AAGIWA FALL BOARD MEETING

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  • 18 Jul, 2017

September 13 | Kansas City, Missouri

Meeting Venue: National Grain Center (10383 N Ambassador Drive, KCMO)

Hotel Reservations: We have a small block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport Hotel (11820 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO) at a discounted rate of $117/night. The hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast, airport shuttle, and Wi-Fi. Click here to make your reservation or call 813-464-2424 and ask for the AAGIWA group rate. Reservations must be booked by August 21.

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 12

12:15 pm  Royals vs. White Sox Game

6:00 pm Group Dinner in Kansas City

Wednesday, September 13

8:00 am - 4:00 pm  Board Meeting

Please RSVP by email to erica.venancio@aagiwa.orgif you plan to attend the AAGIWA Board Meeting, and advise of any agenda items you would like included.

Grain Inspection Inc Blog

By 7014913153 18 Oct, 2017


The Minnesota Grain and Feed Association will be sponsoring a Rail Loading Safety Seminar on Wednesday, November 29 at the Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria. The seminar instructors will include Dave Nelson, MGFA Safety Program Director and Steven Fry, a trainer/instructor with Northern Plains Rail Services (NPRS). The NPRS is a customer-focused regional railroad that began in 1997, which not only operates a 350 mile network in North Dakota and western Minnesota but also provides a “one-stop shop” for third party rail services, including track construction, rail car repair, locomotive servicing and supply, industrial switching, technical training and consulting.
 
The seminar will cover how to assess and mitigate potential hazards, explain why railcar inspections are so important, go into detail on railcar air brakes, explain basic rules pertaining to handbrakes, cover the safe operation of a locomotive or rail car mover and safe switching operations. This seminar also offers your employees an opportunity to network with colleagues who are similarly involved with various tasks associated with loading rail cars. See the agenda here .
 
The registration fee is $125/person for MGFA members or $140/person for non-members, which includes class materials, lunch, breaks and instructor time. The seminar will run from 8:45 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. For lodging, you can call the resort hotel at 320-762-1124. We have a block of rooms reserved for $89/night. Please request a reservation under "Minnesota Grain and Feed Association." The room cut off date is November 10. Confirmations with directions will be sent prior to the event. Cancellations will be accepted through November 17. After that date, a full refund cannot be guaranteed. To register, click here .
 
We want to encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity, to expose your employees to the various hazards associated with loading railcars and smart ways to mitigate these hazards. By doing so, you are protecting your most important asset - your employees!

By 7014913153 27 Sep, 2017


To support renewable fuels, Syngenta developed Enogen® corn enzyme technology, an in-seed innovation that enhances ethanol production and delivers alpha amylase enzyme directly in the grain. Syngenta has licensed growers to produce Enogen grain to support a growing number of ethanol plants, representing approximately 2 billion gallons of ethanol capacity, with plans to continue expanding the footprint for this game-changing innovation. Enogen corn enables growers to serve as enzyme suppliers to their local ethanol plants and offers the potential to earn a $.40/bu (on average) premium for grain delivered to the ethanol plant. Enogen corn is expected to generate approximately $32 million of additional revenue for local growers in 2017 through per-bushel premiums. Basically, the robust alpha amylase enzyme found in Enogen grain helps an ethanol plant significantly reduce the viscosity of its corn mash and eliminates the need to add a liquid form of the enzyme. This breakthrough reduction can lead to unprecedented levels of solids loading, which directly contributes to increased throughput and yield, as well as critical cost savings from reduced natural gas, energy, water and chemical usage.
 
Caution: Grain elevators selling to corn milling operations should be diligent. Too great a concentration of Enogen may adversely affect the compositional nature of corn chips, etc. I believe corn refiners may be similarly concerned. Our industry strongly encouraged Syngenta to stress to growers and their seed guys that Enogen is different and care should be exercised to keep it segregated, making sure it was ONLY delivered to ethanol plants who contracted for it. I am not totally confident that Enogen is always handled as carefully as needed. It was reported that last year, some tortilla makers were having issues that could have been due to a low presence of Enogen corn in their ingredient stream.  
 
I also understand Syngenta has started promoting it for dairy and beef cattle feeding.  Enogen® Feed corn for dairy apparently helps provide more digestible corn silage for dairy producers.  Enogen Feed corn features a higher concentration of alpha-amylase than other commercially available corn hybrids, which (they say) helps break down starch more effectively and and "may" result in a more digestible feed ration for dairy and beef cattle This adds more reasons to be concerned about whether or not growers and seed guys clearly communicate and exercise proper care to keep it from becoming a contaminant for other users. It is helpful for everyone in the grain handling industry to ask questions and reinforce the need for "stewardship".

