The UK Environment Secretary calls for more CAP simplifications for farmers from the EU Agriculture Commissioner

Simpler and fewer farm inspections plus an overhaul of greening requirements were amongst a list of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Environment Secretary called for from EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on Monday 20 July.

While welcoming recent moves to make it easier for UK farmers to meet CAP rules, the Secretary of State told the Commissioner at the Royal Welsh Show that there is still more to do to reduce the burdens of the current scheme.

 

The priority areas outlined by the Environment Secretary were:

  • More flexibility for each country to adopt EU guidance in ways that reflect their national circumstances.
  • Allow more forms of evidence such as geo-tagged photography and satellite imagery to be used to check that farmers are meeting requirements.
  • Simpler inspections to reduce the burden on farmers, including a reduction in the number of inspections to check Ecological Focus Areas and a reduction in the overall number of CAP inspections.
  • An overhaul of the greening requirements, including scrapping the ineffective ‘three crop rule’ which requires farmers to plant three different crops each year.
  • A refreshed EU fruit and vegetables scheme to support growth of the horticulture industry and encourage more growers to join producer organisations. The revised scheme would be simpler to administer and help growers secure new export opportunities.

In addition, the Secretary of State called for a review of the EU’s system for controls – known as the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) – resulting in a more pragmatic and proportionate approach to inspections, checks and penalties. This would reduce the risk of farmers facing severe penalties for minor errors.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

Food and farming is a thriving sector in the UK but the potential to further grow this sector is being held back by overly complicated and bureaucratic rules within the Common Agricultural Policy that our farmers have to follow.

That’s why I am continuing to push the Commissioner to look at further ways to simplify the regulations, including reducing the number of farm inspections, guidance that’s easier to follow and scrapping the ineffective three crop rule.

This is part of our commitment to do everything we can to help our farmers grow more, sell more and export more.

Commissioner Hogan is expected to set out the next set of simplification proposals of the Common Agricultural Policy in the autumn.

Three improvements the UK requested formed part of the Commissioner’s initial tranche of changes. These include giving farmers more choice of hedgerows on their land that can be used to meet greening requirements, and making it easier for the Rural Payments Agency to process farmers’ claims by removing the requirement to have detailed maps of landscape features such as hedges which are not used by claimants to meet the Ecological Focus Area requirement.

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Chief to offer equipment rebates to growers of Enogen corn from Syngenta

MINNETONKA, Minn., U.S.A., July 16, 2015 – Syngenta today announced an agreement with Chief Agri/Industrial Division to provide Enogen corn growers rebates on grain bins and other equipment.

A growing demand for high ethanol-yielding grain is creating the potential for corn growers to increase their income per acre. Earlier this year, Syngenta introduced the Ethanol Grain Quality Solution (EGQS), an initiative that includes agronomic protocols and best practices specifically designed to contribute to higher yields, improved grain quality and more ethanol per bushel.

“Grain quality requires attention to detail,” said Roger Townsend, President of Chief Agri/Industrial Division. “The goal should be to minimize quality deterioration at each step of production and during postharvest. We look forward to working with Enogen growers to help them maximize grain quality and return on investment.”

Stiffened bins from Chief Agri/Industrial Division have long been used as an integral component of commercial grain-management systems. Now, they are available in sizes ideal for use on farms, offering all the features that have created the Chief reputation for superior strength, durability and ease of installation. Greater access to technology and expertise from Chief, a leader in grain-handling solutions, will enable Enogen growers to provide ethanol plants with more high-quality corn while helping to ensure the stewardship of Enogen grain.

“Corn is the single biggest input cost for an ethanol plant, and ethanol yield per bushel is one of the biggest drivers of plant profitability,” said Guy Hartwig, head of Enogen grain operations at Syngenta. “Increasingly, ethanol plants are seeking not just clean, dry corn with little or no damage and foreign material, but also grain with quality characteristics that can maximize ethanol production per bushel, including more accessible starch. Chief’s industry-leading grain-handling technology and best-in-class customer service will help Enogen growers maximize profitability, while helping to support the ethanol industry.”

Enogen growers are required to follow specific, yet simple stewardship guidelines to receive a 40-cents-per-bushel (on average) premium. These guidelines include planting non-Enogen border rows around an Enogen cornfield, cleaning out planters and combines, and dedicating bin space for all Enogen grain.

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To summarise:

• Enogen growers will receive rebates on grain bins and other equipment from Chief Agri/Industrial Division

• Chief technology, coupled with the Ethanol Grain Quality Solution, will help provide ethanol plants with more high-quality grain

• Rebates enable grower access to Chief grain bins and equipment to aid in fulfilling Enogen stewardship protocols


About Syngenta

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers, we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us, please go to www.syngenta.com.


