Post-Brexit opportunities for British agriculture

The opportunities for British agriculture post-Brexit will be top of the agenda for this year’s Agribusiness conference organised by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).

The conference, to be held on November 14th at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, takes the theme of ‘Creating a resilient UK Agri-food supply chain.’

John Kelley, AIC’s Chief Operating Officer and conference organiser, said: “For the first time in decades, there will be a national agricultural policy and strategy which will look to balance vital food production against an enhanced environment.

“We have asked our speakers to take a broad look at what the future may hold for UK agribusiness and the food and feed supply chains.

“We will also explore how consumer trends are changing – an essential factor in looking to the future and we will examine the opportunities that will be generated for the agri-supply industry to play its part in forging a truly resilient supply chain.”

Speakers already confirmed include the AIC Chief Executive Robert Sheasby; Minette Batters, NFU; Sir Peter Kendall, AHDB; Gemma Cooper from Nielsen Marketing; Fraser Black, Chief Executive of agricultural innovations centre Crop Protection and Health; and Lyndsay Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Innovation & Excellence in Livestock.

The conference will be chaired by Charlotte Smith of BBCFarming Today.

Tickets and further information can be obtained from the Agribusiness 2019 website or from Debbie Walker at:

South African barley concern

I read a really interesting article today about barley production in South Africa. It seems growers are up in arms. This article is by Shem Oirere.

South Africa has for many decades recorded a deficit in its barley production volumes in spite of government projections of an increase in area under production by 16.2percent to 106,150ha.

Narrowing the barley production deficit in South Africa would require not only an increase in the acreage under the crop but also improvement in the quality of the produce to ensure more sales to the country’s new beer brewing monopoly Belgian-based multinational beverage and brewing holdings company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev).

Apart from the unpredictable weather in key barley growing areas of Northern Cape, Southern Cape and North West Province, which has in recent times devastated cereal crops in South Africa, concerns have also been raised by the country’s grain producers on the likely impact on production of a review of the barley pricing structure by AB InBev after its recent completion of the acquisition of SABMiller.

The concerns became more pronounced in May 2018 when the barley farmers raised the alarm over possible adverse impact of AB InBev’s proposal to review the nine-year-old barley pricing structure that has been tied to the wheat futures at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

Before the merger with SABMiller in South Africa, AB InBev was supplying beer products such as Corona Extra, Stella Artois, Beck’s Blue and Budweiser brands largely imported and distributed via DGB (Pty) Ltd (DGB), a global distributor of alcoholic products.

SABMiller on the other hand was in the period preceding the merger active in South Africa market as the largest producer of beer products trading under brand names such as Carling  Black  Label, Castle  Large,  Hansa, Castle  Light  and Peroni.

A revised pricing structure for the 2008 barley crop according to Pretoria-based Grain SA, a non-profit organisation that champions interests of grain producers of South Africa, would result in farmers earning less than initially projected.

The grain farmers’ lobby has sought for the intervention of South Africa’s Competition Commission after AB InBev the new pricing structure would result in barley growers being paid 97 percent of the price for top grade wheat (B1) for the 2008 crop from 102 percent of second tier wheat (B2).

SABMiller had in 2009 linked the price of malting barley to the wheat futures price at the South African Futures Exchange (Safex), a futures exchange subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange Limited exposing the barley producers to a huge price risk.

Who would have thought barley could have such a key role in SA?

Hello – please tell me your news

Hello everyone,

I have just started with Perendale Publishing – the owners of the International Milling Directory – and I am keen to learn all about milling and its associated businesses. I have a background in journalism and am pretty adept at picking up complicated issues and understanding them. I was Editor of an evening newspaper in Gloucestershire and have been a journalist for 25 years.

I would love to hear all your industry news for inclusion in this blog or in Milling and Grain magazine. Please email me at with all your news. I would also like to come and visit you so I can really grasp what your industry is all about.


Matt Holmes

Leading UK manufacturer of grain silos launches additional brand

Bentall Rowlands Storage Systems, founded in the 1800’s, and now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of grain silos and storage systems, sees the launch of their new ‘BRSS’ secondary corporate identity in June 2018.

This addition to the Bentall Rowlands brand, will not be replacing the existing corporate identity, but simply enhancing their existing brand and will be used on all future completed silo projects around the world.

