USDA-GIPSA Issues Approval for 3 Minute Aflatoxin Test

Jamie Johansen

USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has officially approved Charm Sciences, Inc.’s ROSA® WET®-S3 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test (AFQ-WETS3) for testing of aflatoxin in the U.S. national grain inspection system. An official Certificate of Conformance from USDA/GIPSA declares that the test kit meets the accuracy specifications for 5 to 300 ppb aflatoxin in corn. The Charm ROSA AFQ-WETS3 test …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, corn, Feed, Nutrition, usda

Cattle Producer Talks DDGs at #ACE2016

Lizzy Schultz

The growth of the ethanol industry and the use of dried distillers grains (DDGs), a co-product of ethanol production, as livestock feed have both harnessed significant controversy and skepticism from livestock producers through the years, and the use of distillers grains as livestock feed was a major topic of discussion at this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Conference, held …

Audio, Cattle, corn, ethanol, Feed, Nutrition

Red Meat Exports Deliver Returns to U.S. Corn Producers

Lizzy Schultz

On this weeks audio report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Dave Juday, World Perspectives senior analyst, discusses a commissioned study aimed at quantifying the value delivered to U.S. corn producers through exports of beef, pork and lamb. The independent study was conducted by World Perspectives, a leading agricultural consulting firm, and key findings were unveiled at the USMEF …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, corn, Export, Export, International, Meat, Pork, Trade, USMEF

NCC Voices Concern Over 2017 RFS Proposal

Lizzy Schultz

The National Chicken Council (NCC) expressed concern following The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release earlier this week of the proposed 2017 biofuel required volume obligation (RVO) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which will require refiners to blend up to 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply next year. The mandate for conventional corn-based ethanol was proposed …

Ag Group, corn, energy, EPA, ethanol, National Chicken Council

New Silage Additive Helps Minimize Nutrient Loss

Lizzy Schultz

BioZyme® Inc. recently announced the development of AmaSile, a natural silage additive that is helping to stabilize the fermentation process, reduce the time required by silage to properly ferment, minimize nutrient loss, and reduce spoilage by undesirable bacteria. “AmaSile works to stimulate the growth and development of beneficial microorganisms that speed up and stabilize the fermentation process,” said Dorothy Orts, …

Ag Group, BioZyme, corn, Feed, Nutrition, Research, Silage

Low Corn Prices Offer Benefits for Dairymen

Lizzy Schultz

While the decreasing price of corn has sparked concern throughout the agriculture industry, the resulting low feed prices do offer several benefits to livestock producers and the dairy industry. Low feed prices can help to soften the blow from the continued decrease in global price and demand for milk. Many factors seem to demonstrate that the new long-term “normal” for …

Ag Group, corn, economics, ethanol, Markets, Price

USDA Predicts Big Corn and Soybean Crops

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop on record and the second largest soybean crop in a new planted acreage update released Wednesday. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). That is actually a four percent decrease from last year’s production, but …

Audio, corn, Feed, soybeans, usda

West Central Puts Farmers First

Joanna Schroeder

West Central, based in Ralston, Iowa, is located in a agricultural sweet spot with great harvests for both corn and soybeans. So much in fact, West Central announced a $27 million production, storage and receiving expansion scheduled for completion by the 2016 harvest. Roger Fray, executive vice president for the grain side of West Central, spoke to Animal AgWired about …

Agribusiness, Audio, corn, Dairy, soybeans

Feed Demand Remains High in FAPRI Outlook

John Davis

The bumper corn crop this year means lower prices for the grain, but feed demand will continue to be strong… while demand to turn grains into biofuels will stagnate. That’s the mixed bag of information attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show heard from Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, corn, Farm Bureau, Feed

Introducing the New USFRA Faces: Thomas Titus

John Davis

If you get a chance to talk to one of the newest representatives in the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) Faces of Farming and Ranching program, you’ll certainly be taken by more than just Thomas Titus’ impressive height (6’8″!). You’ll hear just how enthusiastic he is to talk about the world of agriculture. “Talking about agriculture was something instilled …

Ag Group, Audio, corn, Farming, Pork, Swine, USFRA