July 27, 2017

28/07/2017: Viterra’s Port Lincoln terminal in Australia ships 2 million tonnes of grain

Viterra’s Port Lincoln terminal has reached 2 million tonnes of grain shipping in its busiest October to July period in five years

This achievement, coupled with grain shipped from Thevenard, has helped the Eyre Peninsula set a new record for total grain exports. More than 2.63 million tonnes of grain has been shipped from the region in 2016/17. 

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James Murray, Operations Manager for the Western region, said strong production, demand and an efficient supply chain had all contributed to the record.

“Following the largest-ever harvest, the efficiency of the Viterra supply chain and hard work from employees and strategic partners has also helped the Eyre Peninsula achieve these record exports,” James said.

“This is the Port Lincoln terminal’s busiest October to July period since 2011/12 and third busiest ever. Strong grain exports will continue from Port Lincoln for the remainder of the year. Shipping capacity at Port Lincoln is very highly sought after by exporters which provides long term benefits for growers.”

Viterra’s total grain exports for 2016/17 have now reached 6.15 million tonnes. Port Lincoln’s milestone was passed on Friday (21 July) with a 55,000 tonne cargo of wheat being loaded on the Golden Trader vessel on behalf of Glencore Agriculture, headed for Indonesia.

David Fleming, Glencore Agriculture’s Field Officer on the Eyre Peninsula, said Indonesia was the biggest buyer of Australian wheat.

“About 20 to 25 per cent of all Australian wheat goes to Indonesia. They use it mainly for noodles, flour and bread,” David said. “We enjoy close relationships with growers on the Eyre Peninsula and are committed to connecting them with end-use customers for all their commodities.”

Visit the Viterra website, HERE.

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28/07/2017: Food Safety Modernisation Act training offered for animal food production

Industry experts in food safety will learn key concepts in regulatory requirements that will impact sectors for animal food

Food safety is continuously important for the animal food industry. Due to popular demand, the NGFA–KSU Food Safety Modernisation Act Feed Industry training course will be offered September 26–29, 2017 at the IGP Institute Conference Centre. 

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The deadline to register for this course is September 8. The course will give individuals in the animal food industry the opportunity to gain an understanding of the new safety requirements and implement a plan for animal food safety associated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The training course also has an additional component that will be accredited to the HACCP Alliance. Upon completion of both courses, participants will receive two certificates and will be able to demonstrate a “preventative controls qualified individual” to the FDA. “I have really enjoyed the instructors in this course,” says Bill Bookout, president of the National Animal Supplement Council from Valley Centre, California.

“You get a concentrated shot of technical information and it’s 8–5 every day. The instructors are technically competent, but they are also good teachers. I would really compliment them in that regard of being able to teach and to effectively communicate so that people understand the subjects being taught.”

The curriculum of the course was developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance. The separate HACCP component occurs on the final day following the animal food training, requires registration and is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance.

“There are many new requirements, and this course will describe those requirements to participants as well as give some ideas for implementation and training to those concepts,” says Cassandra Jones, associate professor at Kansas State University.

Jones adds that she is excited to offer the training for industry and regulators.

For more information about other upcoming courses visit the IGP website, HERE.

To register for this course please visit the IGP registration website, HERE


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28/07/2017: The grain chain: Grain storage on farms

by Chief Industries, UK

No one can deny grain storage is necessary on farms

The producer needs to store the large quantities of grain coming off the land at harvest time. The stock farmer needs to store sufficient grain to ensure he has stocks to provide reliable reserves of grain for his cattle, pigs, chicken, etc. But what are the options for storage, and what are the considerations for storage? Well there are two basic considerations: cost and security.  

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When considering the cost, one must take into account obvious capital cost and whilst this is one’s first main focus, it has to be evaluated in terms of the annual cost. What is the lifetime of the plant or equipment? What is the maintenance cost and running cost? Is there a resale value? What are the associate labour costs?

All of these questions should be asked in the mind of the farmer prior to making a decision. Then finally, review that cost in relation to the value of the crop being stored. What can seem like a lot of money may be comparatively small in relation to the contents of the storage system.


Security actually covers a wide range of factors that are very important to consider. Of prime importance is to keep the grain in safe and good condition. What grain you put into storage should come out in almost exactly the same condition. That is of paramount importance. The most expensive loss you can have is to have stored grain spoiled.

Of course the method of storage should also be designed to accommodate the stresses of holding grain in the storage method and the forces associated with stored grain are substantial. Ignore them at your peril, or someone else’s since failed storage systems can easily result in loss of life. Of course you need to consider damage and losses due to rodents, birds, and insects.

