GEAPS President Appoints Third Vice President, Board Director

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society announced two appointments to the International Board of Directors today. David McKerchar, CGOM, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd., Canadian Prairies Chapter, was appointed to the office of third vice president, responsible for representing Canadian members’ interests on the Board. Jeff Jones, MKC, Great Plains, was appointed as a Board director. Both appointments were made by International President Matt Kerrigan, Bunge North America, Gateway.

For the first time in GEAPS history, the office of third vice president will transition from father to son. McKerchar takes over the position from his father, Jim McKerchar, who held the office from 2011-2015.

“David McKerchar did some great work with the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program, and that’s one of the main reasons why we are appointing him,” explained Kerrigan. “He is a younger member in the organization. We are really excited for the perspective he will bring to the Board, coming from something of an outsider’s point of view. He should provide some new insight for an experienced industry.”

Jones was appointed to fill a director position that was vacated after the 2015 elections. He has been a GEAPS member since 2013, and currently serves as his chapter’s treasurer.

“Jones was highly recommended by Board director Barb Grove,” Kerrigan said.  “Grove noticed his enthusiastic involvement in their chapter and learned that he wanted to get more involved with GEAPS. Jones is relatively new to the industry, and his position at MKC adds to the Board’s broad range of experience, with members from many different-sized companies.”

For Jones, the position is an opportunity to build relationships with others across the industry. He looks forward to educating members and promoting GEAPS’ relevance within the industry.

“Industry safety is number one in my thought process,” Jones said. “It’s followed by promoting industry relevance and education. I look forward to promoting GEAPS’ position as The Knowledge Resource in the local community, and helping shape education and training options that help our members work more safely and efficiently.”

McKerchar and Jones will both hold the positions until GEAPS’ annual meeting in July 2016.

Fidel Castro’s daughter to offer unique perspective on Cuba’s history and future at Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit


BOSTON, August 11, 2015 – After half a century, discussions are progressing to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, including lifting the trade embargo. How will this affect the estimated $1.2 billion worth of trade opportunities with the U.S, particularly in the ag sector?

Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader for nearly 50 years, will begin to answer this question during her keynote address at the 10th annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, which will be held next month in Minneapolis, Minn. In her presentation “Unique Perspective on Cuba by Fidel Castro’s Daughter” on Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m., Fernandez will share insight on her very unique relationship with Cuba, the changes the nation has undergone in the past few decades, and the economic opportunities that lie ahead.

Alina Fernandez

Alina Fernandez

A strong advocate of her uncle Raúl Castro’s regime, Fernandez will highlight the positive economic, political and agricultural changes in Cuba since his reign of power began in 2008. This includes presenting the details of the current agricultural relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and what post-embargo Cuba might look like for U.S. agriculture.

During subsequent sessions on Thursday, October 1, a group of agricultural experts on Cuba will elaborate on the potential impacts of a lifting of the trade embargo, outlining the specific opportunities and challenges that improved relations will present for the oilseed and grains sectors.

This panel discussion, “Capturing the Market Opportunity in Cuba and the Caribbean Basin” will bring to the forefront the plausible implications of this historic shift in diplomatic relations by experts in the field, including:


  • Ron Gray, past chairman (2015), U.S. Grains Council
  • Bill Messina, agricultural economist, University of Florida
  • Thomas Marten, manager, Stark County Farm Bureau of Illinois


The Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit is the premier annual event providing actionable content and networking opportunities for key decision makers in the global oilseed (soybeans, canola/rapeseed, sunflower seed and oil palm) and feed grain (corn, wheat, sorghum and barley) value chains.


Hosted by HighQuest Group, the 2015 Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, September 30-October 2. Learn more and register with a 10% discount using code: PR#3-OGTS15 at Or join the conversation on Twitter @oilseedandgrain, Facebook and Linkedin.




August 2015 – Milling and Grain magazine is now online

This issue features:

  • The Feedmill of the future
  • Stablising rice bran through high shear extrusion
  • Why India’s agri-food policies need a holistic review
  • Mycotoxins and mycotoxicosis in livestock production
  • Preventing bread waste in Turkey
  • David Sugden – Obituary
  • Wheat trials and biodiversity in the UKScreen Shot 2015-08-07 at 17.00.04

SOLIDS 2015 sets new exhibitor record

Solids Dortmund 2015

Solids Dortmund 2015

Even before its opening, the trade show’s 7th edition indicates outstanding growth.

Munich, 7 July 2015: Four months before the expert trade show for granules, powders and solids technologies is scheduled to open, 425 companies have already booked – nearly 10% more than last year. Halls 4, 5 and 6 in Dortmund are already sold out; show organiser Easyfairs is expanding the show into Hall 7.