In addition to being CE Certified, their team of highly-skilled engineers manufacture all products in-house in a dedicated manufacturing facility in Scunthorpe, UK, supplying into worldwide agricultural and industrial markets.

A great loss to the industry – Mark Cornwell

Mark “Cornman” Cornwell died unexpectedly at his home on 11th September 2017 in Leawood Kansas at the age of 61. Mark is survived by his wife Martha and step daughter Maggie McGilley along with his three sisters Carole, Connie and Kristi and his two beloved dogs Abbie and Marley, who will miss having Mark to play with them. Mark was born on April 16, 1957 in Kirksville, Missouri to Clifton and Una Cornwell. He graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia on a golf and thespian scholarship where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and as such was an avid fan of Mizzou football, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs football team and his beloved St. Louis Cardinal baseball team. After leaving university, Mark was a partner in the Mister Guy clothing franchise in Little Rock, Arkansas. He came to Kansas City in the late 1980s where he started a career with Sosland publishing company as the publisher of World Grain Magazine. Mark was a long-time associate of the grain and milling industry, and having spent many years with World Grain helping build a leading industry magazine he then went on to partner with Perendale Publishers in 2014 to work on the oldest publication in the milling sector, Milling and Grain magazine, along with his wife and business partner Martha. Mark was accomplished at building relationships and making friends and over the years has gained a network of friends on every continent on the planet. He was a generous and witty individual with a sense of humour that would make even the grumpy old men in a room laugh, and the character to always do the best job possible for those he served as well as being someone always willing to help people who might be struggling either personally or professionally. Mark was an icon of the grain and milling industry. A man of minimal fuss he loved his music and was passionate about fly fishing. Not wanting any fuss Mark had requested no funeral rather opting for a quiet private cremation which was carried out as per his wishes on Wednesday 13th September. However, a celebration of his life will be scheduled soon. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mark’s life. In lieu of flowers a charitable foundation will be set up in Marks name to establish a new scholarship at his local university. The family would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive from all over the world with their kind words and support.



(Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 17, 2017).

Grapas 2017 – live videos of the presentations



Achieving great synergies between milling sectors as the world wakes up to the challenge of feeding 9.5 billion people by 2050

The senior international executives that attend GRAPAS will comprise CEO’s , directors, mill managers, plant managers, transportation managers, nutritionists, etc. These influential visitors will have come from rice mills, flour mills, food processing plants, storage facilities, port terminals

Milling and Grain Magazine is excited to share with our readers the latest line up industry voices that will presenting on the day among the topic of ‘Milling Materials’, ‘Global Milling’, and ‘Milling Innovation’.



  • Raw materials, additives and product development
  • Technological developments in the milling industry
  • Challenges facing the food industry





Milling and Grain Magazine is excited to share with our readers the latest line up industry voices that will present on the day among the topic of ‘Milling Materials’, ‘Global Milling’, and ‘Milling Innovation’. Read below to find out more about our exciting line up.
1. Milling Materials – Varieties, nutrition and health

Thomas Ziolko
Topic: “Ensuring food safety in the milling process”
Title: Product Manager Industrial Milling, Bühler

Bio: Thomas Ziolko began his career studying at Hoffmann La Roche school of health care. After working for some time as product manager with Büchi Labortechnik, a Spectroscopy equipment supplier, Thomas moved began working as product manager in Bühler’s Grain Milling Business Area. He is responsible for various grain milling product groups including weighing, packing, online sensors and quality monitoring. With a vast background of knowledge in working with monitoring equipment, Thomas is working at the peak of his field with the team at Bühler.


Martin Whitworth
Topic: “Quality Evaluation of UK Milling Wheat”
& “Mechanisms of Structure Formation in Baked Products”
Title: Principle Scientist – Primary Production and Processing, Campden BRI

Bio: Martin Whitworth is a Principal Scientist in Campden BRI’s Primary Production and Processing Department. The department specialises in raw material processing and measurement, with a strong reputation in cereals research and analysis. Martin has a PhD in physics from Cambridge University, and is a Chartered Physicist. He has worked at Campden BRI since 1992.
Martin provides services for physical characterisation of food products and ingredients including colour, structure and texture, with particular expertise in the application of imaging methods. His main food speciality is cereal science and technology. He is a leading expert on bubble structure of doughs and baked products and is the inventor of the C-Cell instrument for bread analysis. His high stature has earned him two speaking roles at the GRAPAS 2017 Conference, in which he will share his unrivalled expertise.


