Hamlet Protein strengthens USA swine team

May 5th, 2020: Hamlet Protein, a leader in the production of soy based protein ingredients, has announced the hiring of Dr Diego Navarro as Swine Nutritionist for USA, Canada and Mexico (NCA Region). Hamlet Protein aims to solidify its leading position in the US, whilst increasing its market presence in Canada and Mexico.

Dr Diego Navarro
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Feed and livestock producers are recognizing the importance of an optimum nutrient supply in the first life stage to promote productivity gains throughout the animal’s lifecycle. For more than 25 years, Hamlet Protein has been focusing successfully on young animal nutrition – piglets, calves and chicken – with their vegetable protein specialty ingredients. From its production plants in Findlay (Ohio – US) and Horsens (Denmark), Hamlet Protein exports to customers all over the world.

The US has an approximate 6.4 million breeding herd and 71.2 million market hog inventory for a total swine inventory of 77.6 million head.  That makes the US the 2nd largest pork producing country and the largest pork exporter in the world. Over the years, Hamlet Protein has consistently invested in production capacity and teams. The addition of Diego Navarro to the team, confirms Hamlet’s commitment to the NCA markets.

Diego pursued a BS in Agriculture at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños and majored in Animal Sciences with a specialization in Swine Production. His undergraduate research focused on the effects of porcine peptones on the production performance of weaning pigs. He moved to Illinois in August 2012 to pursue his MS with Dr Hans Stein. His MS work determined the amino acid digestibility and concentration of energy in processed soybean and rapeseed products fed to pigs. In 2018, Diego earned his PhD with a dissertation entitled ‘The correlation between the physicochemical characteristics and the energetic value of dietary fibre in feed ingredients used in swine diets.’

‘The US swine market is facing challenging times right now, with an uncertain outlook. We believe however in the strong fundamentals of our industry and are committed long term to supplying our goods and services to swine producers in the US in particular and the NCA region in general. We are excited about strengthening the team through the hiring of Diego and which allows us to share his academic insights and professional experience with our customers,’ stated Grady Fain – Regional Director NCA.

Hamlet Protein produces soy-based protein ingredients for young piglet, poultry and cattle feed at two production plants in Denmark and the US.  Hamlet Protein services customers around the world through a network of own sales offices and distributors.

For more information visit the Hamlet Protein website, HERE.

Nutreco announces winners of its Young Researchers Prize

April 30th, 2020: Today Nutreco announced the winners of the Nutreco Young Researchers Prize. The competition acknowledges and champions the most promising research by PhD and post-doctorate students working around the world across animal, aquaculture and veterinary sciences.

In its inaugural year, the competition received 57 outstanding research proposal submissions within the three categories; Precision Farming, Young Animal Nutrition, and Animal Health and Welfare. The jury interviewed 10 shortlisted candidates in a series of virtual interviews. Then, this week, the top three candidates presented their proposals to Nutreco’s CEO Rob Koremans.

Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans comments, ‘Each of these projects was chosen for its innovativeness, its value to the agricultural industries, and its sustainability as a proposal. I would like to congratulate the winners. I was astounded by the quality of research shown by the applicants, and it was with great difficulty that we narrowed down the top three winners’ projects. It’s vital that companies like ours support the work being done by excellent young researchers – they are, after all, working on projects that will help us feed the future.’

Who are the winners?
In first place, with a cash prize of €12,000, is Sudhanshu Sudan, a PhD Researcher of Animal Biosciences from the University of Guelph in Canada. Mr Sudan’s winning research project looks at combating weaning stress in piglets with next-generation probiotics and antimicrobial peptides.

Mr Sudan commented, ‘More than the prize money, this recognition means a lot. It gives me confidence that I am on the right path and contributing towards feeding the future. I have been involved with the Canadian Cancer Society for quite some time and would be parting some portion of the award towards the organisation and rest would go towards my research expenses and tuition.’

The winner of the second place cash prize of €8,000 is Ning Ma from China Agricultural University. Ning’s research explores how weaned piglet selection by probiotic-derived postbiotics influences long-term intestinal health and the purification postbiotics suitable for the neonatal phase.

Finally, the third winner of the Nutreco Young Researchers Prize is Guillermo Bardera from the University of the West of Scotland. Mr Bardera will receive a cash prize of €5,000 for his research project, which project focuses on assessing feed attractability in Pacific white shrimp using Ethovision tracking software.

