Grain Talk

Grain Talk

Hosted by Grain Journal magazine, this podcast discusses the issues affecting lives and livelihoods in the grain and feed industry.

Episodes

December 10, 2021 32 min
Using 3-D laser scanning technology can save time and money in retrofitting or building a grain handling facility. Ross McEllhiney is the director of operations and safety for Zen-Noh Grain Corp. and has many years of experience using 3-D laser scanning technology for design and engineering. The technology allows for the construction of a virtual facility that can be "toured" and evaluated for accuracy before any equipment ...
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The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is celebrating 125 years of agricultural service and advocacy in November, and President and CEO Mike Seyfert addressed the landmark anniversary in a letter to members. Diversity, healthy lands, safety culture and global markets are the focus of four initiatives flowing from the new tag line "Transforming America's Harvest" as NGFA looks ahead to a successful agricultural f...
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Matt Carstens, president and CEO of Iowa-based Landus Cooperative, discusses "optimization" as an alternative to traditional mergers and acquisitions in the grain industry. Carstens describes the benefits Landus and its partners hope to realize from sharing each others' strengths while continuing to put the best interests of farmers first. Carstens likens the process to dating, engagement, and marriage. Optimization giv...
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How will the move away from coal and natural gas affect rural America and its major employer, agriculture? Will Main Street be traversed in electric cars and the local grain elevator get its electricity from wind turbines and solar panels in the near future? Teri Viswanath shares CoBank Knowledge Exchange's insights into this rapidly changing landscape.
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John Lee, director of safety, health and environmental services for the Grain & Feed Association of Illinois, speaks about procedures and challenges for pre-harvest safety preparation. Seasonal workers, increased traffic, fatigue and getting equipment ready are among the topics addressed.
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Ben Fargher, vice president, Sustainability, Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain North America, talks about the firm's sustainability efforts, why they’re important to the company and what the future may hold for agricultural producers. 
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Malcolm Johnson, founder and owner of Ontario, Canada-based Maljohn Company, discusses his company's industrial plastics products for the grain industry and charitable mission through the sales of toboggans and the "Home Alone Team."
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Grain, particularly wheat, is a top-five export for the state of Oregon, where Port of Coos Bay is poised to serve growing demand across the Northwest. In this Grain Talk episode, Margaret Barber, director of external affairs and business development, discusses the port's facilities, including a rail line, and goals for growth in the grain export market.
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Bill Spreeman, safety director at Portland, OR-based Columbia Grain International, shares his experiences and some of the ways CGI has approached mitigating the hazards of grain handling and storage. He also talks about why CGI participates in Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week each year.
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New National Grain and Feed Association President and CEO Mike Seyfert discusses his background, what led him to NGFA, and the goals he has for himself and the association on behalf of its members.
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Iowa State Professor Dirk Maier, Ph.D., discusses post-harvest grain storage and quality challenges outside the United States and previews his GEAPS Exchange presentation.
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Georg Schafler, head of wheat and rye technology and milling solutions for Uzwil, Switzerland-based Bühler Group, discusses the new Arrius integrated grinding system technology for the milling industry.
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The USDA Agricultural Research Service is charged with finding new, innovative and commercial uses for corn. Listen as lead scientist Dr. Gordon Selling discusses the mission, successful products and new ideas that keep corn the No. 1 crop in the United States, and one used around the globe.
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October 5, 2020 31 min
Stephen Nicholson, a Rabobank senior grains and oilseeds analyst, shares his insights from Rabobank's recent report "The Grain and Oilseeds Sector in a Post-COVID-19 World." How is COVID-19 changing and accelerating changes to agriculture with respect to food security, consumer demand and technology?
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Jess McCluer, vice president of safety and regulatory affairs with the National Grain and Feed Association, discusses NGFA's second annual Harvest Safety Week.
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Doug Fletcher, owner of Fletcher Safety Consulting, Omaha, NE and a former OSHA compliance safety and health officer, talks about meeting safety standards and building a safety culture.
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August 21, 2020 14 min
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discusses the latest on recovery for his state's corn and soybean crops and grain storage following the Aug. 10 derecho storm that swept across the Midwest.
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Matt Bennett, of Bennett Consulting, shares his thoughts on the latest USDA Crop Report and its potential impact on the markets. Matt is a farmer, commodity adviser, and popular speaker. He lives in Windsor, IL.
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July 11, 2020 10 min
Brian Basting, a grain market analyst with Advance Trading in Bloomington, IL, discusses the July 10 WASDE report and its effect on the grain markets.
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John Lee, director of safety, health and environmental services at the Grain & Feed Association of Illinois, discusses the two-day Safe Grain Handling Operations course hosted by GFAI and the Asmark Institute in Bloomington, IL.
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