2. Global Milling – Opportunities for the milling industry

Thomas Landert
Topic: “Rice Miling – The role of extrusion technology in the milling industry”
Title: Area Sales Manager – Europe & Middle East, Wenger Manfuacturing inc.

Bio: Thomas Landert has detailed experience in engineering and marketing worldwide. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Thomas previously worked in various fields including equipment design and development, and technical assistance and service, before moving in to a marketing and sales role with several international Swiss companies. From 2001 he worked as Marketing Segment Manager for Bühler, before moving on to the role of Area Sales Manager for Nutrition in places including the Middle East, Southern Africa, and the Indian Subcontinent. Currently he works for Wenger Manufacturing, where he serves in the Food and Industrial Products Division as Area Sales Manager for Europe and the Middle East. With such international involvement in milling extrusion, Thomas is perfectly equipped to explain the value of extrusion technology in Rice milling.


Alexander Waugh
Topic: “Training the millers – Are we providing enough trained mill leaders?”
Title: Director, NABIM

Bio: Alexander Waugh is the Director General of the UK flour millers’ association, NABIM, and Secretary of the Rice Association. He has a long involvement in the grain world, having worked in the farming sector before joining NABIM in 1987. Alexander is a Council member of the Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Flour Millers Association. He is a former vice-President of Euromaisiers, which represents EU maize millers, and has also been a board member of HGCA Ltd (now AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds), an organisation which brings together UK farmers, grain traders and processors to promote the wellbeing of the grain sector. Alexander is a key player of the milling industry, and a must-see presenter at the GRAPAS 2017 Conference.


Cliff Spencer
Topic: “The future importance of lesser known grains to global milling”
Title: Chairman, Milling4Life CIO

Bio: During a distinguished 40 year farming career Clifford achieved several UK crop yield records and acted as the leading nucleus seed producer to all the major European plant breeders. He has produced over 60 species of plants at farm level on a global basis, was previous Chairman of a regional Farming Group for the UK Sustainable Strategy in Farming, was a senior Agriculture and Bioenergy adviser to the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and has served as an expert adviser to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He is now a Goodwill Ambassador for the African Union, a director and Chairman of Milling4Life, a UK Charitable Incorporated Organisation. There are few people more important to meet at GRAPAS 2017.


3. Milling Innovation – Technology & Development

Nicholas Trounce
Topic: “Internet of things: Sensors and online measurements for milling”
Title: Head Product Management Industrial Milling, Bühler

Bio: Nicholas Trounce has a rich background of education in Business Informatics and Administration at both Bachelor and Masters level. Working with Bühler since 2007, he began as the head of customer service, in Switzerland, before moving on to project manager for the USA in 2012. Today he is head of product management at Bühler’s Grain Milling Business Area, responsible for various grain milling product groups including roller mills and optical sorters. His background in Business Informatics and IT leaves him perfectly poised to deliver a highly informative presentation detailing the potential capacity for further development of the milling industry using the power of the internet of things.


Dr Wenbin Wu
Topic: “Present Situation and Development of Chinese Roller Machining Technology”
Title: Head, Institute of Grain Machinery

Bio: Originally receiving his PhD from Dalian University of Technology, professor Wen-bin Wu is now a visiting scholar at the Norwegian University of science and technology and leader of the Grain and oil Machinery Research Institute at Henan University of Technology. His research focuses on the modern design of milling and grain machinery and manufacturing technology. Aside from his research, Professor Wu is also a member of the China Grain and oil council, vice secretary of Food Machinery and Equipment on China’s Food Standard Commission, and committee member for the special processing branch of the Chinese mechanical engineering association. As the Chinese milling industry only continues to grow, it is more important now than ever to hear what potential it holds from one of the industry’s experts.


Dr Thomas Miedaner & Dr Friedrich Longin
Topic: “Bring Back Neglected Cereals: From Ancient Grains to Superfoods”
Title: Co-Authors – Bring Back Neglected Cereals: From Ancient Grains to Superfoods

Bio: Thomas Miedaners studied Agrobiology at the University of Hohenheim and received his PhD in Resistance Genetics at a Federal institute. He returned to the University of Hohenheim in 1987 to get the leader of the Rye & Biotic Stress Research Group at the State Plant Breeding Institute and got his Habilitation in 1998 in Plant Breeding.

