Industry Updates

US Team Looks To Develop Feed Sector in Tunisia
Feed Navigator- March 21,2018

The US Grains Council is starting to work on a training program to grow the feed industry in Tunisia. Read More...


Better Kernel Fill May Create Wetter Corn in Storage
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative- February 21, 2018

Due to beneficial weather conditions that increased kernel fill last fall, producers need to take precautions to mitigate corn spoilage this spring. Read More...


Preventative Controls for Animal Feed Course Offered 
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative


2017 Harvest Outlook Shows Record Production
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative- December 6, 2017

Corn and soybean yields in 2017 were higher than expected, resulting in the largest grain surpluses in recent years. Read More...


 Carefully Evaluate Firms Before Entering into Deferred Price Contracts
Iowa State Extension and Outreach- November 15, 2017

Keri Jacobs, an Extension Economist aims to help producers understand and evaluate contracts that can be used to sell grain. Read More...


Registration Open for Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Course
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative- November 7, 2017

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative is partnering with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa to offer a course for grain elevator operators January 8-12 in Ames. 


MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State University ag experts available for comment on 2017 harvest
Iowa State University News Service- September 21, 2017

Charles Hurburgh, professor of agriculture and biosystems & manager of the Iowa State Extension Grain Quality Initiative doesn't expect widespread problems with grain quality in Iowa, but grain storage may propose challenges. Read More...


$14 million Committed for Iowa State's Feed Mill and Grain Science Project
Iowa State University Foundation - September 12, 2017

Kent Corporation is committing $8 million, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board $4 million and Sukup Manufacturing Co. $2 million in support of a new Iowa State University educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science. Read More...


Course for Grain Elevator Managers Offered at Iowa State
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - August 8, 2017

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative is partnering with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) to offer a week-long course in advanced grain elevator operations management. The course will be offered on the Iowa State University campus in Ames Jan. 8-12, 2018. Read More...


Blue Eye Mold Threatens Stored Grain
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - July 26, 2017

Due to a combination of temperature and humidity last fall, producers need to be aware of the high risk of blue eye mold, a fungus that grows on corn kernels. Read More...


Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Information Updated in Handbook
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - July 26, 2017

AMES, Iowa – MidWest Plan Service has released a revised and updated version of its “Grain Drying, Handling, and Storage Handbook” (MWPS-13). The publication was developed to assist farmers, elevator managers, equipment dealers, students and others interested in developing grain systems. Read More...


Keep Stored Grain Cool, Dry During Summer
North Dakota State University Extension Service - July 10, 2017

Stored grain needs to be cool and dry during the summer, a North Dakota State University Extension Service grain-drying expert says. “Cold or cool grain has been safely stored through the summer for many years,” notes Ken Hellevang, an Extension agricultural engineer. “Keeping the grain as cool as possible should be the goal of spring and summer grain storage.” Read More...


IGQI and CIRAS Welcomes a New Staff Member
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - June 9, 2017

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and the Center for Industrial Research (CIRAS) have pooled resources to hire a food and feed safety and compliance specialist to provide individualized assistance beyond the FSMA group training classes. Read More...


MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State University ag experts available for comment on 2017 harvest
Iowa State University News Service- September 21, 2017

Charles Hurburgh, professor of agriculture and biosystems & manager of the Iowa State Extension Grain Quality Initiative doesn't expect widespread problems with grain quality in Iowa, but grain storage may propose challenges. Read More...


$14 million Committed for Iowa State's Feed Mill and Grain Science Project
Iowa State University Foundation - September 12, 2017

Kent Corporation is committing $8 million, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board $4 million and Sukup Manufacturing Co. $2 million in support of a new Iowa State University educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science. Read More...


Course for Grain Elevator Managers Offered at Iowa State
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - August 8, 2017

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative is partnering with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) to offer a week-long course in advanced grain elevator operations management. The course will be offered on the Iowa State University campus in Ames Jan. 8-12, 2018. Read More...


Blue Eye Mold Threatens Stored Grain
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - July 26, 2017

Due to a combination of temperature and humidity last fall, producers need to be aware of the high risk of blue eye mold, a fungus that grows on corn kernels. Read More...


Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Information Updated in Handbook
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - July 26, 2017

AMES, Iowa – MidWest Plan Service has released a revised and updated version of its “Grain Drying, Handling, and Storage Handbook” (MWPS-13). The publication was developed to assist farmers, elevator managers, equipment dealers, students and others interested in developing grain systems. Read More...


Keep Stored Grain Cool, Dry During Summer
North Dakota State University Extension Service - July 10, 2017

Stored grain needs to be cool and dry during the summer, a North Dakota State University Extension Service grain-drying expert says. “Cold or cool grain has been safely stored through the summer for many years,” notes Ken Hellevang, an Extension agricultural engineer. “Keeping the grain as cool as possible should be the goal of spring and summer grain storage.” Read More...


IGQI and CIRAS Welcomes a New Staff Member
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - June 9, 2017

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and the Center for Industrial Research (CIRAS) have pooled resources to hire a food and feed safety and compliance specialist to provide individualized assistance beyond the FSMA group training classes. Read More...


Iowa State Students to Study in Argentina
World-Grain.com - May 24, 2017

Representatives from Iowa State University’s (ISU) College of Agriculture recently met with officers of APOSGRAN at the Bolsa de Cereales in Rosario, Argentina, to discuss plans for a faculty-led study abroad course in Argentina in May 2018.
Read more...


Training Available to Become FSPCA Certified as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - May 22, 2017

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative is now accepting registrations to become certified as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for the Food Safety Modernization Act. This three day course will be held Aug. 9-11 at the Scheman Building, Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. The course is targeted to individuals responsible for animal feed and feed ingredient safety at milling and processing facilities.
Read more...


Vomitoxin Found across the Corn Belt
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - May 4, 2017

High levels of deoxynivalenol (DON), a mycotoxin commonly known as vomitoxin, are being found in grain across the Corn Belt, including eastern Iowa. Contaminated corn is an issue especially in dried distillers grains and solubles (DDGS), according to Erin Bowers, mycotoxin sampling and analysis specialist with Iowa State University. Read more...


Keep an Eye on Stored Grain this Planting Season
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - April 27, 2017

With the arrival of planting season, producers need to regularly check their stored grain in order to prevent spoilage. According to Charles Hurburgh, grain quality and handling specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, producers need to double the frequency they inspect their grain because this is a high risk year and the condition of stored grain could deteriorate quickly. Read more...


Iowa Grain Quality Initiative Begins Life-Saving Research in Rwanda
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - March 20, 2017

IGQI is embarking on a project in Rwanda assessing the impact of mycotoxins – toxic chemicals produced by fungi found in food crops. The program will sample and test animal feed grains in Rwanda and is slated to begin mid-March. Little research has been undertaken on this issue in Rwanda, and the hope is to gain knowledge needed to apply solutions in the future. Read more...


Humid Fall will Cause Moldy Corn Sightings this Spring
Iowa Grain Quality Initiative - February 9, 2017

Ethanol plants need to be especially cautious of moldy corn this spring due to a humid fall and excessive amounts of corn stored in outdoor piles. According to Charles Hurburgh, grain quality and handling specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, mid-February will bring reports of moldy corn, hot spots and blue eye mold – a fungus turning the germ a bluish color, especially if temperatures do not decrease. Read more...


 

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