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Livestock, poultry groups warn House energy committee of Renewable Fuel Standard’s harmful impact

Organizations share study on standard’s impact on food, fuel prices
Seven livestock and poultry groups submitted comments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the negative effects the federal Renewable Fuels Standard has had on agriculture, including the high cost of feed facing livestock and poultry producers. The comments answer several questions posed by the Committee on the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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European Commission approves lactic acid as decontaimnant

The use of lactic acid as a decontaminant for beef carcasses has been approved in the U.S. for some time.
Purac, a food preservation supplier, announced its support of the European Commission's approval this of the use of lactic acid as a decontaminant for beef carcasses, half carcasses and quarters. Already used to reduce microbial surface contamination in the U.S. for some time, the use of lactic acid for this purpose in beef will be permitted in Europe starting February 25.
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Specialty ingredient supplier launches new website

The website for Laboratoires Phodé features news and access to technical documents.
Laboratoires Phodé, a specialty ingredient supplier, announced the launch of its new website. This new website supports Phodé sustained growth and worldwide expansion, and reflects its recent developments into three fields of expertise: animal care, human care and olfactic.
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Animal nutrition CEO speaks at global feed conference

Thad Simons of Novus International spoke on feeding a growing population.
Helping to feed the world affordable, wholesome food while achieving a higher quality of life: this is the vision of Novus International, said the company's CEO, Thad Simons, during the Fourth Global Feed and Food Congress at Sun City, South Africa. Simons was part of the Global Leaders Outlook Panel, discussing the theme "safe feed and food for all."
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European technical support manager hired by Diamond V

Ysunza has previously worked as corporate manager, graduate professor
Diamond V has named Francisco Ysunza its European technical support manager. Most recently, Ysunza was the quality assurance corporate manager for a 380,000-head beef operation in charge of compliance of live animal procedures 
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Ethanol plant in Minnesota closes again

Reopened plant has only ten remaining employees
A recently reopened ethanol plant in Buffalo Lake, Minn., has closed again, and its top executives have been fired amid a bankruptcy fight. Only 10 of Purified Renewable Energy's 23 employees remain on the job, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported, and the plant has only enough borrowed money for a few weeks.
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Diamond V names webmaster/digital specialist

Kelly Hidlebaugh has more than 15 years of experience in Web development
Diamond V  has hired Kelly Hidlebaugh as a webmaster/digital specialist. She will be responsible for maintaining and promoting the Diamond V brand through its public and secured websites.
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Wilbur-Ellis announces FFA commitment and match program

Company to host FFA educational reception in San Francisco Bay area
Wilbur-Ellis Company has a long and rich history with FFA. Many of the company's employees are former members of FFA and several have held leadership positions in the organization. The company continues to support this rewarding organization through local, state and national funding, and today, Wilbur-Ellis is announcing its 2013 commitment to FFA.
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Partnership to develop jet fuel from feed grains extended by federal agencies

Agriculture secretary says it’s important to be innovators in energy production
The United States Department of Agriculture and Federal Aviation Administration on April 15 signed a five-year extension to an agreement to work for the development for jet fuel made from feed grains produced in the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signed the agreement, which Vilsack called "an innovative, creative partnership to help build biorefineries that will produce more drop-in fuel."
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Subsistance farming should make place for commercialization

Technology key to feeding growing world population
Prosperity for humanity is the single most important desired outcome in finding solutions for a growing population during the next forty years. And prosperity is not something that will be achieved through subsistence agricultural programs, but through commercialization and the use of technology.
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