubling precedent" being set, 22 national, regional and state agricultural producer, commodity and agribusiness organizations have urged the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take immediate action to restore official grain inspection and weighing services at the Port of Vancouver, Wash.
 


In a recent letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and other key administration officials, the organizations cited a July 1 notice by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) stating that it no longer would fulfill its obligation to provide official grain inspection and weighing services at the Pacific Northwest port. The port is being picketed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) as part of an ongoing labor dispute. WSDA had been delegated the responsibility to provide official grain inspection and weighing services at the port by USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

Several of the organizations had met last October with GIPSA Administrator Larry Mitchell and other USDA officials to urge that the agency prepare contingency plans to ensure an "immediate and effective" program to continue official services at the port after several previous interruptions in service occurred after WSDA inspectors were ordered by WSDA officials to cease inspections. In the July 1 notice stating that it was suspending official inspection services indefinitely, effective July 7, the director of WSDA's grain inspection program stated as one of the reasons the belief that the "continued provision of inspection services appears to have been unhelpful in leading to any foreseeable resolution" of the labor dispute.

"To our knowledge, this latest announcement by a designated state agency declining to provide official services is unprecedented," the groups wrote in their letter to Vilsack.  


"We believe WSDA's actions create an extremely troubling precedent that will cause irreparable damage to the integrity and reliability of the nation's official grain inspection system."

The organizations also cited the "uncertainty" already created within the US grain export industry, as well as among US agricultural producers and international buyers of US commodities, regarding potential future disruptions of official services at facilities operating at other US export ports.  


"The disruptions that already have occurred have put at risk the United States' reputation as a reliable supplier of grains and oilseeds to foreign customers," the groups wrote.  

"In the absence of WSDA's reliable performance of its duties, FGIS must intervene and make the necessary arrangements to provide the mandatory official (inspection) services."

Federal law prohibits the export of US grains and oilseeds unless officially inspected and weighed by official personnel in accordance with the US grain standards. In addition, such exports are required to be accompanied by official certificates showing the official grade designation and certified weight, unless the requirement is waived by the secretary of agriculture and the grain is not sold or exported by grade. Under the US Grain Standards Act, Congress vested in USDA the responsibility and obligation to provide official inspection services to facilitate efficient and cost-effective marketing of US grains and oilseeds.

"To this point, confidence that the U.S. official grain inspection system will function in a continuous and consistent manner - and not be subject to unwarranted disruptions - has been instrumental in facilitating the ability of US farmers and agribusinesses to reliably serve foreign customers and remain competitive in world markets," the groups wrote in the letter to Vilsack, adding that the system has been a model of integrity.  


"But the recent decision by WSDA and the subsequent inaction to this point of FGIS to fulfill its (statutory) mandate to provide official inspection services risks sullying that hard-earned reputation, to the long-lasting detriment of US agriculture. It also sends a dangerous signal to any third-party that might wish to disrupt US grain export trade."

National organizations signing the letter to Vilsack were: Agricultural Retailers Association; American Farm Bureau Federation; American Soybean Association; National Association of Wheat Growers; National Corn Growers Association; National Grain and Feed Association; National Oilseed Processors Association; North American Export Grain Association; Transportation, Elevator and Grain Merchants Association; US Grains Council; U.S. Soybean Export Council; and U.S. Wheat Associates.

State and regional organizations signing the letter were:  Idaho Grain Producers, Minnesota Grain and Feed Association, Montana Grain Growers Association, North Dakota Grain Dealers Association, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, Oregon Wheat Growers League, South Dakota Grain and Feed Association, South Dakota Wheat Inc., Pacific Northwest Grain and Feed Association, and Washington Association of Wheat Growers.


Read the full letter HERE.
 

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July 28, 2014

28/07/2014: 6 ways to stay saff in silos from Cleveland Vibrator Company

by Katy Murray of the Cleveland Vibrator Company writes about safety working in silos and outlines six ways companies can keep their employees safe when handling stored grains. The full article can be read HERE.

"Valuing your worker’s safety and well-being are ideas that most can agree on being crucial for company success within dangerous industries such as Grain Handling. Part of my job is updating our Twitter Feed and keeping an eye out for industry news via shared stories and retweets by some of the most credible sources in the material handling industries. 

"Recently, I have been seeing numerous stories about grain entrapment accidents and can’t help but wonder, why does this keep occurring when preventive measures are available? 

"Safety and Health Topics on OSHA’s website can prove to be rather helpful and a great reference to industry procedures, so I started there in my quest to compile this list."