How secure will the grain be against moisture, from rain entry, ground water, condensation, or simply being put into storage at too high a moisture content? Finally maybe the first thing anyone thinks about when you mention “security” is how safe is the grain against theft. Unfortunately it is an aspect that also has to be borne in mind.

Storage methods

Thankfully the days of storing in bags are coming to an end, but only slowly in Africa. It is labour intensive work. Bag life is short, so although it may not be a high cost, it is ongoing and an annual. Bags are susceptible to damage from rodents and other pests, and need protection from rain and surface water.

There are some reasonably successful insecticide treatments nowadays that can be administered under reasonable sealed tarpaulins a task that needs to be taken with significant care. Bagged grain is relatively easy to steal in small quantities of a few bags at a time, necessitating the need to count and control every movement of bags, which becomes extra administrative time.

If one already has a suitable storage shed this is a relatively cheap method of storing grain and well suited to storing a single crop. Ventilation of the grain is not easy and will require temporary ventilation ducts that need lifting up as the store is emptied and relaying down again as the store is filled. Alternatively one can use small fans on spear shaped ducts that you push down into the grain. They work but are not ideal. Filling and emptying existing shed is always a problem. Usually the most effective way is with a front-end loader with a decent size bucket on the front. If you already have one then it is the simplest way. If you have to buy one simply to use an existing shed then the economics are doubtful.

Firstly, the capital cost of these units is not cheap, and then when you add on the running and maintenance cost it can be very expensive to use. Alternatively you can use a pneumatic conveying suction blower. They can work quite well but take a lot of kW power either electric or tractor driven.

They are not suitable for sensitive crops like edible beans, but are very versatile with normal grain. When using an existing shed take great care with the walls. They are unlikely to be retaining walls and will not be built to withstand the pressure of grain, which is considerable. If they are not retaining walls, then plan to have the natural angle of incline of the grain at floor level when it reaches the walls.

You need to allow for some slippage of the grain during storage so in any event it can end up resting against the bottom 300-400mm of wall in any case. Alternatively you can purchase retaining wall panels to stand inside the existing walls, or you can have your existing walls reinforced by a civil engineer to accommodate the loads.

Of course you could consider having a purpose built grain storage shed to store your grain. This has many advantages over using and existing shed. A purpose built storage shed can have level floor ventilation channels already built in. You can have dividing walls between bays, allowing you to store different crops and you can have retaining walls already built into the design.

If you are still going to use your front-end loader for filling and emptying, then you can still be competitive with silo storage, but you have high running costs with your loader. You also do not have good environmental control, difficult insect control, and possible access by rodents and birds.

Of course with a purpose-specific designed warehouse for grain storage, you can also have a good mechanical filling and unloading system but then your costs could easily be 20 percent higher than a silo storage system and you do not have such good alternative use of the warehouse when not storing grain. Your area of land occupation will also be much larger than with grain silo storage.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Global Industries, Inc. company profile


The Global International sales team is committed to providing cost-effective solutions for clients around the world, using a broad portfolio of grain storage, conditioning and handling products, as well as buildings for the housing of poultry and livestock and wastewater treatment systems. 

With offices in Bangkok, Thailand; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Rostov-on-Don, Russia, they are positioned to serve. 

Visit the website HERE.

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27/07/2017: China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO)

The China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO) takes an international perspective of food and feed processing, aiming to provide comprehensive solutions
Since its establishment in 2013, the scale of the show, and the scope of its display has grown rapidly alongside a myriad of professional visitors. This year it will present a wide range of food and feed manufacturing equipment, and facilitate technical exchanges and trade development.

CICFO 2017 will be held at the Beijing International Exhibition Centre from September 11th to 13th, 2017.

The exhibition area will exceed 30,000 square meters, of which 27,000 square meters will be displayed in the exhibition area. This enormous area will be populated by more than 450 exhibitors, of which the almost one third are of international background, and more than 28,000 attendees.


At CICFO 2017, Build My Flour mill 2017 will be presented for the first time alongside the second iteration of its sister event, Build My Feed Mill. Each conference will use a programme that arranges speakers into a coherent order following the flowchart progress of a flour or feed mill. In this way, these unique conferences allow for a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of food and feed milling machinery, as well as the industries themselves.

