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Bühler launches single-screw extruder PolyOne

Bühler has launched the multifunctional single-screw extruder PolyOne for the pet food and aqua feed industry at VICTAM International 2019 trade fair. At VICTAM International 2019 trade fair, Bühler is showcasing solutions for the entire feed value chain, with a special focus on how to use digital services to make the feed industry safer, and more profitable. LumoVision, the revolutionary …

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K-State researchers find new clues for improving wheat

A team of Kansas State University wheat scientists are tapping into 10,000 years of evolution in the plant’s genetic code as part of their continued efforts to understand how historic processes that shaped modern wheat can help to improve the varieties grown by today’s farmers. The exhaustive study, which is published in Nature Genetics, involved sequencing the genomes of nearly …

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Ardent Mills to close four mills

Ardent Mills, a premier flour-milling and ingredient company, announced four plant closures. The company, a joint venture between ConAgra Foods, Cargill Inc and CHS Inc, said the closures were necessary due to “anticipated demand and to enhance the efficiency of the Ardent Mills network.” “Ardent Mills will operate and invest in the remaining 35 flour mills across the United States, …

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Drought hit Australia to import wheat for first time in a decade

Widespread drought has forced Australia to make a rare purchase of Canadian grain – its first wheat import in more than a decade. Australia is normally the biggest wheat exporter in the Southern Hemisphere, but the prolonged drought has fried wheat in parts of the country. An Australian importer was issued a permit to ship bulk wheat from Canada, the …

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China plans overhaul of state agriculture giants

China is said to be planning a shake-up of its massive state-run food companies in a move that’s set to reverberate around global agricultural markets. The overhaul will give Cofco a decisive lead as the nation’s top crusher. China plans to transfer the trading assets of stockpiler Sinograin to food giant Cofco Corp., according to people with knowledge of the …

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ADM continues growth of nutrition portfolio with completion of Ziegler Group acquisition

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced that it had completed its acquisition of the Ziegler Group, a European industry leader in natural citrus solutions. “The addition, combined with ADM’s recent acquisition of US citrus flavor innovator Florida Chemical Company, creates a global platform with the ability to serve customers worldwide with innovative citrus solutions.” ADM noted. “Citrus is a key …

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ViscoQuick: Determine viscosity in a fast-track procedure

Due to its diverse application possibilities, the Brabender ViscoQuick is suitable for the investigation of a wide variety of materials. With the help of this compact universal viscometer it is possible to analyse the gelatinisation properties of starches, to qualitatively determine alpha-amylase activity in flours and to measure the absolute viscosity of Newtonian fluids. The product-specific viscosity curve can be …

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Morton Sosland, longtime head of Sosland Publishing, passed away

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing away of Morton Sosland, who led Sosland Publishing Company for several decades. He died at age 93. Mr. Sosland was returning to Kansas City April 25 from a Continental Grain Co. board of directors meeting in New York and was stricken while riding home. He died soon afterward at …

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Destructive pest threatens China’s grain production

The devastating armyworm pest has already spread to more than 8,500 hectares of China’s grain production and could soon affect the country’s entire crop, CNN repots. The voracious, inch-long fall armyworm, the larval form of the armyworm moth, can breed rapidly, spread great distances and is hugely difficult to eradicate. In recent years the armyworm has ruined agricultural produce across …

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Vortex wins export award

Vortex Global Ltd., a solids and bulk handling components company, has been recognised by Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA) with the 2019 Solids Handling Industry Export Award. The award was presented on Wednesday, 8 May, at the SHAPA AGM & Solids Handling Industry Awards Dinner. The event was hosted at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. …

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