The award ceremony
The award ceremony was due to take place in May 2020 in Nutreco Headquarters based in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony was completed virtually. Once the COVID-19 situation has stabilised and clear guidance is received that it is safe to travel, the three winners will present their research proposals to the Nutreco Research and Development community at special Global R&D Days in the Netherlands.

For more information visit the Nutreco website, HERE.

ILDEX Vietnam postponed to late 2020

April 30th, 2020: Due to the unrest COVID-19 crisis, the management team of ILDEX have decided to postpone ILDEX Vietnam 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City to 9-11th December, 2020.

The decision is made in view of the global COVID-19 crisis and with the deep concern on the health of the exhibitors and stakeholders. The emergency in Vietnam and other surrounding ASEAN countries have been eased, however, the spread of the virus continues in other parts of the world. Overviewing the current situation, we are not convinced July will bring the best result out of the event for our exhibitors and partners if this continues. Therefore, further postponing the event to the end of 2020 will be appropriate for the benefits of all relevant parties.

By postponing the event to December, we anticipate the Vietnamese market will be fully recovered and the event is set at an ideal timing to meet the market demand after months of downturn. Our primary objective remains to deliver a successful marketplace and to become the gateway for all exhibitor to explore the Vietnamese market.

ILDEX Vietnam is now re-scheduled to December 9–11th, 2020 at SECC, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  

VNU Asia Pacific, together with its global partners, will continue the support to all exhibitors and stakeholders on all issues associated with show preparation.

For more information visit the Ildex Vietnam website, HERE.

African Swine Fever (ASF) webinar – lessons learned from Vietnam and China

April 24th, 2020: ASF is a the disease which can infect pigs when they eat contaminated food, faeces, secretion, therefore the best way of protection is to ‘not’ let pigs face any risks of eating contaminated food or items. Biosecurity is the most important issue that we need to reinforce and seriously practice in our farms to keep the ASF away from our industry.

In the midst of the COVID-19 spread of which the impact can be seen all over the world, Informa Markets team wants to bring the learning opportunity closer to you regardless of the travel restrictions. Informa Markets has created the Livestock series of webinars which are an ideal platform for industry players to network and learn.

Livestock series webinar is a live, virtual event that is executed online. It is an educational or instructive session that includes audio and visual communication between a speaker and attendees. Webinar software enables the sharing files and interactive participation through chat boxes and Q&A features.

Why attend the Livestock Series webinars?
–  Opportunity to learn
– The on-demand availability of webinars
– Access from anywhere
– Webinars are low-cost (or free!)
– Interactive data and content


Register for the webinar, HERE.

David Hines joins Borregaard as technical sales manager for Southwestern USA

April 24th, 2020: Borregaard has recently announced a new addition to their Americas Feed Additives team. Mr David Hines joined Borregaard on April 20th, 2020 as Technical Sales Manager, responsible for the Southwestern USA.

David Hines
Image credit: Borregaard

Mr Hines brings thirty years of feed sales, nutrition, management and manufacturing knowledge. His past three years have been with ADM Animal Nutrition (GM) and prior, an extensive twenty-five years with Cargill Animal Nutrition (Sales/BDM/GM). Species background includes the terrestrial species with a specialisation in all aquatic species, including alligators/crocodiles.

Mr Hines will be responsible for growing Borregaard’s feed additives business in the southwestern geography of the US  Mr Hines is based out of his home office near Houston, TX and will report to Dave Taylor, Area Business Manager Feed Additives, Americas.

Visit the Borregaard website, HERE.

Cargill supports non-profits and restaurant to help tackle community hunger

April 16th, 2020: As covid-19 continues to spread, there is a growing need to feed those who are food insecure. To help meet the growing demand, Cargill Foundation supports the MN Central Kitchen in its mission to tackle hunger and layoffs brought on by covid-19.

Recently Cargill’s headquarters cafeteria opens its door to the MN Central Kitchen. This additional kitchen space will provide employment opportunities and 4,000 meals each week for Minnesotans. The Cargill Foundation is also contributing $1 million to add a distribution site in North Minneapolis with Appetite for Change and to support the production of 120,000 meals across all of MN Central Kitchen’s sites.

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‘At Cargill, we believe our state’s non-profits and hospitality professionals can continue to respond to the growing need for food assistance in our community and are proud to join them in this relief for food insecure children and families in Minnesota,’ said Katie Clark Sieben, Cargill Foundation Director. ‘It is humbling to see our NGO, restaurant and business communities rally together and mobilise quickly to provide nutritious food and employment opportunities.’

The restaurants provide the kitchen space, staff, supplies and food; Second Harvest Heartland coordinates logistics; Loaves & Fishes and Appetite for Change distribute the to-go meals to Minnesotans free of charge at its more than 30 locations across the state; and companies like Cargill fund the operation and provide additional kitchen space.

