*UPDATE* Scholarships

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Quick update about this years scholarships

Scholarship applications may be submitted through September. Awards will be announced in November and Awards will be transferred to the educational institutions of the winners in December for Spring semester.

2020 Nutrition Seminar has Been Cancelled

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Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding our world at present, the 2020 Nutrition Seminar Committee along with the Alabama Feed & Grain Association Board of Director’s have decided it best to cancel the Nutrition Seminar April 22nd and 23rd in Huntsville, AL. With regard to the CDC’s directive to cancel large gatherings of 50 people or more and the increasing number of business travel restrictions put in place by companies in our industry, we feel that there is no choice but to cancel the meeting. The Westin/Element Hotel has guaranteed automatic cancellation of each room that was reserved in our hotel block. This, however, may take a week or longer to process but you will not incur any charges. The hotel is experiencing quite a great deal currently, as well.

The decision has been made to reimburse registration and sponsorship, if you so desire. Please note if you prefer, your registration/and or sponsorship can be applied to the 2021 Nutrition Seminar to be held April 21 and 22 at the Westin Hotel in Huntsville, AL. Please let me know by email your wishes. This process may take several weeks if refund is your choice. We apologize, but each transaction will have to go through a special refund process.

Thank you for your patience and support of Alabama Feed & Grain Association. Please take every precaution to protect yourself and your family.

Edna Waller Executive Director

2020 AFGA Nutrition Seminar at Bridge Street Towne Centre

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Now is the time to register & become a sponsor of the 2020 AF&GA Nutrition Seminar, which is scheduled for April 22-23, 2020, at the Westin Huntsville in Huntsville, Alabama. The meeting will be co-sponsored by The Alabama Feed & Grain Association and the World’s Poultry Science Association-USA Branch.

The Technical Symposium on the morning of Wednesday, April 22nd, will be sponsored by Chr. Hansen. The seminar program will follow on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, with a variety of well-known speakers and industry experts discussing feed-related challenges and opportunities for the poultry industry. The event will conclude with a golf scramble at the Robert Trent Jones golf trail on the afternoon of April 23rd.

    • Registration fees will increase by $100 after April 1st.
    •  To reserve a room at the Element Hotel using the internet, click here for the group rate of $149/night. The Element is located within the Westin Huntsville. If you would like to call for reservations please call 1-877-782-0151, Marriott BonVoy associates can assist 24 hours. Group code to provide is ( AFE ).

For additional program details or questions, contact:

Edna Waller | edna@alabamafeedandgrain.com

Curran Gehring | curran@tuckermilling.com

Alex Corzo | acorzo@aviagen.com

Benton Hudson | bhudson@aviagen.com

USPOULTRY Recognizes Mark Waller as Industry Workhorse of the Year

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Contact Gwen Venable, 678.514.1971 gvenable@uspoultry.org

ATLANTA, Ga. – Jan. 27, 2020 – Mark Waller, sales and processing director for Ingram Farms, was named USPOULTRY’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo. The poultry industry’s most prestigious honor is awarded annually in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the Association and poultry industry. 

Waller was “collared” with the long-established horse collar by 2019 Workhorse of the Year recipient, Mike Robach, retired vice president, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque. 

“We are honored to recognize Mark with this special award and acknowledge his many contributions to the poultry industry. We are deeply appreciative of his efforts on behalf of the Association, the USPOULTRY Foundation, and the industry,” remarked John Prestage, senior vice president, Prestage Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman. 

Waller is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science. Prior to joining Ingram Farms in 1998, he was with Tyson Foods for 19 years where he served as processing plant manager and complex manager. 

Throughout his time in the poultry industry, Mark has been active in the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), Arkansas Poultry Federation and the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association. He is a past chairman of USPOULTRY and has served on the board of directors since 2005. He served on the executive committee of the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association from 1995 to 2000 and was president from 1998 to 1999. He also served on the executive committee of the Alabama Feed & Grain Association, where he chaired several committees and was instrumental in setting up the financial Association scholarship investment portfolio. 

“Mark is one of those individuals, through his volunteerism, who has had not only a tremendous impact on USPOULTRY and our Foundation but the industry as a whole. He changed our industry. We are most grateful to him,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. 

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication, and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Georgia.

Waller Named 2020 USPOULTRY Workhorse of the Year From left: John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY; Mike Robach, retired vice president, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill; Mark Waller, sales and processing director for Ingram Farms; and John Prestage, senior vice president, Prestage Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman


Seminar Committee Receives USPOULTRY Lamplighter Award

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Contact: Gwen Venable, 678.514.1971, gvenable@uspoultry.org

Atlanta, Ga. – Jan. 27, 2020 – Three members of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Feed Mill Management Seminar planning committee received the organization’s Lamplighter Award during the 2020 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo. It is a different approach to the annual Lamplighter Award in recognizing a group of individuals – members of the Feed Mill Management Seminar planning committee – with continued personal involvement for more than the last two decades. The Lamplighter Award is presented for “sustained and exemplary service” to the poultry and egg industry.
“We are pleased to recognize their enduring service in one of our longest-running and most popular industry seminars. These individuals represent a legacy of service of many more who have made significant contributions to the seminar over the years and to whom we are also grateful,” said John Prestage, Prestage Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman, while making the presentations. 