SOLIDS will take place on 4 & 5 November 2015 in the Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund. The 7th edition will again be complemented by RECYCLING-TECHNIK Dortmund 2015, the recycling and environment technologies show, as well as the Urban Mining conference. For the first time in the show’s history it will cover four exhibition halls. The newly-opened Hall 7 will be devoted thematically to suppliers of recycling and solids technology: crushing machinery, packaging and storage systems, sorting and conveying machinery, shredders and crushing equipment, and separation and processing technologies for recyclable materials.

“This strong resonance among the exhibitors really confirms the concept behind SOLIDS as a straightforward, two-day show focused on innovations and doing business; more than ever, this show fulfils a real need on both sides of the supply-demand equation,” says Daniel Eisele, Event Director for Easyfairs. “For many companies, this format works exceptionally well for presenting products, discussing technical solutions with trade visitors and making new or solidifying existing business contacts.”

In total, the show organiser expects over 450 exhibitors at the event in November, covering the entire spectrum of process engineering in solids and recycling technologies. 75% of the exhibitors from 2014 have already re-booked for the upcoming show. In addition, a number of new enterprises have joined their ranks, including: Ambros Schmelzer, B&F Metallbautechnik, Dustcontrol, Erhard Muhr, Eriez Europe, F&D Wägetechnik-Waagenbau, HSM, Intensiv-Filter, Kloska Group, Köllemann, Komptech, Mahle Industriefiltration, Orbinox, Otto Ganter, Schreier Maschinen+Apparatebau, ReSiTec, RMS, Rosenbauer International, Sigma Maschinenbau, steute Schaltgeräte, Tedima, Stokkermill, Sympatec, Vautid, Wrights Recycling Machinery and many more.

In addition to the exhibition, a rich show programme will offer more than 100 lectures taking place in open forums, the so-called “InnovationCenters” and “SolutionCenters”. In-depth seminars will also be held within the framework of two expert conferences running in parallel with the exhibition: the 2nd German Fire and Explosion Protection Congress and the 6th Urban Mining Congress.

Cooperation partners of this year’s show are Martin Engineering GmbH, Rema Tip Top West GmbH, Rembe GmbH Safety & Control, SEW-Eurodrive GmbH and Welding Alloys Deutschland GmbH.



Within the last 9 years, SOLIDS Dortmund has established itself as a fixture in the diaries of industry professionals. It has become the most important business and innovation platform for solids technologies in Germany. The range of the exhibition spans the entire value chain of process engineering for bulk solids and powder technologies. On display are machinery and techniques for incoming goods as well as the handling (sieving, filtering, agglomerating, dosing, weighing) and processing (crushing, cooling, heating, milling, mixing, disaggregating) of solid goods, through to in-house mechanical or pneumatic conveyance and procedures for filling, packing, storage, transport and shipment. Solids technologies are important to such diverse industries as food and drinks, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, metals, logistics, agriculture, construction and mining. Topical specialists and procurement professionals will find machinery, components and complete solution systems. The show is held every 18 months. In 2014, 393 exhibitors and approximately 5,000 visitors participated in the show.

For more information on SOLIDS 2015, please see



Facts and figures


Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, 4 & 5 November 2015

Venue: Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund, Halls 4, 5, 6 & 7, Rheinlanddamm 200, 44139 Dortmund

Opening hours: On both show days from 9:00-17:00

Organiser: Easyfairs Deutschland GmbH, Balanstrasse 73, House 8, D-81541 Munich

Show website:

Conference websites:



SOLIDS European Series – SOLIDS shows across Europe


With shows in Antwerp, Basel, St Petersburg, Rotterdam, Krakow and Dortmund, the SOLIDS European Series counts as Europe’s most extensive solids network. In total, across the six events some 1,000 exhibitors will meet 14,000 trade visitors:


SOLIDS Rotterdam 2015: 30 September – 2 October 2015                 Ahoy Rotterdam

SOLIDS Kraków 2015 / SyMas: 6 & 7 October 2015                 EXPO Kraków

SOLIDS Dortmund 2015 / SCHÜTTGUT: 4 & 5 November 2015  Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund

SOLIDS Russia 2016: 18 & 19 May 2016                 ExpoForum St. Petersburg

SOLIDS Antwerp 2016: 19 & 20 October 2016                 Antwerp Expo

SOLIDS Basel 2016 / SCHÜTTGUT: 16 & 17 November 2016                 Messe Basel






About Artexis-Easyfairs


Artexis Easyfairs enables professional and private communities to “visit the future” at must-attend events that anticipate their needs and present solutions in the ideal format.

Under the brand name Easyfairs the Group currently organises 125 events in 16 countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE and the United Kingdom).