‘We can’t fight this virus hungry and yet hunger is growing in our community every day. Effectively battling covid-19 is going to take all of us coming together, putting our best innovations forward, to make sure everyone is safe and fed,’ said Allison O’Toole, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland. ‘The Cargill Foundation’s support of Minnesota Central Kitchen is a perfect example of the kind of powerful partnerships we need right now. We’re grateful for Cargill’s long-standing backing and we’re not surprised that they’ve stepped forward, once again, when we need the community to come together like never before.’

‘For those of us who choose to cook for and serve people as a profession, the thought of not being able to do so is heartbreaking,’ said Jonathan Gans, The Bachelor Farmer’s executive chef. ‘We hope that, through the MN Central Kitchen, even though many of our businesses will be affected by this pandemic, we will still be able to feed and take care of those who need it most during these difficult times. A cook needs to cook, and that’s what I intend to do.’

This is just one example of how Cargill is working with non-profit and NGO partners around the globe to help address food security, health and safety needs and agriculture and food industry challenges due to the spread of covid-19.

In addition to monetary donation, Cargill are collaborating with non-profits around the globe to donate food, ingredients and other high-need products for those who are vulnerable during this pandemic. Cargill has donated nearly 1 million pounds of food to food shelves and hunger relief efforts in local communities where our employees live and work. Cargill’s global and regional covid-19 response is guided by our purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.

Visit the Cargill website, HERE.

FAMSUN supports industry partners and customers with tools to fight covid-19

April 16th, 2020: Today the team at International Milling Directory were most grateful to receive a supply of 200 PPE surgical face masks from FAMSUN, a Chinese based world-leading agricultural machinery manufacturer and engineering service provider.

Throughout the covid-19 outbreak FAMSUN have continued to service the industry’s needs, and now they are going above and beyond in supplying their colleagues around the world with tools to help in their own fight against the virus.

FAMSUN have been a leading enterprise in global agriculture and husbandry for over 50 years, and they continue to dedicate themselves to providing efficient and sustained solutions to the agriculture and husbandry sectors for safer, healthier and more environmental-friendly food across the world.

Visit the FAMSUN website, HERE.

Alltech releases free on-demand series about the impact of COVID-19 on agriculture

April 14, 2020: As part of Alltech’s effort to provide valuable resources to colleagues, customers and the global agricultural community confronting COVID-19, the company has created a special discussion series, Forging the Future of the Farm & Food Chain. Available online beginning today, this free, on-demand series features experts from around the world as they share their insights into how the global pandemic is affecting the agriculture industry’s present and future.

‘Crises illuminate character, and COVID has highlighted the heroic work undertaken by the global agriculture community to ensure a secure food supply in the midst of such uncertainty,’ said Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. ‘We created this series as an expression of our support for this community. In addition to offering valuable information and insights in the context of this COVID challenge, we hope to deliver inspiration — we have an opportunity in this moment to, together, shape the future of the farm and food chain.’

Future of Farm and Food Chain

The series consists presentations from Lyons and three panel discussions with experts including David McWilliams, economist and professor at Trinity College Dublin; Jessica Adelman, CEO of ESG Results and former executive at Kroger; Jack Bobo, futurist and CEO of Futurity; and Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture.

Forging the Future of the Farm & Food Chain, a special COVID-19 discussion series, includes:

• Cultivating Optimism & Opportunity: Leadership in Times of Crisis
In times of crisis, leadership becomes even more consequential. How can leaders bring certainty in a time of uncertainty? How can they help their teams think proactively in order to discover opportunity and drive innovation?

Dr  Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, explores how a leader can shape a culture of resilience that empowers a team, even during times of turmoil.

• From the Frontlines of Food Production
The COVID-19 crisis has brought renewed attention to not only the critical importance of food production, but also to the people on the frontlines who work tirelessly to ensure we have food on the table. This panel discussion takes a first-hand look at the experiences of those working within the food/feed sector in the midst of COVID-19.

The panellists are global Alltech team members Matt Kwok, China operations manager; Sayed Aman, India managing director; Andrea Capitani, Italy business manager; and Alex Galipienso, Spain general manager. The panel is moderated by Michelle Michael, Alltech media producer.

• The Post-COVID Consumer: A Remaking of the Market?
Consumer trends are constantly evolving, but post-COVID, will the market see another seismic shift? This panel discussion features an investigation into the lasting impact COVID-19 could have on consumers and the global economy.

