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Politics and precipitation: grain markets keep close eye on elections and rain

The weather and the outcome of the French elections could play a pivotal role in the European wheat market in the coming weeks. 

Feed and grain industries weigh in against any US NAFTA withdrawal

Several US feed crop and agricultural groups are speaking out against a potential plan for the Trump Administration to withdraw from NAFTA.

Special Edition: Protein Alternatives

Insect protein production offers ‘viable alternative to landfill’

Organic waste is the opportunity, says Jason Drew, co-founder of the Cape Town headquartered AgriProtein, as he predicts huge growth for the insect protein industry over the next 10 to 15 years.

Cargill in capital shift away from feed yard and cattle ownership

Cargill is planning to sell its remaining cattle feed yards to Nebraska-based Green Plains.

Lerøy flags up use of microalgae sourced DHA in its salmon diets

Salmon producer, Lerøy, says it has reduced its use of marine sourced omega-3 fatty acids by switching to a feed incorporating a DHA laden microalgae product. 

‘Strange start’ leads to delay in US feed crop planting

After a wet start to the feed crop-planting season, some states are making progress with corn and starting to get soybeans in the ground, says the USDA. 

USDA offers over $150m for agricultural and feed research

A USDA grant program is offering $150.2m in funding to support foundational research in agriculture, says program leader. 

Potential feed link in dioxin contamination scandal in Taiwan

The spotlight is on animal feed in a probe by Taiwanese authorities investigating an incident where eggs were found to have been tainted by dioxin.

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Perdue confirmed as US agricultural secretary

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) welcome Sonny Perdue as US secretary of agriculture.

Tannins in feed may offer production boost for dairy cattle

In-silage tannins may make dairy cattle more efficient without the need for additional dietary protein, says researcher.

Feed not covered under US and Australian food system recognition deal

The FDA says Australia's food system is comparable to the US, but the recognition may not initially bring much change for the feed industry in either country.

Special Edition: Protein Alternatives

How low can you go? Amino acid balance key to low protein poultry diets

In the second of our two articles on his work into protein alternatives, Marinus van Krimpen, animal nutrition researcher, Wageningen Livestock Research, tells us about insights gleaned in a study...

Special Edition: Alternative Proteins

Yeast, algae and insects galore: protein innovations for 2017

This month, as we look at projects aimed at developing novel sources of proteins for animal feed, we also dip into the archive to give you a flavour of some...

US, Mexico trade rhetoric may influence feed grain market

The future for trade in feed ingredients between Mexico and the US hangs in the balance, despite desire to maintain established markets, says expert.

French company's bio-based carotenoids pass test with flying colors

Biotech company, Deinove, is moving up a gear in the process of getting its natural carotenoids for use in feed marketable.

Special Edition: Protein Alternatives

Seaweed may offer promise as novel protein source

Dutch researchers are weighing up the benefits of seaweed, grass, and microalgae as novel protein sources as well as analyzing the impact of increasing the content of synthetic amino acids...

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Deciphering rumen microflora and link with dairy productivity

Lallemand Animal Nutrition says its two new educational resources for dairy cow management are aimed at helping industry better understand the rumen environment and microbial function, along with the potential...

Optimal tryptophan levels boost tilapia weight gain, amino acid uptake

Boosting dietary tryptophan amounts also bumps weight gain, amino acid retention for Nile tilapia eating corn-soy diet, say researchers. 

Special Edition: Protein Alternatives

From pest to feed? US researcher assesses housefly larva for feed potential

Housefly larva may offer a sustainable alternative protein ingredient for aquaculture or animal feed, and present a nutritional profile similar to fishmeal, says researcher.

60-second interview: challenges in verifying a non-GMO feed supply chain

Andy Green, sustainability expert at Cert ID Europe, part of the Group ID group, wants to keep a lid on the costs of non-GM verification. We caught up with him to...

Greening the animal feed sector: carbon footprint database development

A project to benchmark the environmental impact of feed, under the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) initiative, is gathering steam.

New climate data assessment tools for US grain farmers

A university-led team has developed a set of tools to make climate data and information more accessible and useful to feed producers, says manager.

Special Edition: Protein Alternatives

US researchers turn to insect use for shrimp

Black solider fly larva meal may support growth and production of farmed shrimp, if used as a partial fishmeal replacement, says researcher.  

Glencore expects to handle larger maize volumes through UK port expansion

Glencore Agriculture says its buy-out of Dorset based animal feed supplier, Mercury Commodities, will enable it to grow its feed business in the UK.

Special Edition: Alternative Proteins

Bacterial single cell protein shows benefits in salmon, shrimp diets: study

A single cell protein from bacterium Methylobacterium extorquens show similar digestion and supported growth for farmed salmon and shrimp when replacing fishmeal, says researcher. 

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