This year’s honorees are:

Frank Garczynski, Koch Foods – Frank is a graduate of Michigan Technology University where he received his BS in Engineering Administration. He began his career with Cargill, operating both commercial and integrated operations. He has also worked with OK Foods, Peco Foods, Choctaw Maid Farms and Zacky Farms, as well as operated his Feed Mill Improvement Consulting Service. He currently serves as mill manager for Koch Foods Feed Mill in Morton, Mississippi, which received the American Feed Industry Association’s “Feed Facility of the Year” award for 2018 and 2019. 

In addition to being an enthusiastic supporter of USPOULTRY programs, having spoken or presided at the Feed Mill Management Seminar many times, Bob is also serving as vice president for the Mississippi Feed and Grain Association for 2020. 

Larry Hooper, Cobb-Vantress – Larry received his BS in agricultural business from Middle Tennessee State University. He started his career as an extension agent with the University of Georgia and then a feed mill manager for Tyson Foods. For 21 years, he served as feed mill manager for Perdue Farms in Livermore, Kentucky. He is currently senior feed mill manager for Cobb-Vantress in Kinards, S.C. Larry has been an enthusiastic supporter of USPOULTRY programs, having spoken or presided in addition to serving on the planning committee for the annual Feed Mill Management Seminar. 

Richard Obermeyer, Aviagen – Richard is a graduate of Northwest Florida State College where he received an associate degree in business administration. He began his career with Showell Farms, now Perdue Farms, as a feed mill manager. He is currently director of feed production for Aviagen, 

responsible for overseeing the production of bio-secure feed for all of Aviagen’s North American operations. Richard has also been an enthusiastic supporter of USPOULTRY programs, having spoken or presided at the Feed Mill Management Seminar many times in addition to helping plan the annual Feed Mill Management Seminar.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, Georgia.

Seminar Committee Receives USPOULTRY Lamplighter Award (Left to right): John Prestage, Prestage Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman; Frank Garczynski, Larry Hooper; Richard Obermeyer; and John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY

Our 2018 Nutrition Seminar

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The 2018 AFGA Nutrition Seminar was recently held on April 4th and 5th in Huntsville, Alabama.  Just over two hundred people were in attendance this year to hear a great lineup of speakers at the Westin Huntsville at Bridge Street Town Centre.  The Technical Symposium on the morning of Wednesday, April 4, was sponsored by Diamond V, and the AFGA seminar program followed on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.  The meeting featured a variety of well-known speakers and industry experts discussing feed-related challenges and opportunities for the poultry industry.  The event concluded with a golf scramble at the Robert Trent Jones golf trail on the afternoon of April 5th, with first place accolades going to the foursome of Bobby Crowe, Mark Bellamy, Shane Guy and Wes Sullivan.

Both attendance and financial support for the AFGA Nutrition Seminar have steadily increased since its commencement in 2012, allowing the AFGA to increase scholarship contributions to $35,000 in 2018.  These scholarship opportunities are available to any deserving student in the field of agriculture.  Scholarship applications are available online by clicking here, and are due by May 31 each year.  Scholarship winners are typically notified by early July.

The 2019 AF&GA Nutrition Seminar is tentatively planned for April 17-18, 2019, again at the Westin Huntsville.  Plan early and save the dates on your calendar.  Those interested in sponsoring future technical symposiums or other sponsorship opportunities can contact Mrs. Edna Waller for more details at edna@alabamafeedandgrain.com .

2017 Animal Rights National Conference

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For Immediate Release
For further information contact:
Hannah Thompson-Weeman
Vice President of Communications
(703) 562-5160

Alliance releases report from 2017 Animal Rights National Conference

Speakers focus on methods to pressure restaurant, retail and foodservice companies

August 16, 2017 – The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report today detailing observations from the Animal Rights National Conference, held August 3-6 in Alexandria, Va. The event was hosted by the Farm Animal Rights Movement and sponsored by Compassion Over Killing, Mercy for Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Humane League, along with other animal rights activist groups. According to conference organizers, nearly 2,000 individuals were present at the event, described as “dedicated to the vision that animals have the right to be free from all forms of human exploitation.”

