Member News
Monday, September 8, 2014

Section: Fall 2014

The Methionine Reference Book, recently published by Adisseo, is a guide intended for nutritionists, purchasers, formulators and technical managers in the premix and feed industries to enhance their knowledge of methionine and its use. The technical reference book provides a detailed description of the three forms of methionine with their characteristics and properties. Also presented are the general chemical processes, metabolism and utilization of each form in detail, and precise data on hydrolysis, absorption and intestinal transport.
Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, celebrated 20 dedicated years to the organization in July. Smith is described as the driving force behind AAA, ensuring its mission to connect, educate and protect its members and the industry is being fulfilled. Emily Meredith, former director of communications, was promoted in July to vice president of communications and membership. Meredith is a strong advocate for the agricultural industry and focuses on educating and connecting consumers with their food source.
Ag Partners enters its second phase of a three-phase project with a joint venture in Ellsworth, Iowa. It is the largest capital expansion in its history and it will allow the mill to pellet 800,000 tons of feed annually and create an additional 10 jobs once the mill hits peak capacity. 
In June, the Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats feed mill in Springdale, Ark., celebrated 30 years free of employee lost-time injuries. A ceremonial awards luncheon was held to honor representatives from CTCM Springdale’s feed mill and the CTCM turkey hatchery in Gentry, Ark., for their years of dedication to employee and workplace safety. “Cargill was built on a firm foundation of respect, integrity and commitment to health and safety,” said Shane Acosta, general manager for Cargill’s turkey operations in Northwest Arkansas.
Cargill and PG&E Corporation were awarded the 14th annual Excellence Award presented by CECP, a coalition of 150 chief executive operators who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Both companies exemplified the award’s four rigorous standards of excellence: CEO leadership, dedication to measurement, innovation and partnership.
Interstates Companies, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, in mid-March, named Chief Financial Officer/Harbor Group President Scott Peterson as chief executive officer. Peterson assumed his new role Sept. 1, succeeding Larry Den Herder, who has been CEO of the company since 2001. Den Herder will remain chairman of the board until his retirement in 2016. Peterson is a CPA and has a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Hallway Feeds sponsored the first honor flight to leave from Lexington, Ky., which took place on June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Hallway Feeds produced a video to commemorate the trip to Washington, D.C., which can be viewed at
Dirk Maier, with Kansas State University, was promoted to a newly created position in the Dean of Agriculture office leaving the Department of Grain Science and Industry. Maier has been the head of the Grain Science and Industry Department since 2008, and is applauded for the uptick in student enrollment within the department, which has increased along with the growth of the distance education program offered through the Grain Elevator and Processing Society.
Also in KSU news, the university presented Bill Barr, Bill Barr & Company, and Charlie Fahrenholz, Phibro Animal Health, with Outstanding Alumni Awards based on their continual support and achievements in the animal feed industry. Barr is president of Bill Barr and Co., a family-owned feed ingredients business, and is an active participant in KSU programs. Fahrenholz received both his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Department of Grain Science and Industry at KSU and is currently the Director of Global Formulation Development for his company.
Micronutrients has completed its expansion to triple the capacity of the manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, Ind., which will allow the plant to manufacture its large particle technology product forms. 
On Aug. 20, the Northern Crops Institute celebrated the completion of a major upgrade at its NCI Feed Production Center by hosting an open house for the public. Feed center tours allowed guests to learn about the new mixer, new automation system and the facilities’ first micro-ingredient system, as well as the expanded technical abilities. North Dakota lawmakers, feed industry equipment manufacturers and regional commodity groups were recognized at the open house for their collaborated effort in providing funds for the upgrades.
The Novus International, Inc. board of directors appointed Francois Fraudeau as president and Chief Executive Officer on March 31, succeeding Thad Simons. Simons is now the senior executive advisor to the board.
Jill Franks, the director of scientific and regulatory affairs for Nutro Products/Mars Petcare, was highlighted as the subscriber of the month in the May 2013 edition of “Real Simple,” a home and lifestyle magazine.
Sustainable Sourcing LLC, a leading provider of sustainable fats and oils, was awarded the 2013 Global Supplier Award by Eli Lilly and Company. The awards selection process is based on three global objectives that Lilly adheres to: bold leadership; deliver strong business results; and speed innovation. John Mahoney, chairman of Sustainable Sourcing LLC, said, “We truly value the growing relationship with Eli Lilly and Company and look forward to exceeding their expectations in the future.” 
Walinga’s celebrated its 60th anniversary this year with a special edition of their Sideroads publication. The newsletter highlighted Walinga’s rich history and company expansion to accommodate the growth of the feed industry. Belstra Milling celebrated its 60th anniversary by hosting the Perdue Men’s Varsity Glee Club as well as opening its facility for mill tours conducted by employees following a pork chop dinner. About 650 customers, suppliers, and family and friends attended the celebratory event.
Nathaniel Morris joined the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association as its International Poultry Expo sales director earlier this year. Morris’ responsibilities include developing and implementing effective sales and marketing plans to ensure the continued success of IPE, part of the International Production & Processing Expo. “We are very pleased that Nath will be joining our team at USPOULTRY. His extensive background, knowledge and experience in the poultry industry will serve well to help us continue to grow and enhance the IPPE,” said USPOULTRY President John Starkey.
The Wilbur-Ellis Company continues its investment in the future of the agricultural industry by announcing its 2014 FFA contributions and numerous initiatives, which include an employee matching program, and contributions to FFA scholarships, a national career fair, working as a Career Pathway Supporter through the Ag Career Network, and state and local chapter support. Wilbur-Ellis also co-hosted an FFA Sponsors’ Board reception in Napa, Calif., on May 8.
Younglove President Mike Gunsch retired on Jan. 31, after 45 years with the company. Sandy Davidson, director of first impressions, also announced her retirement after 26 years of service with the company. On Feb. 1, Ken DuBois, Younglove’s former vice president, was promoted to president, and Loren Field, former senior vice president, was promoted to executive vice president.
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