Weekly Wrap-Up: February 26

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Feed milling outreach goes beyond the resources and stories we create from NC State Extension.

We want to help you keep up, so we’re sharing relevant news with you as we find it. Each week we’ll compile industry news and events to share in one post on Friday. We’re calling this new series Weekly Wrap-Up.

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Coming Up

Event: Breakfast with the Commissioner

The 16th annual Breakfast with the Commissioner, featuring North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will be hosted by the Tobacco Farm Life Museum on March 5, 2021, at 10 a.m.

The breakfast will be presented via Facebook. No tickets are required.

Webinar: Zinpro webinar (Make Food Safety a Priority)

WATTPoultry, Feed Strategy, and WATT Global Media, sponsored by Zinpro, will present the webinar Make Food Safety a Priority.

Date: March 11, 2021
Time: 10–11 a.m. EST
Register: Register for Make Food Safety a Priority online via GoToWebinar.

Description: (from registration page)
Preserving the first line of defense is essential for preventing foodborne illnesses. It can be achieved by maintaining a strong epithelial barrier.
Featured webinar speakers will include Prof. Richard Ducatele, Ph.D., Ghent University; Marco A. Rebollo, DVM, Zinpro; and Dr. Paco Fernandez, DVM, Zinpro.

Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is hosting its annual Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week March 29–April 2, 2021. This year’s programs will focus on:

  • near-miss reporting,
  • impact of quality on safety,
  • bin safety, and
  • emergency action plans.

TRAINING: Lockout-Tagout for the Grain, Feed, and Processing Industry (NGFA)

Is your company looking for a good training resource on lockout-tagout procedures? You’re in luck! The NGFA has announced a free training module for lockout-tagout procedures.

This resource is for grain, feed, and processing facilities. 

The training materials are presented using Articulate. You can access the Lockout-Tagout for the Grain, Feed, and Processing Industry materials directly.

Jennie-O takes measures to mitigate high feed costs
One of the topics we often teach in the NC State University Feed Milling and animal nutrition programs is least-cost formulation.

Least cost formulation means using the combination of ingredients and nutrients that provide nutritional value to the animals at the lowest cost using ingredients on hand.

In this article from WattAGNet, read about how Jennie-O is using these strategies to lower feed costs in response to increased grain prices.

Homeland Security releases new ASF resources
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology issued a Master Question List (MQL) for African Swine Fever (ASF) Virus. This new document provides important information regarding the virus, as well as new studies on viral transmission. 

Do you have feed milling or animal food safety news to share? Contact Marissa Cohen to learn about ways to have your stories featured.

If you have questions about animal food safety, please contact Marissa Cohen.