GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries Iowa Fertilizer Co.'s $1.9 Billion Plant in Weaver, IA Expected to Begin Production in Late 2015 (Sioux City Journal) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:38:55 EST Icy and Snowy Conditions in Texas Improve Winter Wheat Growth (Lubbock Online) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:38:43 EST MO Gov. Nixon Hopes to Take Advantage of Trade Potential With Cuba (Joplin Globe) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:04:22 EST Maximizing Yields and Growing Potential in Southeast Soybeans (Southeast Farm Press) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:02:25 EST ND Sen. Heitkamp Receives Wheat Advocate Award From National Association of Wheat Growers Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:46:53 EST Man Rescued After Being Trapped in Grain Bin in Clark County, OH (WHIO) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:30:20 EST MGEX Records Top 10 Electronic Volume Day on Jan. 28 With 17,208 Contracts Traded Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:59:09 EST Minneapolis, MN – MGEX, a Designated Contract Market (DCM) and Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO), saw its electronic volume from Wednesday break into the top 10 of the record books, finishing the day with 17,208 contracts traded. This is the 8th-best electronic day in the history of the Exchange. Total exchange volume also had a record day on Wednesday, coming in at 17,862 – good enough for 16th-best all-time in daily total volume. Total volume for January now stands at 150,099 with two trade days remaining. Open interest after Wednesday’s activity was 70,564. For more information, please contact Jesse Marie Green at 612-321-7122. The Andersons Inc. Launches Venture Capital Fund to Help Start-Up Companies Developing Technology in Agriculture (Toledo Blade) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:58:39 EST University of Illinois Researcher Helps to Improve Grain Storage in India Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:41:14 EST Urbana, Ill. — A small research study could yield big results for the agriculture industry in India. Kent Rausch, an associate professor in the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) worked with Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) on a limited study to determine quality changes in wheat stored in hermetic silo bags. The study was funded by the Archer Daniels Midland Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss. Wheat stored in the more conventional metal bins and jute bags typically used for storage was also analyzed. Because high temperatures and high humidity in some of the main National Corn Growers Association Releases Response to World Resources Institute Study Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:15:06 EST Washington —Jan. 29, 2015 — The National Corn Growers Association today issued the following statement in response to a study released by the World Resources Institute. Statement by Keith Alverson, South Dakota corn grower and a member of the Corn Board: “This ‘new’ study is just more of the same, tired arguments Big Oil have been using for years. "They simply are not true. In fact, numerous studies by independent, unbiased third parties have come to vastly different conclusions. The fact is, ethanol is a very efficient energy source. "When calculating the amount of energy used to produce ethanol, from farm to pump, Grain Elevator in Stoughton, SK to Be Preserved With Municipal Heritage Property Designation (Weyburn Review) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:47:53 EST U.S. Grain Farmers Boosting Loan Demand Following Five-Year Low in Crop Prices (Reuters) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:35:43 EST American Soybean Association and Fellow Organizations Write Open Letter to Resolve West Coast Slowdown Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:26:24 EST St. Louis, MO — January 28, 2015 — The American Soybean Association (ASA), along with more than 90 fellow farm and food organizations, called on representatives on both sides of the labor dispute impacting operations at five west coast ports to come to the bargaining table and resolve the issue that threatens the supply chain continuity for countless U.S. agricultural commodities. Not only is this dispute causing extreme congestion, delays, and uncertainty, it is costing the agriculture industry millions of dollars for every week that the negotiations and slowdowns drag on. In an open letter, ASA and its fellow organizations urged Nutrition Grain Services' New Feed Mill in Carthage, IL Provides Increased Productivity and Trucker Safety (Journal-Pilot) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:00:21 EST Global Planting of Biotech Crops Increased By 6 Million Hectares During 2014 (CNBC) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:54:02 EST EPA Sets New Tolerances for Teflubenzuron on Corn, Sunflower; Cyantraniliprole on Rice, Corn; Zera-cypermethrin on Corn (Federal Register) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:33:56 EST EPA Grants Emergency Exemption for Use of Sulfoxaflor on Sorghum (Federal Register) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:26:12 EST USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:18:07 EST AIB International Releases Updated FSMA Guide and FSMA Readiness Assessment Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:46:16 EST Manhattan, KS — AIB International’s updated What You Need to Know About FSMA guide is being offered as a free download via their Facebook page through February 8th. AIB, the FSMA experts, are committed to helping the industry establish FSMA-compliant food safety programs. “We’ve updated this popular guide to reflect the most recent regulatory changes”, said Lance Reeve, Director, Food Safety Services Innovation, AIB International. "Navigating the regulatory language of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a daunting task. "Our guide condenses the information and makes it easier for readers to understand the basis of FSMA’s sections, key dates, and Canadian Farmers Debate Paying For Protection Against Grain Company Defaults (Albera Farm Express) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:54:19 EST U.S. District Court in KS Names Team of Attorneys to Lead Cases Filed Against Syngenta (CNBC) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:48:04 EST Michigan Agri-Business Association Presents Leaders and Legends Award to Cliff Vennix Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:23:07 EST Lansing, MI — The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) recently presented Clifford "Cliff" Vennix of Auburn with the "Leaders and Legends" award for his commitment to growing Michigan's agriculture industry. MABA president Jim Byrum presented the award at the Association's 2015 Winter Conference in Lansing. "Anyone who has been a part of the elevator business knows Cliff as a leader who has helped our industry grow and expand," said Byrum. "Cliff has been a friend and mentor to many in Michigan agriculture, and this award is a way to recognize him not just for his success in the business, but also Michigan Agri-Business Association Honors Agriculture Commitment During Winter Conference Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:14:25 EST Lansing, MI — Two individuals and one company have been honored for their commitment to the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) and Michigan's agriculture sector during MABA's recent Winter Conference in Lansing. "The MABA Winter Conference is a fitting venue to recognize those who have stepped up and made special contributions to our association," said Jim Byrum, president of MABA. "We appreciate the commitment the awardees have shown to the industry to go above and beyond the normal call of duty, look ahead to the future and strengthen our work across many areas." Co-op Elevator Co. in Pigeon received the MABA Unmanned Drones May Play Vital Role in Future of Food Supply (Fox Business) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:33:08 EST University of Exeter Study Shows Insects at Risk of Viruses Carried By Bees (Exeter UK) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:30:23 EST