  1. Provide Proper Dust Collection Equipment Within Your Facilities 
  2. Properly Choose Location of Your Dust Collection Equipment
  3. Utilize Proper Vibratory Equipment for Grain Storage Bins
  4. Power Down Any Excess Equipment Pieces Associated with Bin 
  5. Provide All Employees with a Safety Harness
  6. Implement Preventive Maintenance Programs

Note: For more information on this subject, visit OSHA’s web page to stay up-to-date with the latest protocols in industry. 

Read more HERE.
 

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28/07/2014: Canada’s rail transportation system is ready

CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) said today Canada’s rail transportation system is ready to accommodate the new harvest with a solid throughput rate in line with the grain supply chain. The supply chain will also be able to address the excess carry-over from last year's extraordinary crop by as early as next spring.
 
http://www.cn.ca/en/news/2014/07/cn-says-canadas-rail-transportation-system-is-ready-for-the-new-harvest
CN's president and chief executive
Claude Mongeau

Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive, said: “CN posted a record performance in the 2013-2014 crop-year just ending – our movement of Western Canadian grain was a full 25 percent greater than past average performance.


“We can be proud of our performance and for making good on the commitments we gave the federal government a month before the order-in-council requiring railways to move specific grain volumes took effect last March.


“By virtue of normal commercial incentives, the grain handling and transportation system is now fully back in sync and ready to accommodate the upcoming harvest.


“This positive development is very encouraging and calls for careful balance from the federal government in how it pursues the regulatory agenda it announced in haste in the midst of a very difficult winter," he added.


Mongeau said CN transported record grain volumes last fall until extreme cold weather affected the rail industry’s ability to move grain efficiently between mid-December and early March. In February, CN promised the federal government it would ramp back up to record performance as soon as the weather eased – and it did just that. The weather clearly challenged CN’s operations, but the company’s winter grain shipments ultimately turned out to be only two percent below normal winter volumes.


About CN
CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans and Mobile, Ala. and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis. and Jackson, Miss. with connections to all points in North America.


CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. 

Read more HERE.
 

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28/07/2014: Program to reduce post-harvest loss and food waste

Romer Labs, a leading supplier of food safety diagnostics solutions has partnered with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the 'Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss' based at Kansas State University, USA, to donate mycotoxin testing supplies to their USAID project aimed at reducing post-harvest loss.  
 
Romer Labs’ AgraStrip Aflatoxin and Fumonisin test strips


This Feed the Future Innovation Lab is part of the US government's Feed the Future initiative to reduce global hunger and improve food security. The initiative uses research, education and outreach to advance solutions to hunger, poverty and under-nutrition in low-income countries.
 

Romer Labs' AgraStrip Aflatoxin and Fumonisin test strips and AgraVision reader will be used in these remote growing areas to assess the extent of the mycotoxin contamination.  

Using the data obtained in the study, the goal is to enhance the drying, conditioning, handling, storage, pest management and transportation of these crops thus increasing the quantity and quality of the grain available for human consumption and decreasing food waste.
 

This Feed the Future Innovation Lab is part of the U.S. government's Feed the Future initiative to reduce global hunger and improve food security. The initiative uses research, education and outreach to advance solutions to hunger, poverty and under-nutrition in low-income countries.
 

The project aims to provide global leadership to reduce post-harvest loss (PHL) and food waste of durable staple crops (grains, oilseeds, legumes, root crops, seeds) and their processed value-added products with an initial focus on four Feed the Future (FtF) countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala). Interventions under this project will integrate smallholder farmers, producer cooperatives, and agribusiness enterprises with market-based value chains.
 

A key challenge in a number of Feed the Future countries is high moisture content of grains (especially maize) at harvest and presence of high mycotoxin levels (especially aflatoxin) at harvest and postharvest due to improper drying and storage practices. The initial pilot projects in Guatemala and Ghana will involve assessing the level of the problem faced by small holder farmers and the first market collection points and ways to address this problem. Current practices allow for wet maize that often contains high levels of aflatoxin to enter the market and be consumed by farmers and villagers causing nutrition and health problems for children and adults.
 

Romer Labs’ AgraStrip Aflatoxin and Fumonisin test strips and AgraVision reader will be used in these remote growing areas to assess the extent of the mycotoxin contamination. Using the data obtained in the study, the goal is to enhance the drying, conditioning, handling, storage, pest management and transportation of these crops thus increasing the quantity and quality of the grain available for human consumption and decreasing food waste.

About Romer Labs
Romer Labs, founded in Washington, MO, in 1982, is a leading provider in diagnostic solutions for food and feed safety. 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. 


Read more HERE.
 

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