 

About Chief Agri/Industrial

Chief Agri/Industrial Division originated in 1961 and has grown to offer a full line of grain and commodity storage, aeration and material handling products throughout the world. The success of our company is directly due to the strong relationships we have created with our customers. Listening to their needs has led to innovative products that help producers minimize storage costs, protect the quality of their product, and maximize the selling price of their commodities. For more information about us, please go to https://agri.chiefind.com/about-us/.

Mathews Company Launches OnDemand Video Tutorials

Crystal Lake, IL – Mathews Company (M-C), a global manufacturer of grain dryers, is launching a series of video tutorials on its website and YouTube® channel as an extension of its M-C University Technical Training program. The purpose of these videos is to provide technical guidance “on demand” and address frequently asked questions by both dealers and end-users.

M-C Technical Training

M-C University currently offers ongoing technical training for its dealers’ service and sales personnel. Expanding the training to include video tutorials that will be available all hours of the day was something dealers felt would be extremely important and helpful to their customers, according to Joseph Shulfer, President of Mathews Company. “While dealers will continue to work with end-users directly to resolve service issues, they overwhelmingly said such videos would be a helpful supplement to the service they are committed to providing their customers,” says Shulfer.
The format of the videos will focus on one specific topic in a 4-6 minute segment, and will include topics such as: setting up and installing M-C Trax (M-C’s remote monitoring system), performing a software update as part of a pre-season check-up and calibrating a moisture sensor. The video tutorials are produced at M-C’s in-house video production studio are managed by Mike Wilke, Director of Engineering and Support Services. “We started with this past season’s most common technical service questions, and created a list of videos that would be most helpful to our dealers and customers. Since we can produce these videos in-house and show quick demonstrations with the equipment, the videos can come together quickly,” says Wilke. M-C plans to release a new video topic each week leading up to the busy fall harvest.
M-C Mark of Excellence Dealer, Troy Low of Agri-Sales in Northwood, Iowa is excited that his customers will be able to view the videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week not only during the busy harvest time, but also at their leisure when customers are just wanting to learn more about their dryer. “Each year, we get inundated with service calls during harvest, typically when customers are starting their dryers up for the first time of the season,” says Low. “If a customer can view a video tutorial, he will get a detailed, tothe-point answer with a visual demonstration. This will save a lot of time, for us and the customer, which we all know is critical during harvest.”
M-C University OnDemand Video Tutorials can be viewed by visiting http://mathewscompany.com/technical-service/m-c-university-ondemand-training-videos/

 


 

Headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL (U.S.A), Mathews Company has been a leading global manufacturer of high quality innovative agriculture equipment, since 1954, specializing in grain drying.
M-C is committed to “Building for the Future,” striving to provide superior products and unmatched service
through innovation, expertise and quality. M-C dryers are available through authorized dealers worldwide.
The company’s web site is www.mathewscompany.com.

Brief introduction to Godrej Plant, India

Godrej project

Godrej Project was located in Hanuman Junction, 60 miles east of Vijayawada, India. The value of contract is worth 4.9 million dollars. The project includes two extruded fish feed production lines, and two shrimp feed production lines. They are all made of steel, with electric control equipments. Fish feed production lines and shrimp feed production lines are separated into two main workshops. Godrej Project used Famsun’s full-set shrimp feed production equipments, the extruder, dryer, grinder, and supporting facility are bought from other companies.

This project’s construction began on 1st August 2013. On 1st May 2014, the extruded fish feed production lines had been accepted and delivered. Soon after, on 6th June 2014, the shrimp feed production lines constructed by Famsun had been accepted and delivered successfully.

Now, Famsun is undertaking the project of Acigodrej in Bangladesh, which is a joint venture from the local company ACI and Indian Godrej. This facility will also be a feed manufacture branch.

 

New AHDB branding launched at Cereals

The International Milling Directory was keen to find out more about the HGCA/AHDB’s recent changes…

New branding and a proposed new way of working for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) was formally launched at Cereals event in Lincolnshire, UK.

This will see AHDB’s sector-focused activity delivered under six brands, AHDB Beef and Lamb, AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds, AHDB Dairy, AHDB Horticulture, AHDB Pork and AHDB Potatoes. Cross sector projects will be delivered as AHDB.

The main AHDB Board agreed to start a reorganisation of AHDB’s senior team into wider functional roles. This is to drive collective delivery of activity in five areas covering industry strategy, technical, communications and market development, finance and HR.

AHDB Chair Peter Kendall (pictured) [image source – AHDB: http://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/press/2015/june/10/new-ahdb-branding-launched-at-cereals.aspx]

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Alapala win the GRAPAS Innovation 2015 first prize award in Cologne

On June 11 2015,  the GRAPAS Innovation Award winners were announced at FIAAP/VICTAM/GRAPAS COLOGNE 2015. Exhibitors could enter their products and services in three different categories; the Aquafeed Innovation Award, the FIAAP Animal Nutrition Award and the GRAPAS Innovation Award. The Innovation awards were to be given to the most innovative and economically beneficial equipment, process or service for the miller as part of another successful GRAPAS Conference and Awards 2015.