By 7014913153 27 Sep, 2017


We've received some reports of white mold in soybeans showing up at the elevator. White mold development in soybeans is favored by cool, cloudy, wet, humid weather at flowering. The disease is more problematic in soybeans in high-yield environments where high plant populations, narrow row spacing, and an early-closing canopy are commonly used. No single management strategy is 100 percent effective at eliminating white mold, and in-season options for at-risk fields are limited.  There are fungicides available for in-season management of white mold, however not all commonly used fungicides are labeled for use against white mold in soybean.

If a soybean field is diagnosed with high levels of white mold, this field should be harvested last. This will help reduce the movement of the survival structures of the white mold fungus by harvesting equipment, to fields that are not infested. Also, your farmer customers should be sure to clean all harvesting equipment thoroughly at the end of the season to avoid inadvertent infestation of fields. Rotations of 2-3 years between soybean crops can help reduce the level of the fungus causing white mold in field. At the elevator, the best you can do is consider using a scalper and/or screener and possibly blending, if necessary. You may also want to be alert to the possibility of receiving small immature beans that may exhibit signs of green damage in the bean. As always, good communication between the elevator and your farmer customer is important!

By 7014913153 07 Sep, 2017


The Minnesota Grain & Feed Association will be sponsoring one more grain grading school this year, holding the school at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel on Thursday, September 21. The school is great for your newer employees but also serves as a good refresher for that seasoned veteran. As usual, the school will be conducted in a very practical manner, using actual samples of the various grain damage encountered at an elevator. The instructors are licensed grain inspectors, provided by Grain Inspection, Inc., and Sioux City Inspection & Weighing Service. The focus at this school will be on soybeans, corn, wheat and will also include working with identification of odors in grain, a problem more prevalent this year due to the amount of grain around and the amount stored in temporary structures. The school will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude by 2:00 PM (lunch included). Proper use of grain grading equipment will be demonstrated and each participant will receive a participation certificate. The cost for the school is $90/person for members and $100/person for non-members. The cost includes training materials, training personnel time, breaks and lunch. The size of the school is limited so early registration is encouraged.

To register, complete & return the registration form and your payment to the MGFA office.

By 7014913153 11 Aug, 2017


The Minnesota Grain & Feed Association will be sponsoring one more grain grading school this year, holding the school at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel on Thursday, September 21.   The school is great for your newer employees but also serves as a good refresher for that seasoned veteran. As usual, the school will be conducted in a very practical manner, using actual samples of the various grain damage encountered at an elevator. The instructors are licensed grain inspectors, provided by Grain Inspection, Inc., and Sioux City Inspection & Weighing Service. The focus at this school will be on soybeans, corn, wheat and will also include working with identification of odors in grain, a problem more prevalent this year due to the amount of grain around and the amount stored in temporary structures. The school will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude by 2:00 PM (lunch included). Proper use of grain grading equipment will be demonstrated and each participant will receive a participation certificate. The cost for the school is $90/person for members and $100/person for non-members. The cost includes training materials, training personnel time, breaks and lunch. The size of the school is limited so early registration is encouraged.

To register, complete & return the registration form and your payment to the MGFA office.

By 7014913153 11 Aug, 2017


On Friday, August 4, Minnesota farmers and agribusiness leaders participated in an engaging discussion regarding the 2018 Farm Bill priorities and other ag related issues with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, as part of his five-state “Back to Our Roots” RV tour. The event was held at the farm of Farm Bureau president Kevin Papp. The MGFA Executive Director Bob Zelenka was invited to participate in this meeting with the Secretary. The Secretary’s warm southern charm was certainly evident as he spent over an hour answering questions on a wide array of topics. Among the topics covered; he was very supportive of the need for a meaningful agricultural trade policy, the value of research and spoke highly of the Presidents infrastructure initiative and its potential positive impacts on agricultural transportation, especially for needed and costly waterway improvements.

By 7014913153 02 Aug, 2017

Please note that the U.S. Standards for Beans and Lentils are effective today. I have attached the links for your convenience. Please pass the information on to any interested party in your region and/or group and if you know of someone that I may have missed, please feel free to forward. We noticed there was an error in the lentil grade chart and the Federal Register was contacted, a correction was published, but the chart was not updated so I have included the updated Dockage Free Lentil Grade Chart.

 


 


The new standards are in place starting today.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/07/2017-14308/united-states-standards-for-lentils

There was a correction in the grade charge, see below.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/17/C1-2017-14308/united-states-standards-for-lentils

 

607 Grades and grade requirements for dockage-free lentils.

 

 

      Grading Factors

 

Grades U.S. Nos.