“The speakers at this year’s Animal Rights National Conference made their goals clear – ending all forms of animal agriculture, regardless of how well animals are cared for,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “Their persistent focus on pressure campaigns targeting restaurant, retail and foodservice brands is of great concern to the Alliance and our members. We encourage anyone with a vested interest in producing, processing or selling meat, poultry, eggs and dairy, to read this year’s report and hear how determined these groups are to eliminate food choices and make our society vegan.”

Activists in attendance were encouraged to be as extreme as necessary to advance their goals. “Breaking the law can often be a good thing to do,” said Zach Groff, Animal Liberation Collective. Groff spoke about the ‘nature of confrontational activism’ such as “protests, open rescues from farms without permission, vigils…” According to Groff, “this is a type of activism that can often upset people, it can rile people up.”

A major focus of this year’s conference was on pressuring restaurant, retail and foodservice brands to adopt certain policies, with the end goal of forcing them to stop selling animal products. In one session on “Engaging Institutions,” a speaker from The Humane League said the group had “basically harassed” one national sandwich chain with a campaign. When an audience member commented about ‘humane’ policies not being as good as complete liberation, Krista Hiddema, Mercy for Animals (Canada), hinted at no animal products being sold as the end goal, stating “we’re never going away.” Hiddema also stated that “we [the animal rights movement] are winning against the largest organizations in the world,” and “they are terrified of us.”

Other speakers shared Hiddema’s confidence in the movement’s success, with Jon Camp, The Humane League, stating “they [food companies] don’t make policies due to altruism, they do it because of the pressure.” David Coman-Hidy, also with The Humane League, told attendees to research companies before launching a campaign, asking “what can we use to make them look like hypocrites?” Coman-Hidy emphasized “we are not here to negotiate,” and activists “are essentially a pain in the neck for companies.” He suggested that attendees should attempt to damage companies’ brand reputations, stating “I recommend putting blood drips on their logo.”

Consistent with previous years, another key message from conference speakers was for attendees to focus efforts on eliminating farms of all types and sizes, not only the large-scale, modern operations (declared to be “factory farms”) that have historically been targeted. “Please, stop saying “factory farming” – it’s done its job,” said Hope Bohanec, projects manager, United Poultry Concerns as she emphasized that farms of all sizes are equally cruel. Bohanec continued to accuse the food industry of “humane washing” and trying to “dupe the public.” Bonahec touched on recent movements to go ‘cage-free,’ stating that all animal agriculture is bad, regardless of what labels say.

One speaker was ridiculed by the audience for his ‘Reducetarian’ approach, which encourages people to reduce, but not necessarily eliminate, meat consumption. An audience member stated that veganism is a lifestyle, not a diet, and that “’reducetarianism’ is the animal rights version of greenwashing”  (trying to make an organization seem more environmentally responsible than it actually is).

Several speakers and panels also discussed animal agriculture’s impact on the environment, a talking point the Alliance has seen animal rights activist groups relying on more heavily in recent years. Jeffrey Cohan, Jewish Veg, stated that “we know animal agriculture is the leading cause of pollution on our planet.” Lisa Kemmerer, author, Sister Species and Eating Earth, said “eating hamburgers is like driving a bulldozer over the rainforest” and “being an environmentalist  who is not vegan is nonsense on stilts.”

Also speaking at the conference were: Nick Cooney (founder of The Humane League) and Vandhana Bala, Mercy for Animals; Ingrid Newkirk, PETA; Erica Meier, Compassion Over Killing; Steven Wise, Nonhuman Rights Project; Anita Krajnc, Toronto Pig Save; Bruce Friedrich, Good Food Institute; and Paul Shapiro, Josh Balk and Kristie Middleton, all with the Humane Society of the United States.

The 2017 Animal Rights National Conference Report, which includes personal accounts of speaker presentations and general observations, is available to Alliance members in the Resource Library on the Alliance website. The Alliance also has reports from previous animal rights conferences accessible to members on the Alliance website.

Media wishing to obtain copies of the full report, or for all other inquiries, please contact Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications, at hthompson@animalagalliance.org.

Why Plant Cover Crops?

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Why Plant Cover Crops?
By Katie Nichols, Auburn University January 15, 2016

