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EU legislation calls for reduction in biofuel production

Parliament’s environment committee calls to reduce biofuel usage from 10 percent to 5.5 percent
The European Union took a step toward reducing the mandate for biofuel usage from 10 percent to 5.5 percent by the year 2020. In a 43-21 vote on July 11, the European Parliament's environmental committee passed the legislation, which would in turn free up more oilseeds and grains for livestock and poultry feed use, as well as make less dried distillers' grains with solubles available.
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Km values key to effective pig and poultry feed, says AB Vista

The lower the Km value, the tighter the bond between enzymes and substrates.
Knowing how tightly an enzyme binds to a substrate, or the Km value, of commercial phytase enzymes could be the key to enabling pig and poultry producers to make much more effective buying decisions, says AB VistaResearch Director, Dr. Mike Bedford. AB Vista produces animal feed ingredients.
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Replacing expensive lactose in piglet feeds

Lactose is required in all piglet feeds, but its high cost often limits its use to the detriment of animal growth and health. Fortunately, other sugars can replace lactose without losing performance, while reducing feed cost.
Lactose is required in all piglet feeds, but its high cost often limits its use to the detriment of animal growth and health. Fortunately, other sugars can replace lactose without losing performance. “Lactose equivalent” ingredients reflect the fact that lactose and other sugars can be used interchangeably. This article examines these sugars and their unique characteristics.
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Discuss the latest poultry, pig and feed trends in AnimalAgNet’s LinkedIn group

AnimalAgNet is the LinkedIn group for all agriculture and animal agribusiness professionals.
Stay up-to-date on the latest poultry, pig and animal nutrition research and trends by joining WATT's AnimalAgNet group on LinkedIn. This group is an extension of the website and is designed to be a forum for research, discussion and exchanging ideas on the global animal agribusiness market
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Brazil's agriculture sector opens European Union representative office

CNA will now have representation in its members' main export market
The Brazilian Agriculture and Livestock Confederation, CNA, opens a representative office in Brussels in June. The office will function under the name of Espaco Agro Brasil, and its purpose will be to grow the market share of Brazil's agricultural products in the European market, as well as promote more partnerships between Brazil and the region's agricultural sector, among other things. 
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World Dairy Expo to feature top dairies in virtual farm tours

Designed for dairy producers and industry partners, the 2013 World Dairy Expo will showcase some of the best dairy farms in the industry as well as offer industry-leading seminars.
The World Dairy Expo invites dairy producers and industry professionals from around the globe to experience the “Center of the Dairy Universe” on October 1 through October 5, 2013, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. More than 65,000 dairy industry enthusiasts and 1,000 dairy exhibitors are expected to attend the five-day event.
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Despite slow corn planting, record crop in US still possible

USDA figures indicate 14 billion acres can be harvested
Weather conditions have slowed the 2013 planting season, but the United States Department of Agriculture is still expecting a record corn harvest. According to the figures released June 12 in the agency's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the 2013 forecast calls for just more than 14 billion bushels havested.
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Feed industry expected to grow slowly, ag economists say

This comes in contrast to USDA predictions.
Agricultural economists with a leading international provider of banking and financial services believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may have been too optimistic in its forecasts about the speed at which the American demand for feeds is likely to recover. While a recovery in the U.S. feed demand is within sight, they suggest, quantities will come back slowly.
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Production of corn, soybeans projected to increase in 2014

Forecast for this year also indicates gains in worldwide soybean production
Corn and soybean production both in the U.S. and worldwide are expected to increase in 2014, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture has offered its first look into the year ahead. The projections, released in the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, show a bright spot for livestock and poultry producers, who rely on the grain supply for feed.
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Adisseo names director of marketing and business development

Robert Scott Oler will supervise marketing efforts in North and Central America.
Robert Scott Oler has joined Adisseo North and Central America as director of marketing and business development. Oler has extensive experience in swine and dairy operations, sales, marketing, business development, and industry publications.
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