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.
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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.

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JTIC 2016 – Paris Scores a Goal!

67th International JTIC – Cereal Industries Show
organized by AEMIC, 9th and 10th November 2016, Paris, France


The 67th JTIC (Journées techniques des industries céréalières) International Cereal Industries Show will be held 9-10 November at the Paris Event Center, Porte de la Villette, Paris. This 2016 Show intends to consolidate its 2015 success which crowned JTIC’s return to Paris. Last year’s event attracted more than 120 exhibitors and 2,600 visitors over two days, a 30% increase in footfall. Of them, 18% were international.
Some 2,500 sq.m. of space is reserved for exhibitors, making it a truly exceptional Show dedicated to cereal industry professionals. Alongside it run 4 half-days of technical, economic and scientific conferences, laid on by the Board of AEMIC, the event’s organizing association. JTIC offers a raft of meetings on topics of interest to participants, as well as a workshops area available for businesses to promote their new products and services or to offer their expertise on a topic of their choice, a section dedicated to scientific and technical Research presenting their work in the form of posters, as well as a Job Fair, and a Business Incubator area. Online registrations are now open!
For full information on JTIC, go to:

The Conference Program
Session 1: CSR, an essential commitment, presented by the ANMF
Wednesday 9th November, morning
Chair/facilitator: Bernard Valluis, Deputy Chair of ANMF (French National Millers Association)
Coordinator: Olivier Descamps
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) refers to the impact that a company’s activities and decisions have on society and the environment. The CSR initiative asks companies to adopt transparent and ethical standards of behaviour, which are increasingly being demanded by customers and consumers. This half-day conference is aimed at understanding what CSR means in practice. It will be organized as follows:
What is CSR? presented by Fabrice Bosque, ITERG (Fats and Oils Institute)
CSR Kit, presented by Charlène Poveda, Environment Manager, ANIA (National Association of Food Industries)
– Feedback from various professionals: Nathalie Lepretre (Quality Director at Axiane Meunerie, participant in the Raw Materials Commission and the ANMF Working Group), Bruno Cothenet (CRS Director at Moulins Soufflet), Patricia Panel-Dusseaux (Marketing Manager at Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients) will join Fabrice Bosque and Charlène Poveda.

Session 2: Gluten — Intolerance factor or blessed bread? presented by INRA
Wednesday 9th November, afternoon
Chair: Joël Abécassis, INRA
Facilitator: Fabienne Chauvrière
INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research) has been focusing on a nutrition problem that concerns every segment of the cereals industry: gluten. Whether nutritionally genuine or just marketing hype, many questions are being asked and science projects set up to understand how a protein that we have been eating for thousands of years may have suddenly become hazardous. Many factors are being invoked including genetic selection, harsher processing methods, gluten increasingly being added to more preparations… What do researchers say? What do professionals think?
Gluten: What are the facts? Summary of the work on gluten by Bernard Guy-Grand, Science Advisor to the President of FFAS (French Food and Health Fund)
Gluten sensitivity in top athletes, by Yohann Wittrant, INRA Clermont-Ferrand
Does crowd-sourced science have an answer? Limits of existing thinking and the need for new approaches, by Jean-Michel Chardigny, Human Nutrition Department, INRA
Roundtable on the topic: Professionals and researchers: What can we together do to solve the gluten issue? The industry will be represented by Christine Bar L’Helgouac’h (Head of Quality and Valorisation, ARVALIS-Institut du Végétal) for upstream, Bernard Béjar (CEO of Céréales Vallée) for competitiveness hubs, Valérie Cami (General Secretary of Observatoire du Pain) for the processing sector, Brigitte Jolivet (President of AFDIAG, the French Gluten Intolerance Association) will report on consumer constraints, and Bruno Pierre (Valpiform) will talk about distributors’ expectations.

Session 3: 2016 Soft Wheat Harvest: Quality and Quantity of Yields,
by ARVALIS – Institut du Végétal

Session 4: Alternative Grains: Varying cereals and grains to build diversity
Events at the event!
Featuring innovation, the Workshops allow cereal industry suppliers and service providers (of decision support tools, seeds, phytosanitary products, additives, equipment & machinery, packaging, handling, I.T., labs, training, etc.) to present their latest products and services developed for producers, processors and users of cereals and cereal products. AEMIC offers them the ability to run a 30-minute conference with a potential audience of 50 customers and prospects.
Business Incubator
For the second year running, Aemic hopes to give young entrepreneurs a helping hand. To boost their visibility, the Association is offering a handful of them a shared space in the exhibition hall, the Business Incubator, which they can use to present what they do and meet potential prospects. They have to have been in business for 3 years to be eligible.

