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Feed Mill Management

Cargill joins venture to expand grain elevator

Project to be completed by fall 2013
Cargill Inc. and Agrex Inc. have entered a 50-50 joint venture to expand an Indiana grain elevator at a cost of $20 million, according to reports. The expansion will triple the unloading and warehouse capacity for corn, soybeans and wheat being handled by the elevator. 
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Animal feed manufacturers build bigger presence

Market moves intensify the rivalry among major players to be regarded as the world’s biggest producers of compound feeds for farm animals and aquaculture.
Looking back at news headlines involving the world’s largest animal feed manufacturers over the past 12 months, it has been a time of further consolidation, acquisition and expansion, together with significant investments in new facilities. These events have brought some changes in our annual list of big players by compounds production volume - not least, signaling renewed competition to be rated at the top for global size.
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Antiox expands Asia Pacific feed milling programs with new employees

Company appoints four new members to Asia Pacific team
Anitox appointed a number of employees to the international corporation as part of an expansion to its pathogen elimination and feed milling efficiency programs in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. C. K. Lim, DVM, joined Anitox as regional technical manager, a role in which he will be responsible for providing technical support to customers, distributors, sales staff and engineers in the Asia Pacific region. 
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South Korea to expand overseas corn, wheat farming

Country hoping to offset rising food costs
South Korea is making plans to secure 380,000 hectares of overseas farmland by 2018 in order to grow crops like corn and wheat and secure a more stable food supply as prices continue to rise, according to the country's agriculture ministry. The government plans to help South Korean companies lease arable land or buy stakes in overseas firms, prioritizing in countries such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Ukraine, Indonesia and Russia.
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Kansas State holds advanced feed manufacturing course

June course was aimed at experienced feed industry professionals
Kansas State University's Department of Grain Science and Industry held an advanced feed manufacturing short course for 27 feed industry professionals in June. The course was offered in partnership with the American Feed Industry Association and the National Grain and Feed Association.  
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Vietnam animal feed producer expanding business, focuses on safety

With a successful first 20 years under its belt and significant feed portfolio, the company is looking to further expansion.
Despite the Vietnamese economy having to cope with inflation, the country’s livestock sector is booming. One of the oldest feed companies in the country, Proconco, recently celebrated its 20th birthday, and is recognised throughout the industry by its Stork logo.
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2011 Victam Innovation Awards announced for animal feed industry

Independent jury recognizes latest pelleting, bagging technology
Animal feed factory and machine manufacturer Amandus Kahl's crown expander was the gold award winner at the 2011 Victam Innovation Awards in Cologne, Germany. There were 22 entries for this year’s innovation awards, with Swiss manufacturer Buhler and European Machine Trading winning the silver and bronze awards.
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China to limit use of grains in non-feed projects

Country takes steps to secure grain supplies
China is making plans to limit the use of grains and edible oils in non-animal-feed projects to secure the country's grain supplies, according to a report by China's top economic planner. Corn is a particular focus, as ethanol, starch and sweeteners consume roughly one-third of China's corn output, leading to concerns about shortages for feed millers.
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Cargill to expand production with new feed mill

New mill will produce 120,000 tons of feed annually
Cargill has made plans to begin production at a new, high-capacity feed mill on May 1. The new facility, which has been under construction since September 2010, will replace Cargill's feed mill that was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 12, 2010.
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US corn consumption raises concerns

Ethanol production, feed consumption are having a big impact on the market
Current consumption of U.S. corn and soybeans is a great deal higher than industry analysts expected, according to Tim Brusnahan, vice president of Brock and Associates, speaking at the recent WATT Online Animal Forum: Feeding the Globe. The production of ethanol, together with several other factors, appears to be at the heart of current fluctuations in the feed ingredients market and as a result, in the livestock markets as well.
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