Alapala was nominated from the category, ‘Milling Industry’  and won first place for innovation for its roller-mill Similago II launched in April 2013. Similago II redefined grinding technology and has become a symbol of power, passing all the details meticulously reviewed by an independent judging panel.

The Grapas Award was received by Sales Director Mr Stefano Soldi and Area Sales Manager Mr Cagdas Ingin on behalf of the Alapala Group.

Stefano (left) and Cagdas (second left) hold the winning GRAPAS Innovation award and certificate

See more at: http://www.alapala.com/en/press-room/alapala-at-news.

Accurate analysis and prompt response

Seasoned millers fear colour deviations and a high number of specks in the end product. The new online colour and speck analyser MYHB from Bühler enables real-time analysis of colour and specks in flour as well as semolina. The data allows direct corrective measures in the continuous production process without waiting for laboratory results.
 Chroma_Sensor
Flour is not just flour. Different qualities of flour are distinguished by colour and the number of specks, among other things. The lightness or colour of the flour is influenced by three factors:

  • Contamination of the endosperm through bran particles
  • The natural pigment content that colours flour/semolina yellow
  • The granulation.

Specks can be visible all the way through to the end product, for example as dark spots in pasta. For consumers, these dark spots create a feeling of ‘low quality goods’. Therefore, for certain applications the following rule applies: The ‘whiter’ the flour and the fewer specks it has, the higher its quality.

Colour: An eye and experience
The accurate determination of colour and the exact analysis of the number of specks is of central importance in fine-tuning mills and defining the quality of the flour. For hundreds of years, millers have depended on their eyes and experience for colour and speck control. However, with all due respect for the abilities of the miller, “eye-balling” is a subjective judgment and dependent on soft factors such as the type of lighting and the observer’s current condition. To compensate, millers have also recently been using hand measurement and laboratory devices with which the colour of a flour sample can be determined by its position in the so-called tristimulus colour spectrum (L*a*b*).

Specks: Counting
Brown specks are small bits of the grain hull while black specks come from impurities which end up in the milling product through suboptimal settings in the cleaning. The volume of brown and black specks contained in the flour allows inferences to be made about errors in various process steps.
Determining the number of specks, however, is painstaking work. One possibility is to count the number of specks on an exactly defined surface. The accuracy of this depends on the judgment and physical condition of the person counting on that day and the lighting. Counting can also be done by laboratory equipment.

Continuous Analysis
Whether the colour analysis and number of specks is determined by visual inspection or using measurement devices – in both cases the results are a snapshot based on sampling. With the new online colour and speck analyser MYHB, Bühler has revolutionised colour and speck control. The system allows continuous monitoring of speck count and product colour in the on-going production of flour and semolina (soft wheat/durum). The core of it is a high-resolution special camera which is directly integrated into the gravity spouting. The camera delivers reproducible colour values in the CIE colour spectrum (L*a*b*) and continuous images of the product as it passes by. The constant analysis enables averaging the colour and speck values for a large measuring surface. Colour deviations from ΔE = 0.2 can be identified. In comparison, the human eye can only identify colour deviations of ΔE = 0.5. The analyser MYHB also recognises brown and black specks starting from a minimum of 80µm and can classify them according to their size.
The MYHB software reports unacceptable deviations according to individually defined alarm thresholds with no time lapse. The images and the speck reports enable the miller to more accurately limit the causes of the colour deviation and specks and to introduce corrective measures.

Combination with NIR
The MYHB system for colour and speck analysis is excellently suited for combination with the NIR multi online analyser MYRG. This system is based on the near infrared (NIR) generation with diode array technology and is used for continuous monitoring of ingredients such as protein, ash, moisture or starch damage in raw, intermediate and end products in the grain processing industry. Both systems can be used for multiple measuring spots in the most varied combinations, and are operated with a common software. The software provides a clearly structured user interface with current measurement values and trend charts. Finally, integrating it with the process management system, WinCos, ensures seamless documentation and traceability.

JTIC15

Take advantage of the 66th JTIC International meeting to present your innovations!

Take advantage of the 66th JTIC International meeting to present your innovations!
JTIC15

JTIC 2015

This year, the AEMIC organizes the 22nd Posters Session and the 7th Workshops edition in the JTIC International Milling and the Cereal Industries Meeting, on November 4-5th, 2015 in PARIS.

 

 

WHO IS CONCERNED BY POSTERS ?

Laboratories, research institutes and industrials.

