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National Chicken Council vice president testifies on Renewable Fuel Standard

Bill Roenigk outlines standard’s effects on poultry producers
National Chicken Council Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Bill Roenigk told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power that the Renewable Fuel Standard, at least for conventional biofuels, is broken beyond repair, and that it is imperative at this time for Congress to take a critical look at the Renewable Fuel Standard. Roenigk appeared before the subcommittee on July 24.
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FDA issues compliance guide for Salmonella in animal feeds, pet food

Agency aims to target its resources, protect animals and human health
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a new Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) for its field staff on actions they intend to take when finding Salmonella contamination in food for animals. Under this new guide, the FDA will be able to target its resources more effectively to protect the health of both animals and humans, according to the agency.
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Closed ethanol plant in Indiana to resume operation under new ownership

Noble Americas Corp. taking over former New Energy plant, hopes to open by early 2014
An ethanol plant in South Bend, Ind., is on its way to resuming ethanol production after being shut down in November 2012. Connecticut-based Noble Americas Corp. purchased the former New Energy Corp. plant during a bankruptcy auction in January and expects to restart ethanol production by early 2014.
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Ardent Mills to establish headquarters in Denver

Plan contingent upon government approval, local incentives
ConAgra Foods, Cargill and CHS have announced that their proposed new joint venture flour milling company, Ardent Mills, will establish its headquarters in the Denver metropolitan area, contingent upon final application and approval of state and local incentives. The transaction is expected to be completed in late calendar year 2013, following regulatory clearances, financing and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
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Size of US corn and soybean harvest remains uncertain; USDA to resurvey

The USDA reports an expected corn harvest 8.24 million acres less than planted acreage.
The corn and soybean markets continue to reflect uncertainty about the potential size of the 2013 United States corn and soybean crops. Over the past month, December 2013 corn futures have traded in an 80 cents range, and November 2013 soybean futures have traded in a $1 range as production expectations shifted up and down.
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Livestock monitoring system provides insight to feeding habits

Software, hardware developed by USDA scientists and designed to work in an industry setting
A system that monitors livestock feeding behavior has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists. The software and hardware incorporates standard radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and a commercial reader to monitor animals' eating habits.
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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 WATTAgNet.com website and is designed to be a forum for research, discussion and exchanging ideas on the global animal agribusiness market
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