AUBURN, Alabama–Farmers are the ultimate stewards of the land. For years, farmers have been looking for ways to improve soil quality, increase productivity and build erosion control. Cover crops are widely used to benefit the upcoming crop as well as improving the soil.
Alabama Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. Dennis Delaney said cover crops are important for maintaining soil fertility and quality.
“Cover crops do several things,” Delaney said. “They help scavenge soil nutrients lost through leaching and are able to slowly release nutrients to the following cash crop throughout the growing season.”
Selecting the right cover crops can improve yields, soil and water conservation and quality, and producer profitability. Cover crops can protect the soil, feed soil ecosystems, increase soil organic matter, and supply nutrients to subsequent crops.
Benefits of Cover Crops
Legumes are nitrogen-fixing, meaning the nitrogen produced through the plant becomes available to following crops as plant residue breaks down. Unused nutrients from the previous crop are taken up by the cover crop and slowly released during the next growing season.
Pest pressures are often subdued by the growth of cover crops. Thick plant residues on the soil surface suppress weed growth, while other crops produce chemicals that inhibit the growth of weed seedlings. Others are known to deter nematodes and diseases by repelling, confusing or starving them.
In addition to nutrient placement, soil fertility and pest suppressants, cover crops can also make an economic difference in a farming operation. Properly managed cover crops can reduce production costs and risks. Nitrogen production and effective nutrient use can reduce costs of pesticides and application. Reduction of erosion and soil compaction means less land preparation and tillage expense, and by suppressing pests, cover crops can reduce costs of pesticides and application.
Choosing the Right Cover Crops
Many cover crops perform well in Alabama cropping systems. In order to choose the crop best suited for your system, consider the time frame between cash crops and what the crop needs to provide.
Delaney said first and foremost it is important to determine which cash crop will follow the cover crop.
“Work backwards from the cash crop you plan to plant,” he said. “Choose a cover that can be terminated in time to plant a cash crop; and be sure to plant a crop that minimizes the risk of sharing soil diseases.”

For Nitrogen: Plant a legume cover crop. Some cereals, especially rye, are good at scavenging unused nitrogen from a previous crop. Buckwheat, mustards, radish and rye can scavenge unused phosphorous and potassium from deep in the soil and move it closer to the surface.

Weed Control: Covers that produce a lot of biomass can help. Rye, black oat, sorghum-sudangrass, sunn hemp, iron clay cowpea, radish and buckwheat can smother weed seedlings. Some of these produce chemicals that can affect crop germination and growth.

Break up Soil Compaction: Crops with deep taproots, like tillage radish or canola, can break through a compacted layer.

Nematode Suppression/Beneficial Insects: Certain varieties of some cover crops, like lupin, sunn hemp, velvet bean, sorghum-sudangrass, black oats and some brassicas, repel and starve pest nematodes and keep them in check. Others, like hairy vetch, lupin, sunflower and buckwheat, attract beneficial insects that pollinate crops and eat pests.

Many cover crops can provide quality forage and grazing early and still recover to benefit soil systems. Careful management is needed to ensure payback from planting a cover crop. Good quality seed should be planted at the recommended rate and depth. Planting dates are also critical for good stands and growth.

For more information on cover crops visit the Alabama Crops webpage or www.aces.edu for publications with more detailed information.

Buckwheat as cover crop image by USDA NRCS South Dakota.


Source:  https://news.aces.edu/blog/2016/01/15/why-plant-cover-crops/

Evonik starts Mepron production in Alabama

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Evonik announced Oct. 26 it has started Mepron production at its site in Mobile, Ala., putting the plant into service after 15 months, according to plan.

Mepron is a formulation of the amino acid methionine specially developed for dairy cows by Evonik’s Animal Nutrition Business Line.

“With this investment, we strengthen our position in North America as a leading company to offer innovative solutions to the market. This investment opens up new growth opportunities for the Animal Nutrition business and for Evonik in North America,” said Dr. Ralph Sven Kaufmann, member of the executive board and chief operating officer of Evonik.

“The U.S. is our most important sales market for Mepron,” Dr. Emmanuel Auer, head of the Evonik Animal Nutrition Business, said. “So, it was important for us to serve our customers out of our new own production facility.”

The U.S. has the world’s largest stock of high-yielding dairy cows and produces about 12.5% of the world’s milk.

High-yielding dairy cows have particularly high methionine requirements. In conventional animal feeding, such requirements are covered by protein-containing feeds. In contrast, the use of Mepron in dairy cow rations allows the amount of crude protein in feeds to be reduced, with no loss of output. This, in turn, reduces feed costs, eases metabolism in the animals and reduces nitrogen excretion.

“In this way, we’re contributing to more sustainable milk production, from which all sides benefit,” Auer said.

Methionine counts among what are known as essential amino acids, which higher organisms must ingest with their food. Without adequate methionine dairy cows cannot optimally metabolize the protein in their feeds. In contrast to the situation for pigs and poultry, however, methionine must be specially “packaged” for ruminants so that it reaches the small intestine of the cow, where it can be absorbed. Without such a protective coating it would be degraded by microorganisms already in the first stomach.

Evonik’s Nutrition & Care Segment produces and markets four essential amino acids for advanced animal nutrition: MetAMINO, Biolys, ThreAMINO and TrypAMINO. Mepron, a protected DL-methionine for high-yielding dairy cows, and CreAMINO, a high-grade creatine source, complete the product portfolio.

The Animal Nutrition business line translates over 60 years of experience in manufacturing essential amino acids for animal nutrition into solutions that meet the evolving needs of its customers in over one hundred countries.

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