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Central Valley Ag has agreed to sell portion of their grain and feed production assets in West Point that are no longer being used by the cooperative. CVA decided to discontinue grain operations and feed production in West Point post-harvest last year.

The property that CVA is selling to Prinz Grain includes the grain and feed facilities west of the alley behind the CVA retail store and gas station. It’s comprised of the feed mill, along with about 220,000 bushel grain storage in the cement structure, steel bins, and flat storage.

Glen Prinz, majority owner of Prinz Grain in West Point, says they are blessed to have three sons return to be a part of the business. He says this purchase was made to help maintain and increase the long-term viability of the business.

Prinz says even having the bins and another scale available this fall will help the harvest flow and get customers in, dumped, and back to the field smoothly and quickly. He says the additional storage may also offer different grain marketing options that they were not able to utilize in the past. As to the future of the feed mill, Prinz says they are looking at different options. He says they may make improvements to the equipment, or they may revamp the facility and covert it for a different use.

The paperwork to finalize the sale is pending.

Tom Palmertree, CVA Senior Vice President of Marketing, says customer grain that was going to West Point is being routed to their East Hub location in Oakland, and feed production and bulk delivery is being handled out of their Scribner location. He says customers impacted were notified prior to the change. Palmertree says age of facilities and efficiencies were the main reasons behind the change.

Bryan Reichmuth, CVA Senior Vice President of Operations, says for current CVA feed customers, it’s business as usual. Also, he says Central Valley Ag will continue to operate the retail feed store, and also will continue to provide access to fuel via the pumps at the West Point location. Reichmuth says the agronomy location on the north edge of West Point was not affected by this transaction.



MINNEAPOLIS and PARIS/PRNewswire/ — Cargill and InnovaFeed have entered into a strategic partnership to bring sustainable and innovative feed options to the animal nutrition industry. Through the partnership, Cargill and InnovaFeed will collaborate to jointly market fish feed which includes insect protein, enabling both partners to support the growth of sustainable aquaculture.

“We recognize that the planet has finite resources,” said Pilar Cruz, president of Cargill’s compound feed business. “It is our job to find innovative feed options for our customers that protect the planet and support sustainable protein production.”

InnovaFeed’s circular economy approach brings added sustainability benefits as the company uses co-products from the agriculture production of starch and sugar to feed black soldier fly larvae known as Hermetia illucens. Once the larvae reach a certain stage, protein and oil are extracted from the larvae, to be used in feed for pets, aquaculture species and young animals like broilers and piglets.

“By upcycling local cereal co-products and repurposing insect waste as an organic fertilizer, InnovaFeed’s products truly have a positive environmental impact,” said Clement Ray, chief executive officer, InnovaFeed. “We’re also able to have a positive impact on climate change by saving 25,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year with each 10,000-ton-production unit1 by feeding insect meal to animals. That is equivalent to removing 14,000 cars off the roads.”

InnovaFeed’s team of more than 60 engineers and technicians have developed an innovative process allowing them to produce high-quality insect meal at an industrial scale. Over the past three years, InnovaFeed has led multiple trials demonstrating that its insect protein can be an effective alternative to fishmeal used in salmon or shrimp feed with equal or improved performance.

“We’ve seen a strong acceptance of our products by consumers looking for natural and sustainable products,” said Maye Walraven, head of business development for InnovaFeed. Insect-fed trout has been commercialized in France since June of last year.

“This partnership will not only enable our salmon and shrimp customers to differentiate their product lines to meet consumer needs, but we’ll also be responsibly managing resources, enabling both companies to support the growth of sustainable aquaculture and make a positive impact at a global scale,” said Adriano Marcon, president of Cargill’s aqua nutrition business.

“We found the ideal partner in InnovaFeed,” added Helene Ziv, director of risk management and sourcing for Cargill’s animal nutrition business. “We have a shared purpose—offering innovative, sustainable solutions to meet the nutritional needs of our growing population and our customers.”

COLOGNE, Del. /PRNewswire/ — Prairie AquaTech of Brookings, SD (USA) is the 2019 winner of the internationally curated Aquafeed Innovation Award for Ingredients. The award was presented to the company during the 2019 VICTAM International Feed & Grain event held in Cologne, following the”Aquafeed Horizons” technical conference.

Independent judges from Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA selected Prairie AquaTech on the merits of its protein ingredient, “ME-PRO.” The ingredient was designed to provide the aquaculture industry an effective and responsible alternative to reliance upon wild-caught stocks of forage fish. ME-PRO uses a patented process to enhance plant protein. The result is an exceptionally high quality protein ingredient that’s been proven to be responsibly sourced, provide excellent performance in feed mills and on fish and shrimp farms, and have a positive effect on the environment.