Friedrich Longins studied Agrobiology at the University of Hohenheim and received his PhD in Breeding Methodology. He returned to the University of Hohenheim after a short PostDoc engagement as leader of the Wheat Research Group at the State Plant Breeding Institute, before attaining his Habilitation in 2016 in Plant Breeding.


Videos of all presentations are online at:

Henry Simon production has started!

Alapala and Satake partnership initiated the production of the milling legend Henry Simon. The pre-launch meeting was held between April 23 and 25, 2017 in Alapala’s headquarter in Çorum, Turkey. The new Henry Simon milling machines will be introduced at the 121st Annual IAOM Conference & Expo which will be held between April 10 and 14, 2017. This take off will be a prologue to the new era of global milling sector.

Japan’s first power driven rice milling machine inventor Satake and 60 yearlong global grain milling technology provider Alapala had signed a strategic partnership agreement in 2015. Both companies had combined their production, R&D, sales, marketing and aftersales forces in the scope of this agreement. As a second and a further step of the agreement, Satake and Alapala regenerate the oldest and the best known, legendary brand of milling technologies.

Henry Simon milling company was founded originally in England by the German engineer Henry Gustav Simon in 1878. More than 400 Henry Simon branded mills was established all over the world, with innovations such as the first double roller mill and the first PLC automation system.

One of these 400 Henry Simon branded mills was “Hatap Un” which was established in Çorum in 1961. Also Mehmet Alapala, the founder of Alapala, entered to the sector by producing wooden sifter for “Hatap Un” mills. Following years, joining with Robinson Milling Company, Henry Simon brand was sold to Satake in 1991.

By the year 2017, Alapala and Satake resubmit the Henry Simon brand to the market. Alapala’s capacity increasing investments, spare parts supply and aftersales services ally with Satake’s active sales network and gigantic R&D team to revive Henry Simon brand.

With the force of Henry Simon brand and Satake partnership, Alapala will move up its worldwide power by reaching new more 55 countries in addition to its existing experience of more than 600 turnkey projects in 100 countries.



Vietstock 2016 Expo & Forum

According to Vietstock 2016 Expo & Forum organisers, the first day of the event has been a success.
The following is a summary of day one, as provided by the organisers:

Thousands of trade visitors came from Vietnam and other ASEAN countries, attended the opening day of VIETSTOCK 2016 Expo & Forum. This clearly demonstrates the importance of Vietstock 2016 Expo & Forum as the premier event for the livestock, Feed and Meat industry.

Feed millers, Farmers and Traders came to source equipment and Feed material in Vietstock 2016 Expo & Forum. In this exhibition, there are 300+ exhibitors from over 36 countries. It is a place for networking, learning and sharing experience.

Opening Ceremony

A common theme of the Opening Ceremony speeches was that Vietstock 2016 Expo & Forum is a unique event that provides valuable insights to help your business grow and succeed.

The organiser has also announced the 7th Vietstock Award for Vietnam Feed, Livestock & Aquaculture Industry. This award is aimed to honour the organisations and companies that have significant contribution to the development of livestock industry.

With the development of the agriculture industry, Vietnam’s livestock industry has achieved significant developments. The industry has also maintained a high growth rate for 15 years:

– Meat processing grew triple: (from 1.8 million tons to 4.6 million)

– Eggs grew triple: (from 3 billion eggs to 8.9 billion)

– Milk increased 14 times: (from 51.5 thousand tons to 723 thousand)

– Feed processing rose by four times: (from 4.3 million tons to 16 million, exclusively aquaculture feed), making Vietnam one of the top feed processing countries in the ASEAN region.

In the near future, our industry needs to continue to transform into value chain processing, traceability, quality and safety enhancement, in order to be competitive locally and internationally.

Vietstock 2016 Expo & Forum has attracted 300 exhibitors from 35 countries, including 52 companies from Vietnam. Vietstock 2016 will attract significant interest from companies and organisations to connect the domestic market with the regional and international markets.

Vietstock 2016 will provide attendees the opportunity to access the latest products, technologies, and knowledge and market insights. This is also a chance to widen one’s network, find new distributors and partners, and promote our industry to the world.
Read more HERE.

