FDA advances implementation of agric water requirements for produce safety

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced that it is advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety. The agency has said the additional initiatives are meant to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent outbreaks related to Romaine…

Canada’s soybean exports to China more than triples despite production decline

CANADA – Canadian soybean exports to China increased by 230% through the first half of MY 2018/19 despite a decline in production, according to the Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report attributed the increase to a record high production in Ontario, high carryover stocks, and Eastern Canadian access…

Ghana embarks on engineering policy to boost agriculture sector

GHANA - Stakeholders in the agricultural value chain in Ghana have embarked on a new course that seeks to validate the Ghana Agricultural Engineering Policy and Strategy (GAEPS) aimed at boosting the agricultural sector. According to a report by GhanaNewsAgency, the GAEPS when fully adopted also aims at safeguarding food security, assist consistency with environmental…

Viterra opens new high throughput grain facility in Canada

CANADA – Canada’s largest grain handler, Viterra has opened a new high throughput grain facility at Vegreville in Alberta, Canada. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Viterra customers, employees and government officials, reinforcing the company’s commitment to invest in northwest Alberta.  The facility has a storage capacity of 34,000 tonnes and is capable of loading…

US feed grain exports rise 25% to 38.9MMT helped by increased corn purchases

USA – US exports of feed grains increased by 25.2% to 38.9 million metric tons in the first four months of 2018/19, boosted by exports of corn, dried distillers’ grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s report and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the US feed grains…

US Grain Council appoints Pooja Pokharel as manager of Program Funding

USA – The US Grain Council (USGC) has appointed Pooja Pokharel to the newly created position, manager of program funding, effective March 11. In her new role, she will responsible for helping track and comply with regulations related to funding from a growing array of sources. Pokharel joined the Council in 2015 as the junior…

FrieslandCampina, IFDC partner to boost milk production in Nigeria

NIGERIA - FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria has partnered the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), a science-based public organization, in a project that aims to boost milk production for pastoralist milk producers in Nigeria. Through the partnership, the Nigerian subsidiary of the Dutch multinational dairy cooperative will work together with pastoralist milk producers in Oyo State, to…

Land O’Lakes appoints Pete Kappelman Senior Vice President, Member and Government Relations

USA – Land O’Lakes has appointed Pete Kappelman Senior Vice President, Member and Government Relations effective immediately. His responsibilities in the new role include leveraging Land O'Lakes resources to help the cooperative’s members grow profitably and to strengthen partnerships on technology, talent, branding and financial services. He will have direct responsibility for the Member Relations…

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launches new cassava project in Tanzania

TANZANIA – Tanzania is set to benefit form a new cassava project aimed at establishing an affordable commercial cassava seed system. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Best cassava project, aims at building an economically sustainable seed system through development of disease resistant cassava cultivars. This is part of efforts to ensure…

Rwanda unveils grains storage technologies to curb post-harvest losses

RWANDA – Rwanda has embarked on research and investments in crop storage technologies in pursuit of the country’s ambitions to reduce post-harvest losses from the current 16% to 5% by 2024. As part of the efforts, the country unveiled the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags, a grains storage technology, providing a simple and cost-effective…