WHO IS CONCERNED BY WORKSHOPS?

Cereal industry suppliers (seeds, phytosanitary products, equipment & machinery, packaging, handling, I.T., labs, etc…)

WHAT CONSTITUTES THE POSTERS SESSION?

“Bridging the all-too-common gap between
research and practice” (Henri Nuret) by presenting your scientific and technical researches in the form of a poster.

WHAT CONSTITUTES THE WORKSHOPS?

A real forum of innovation, the Workshops are a venue for presenting the latest products and services developed specifically for cereal producers, processors and users.

BENEFIT FOR AUTHORS

  • Display of a poster 80×120 cm during the JTIC meeting (authors are in charge of their poster printing and setting up).
  • Possibility to have your poster published in Industries des Céréales magazine, in the form of a poster or an article.
  • 1 free admission* to the JTIC conferences and exhibition (excluding meals)
  • Possibility to be awarded for the quality of your work.
* Subject to conditions, see the call for abstracts.

BENEFIT FOR AUTHORS

  • 30-mins session with PowerPoint presentation during JTIC meeting.
  • Presentation in the Show press pack.
  • Visibility on the www.jtic.eu website.
  • Possibility of publishing a press release or article in the magazine Industries des Céréales.

POSTER SUBMISSIONS

The submission of a poster is subjected to the approbation of the editorial staff of Industries des Céréales magazine.

 WORKSHOPS SUBMISSIONS

The submission of a workshops is subjected to the approbation of the jury for their innovative character and their applications in the cereal sector.
The cost of submissions for a workshop session is:
  • 850 € for an “Innovation” package (1 emailing + 1 workshop)
  • 1500 € for a “New Idea” package (1 emailing + 1 workshop + 1 ad spot)

 DEAD LINE FOR POSTERS SUBMISSIONS: 12/10/2015

To submit your poster and get more information, download the poster call for abstract 2015

Click here

DEAD LINE FOR WORKSHOPS SUBMISSIONS: 12/10/2015

To submit your workshop and get more information, download the workshop call for abstract 2015

Click here

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66th JTIC international meeting
November 4-5 2015 in Paris!
More information on www.jtic.eu
Christy Turner

Christy Turner debuts E R & F Turner’s new Flaking Mill at VICTAM

Christy Turner Ltd is re-launching its new high capacity E R & F Turner 600 Flaking Mill, re-engineered specifically for the animal feed market, at VICTAM, on stand no. G057.

As one of the most established manufacturers of flaking mills, E R & F Turner’s new 600 mill; designed to handle steam flaked, micronized and extruded grains, maize, wheat, barley, beans, peas and soya, takes the proven chassis and roll design of its 600 mill, already used extensively across the breakfast cereal industry, and simplifying it to meet the needs of the animal feed market. The new mill also offers a more hygienic flaking process and a newly restructured pricing tariff, enabling the purchase of a premium brand at various price breaks, dependent on the ancillary elements specified by the purchaser. Chris Jones, managing director of Christy Turner Ltd (which brings together E R & F Turner, Miracle Mills and Christy & Norris), comments: “The redevelopment of our 600 flaking mill provides real benefits to animal feed producers by offering a premier mill at a competitive market price and reinforces our position at the forefront of the industry.”

Benefits of the new 600 flaking mill include:

  •  High precision, rigid bearing arrangement, enabling the production of very fine flakes, if required
  •  Heavy duty construction
  • Chilled iron rolls – manufactured from high quality spun cast chilled iron, allowing for a long life and considerable number of regrinds
  • Pneumatically operated scrapers as standard
  • Common chassis supporting mill and motors is isolated from the surrounding structure on anti-vibration mounts
  •  Fully guarded rolls at all times, including when the covers are open
  •  Facility to insert sampling tray during flake production

The following upgrade options are also available:

  • Fine adjustment mechanism to enable in process roll gap adjustment, or fully automated plc control of roll gap via servo valves fitted to the hydraulic pressure assembly
  •  Integrated variable speed feed roll unit or standalone vibratory feeder
  •  Water cooled rolls

Chris Jones concludes: “We are proud to count many of the world’s leading animal feed producers as clients, and our new 600 flaking mill further reinforces the reliability and quality craftsmanship for which E R & F Turner is renowned.”

 

About Christy Turner Ltd:

Christy Turner Ltd combines more than a century and a half of experience and innovation, the latest design tools, and sound engineering. Formed from five separate companies, each with its own individual expertise, Christy Turner’s worldwide reputation is based on the design, manufacture and supply of British engineered high quality flaking and hammer mills, pulverisers, grinders and associated plant.

Christy Turner machinery is used by international clients across many different industries and applications, including: the food industry, the animal feed industry, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, biomass processing, waste recycling, and mineral reduction.

www.christy-turner.com