With a packed speaker list for the first ever Build My Flour Mill conference, corporate partners have flocked to this one day conference with enthusiasm. Our partners include high profile companies each producing more than 3,000 tonnes of flour per day.
They include:

• Wudeli Group;
• Yihaikerry Group;
• Lamsoon Group;
• Hengfeng Group;
• Bei Da Huang Group;
• Luwang Group;
• Fengzheng; and,
• Zhongyu.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event:

- Innovations in Grain Preparation for Milling
Roger Cook, Senior Technical Specialist
PETKUS Technology GmbH

- Use of Advanced Enzyme Technology in Optimisation of Flour Milling Extraction
Marco Choi, Factory Director
Lam Soon Group

- Grain Dust Explosion and Dust Explosion Suppression
Prof Zhou Nairu
Henan University of Technology

- Thinking about the transformation of flour milling technology in the new situation
Professor Wen Jiping
Henan University of Technology 河南工业大学 

- Trends in the Development of China 's Flour Industry and How to Encourage New Strategies
Dan Zhimin, Chairman of the Board
Wudeli Group

After great success of the first Build My Feed Mill conference this year in Bangkok, it has been extended to include a full day of speakers. Join us for an event sponsored by a myriad of companies, including:
• Cargill – 33 feed mills in China; Puruina - 17 feed mills in China; Tongwei - 130 feed mills in Asia; Puai Group - 6 feed mills in China; DBN - 53 feed mills in Asia.
• Contifeed - 40 feed mills in China; CP Group; ADM; Haid Group - 60 feed mills in China; Twins Group - 60 feed mills in China; New hope agri - 50 feed mills in China.
• Evergreen Conglomerate; Well hope Group - 19 feed mills in China; Trs Group - 40 feed mills in China; Zhengbang Group - 20 feed mills in China; TQLS Group - 51 feed mills in China.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event: 

Analysis of Maize Deep Processing Industry
Wei Xuming, Secretary General
China Starch Industry Association

The role of silver in the precise management of feed production
Sunny Shang, FSQR Lead

Visit the event website, HERE.

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July 26, 2017

27/07/2017: ADM opens soy processing capabilities at oilseeds plant in Spyck, Germany

Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) has successfully crushed its first non-GMO soybeans at its facility in Spyck, northwestern Germany

Located close to the Dutch border, the site was previously only used to crush rape and sunflower seeds. The new switch capacity is part of ADM’s long-term strategy to expand its network of European soy processing plants, enabling it to better service its soybean meal customers and support local farmers in increasing the region’s soybean acreage. 

Soybean Field Rows
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“The extended soybean crushing capacity in Spyck will help us meet customer demand as the European non-GMO soybean market continues to grow,” says Jon Turney, general manager, European soybean crush at ADM.

“The additional flexibility that we now have also gives us the ability to quickly respond to changing market dynamics for rape, sunflower and soy in the future.”

ADM also crushes non-GMO soybeans at its facility in Straubing, Germany. In the past year, it has been working with farmers and industry accreditation bodies to create further opportunities to grow and market soybeans across northwest Europe.

“We are committed to growing the soybean industry in this region, and we are working hard to help farmers in France and along the Danube see the value of growing soybeans within their rotation,” said Rene van der Poel, commercial manager for Oilseeds in Germany at ADM.

“It is a great achievement for the team in Spyck to execute this latest step in our growth strategy, both on time and on budget. Flexible crush capacities, scale and carefully managed production costs per unit all remain key to our ongoing success in the region over the long term,” said John Grossmann, president, European crush and origination.”

About ADM
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 250 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 38 innovation centres and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses.

Visit the ADM website, HERE.

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27/07/2017: USDA-GIPSA approval for Romer Labs fumonisin test kit

The AgraStrip® Total Fumonisin WATEX® test receives approval after passing USDA-GIPSA performance criteria evaluation

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AgraStrip® Total Fumonisin WATEX® tests have been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) for official testing of total fumonisin in the US national grain inspection system.

The AgraStrip® WATEX® test kits are ready-to-use lateral flow devices (LFD) for on-site testing. They are available for aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, G2), deoxynivalenol, zearalenone and fumonisins (B1, B2, B3) and allow a rapid analysis of a wide range of food and feed samples in an assay time of only three minutes.

With the eco-friendly One for All WATEX® extraction, only one single water-based sample extract is required for the analysis of multiple mycotoxins. “This recent USDA-GIPSA approval confirms once again their accuracy and robustness which makes AgraStrip® WATEX® the product of choice for simple, fast and eco-friendly mycotoxin detection.” says Phillip Gruber, Product Manager at Romer Labs.

About the GIPSA Mycotoxin Test Kit Evaluation (MTKE) Program

The MTKE program is one of the toughest mycotoxin test kit performance evaluations in existence. It uses naturally contaminated samples which are unknown to the submitter, thereby taking the impact of sample specific matrix effects into consideration.

The performance criteria of each analyte are defined by GIPSA and documented in official performance criteria sheets. The kits are tested by three different GIPSA staff member operators. Each operator conducts seven tests per contamination level.

Each operator must use a different kit lot. At least 20 out of 21 (95%) results for each concentration level must be within the acceptable range. The samples used are unknown to the kit manufacturer. Additionally, an extensive internal study must be submitted to GIPSA.

For additional information, click HERE.

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