Milling Journal Milling Journal Online Romer Labs RapidChek Listeria NextDay Test System Earns Performance-Tested Methods Certification From AOAC Research Institute Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:23:10 EST Newark, DE — November 19th, 2014 — Romer Labs today announced that its RapidChek® Listeria NextDay™ test system earned Performance-Tested MethodsSM (PTM) certification from the AOAC Research Institute for various ready-to-eat foods with a 27-48 hr. enrichment. The AOAC PTM certification extension for food samples validates RapidChek Listeria NextDay™ as equivalent to the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) 48-hour methodology for detecting all 6 Listeria species on food samples, including hot dogs, roast beef, frozen breaded chicken and meatballs and equivalent to the FDA BAM 48-hour methodology for various dairy products. The RapidChek Listeria NextDay™ system had previously received AOAC New Technology Shows Success in Disease Resistance Against Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus and Triticum Mosaic Virus Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:08:16 EST Manhattan, Kan. — Wheat diseases caused by a host of viruses that might include wheat streak mosaic, triticum mosaic, soil-borne mosaic and barley yellow dwarf could cost producers 5 to 10 percent or more in yield reductions per crop, but a major advance in developing broad disease-resistant wheat is on the horizon. John Fellers, molecular biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, and Harold Trick, plant geneticist for Kansas State University, have led an effort to develop a patent-pending genetic engineering technology that builds resistance to certain viruses in the wheat plant itself. And although genetically engineered Interstates Companies Earn Three Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa Awards Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:33:10 EST Sioux Center, IA ‐ Interstates Companies received three prestigious construction awards from Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa during the association’s annual Excellence in Construction banquet held recently in Altoona, IA. Interstates Companies was recognized for work on three projects. The first was a 2014 Award of Excellence in the Electrical – Commercial and Industrial Over $2 Million Category. The Award of Excellence was presented based on the company’s work at the Ag Processing, Inc. Degumming facility located in St. Joseph, Missouri. The second award was a 2014 Award of Excellence in the Electrical ‐ Commercial and Industrial $1 to $2 K-State Agricultural Extension: Sharp Drop in Temperatures Expected to Send Kansas Wheat Crop Into Dormancy Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:08:22 EST Manhattan, Kan. — The sudden sharp drop in temperatures across Kansas during the week of Nov. 10-15 will certainly cause the wheat crop to go into dormancy. Whether it will injure the wheat to any degree depends on several factors, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. “The moisture level in the topsoil will be important. Soil moisture was generally good in most of the state going into October." "But the warm temperatures in October caused some of the wheat in the state to put on excessive amounts of topgrowth, which dried out the soil,” Shroyer said. USDA Nov. WASDE Report Cuts Global Wheat Production Due to Weather Concerns Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:34:08 EST In its November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released Nov. 10, USDA noted that late-season rain in the United States and persistent dry weather in southeast Australia and Kazakhstan are cutting into 2014/15 world wheat production. USDA also anticipates less consumption in Egypt because of a government plan to reduce bread subsidies. Overall, USDA forecasted U.S. wheat supplies for 2014/15 to be nearly 76 million metric tons (MMT), or 2.79 billion bushels, based on updated production estimates. The agency reported that farmers did not harvest a significant number of HRS and durum fields. At 55.1 MMT, the The Deere Foundation Donates $10,000 For Moisture Meters to K-State University Feed The Future Innovation Lab For Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:07:07 EST Manhattan, Kan. and#151; The researchers at the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss at Kansas State University would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the Deere Foundation. The Deere Foundation donated $10,000 for the purchase of 40 moisture meters to be used in the four focus countries on the project. The objective of the project is to study and reduce post-harvest losses through the application of on-the-shelf technologies. Farmers, with the assistance of extension agents, are better able to utilize modern agricultural technology, such as moisture meters, to monitor their grain K-State University IGP Institute Partners With AIB International For Grain Milling and HACCP Workshop Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:43:05 EST Manhattan, Kan. — The agricultural and food industries rely heavily on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs to ensure safe and quality food products. Kansas State University’s IGP Institute partnered with AIB International to hold the AIBI-KSU Grain Milling and HACCP Workshop on Oct. 28-30, 2014. “This course was developed in partnership with AIB International to address the specific HACCP requirements of a grain processing facility,” says Mark Fowler, IGP Institute associate director and milling specialist. “The Food Safety Modernization Act has increased food safety awareness making a comprehensive HACCP plan a vital part of any management plan.” Supervisors and FNA Strategic Agriculture Institute Commentary: Concern and Confusion Surround Canadian Wheat Board Privatization Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:05:40 EST Farmers are telling us that they are deeply disturbed about the CWB privatization process. Recently, FNA learned that their bid to acquire the CWB, backed by strong farmer-interest, was rejected. This is a clear message that there is no interest from CWB management to include farmers in a meaningful way in the privatization process. The confusing part is that, now CWB management is saying they are surprised that FNA thinks they're out of time to reach out to farmers and raise adequate equity for a successful bid. If farmers are not out of time, then the reason for rejecting the Kansas Wheat Consumer Outreach Focuses on National Festival of Breads and Social Media Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:17:08 EST In the age of information, consumers are more curious than ever before about their food. From the farm to the fork, gourmet cooks and young moms alike want to know everything. This presents a huge challenge for farmers, who may not be used to the younger generation's demands for instantaneous knowledge. But this newfound curiosity is also a huge opportunity for people in the agricultural community, especially for those involved in the wheat industry. Wheat foods have been intensely scrutinized over the last few years due to growing consumer interests in gluten-free and low-carb products. While hungry patrons should have the VAA Engineering Names Paul Murphy as Senior Project Manager Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:08:32 EST Minneapolis, MN— VAA is pleased to welcome Paul Murphy as a Senior Project Manager. Murphy will strengthen existing client relationships and identify new strategic business efforts for the firm’s general arrangement / process equipment services. Murphy specializes in managing domestic and international efforts, including feed mills, grain export terminals, pet food plants, and flour mills. He brings nearly 30 years of experience to VAA and will lend his conceptual and material handling design expertise to projects nationwide and internationally. Working for a design-build contractor, Paul led everything from small retrofits to large-scale greenfield sites. Murphy understands the level of engineering, planning,