USDA Prepares for Hurricane Matthew

USDA Reminds Individuals and Small Businesses that USDA Offers Disaster Assistance Programs to Help

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses that could potentially be affected by Hurricane Matthew that USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters. USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices along the East Coast are ready to help.usda_logo

“USDA has offices in nearly every county in the U.S., and we want to remind people that we have a variety of services that may be useful in challenging times like this one,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

USDA encourages residents and small businesses in the potential impact zones to contact the following offices to meet their individual needs:

Property and Shelter

When floods destroy or severely damage residential property, USDA Rural Development can assist with providing priority hardship application processing for single family housing. Under a disaster designation, USDA Rural Development can issue a priority letter for next available multi-family housing units. While these programs do not normally have disaster assistance authority, many of USDA Rural Development programs can help provide financial relief to small businesses hit by natural disasters, including low-interest loans to community facilities, water environmental programs, businesses and cooperatives and to rural utilities. More information can be found on the Rural Development website or by contacting the State Offices.

Food Safety and Food Assistance

Severe weather forecasts often present the possibility of power outages that could compromise the safety of stored food. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recommends that consumers take the necessary steps before, during, and after a power outage to reduce food waste and minimize the risk of foodborne illness. FSIS offers tips for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe and a brochure that can be downloaded and printed for reference at home. If you have questions about the safety of food in your home, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET or visit to chat live with a food safety specialist, available in English and Spanish.

Owners of meat and poultry producing businesses who have questions or concerns may contact the FSIS Small Plant Help Desk by phone at 1-877-FSIS-HELP (1-877-374-7435), by email at, or 24/7 online at

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates with state, local and voluntary organizations to provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites. Under certain circumstances, states also may request to operate a disaster household distribution program to distribute USDA Foods directly to households in need. In addition, FNS may approve a state’s request to implement a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) when the President declares a major disaster for individual assistance under the Stafford Act in areas affected by a disaster. State agencies may also request a number of disaster-related SNAP waivers to help provide temporary assistance to impacted households already receiving SNAP benefits at the time of the disaster. Resources for disaster feeding partners as well as available FNS disaster nutrition assistance can be found on the FNS Disaster Assistance website.

Crop and Livestock Loss

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) and the Tree Assistance Program. The FSA Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. Producers located in counties that received a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Compensation also is available to producers who purchased coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops against natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting. USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to contact their local FSA office to learn what documents can help the local office expedite assistance, such as farm records, receipts and pictures of damages or losses.

Producers should use form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility. Prevented planting acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA). Producers must file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses in a timely fashion, often within 15 days of the occurrence or when the losses become apparent. Producers of hand-harvested crops must notify FSA of damage or loss within 72 hours of when the date of damage or loss first becomes apparent.

Producers with coverage through the RMA administered federal crop insurance program should contact their crop insurance agent. Those who purchased crop insurance will be paid for covered losses. Producers should report crop damage within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days.

Community Recovery Resources

For declared natural disasters that lead to imminent threats to life and property, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can assist local government sponsors with the cost of implementing recovery efforts like debris removal and streambank stabilization to address natural resource concerns and hazards through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. NRCS staff is coordinating with state partners to complete damage assessments in preparation for sponsor assistance requests. NRCS also can help producers with damaged agricultural lands caused by natural disasters such as floods. The NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial assistance to repair and prevent excessive soil erosion that can result from high rainfall events and flooding. Conservation practices supported through EQIP protect the land and aid in recovery, can build the natural resource base, and might help mitigate loss in future events.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides support for disaster education through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). EDEN is a collaborative multi-state effort with land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension Services across the country, using research-based education and resources to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters. EDEN’s goal is to improve the nation’s ability to mitigate, prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disasters., EDEN equips county-based Extension educators to share research-based resources in local disaster management and recovery efforts. The EDEN website offers a searchable database of Extension professionals, resources, member universities and disaster agency websites, education materials to help people deal with a wide range of hazards, and food and agricultural defense educational resources.

For complete details and eligibility requirements regarding USDA’s disaster assistance programs, contact a local USDA Service Center ( More information about USDA disaster assistance ( well as other disaster resources is available on the USDA Disaster Resource Center website. In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has developed a new and improved central resource for disaster related materials. In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations, USDA created a Disaster Resource Center ( website, utilizing a new online searchable knowledgebase. This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered by agents with subject-matter expertise. The new Disaster Resource Center website and web tool now provide an easy access point to find USDA disaster information and assistance.