In the DACH region alone, Easyfairs organises Automation & Electronics (Lausanne and Zurich); Empack (Hannover and Zurich); Label&Print (Hannover and Zurich); labotec (Lausanne); Maintenance (Dortmund, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Wels and Zurich); Packaging Innovations (Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich); and Solids (Dortmund, Basel and St Petersburg).

Doing business as Artexis the Group manages eight events venues in the Benelux and Nordic regions (Ghent, Antwerp, Namur (two venues), Mechelen, Mons, Stockholm and Malmö). In the most recent fiscal year, the Group employed 420 people and generated revenues of over €100 million.

Artexis Easyfairs strives to be the most adaptable, agile and effective player in our industry by employing committed individuals, deploying the best marketing and technology tools, and developing strong brands. Visit the future with Artexis Easyfairs.


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Your Easyfairs contacts


Daniel Eisele Ina Sinatsch

Show Director / Group Event Director SES Marketing Project Manager

Tel. +49 (0)89 127 165 118 Tel. +49 (0)89 127 165 127


Easyfairs Deutschland GmbH

Balanstr. 73, Haus 8

81541 München



Bunge Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results




White Plains, NY – July 30, 2015 – Bunge Limited (NYSE:BG)
• Total adjusted segment EBIT of $152 million, down $266 million vs. last year
• Agribusiness lower due to weak softseed processing and trading & distribution results
• Food & Ingredients impacted by market slowdown in Brazil
• YTD total adjusted segment EBIT of $525 million, up $32 million vs. last year
• Combined Agri-Foods rolling 4Q ROIC of 9.6%; 2.6 points over WACC
• Expect strong 2H in Agribusiness, improvement from 1H in Foods and combined full year Agri-Foods ROIC of ~10%

See the full report here (pdf):

Winners announced for 2015 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest

This year, Kansas Wheat is proud to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Wheat Yield Contest. This year’s top wheat yields belong to Doug Queen of Rossville, Eastern Region winner; Darren Nelson of Hutchinson, Central Region Winner and Darwin Ediger of Meade, Western Region Winner.

Doug Queen is this year’s Eastern Region winner. Queen was encouraged to enter this year’s contest by Doug Keas, last year’s Central Region and Quality Initiative winner. Queen’s winning plot was 11.94 acres planted with Armour (WestBred) and resulted in a yield of 70.3 bushels per acre.

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Adifo receives Dynamics First Mover award from Microsoft Belgium

Adifo has received the Dynamics First Mover 2015 award from Microsoft Belgium. This much coveted award was presented to our delegation at Microsoft’s worldwide partner conference in Orlando.

The 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)  is Microsoft’s largest event for partners. No other conference brings together so many of the leaders and visionaries in the Microsoft partner ecosystem. With hundreds of sessions—keynotes, breakouts and interactive presentations it is the ideal opportunity to expand Microsoft’s vision and network to provide customers with better solutions.

The award, presented to Adifo during this conference, is a recognition for Adifo’s commitment to the Dynamics AX product, international expansion and continued commitment to the cloud. It is a reward for Adifo’s vision and hard work and an important step towards winning the Microsoft Country Partner of the year award.

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ADM Expands Farmer Services with Agrible Investment


  • Investment will offer customers access to predictive analytics

CHICAGO, July 21, 2015—Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that it has purchased a stake in Agrible, Inc., a leader in predictive analytic tools that deliver field-specific data and forecasts to aid decision-making in the field.

“The addition of precision data analytics is yet another way in which ADM is using innovative technology to help our customers and our company succeed,” said Brian Young, president, ADM Crop Risk Services. “We’re seeing strong interest among farmers for new, better data and analytical tools. Adding Agrible’s predictive data products to our suite of farmer tools will help us meet that demand. We believe Agrible’s technology is unique compared with the agriculture analytics tools available in the marketplace today. We’re excited to bring these new tools to our farmer partners.”

“We have assembled a great set of products developed by a world-class group of agricultural engineers, computer science experts, and exceptional atmospheric scientists,” said Chris Harbourt, CEO of Agrible, Inc. “We are proud to be growing our company here in the Midwest, and are excited to work with ADM and continue towards our common goal of helping growers.”

Agrible products—including its flagship Morning Farm Report—include data and predictive analysis for rainfall, temperature, growing-degree days, field conditions and sophisticated yield modeling. The company offers the information in a variety of easy-to-use formats with an interactive website, reports and e-mail delivery.

About ADM Crop Risk Services
Since 1982, ADM Crop Risk Services has offered crop insurance through licensed independent agents, providing farmers with affordable crop income protection, superior service and utmost integrity.

About ADM
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 33,000 employees serving customers in more than 140 countries. With a global value chain that includes more than 460 crop procurement locations, 300 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 40 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. Learn more at Original news release at

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


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