Though ME-PRO’s source and performance are remarkable, the Aquafeed Innovation Award was ultimately bestowed on account of the ingredient’s demonstrated ability to significantly lower phosphorus effluent from aquaculture into ground water, lakes, rivers and the ocean. Phosphorus discharge is one of the leading contributors to environmental pollution around the world. Excess phosphorus in the water system contributes to a harmful process called eutrophication, resulting in lower water quality, higher costs, and stagnation of aquaculture growth.

Lucia Barreiro, editor of industry news source aquafeed.comand co-producer of the Aquafeed Horizons event stated, “The aquaculture industry succeeds on the quality and applicability of innovation. We absolutely must meet and exceed upon the challenges that present themselves to our industry. Prairie AquaTech’s ME-PRO is not only an excellent protein ingredient, it’s helping the industry become more successful. They should be proud of their work and we wish them continued success.”

Prairie AquaTech CEO, Mark Luecke, was present at the award ceremony and replied, “Aquafeed is a globally recognized source of industry news and information – their recognition of our work is very important. This award is the result of our team’s passion for developing high quality products that support the aquaculture value chain, and our persistence to achieve production at scale.”

Prairie AquaTech has recently completed construction of its first commercial-scale production facility in Volga, South Dakota. At full production capacity, the facility will produce 30,000 metric tons of ME-PRO from non-GMO soybeans per year. ME-PRO has been successfully used in aqua feed formulations around the world in multiple species, such as salmonids, bass, and shrimp.

ME-PRO was developed by a partnership between South Dakota State University and South Dakota Innovation Partners, an investment company established to start and manage companies dedicated to meeting crucial challenges in health and nutrition. Prairie AquaTech is part of South Dakota Innovation Partners’ portfolio of companies.

For more information on ME-PRO, www.MEPROPowered.comor search “Prairie AquaTech” on YouTube.

The National Milk Producers Federation today commended Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for actions intended to provide relief to farmers impacted by significant flooding and rain this spring.

The Department of Agriculture has announced that farmers who planted cover crops on prevented-plant acres will be able to hay, graze, and chop their fields as early as September 1 this year, as opposed to the usual November 1 date, to provide for enough forage for dairy and livestock operations later this year.  The Department is also allowing for silage to receive the same treatment this year as haying and grazing.

“This year’s problematic weather and disasters have created a unique set of challenges for dairy producers for whom feed availability is a critical issue,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “We thank Secretary Perdue for taking important steps to ease the feed crisis that farmers are facing in multiple regions of the country.”

NMPF has also endorsed the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act (H.R. 3183) introduced by Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Angie Craig (D-MN), which takes similar steps to alleviate the feed challenges facing dairy farmers and others in agriculture.  NMPF looks forward to working with Congress and USDA to address this challenge.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Industrial hemp is the new buzzword in Kansas agriculture, but the message is clear: No hemp or hemp-derived products, including CBD oil, are currently approved for use in animal feed, including pet food.

That was the word from Kansas Department of Agriculture officials during a May 23 webinar with K-State Research and Extension agents and specialists.

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also referred to as the Farm Bill, expanded production opportunities for growing hemp across the country. This year is the first year it’s legal to grow it in Kansas but only within research programs outlined by the Farm Bill.

KDA has developed the Kansas industrial hemp research program, which offers potential for diversification for Kansas farmers looking for an alternative crop or for new farming enterprises, according to Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam.

“The Kansas agriculture industry is committed to pursuing new and innovative opportunities to grow agriculture,” he said, “and the research generated by participants of this new industrial hemp research program will be valuable data in identifying the growth potential offered in this sector.”

Industrial hemp can be used in various products including paper, biodegradable plastics, and construction materials.

Two agencies regulate feed and feed ingredients in Kansas – the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, said Ken Bowers, feed technical director with the KDA Dairy and Feed Safety Program.

Bowers said feed ingredients used in animal feed in the United States undergo a scientific review by the company that is proposing the ingredient. The company submits the review through one of several avenues for approval, but to date, no hemp or hemp-derived products have been approved. The regulations are designed to keep animals and humans safe.

“That’s the only way to get a legal, approved ingredient,” he said.

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine has safety concerns that must be addressed through scientific studies regarding Tetrahydrocannabinol THC and CBD. These concerns and scientific studies have not been addressed yet by industry, Bowers said.

Extension educators around the state have been fielding questions about whether hemp or hemp-derived products can be used as feed ingredients, said Justin Waggoner, beef cattle specialist with K-State Research and Extension and webinar coordinator.

“It’s really important that our stakeholders are knowledgeable on industrial hemp and what can and can’t be done with it in the state of Kansas,” said Dana Ladner, KDA compliance education coordinator, during the webinar.

More information is available on the Kansas Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Research Program website and on the K-State Research and Extension Industrial Hemp information page. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture also has a resource page.