The Défi Jeunes Talents (DJT)/ Young Talent Competition
The 5th Young Talent Competition, highlighting innovation, gives future professionals free rein to present their ideas and to participate in developing and promoting the cereals industry.
It is open to any student of a business, agriculture or agribusiness school.
At stake is a €3,500 prize for the most creative teams to share!
Scientific and Technical Research & Innovation Showroom
The research carried out by schools, laboratories, institutes and firms in the cereals world are presented in the form of posters. As in previous years, this 23rd edition of the event is open to longer-term innovation projects. in 2015, Chopin Technologies, the Federation of Agricultural Wholesalers (FC2A), the French Federation of Commodity Brokers (FFSCM), the Bakeries Federation (FEB) and the Compagnons du Devoir sat on the jury and decided the winners from among the 21 posters. Two prizes were awarded to the most promising work with short- and long-term potential.

Job Fair
AEMIC’s historical mission is to help put employers in touch with job seekers in the cereals industry. All companies, unions and recruitment agencies in the cereals and agri-food industry can use its placement & recruitment service to find new candidates. The AEMIC job pool consists of all its members, offering a wide range of experience, qualifications and educational backgrounds.
In addition to supporting professionals and students looking for positions and posting vacancies throughout the year, the association sets up a Job Fair at the JTICs as a privileged opportunity for job seekers and employers to get together. It allows vacancies and CVs to be posted and viewed, appointments set up, and more… for the two days of the event.
Find AEMIC on social networks and keep up to date with JTIC news on Facebook and Twitter #JTIC2016 and #aemic.

Chief Develops Self-Cleaning EcoGuard System in Commercial Dryer

Kearney, NE – Chief Agri/Industrial, a division of Chief Industries, Inc. announced today that they have developed new technology that significantly reduces maintenance and emissions that works alongside its Commercial Dryer series. The Chief Commercial Dryer, including self-cleaning EcoGuard System (patent pending), addresses the increased demands to reduce dust emissions in the grain industry.
Chief considered engineering a system with these capabilities after a Chief representative saw a customer’s need for dust reduction and minimizing maintenance. Chief’s engineering team responded with excellent customer service, attention to detail, and was able to engineer the EcoGuard System.
“In 2014 we decided to purchase a dryer from Chief Industries. We knew there would be some changes to be made but Chief was willing to go the extra mile to help us and hopefully other communities in the Grain Industry. In 2015 Chief changed a couple of things to help “reduce emissions in the package”. After the harvest season was complete the locals sent a spokesman to our office to let us know they were satisfied with the changes!!! I have been in the Grain Business my whole life and was totally amazed with how many Bee’s Wings there are in corn. With this system you can actually watch the amount taken out. It is worth seeing it to believe,” said Doug Kavanagh, Operations Manager of Glacial Plains Cooperative.
“Chief is proud of the latest addition of quality products to broaden the range of Chief’s equipment offering and meet the needs of our ever-growing customer base.” said Roger Townsend, President of Chief Agri/Industrial.
Chief Agri/Industrial Division manufactures a complete line of commercial and farm storage, Caldwell grain conditioning, bucket elevators and conveyors, support structures, grain dryers, and modular bulk storage systems. Established in 1954, Chief Industries, Inc. is a diversified organization providing a broad range of products and services on a global basis through its many divisions and subsidiaries.CHIEF_Agri_Black_No_Face-7738-1608
For more information, contact Chief Agri/Industrial,

AGCO Extends its Grain Storage and Seed Handling Business with Acquisition of Cimbria

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DULUTH, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 29, 2016– AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Cimbria Holdings Ltd. for approximately $340 million from Silverfleet Capital. Cimbria, based in Thisted, Denmark, is a leading manufacturer of products and solutions for the processing, handling and storage of seed and grain. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016.

Cimbria’s extensive products and services support the cleaning, drying, storage and conveyance of grain and seed through the development, manufacture and installation of individual machines, customized systems and complete turnkey plants, as well as project management and process control consulting. Cimbria sales, which are expected to reach approximately $240 million in fiscal 2016, are concentrated in Western Europe with growing exposure to Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“The acquisition of Cimbria significantly enhances our market position in the European grain handling and storage industry,” said Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Cimbria’s products are complementary to our GSI’s offerings and are recognized by its customers for their design, quality and innovation. This combination also provides significant marketing and cost saving synergies and will provide us with a global leadership position in the seed handling industry as well as further strengthen our capabilities to serve large global customers. With margins similar to GSI, the acquisition of Cimbria provides us an attractive opportunity to grow our business and expand our margins.”

