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ForFarmers CEO resigning in 2014

Bert-Jan Ruumpol to remain through April 2014 to familiarize successor with role
ForFarmers has announced that Bert-Jan Ruumpol is resigning as CEO, effective April 30, 2014, by mutual agreement with the supervisory board. Ruumpol has worked for ForFarmers and its legal predecessors since 1991.
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Feed milling company names director of sales

Hans van der Weijden will focus on international growth of Van Aarsen International.
Feed milling company Van Aarsen in Panheel has appointed Hans van der Weijden as its new sales director. Van Aarsen is internationally active as specialist in the compound feed industry with knowledge and experience in the design and construction of animal feed production systems.
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March corn stock levels higher than anticipated

Prices already easing, offering relief to poultry, livestock feeders
When the United States Department of Agriculture released its Grain Stocks report on March 28, the amount of corn stocks on hand even surprised the USDA itself.
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Poor corn crop would close meat, poultry plants, economist says

Yields below 130 bushels per acre would drive price beyond $8 a bushel
If this year's corn yields drop much below the base of 145 bushels per acre, it will force some meat and poultry plants that rely on that grain for feed to close, said Dr. Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon LLC.
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Farmers intend to plant more feed grains in 2013

USDA corn acreage forecast the highest since 1936
Poultry and livestock producers got a bit of welcome news as farmers are expected to plant more feed grains for the 2013 seasons. All of the major feed grains will increase in acreage in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Planting Intentions report, with the exception of soybeans, which will decrease less than 1 percent.
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EU may lift byproduct ban for poultry, pig feed

Processed animal proteins can be used in pet food, EU looking for expansion in 2014
The EU may lift its animal byproduct ban for poultry and pig feed in the hopes of lowering costs, according to reports. The ban was initially imposed during a mad cow disease outbreak over ten years ago; its retraction would come with stricter safety rules imposed to prevent things such as cannibalism through the feed given to animals.
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Global dairy market tightened by Chinese buying, supply contraction

Rabobank releases latest dairy quarterly report for 2013
The global dairy market tightened considerably in mid-March and is predicted to remain tight over the next six months, according to Rabobank’s latest dairy quarterly report. While dairy market demand remained weak in the EU and U.S., importers continued to seek increased quantities, led by a surge in Chinese buying.
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Record year for meat, poultry exports bolsters US soy demand

Poultry, swine account for 19.7 percent of U.S. soy meal
Despite challenging issues, such as the struggling global economy and trade barriers, U.S. poultry and livestock farmers enjoyed a record year for meat exports, which helps keep domestic demand for U.S. soy strong.
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Biomin founder Erich Erber wins Asian Personality Award

Erich Erber honored for contributions in field of animal nutrition
Erich Erber, chairman of the Executive Board of Erber Group and founder of Biomin, was awarded the Asian Personality award at VIV Asia 2013 in recognition of his 30 years of contributions to the field of animal nutrition.
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