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

Defective Lentils

      Total 1/

      Weevil-Damaged Lentils

      Heat-Damaged Lentils

 

Foreign Material

      Total 2/

      Stones

 

Skinned Lentils

Wrinkled Lentils 3/

Contrasting Lentils 4/

Inconspicuous Admixture

 

Minimum Requirements for Color

 

 

2.0

0.3

0.2

 

 

0.2

0.1

 

4.0

5.0

2.0

0.5

 

Good

 

 

3.5

0.8

0.5

 

 

0.5

0.2

 

7.0

10.0

4.0

0.8

 

Fair

 

 

5.0

0.8

1.0

 

 

0.5

0.2

 

  10.0

>10.0

>4.0

  1.0

 

Poor

 

U.S. Sample grade shall be lentils which:

 

(a)    Do not meet the requirements for the grades U.S. Nos. 1, 2, or 3; or

(b)    Contain more than 14.0 percent moisture, live weevils, or other live insects, metal fragments, broken glass, or a commercially objectionable odor; or

(c)    Are materially weathered, heating, or distinctly low quality.

 

1/ Defective lentils total is weevil-damaged, heat-damaged, damaged, and split lentils combined.

2/ Foreign material total includes stones.

3/ Lentils with more than 10.0 percent wrinkled lentils shall grade no higher than

U.S. No. 3.

4/ Lentils with more than 4.0 percent contrasting lentils shall grade no higher than

U.S. No. 3.

 

Bean Standards

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-07/pdf/2017-14309.pdf

By 7014913153 27 Jul, 2017
ORIGINATING OFFICE: Policies, Procedures, and Market Analysis Branch

1. PURPOSE
This memorandum clarifies how to certify multiple detected sample grade odors and clarifies instructions on how to certify a Commercially Objectionable Foreign Odor (COFO).

2. BACKGROUND
Recently, Policies, Procedures, and Market Analysis Branch (PPMAB) received a question from the field regarding the certification of multiple odors. This situation can occur when a substance is used to mask an odor (e.g., cinnamon to hide a musty odor), but both odors remain distinct. This situation can also arise on sample grade bulk cargo shipments where several sublots have different off odors. These situations are extremely rare, and this policy is not intended to increase the incidences of reporting more than one odor. The Bar Question and Answers Section 6, question 2 indicates that “If more than one sample grade odor is detectable, report or certify all odors detected.” However, it does not address how to certify multiple odors. When reviewing this question, it was also discovered the need to clarify how to certify a COFO odor. The following policy is established to alleviate any uncertainty.

3. POLICY
a. A shipment or a single sample may contain multiple sample grade odors. If more than one odor is detected, certify all odors identified in the results section using an ampersand (&). In the factor remarks section, use the following statement. The odors must be listed in alphabetical order along with an ampersand.

“(____) & (____) odors detected.”
Examples: “Musty & Sour odors detected.”
“COFO & Musty odors detected.”
“COFO & Musty & Sour odors detected.”

b. If a COFO odor exists, place COFO in the results section and indicate
the characterizing odor in the factor remarks section using the statement below.

“COFO due to (_______).”
Examples: “COFO due to Fumigant.”
“COFO due to Fertilizer.”
“COFO due to Molasses.”

4. FILING INSTRUCTIONS
File a copy of this memo with the Grain Inspection Handbook Book II, Chapter 1, General Information, until the chapter is revised to include this change. Field office managers must ensure that a copy of this memorandum is provided to official agencies operating within their circuit.

5. QUESTIONS
Direct any questions regarding this procedure to the local field office or to
Policies, Procedures, and Market Analysis Branch at (202) 720-0228.
By 7014913153 26 Jul, 2017

The 45th Annual NDGDA Golf Tournament is a great way to stay connected, win prizes, and enjoy a good game of golf.

Threesomes, Twosomes and Singles will be paired up at the clubhouse.

All golf packages will be $5.00 higher PER PERSON if paying at the door.


All registered golfers will be eligible for the door prizes. Names will be drawn during the tournament and the list of winners will be posted in the clubhouse. Winners must enter the clubhouse to claim door prizes before leaving the golf course. Unclaimed door prizes will be redrawn with the special door prizes.

The winners of the special contests and hole awards will be announced shortly after the last team has finished golfing and turned their score cards in or by 4:00. A drawing for the special door prizes will be held immediately following this. You must be present to win a special door prize.


By 7014913153 18 Jul, 2017

Meeting Venue: National Grain Center (10383 N Ambassador Drive, KCMO)

Hotel Reservations: We have a small block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport Hotel (11820 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO) at a discounted rate of $117/night. The hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast, airport shuttle, and Wi-Fi. Click here to make your reservation or call 813-464-2424 and ask for the AAGIWA group rate. Reservations must be booked by August 21.

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 12

12:15 pm  Royals vs. White Sox Game

6:00 pm Group Dinner in Kansas City

Wednesday, September 13

8:00 am - 4:00 pm  Board Meeting

Please RSVP by email to erica.venancio@aagiwa.orgif you plan to attend the AAGIWA Board Meeting, and advise of any agenda items you would like included.

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