Moderating the panel is Damien McLoughlin, professor of marketing at University College Dublin, with panelists David McWilliams, economist and professor at Trinity College Dublin; Jessica Adelman, CEO at ESG Results and former executive at Kroger; and Jack Bobo, futurist and CEO at Futurity.

• Keep Calm and Carry On: The Essential Business of Agriculture
In this panel discussion, experts investigate how the current crisis is reshaping the agriculture sector. What permanent changes could COVID-19 create in how we source, produce and deliver food to market? Will there be a new appetite for automation and supply chain provenance?

Mary Shelman, former director of Harvard Business School’s Agribusiness Program, moderates panelists John Young Simpson, president of Bluegrass Partners in Singapore; Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture; Mike Osborne, former president and CEO of Nutra Blend; and Kayla Price, technical manager of Alltech Canada.

• Planet of Plenty in a Post-COVID World
In the midst of this COVID crisis, the global agriculture community has carried on its essential work — rising with the sun no matter the circumstance. We have provided the security of certainty at a time of great uncertainty and, in doing so, have reshaped the perception of our industry and perhaps even the way we view ourselves.

Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, shares his thoughts on how we can create a world of abundance post-COVID. How will we harness this renewed trust? Will the experiences of this time usher in a new approach to the ways in which we produce food, structure our supply chains and connect with consumers?

To access the Forging the Future of the Farm & Food Chain series on-demand, visit the Alltech website, HERE.

As Alltech has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, an online COVID-19 resource portal has been created for customers and industry partners.

This COVID-19 special series reflects the insightful, thought-provoking content that will be available as part of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience beginning on 18 May, 2020. The virtual program will include live-streamed keynote presentations and on-demand video content from some of the world’s leading industry experts as they address the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture today.

Learn more about the ONE Virtual Experience and register, HERE.   

Iran’s wheat production is expected to reach 14 million tonnes this year

April 9, 2020: Based on the calendar year that started on March 20, Iran is expected to produce 14 million tonnes of wheat.

Speaking to the IRNA, Iran’s official news agency, a Ministry of Agriculture official said that the wheat harvest in the country has already started in Bushehr Province, South Iran, as well as within the Sistan and Baluchestan Provinces, Southeast Iran.

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The official noted that the harvesting of crops will soon start in the provinces of Fars, South Iran, Khuzestan, Southwest Iran and Kerman, South Iran, and wheat harvest will begin in all regions of the country until April 19, and stated that they are pleased with the heavy rainfall in the country and expect this year to bring forth an especially good harvest.

There are over six million hectares of wheat cultivation in the country, and four million of this is dry field farms.

The Ministry of Agriculture also announced that the wheat harvest will not be stopped due to the coronavirus spreading, since the crop is a primary resource of food for the Iranian people.

‘2020 Stand Up for Grain Safety Week’ raises awareness about grain handling and storage hazards

April 9, 2020: The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are hosting a major safety outreach effort – the ‘Stand Up for Grain Safety Week’ – from 13-17 April, 2020, to help raise awareness about grain handling and storage hazards and ways to prevent them, provide education and training, and convey safety best practices.

Throughout the Stand Up for Grain Safety Week, companies may participate by providing a focused activity and/or toolbox talk for employees on any hazard-prevention measure. Featured topics that NGFA and its safety partners — the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and the Grain Handling Safety Council (GHSC) — will highlight throughout the week include: Preventive maintenance; machine/conveyor guarding; grain bin entry; and slips, trips and falls.

This year’s event also will be supplemented with safety-related information to protect employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a new NGFA Safety Tip Sheet and other resources that can be found on ngfa.org/covid-19.

 ‘As the food and agricultural industry continues to work to provide essential human and animal food during the pandemic — during which grain, feed and processing facility employees have been deemed part of the nation’s ‘critical essential infrastructure’ — it may be more important than ever to bring awareness and practicability to best safety practices for grain handlers to maintain and protect our robust workforce,’ said NGFA Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs Jess McCluer. ‘We encourage all companies to participate in this effort and show their continued commitment to the health and safety of their employees.’

Participating companies are encouraged to fill out information about their safety activities on standup4grainsafety.org, which provides training materials and a certificate of participation. Participants can share safety success stories on social media with the hashtag: StandUp4GrainSafety.

The campaign is hosted under the auspices of the NGFA-OSHA Alliance in collaboration with the GEAPS and GHSC.

The NGFA has several resources, including safety tip sheets, guidance documents and training videos, for companies wishing to become involved in the campaign on the NGFA website, HERE.