Rabobank is acting as financial advisor and Herbert Smith Freehills is serving as legal advisor to AGCO.

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About AGCO

AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and supports more productive farming through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® precision technologies and farm optimization services, and are distributed globally through a combination of approximately 3,000 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, GA, USA. In 2015, AGCO had net sales of $7.5 billion. For more information, visit For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.

AHDB CEO comment on vote to leave EU


Commenting on the vote to leave, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s Chief Executive, Jane King, said:

“The AHDB focus remains unaffected by the decision to leave the EU – to equip levy payers with the tools to become more competitive and sustainable.

“Amongst other issues, the decision to leave brings to the fore the need for UK Government to target the best new trading relationships we can for UK food & agriculture both with the EU and other countries.

“AHDB has the skills and expertise to contribute to this work in areas such as market prioritisation, market access negotiations and facilitating relationships between UK exporters and overseas buyers. We stand ready to support the industry in identifying how it can best compete outside the EU.

“These issues will take time to resolve, but AHDB will play a full part in ensuring UK agriculture is a leading player on the global stage.”

AHDB is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Its purpose is to equip levy payers with independent, evidence-based information and tools to grow, become more competitive and sustainable. Established in 2008 and classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body, it supports the following industries: meat and livestock (cattle, sheep and pigs) in England; horticulture, milk and potatoes in Great Britain; and cereals and oilseeds in the UK. The AHDB’s remit covers 75 per cent of total UK agricultural output. Further information on AHDB can be found at

GEAPS/K-State Offer First July Courses: Courses Cover Introduction to Operations and Grain Entrapment

MINNEAPOLIS, June 20, 2016 – Registration is now open for two grain handling operations courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State) Distance Education Program.  These online courses run from July 18 – Aug. 19, and registration closes Wednesday, July 13. It is the first time GEAPS and K-State have offered courses in July. Courses are open to anyone, even if they are not a GEAPS member or a student enrolled at K-State. Online registration and more information on individual courses are available on the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program website.

GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Handling Operations
This course offers an introduction to the key purposes, equipment and processes of grain handling facilities with an emphasis on safety. This course allows new employees to gain valuable insight into the industry. It also helps seasoned employees enhance their skills.

GEAPS 545: Grain Entrapment: Causes, Prevention and Rescue
Participants learn how to identify problem areas, perform preventative maintenance and use equipment and systems to prevent entrapment. Lectures address government regulations, grain unloading and reclaiming, grain bin safety equipment and emergency preparedness.

GEAPS 500 is one of six courses required for the Credential in Grain Operations Management from GEAPS and K-State, while GEAPS 545 is required for a Specialist Credential in Property and Casualty Risk Management. Learn more about the credential program on the GEAPS website.

Tuition for GEAPS/K-State continuing education courses is $670 for GEAPS members and $850 for non-members. GEAPS also offers flexible group training options, including courses on-demand and volume discounts. For more information about the courses or to register, visit the GEAPS website, contact Katya Morrell or call (763) 999-4300.

Viterra Hosts Grand Opening of Kindersley Grain Terminal

Viterra Inc. (“Viterra”), today hosted an official grand opening event at its new high throughput grain terminal at Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Viterra customers, employees and local government officials gathered to commemorate the company’s significant investment in west central Saskatchewan.

“Our return to Kindersley is a great example of Viterra’s commitment to creating and maintaining an industry leading asset network that is modern and efficient,” said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s President and CEO for North America. “In Saskatchewan alone, we’ve invested millions of dollars at several locations in recent years to support our unwavering focus on operational excellence and superior customer service.”

The new facility has 28,000 tonnes of grain storage and 108 railcar loading capacity. It is the sixth elevator the company has operated in Kindersley since building its first elevator there in 1934.

“We have been fortunate to experience significant growth throughout the history of our company. Although we now have a global presence, we still recognize the importance of our Prairie roots, and the values and lessons we have learned from our farmers,” said Jeworski. “As trusted advisors, we take great pride in working hard to connect them to markets in over fifty countries. We’ve put together a great team at Kindersley that I’m confident will continue Viterra’s tradition of excellence in west central Saskatchewan.”

About Viterra

Viterra is Canada’s grain industry leader, supported by the expertise of its people, a superior network of assets, and unrivalled connections to world markets. Headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, our commitment to agriculture goes back over 100 years, partnering with farmers to market and move their crops to areas of need around the world. Our continued focus on operational excellence throughout North America allows us to efficiently handle, process, distribute and transport grains and oilseeds. We provide further value to our partners through a wide variety of contracting and risk management tools to help them realize the full potential of their crops. For more information on Viterra in North America, please visit Viterra is part of the Agricultural Business Segment of Glencore.