AGT Foods opens multi-million dollar extrusion plant for pulse products
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by Jenny Schlecht
7h ago
MINOT, N.D. — The new extrusion plant at AGT Foods in Minot started testing production in March and now is at full commissioning. And already, when AGT Foods president and CEO Murad Al-Katib arrived for the plant's July 22, 2024, grand opening, he got a good report on how things are going. "I made the trip down from Canada, and they're already talking to me about expansion and more capital for 2025, so that's a good sign," he said. Al-Katib was joined by leaders from Minot and the state of North Dakota, including the state's U.S. senators, ag commissioner and several state legislators, to ..read more
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Sustainable aviation fuel capacity domestically to rise fourteen-fold in 2024, US EIA says
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by Reuters
1w ago
July 17 (Reuters) - Production capacity of sustainable aviation fuel in the United States could jump by 1400% in 2024 if all announced capacity additions come on line, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. The EIA anticipates domestic production of biofuels will increase by about 50% in 2024, led by rising SAF production. The White House aims to meet all of the U.S.'s aviation fuel demand with SAF by 2050 and to supply at least 3 billion gallons of SAF annually by 2030. In 2023, the EIA reported that around 1.6 million barrels per day of jet fuel was consumed in th ..read more
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Pacific Northwest sees increased exports due to Panama Canal drought
Agweek » Agribusiness
by Ariana Schumacher
1w ago
PORTLAND, Ore. — Weather impacts more than just grain production. In the Pacific Northwest, grain shipping has increased this year. Barrett Bass, chief strategy officer of Blue Water Shipping Company in Portland, Oregon, says this is due to drought impact on the Panama Canal. “When the Gulf loads cargoes for Asia through the Panama Canal, they are either having to wait a long time, have to pay a lot of money to transit, or they are having to go around South America,” he said. “So what shippers are doing are transferring a lot of those cargo through the PNW.” Elevators are also playing a ..read more
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Tyson Foods to sell Georgia poultry complex to House of Raeford Farms
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by Reuters
1w ago
July 9 (Reuters) —Tyson Foods said on Tuesday it will sell its Georgia-based poultry complex to chicken products maker House of Raeford Farms, as the U.S meatpacker looks to cut costs amid subdued demand. The company has been grappling over the last few quarters with price-conscious customers cutting back on meat purchases and has made efforts to return to profitability by shuttering chicken, beef and pork plants, as well as laying off corporate employees. Tyson said House of Raeford Farms intends to continue poultry processing at the complex in Vienna, Georgia, and would utilize the existi ..read more
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Farmfest events schedule includes three candidate forums in the week before primary elections
Agweek » Agribusiness
by Michael Johnson
1w ago
The 2024 Farmfest event is scheduled for Aug. 6-8 at Gillfillan Estate near Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Highlights of the three-day event include three candidate forums along with updates on agricultural issues facing farmers across the state and country. Event organizer Kent Thiesse said this year's event provides a slate of speakers and vendors that are sure to attract crowds. Thiesse said as far as farm shows go, Farmfest is one of the more highly visible ones for political candidates and one of few that focuses primarily at ag issues in politics. "It's usually the first time where there ..read more
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On one Minnesota farm, robots with hoes test new approach to weed control
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by Dan Gunderson / MPR News
3w ago
In a sugar beet field a few miles east of Moorhead, small four-wheeled robots are rolling up and down the rows of beets. Powered by a solar panel, the robots use cameras to spot weeds and then guide sharp-edged hoes to scoop the weeds out of the ground. This is the first year Redmond, Washington-based Aigen has deployed the robot weeders. “What we're doing is using a method that's been used for thousands of years” said Aigen field operations director Chris Benner. “Just a hoe to rip them [weeds] out of the ground, with a little bit of extra technology baked into it.” Today, farmers rely ..read more
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Award-winning Morgan's Meat Market to finish expansion this summer
Agweek » Agribusiness
by Noah Fish
3w ago
WASECA, Minn. — By the time Dean Morgan opened Morgan’s Meat Market in Waseca in 2021, he already had hundreds of meat awards under his belt.  Before that, Morgan and his wife, Barb, operated a market by the same name in New Richland, Minnesota, from 2003 to 2020, when another family offered to buy it. The sale gave Morgan the opportunity to start fresh in a location that means a lot to him because of its history.  "This is actually the shop I started cutting meat in 40 years ago," Morgan said.  Unlike the other store, the market in Waseca is USDA-inspected, which is someth ..read more
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Wisconsin company utilizes NexYst 360 for shipping kidney beans
Agweek » Agribusiness
by Jennifer Kotila
1M ago
WILLMAR — Chippewa Valley Bean of Menomonie, Wisconsin, began exploring the use of the NexYst 360 system of delivering crops to end customers before the COVID-19 pandemic, and NexYst 360 ended up helping solve shipping issues during the pandemic. During a NexYst 360 field day held June 19 in Willmar, where NexYst is building a storage and transportation center, Tom and Tricia Kwak, chief operations officer and plant manager, respectively, of Chippewa Valley Bean, explained how the kidney bean processor and supplier has utilized the NexYst system. Tricia Kwak noted that kidney beans are a nic ..read more
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NexYst 360 brings 'smart' shipping for ag products to Willmar Rail Park
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by Jennifer Kotila
1M ago
WILLMAR — NexYst 360 is the newest addition to the Willmar Industrial Park and the first tenant for the Willmar Rail Park. Its equipment and technology offer a farm-to-processing supply chain system for agricultural products. The Willmar Rail Park is a 144-acre rail park being developed by Midwest and Bluegrass Rail. It will have a rail loop that comes off the Willmar Wye, with four spurs going into the park to accommodate different businesses. Currently, NexYst 360 is utilizing the old airport runway to store smart shipping containers that use specialized technology to trace the product fro ..read more
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Minnesota ag conference highlights how industry is embracing technology in ways surprising and familiar
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by Tom Cherveny
1M ago
WILLMAR — Electric tractors, robotic feeding systems for beef and dairy herds, drones that spray fields with pesticides, and a machine that uses infrared energy to dehydrate food waste allowing it to be “upcycled” as human food or processed into a biodegradable material to replace plastic. Agriculture’s embrace of technology was on full display as the MinnWest Technology Campus and the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hosted the annual Partners in Agriculture conference Tuesday on the campus in Willmar. Also on display: Innovation and entrepreneurship. L ..read more
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