USDA sees record corn crop

May 21, 2012
USDA sees record corn crop

WASHINGTON — U.S. corn production for 2012/13 is projected at a record 14.8 billion bushels, up 2.4 billion from 2011/12 with a projected 5.1-million acre increase in harvested area and higher expected yields, compared with 2011/12. The May 10 USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates projects the 2012/13 corn yield at a record...

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$320M lysine factory set for Iowa

May 21, 2012

FORT DODGE, Iowa — CJ BIO America recently broke ground on a $320 million lysine production facility here. The factory will annually produce more than 100,000 metric tons of amino acids to supplement animal feeds. Lysine is derived from corn by-products to provide an essential amino acid for hog and poultry feed. Domestic production...

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SEG&F scholarships available

May 21, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Southeastern Grain & Feed Association is seeking applicants for eight $2,000 scholarships to be awarded this year. Applicants for the scholarships are encouraged to apply online at http://www.segfa.org. Deadline for applications is May 31. Eligible candidates are employees, children and grandchildren of full-time employees of active members of the Southeastern...

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U.S.-Colombia trade pact enters force

May 18, 2012
U.S.-Colombia trade pact enters force

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement entered into force on May 15, providing duty-free access on more than half of the agricultural exports that U.S. farmers ship to Colombia. The International Trade Commission has estimated that the total tariff reductions in the agreement will expand exports of U.S. goods alone by more than...

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N.C. chicken and meat processing plant closes

May 18, 2012
N.C. chicken and meat processing plant closes

McClatchy Newspapers CHARLOTTE, N.C. —  More than 100 workers will lose their jobs in Monroe, N.C., as Gold Signature Foods shuts down its food processing plant, according to a notice filed May 11 with the N.C. Department of Commerce. Filed according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act, the notice lists...

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International Paper to invest $44M at La. mill

May 17, 2012

The Associated Press BOGALUSA, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office has announced that International Paper Co. is spending $44 million on new equipment and technology and other upgrades at its Bogalusa mill. Jindal’s office said the investment helps retain more than 400 jobs at the facility. International Paper became the century-old mill’s fifth...

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