Latest newsThe American Meat Institute released a video tour of a pork slaughter plant hosted by Temple Grandin, Superior East entered into a joint venture with CHS, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed an executive order allowing over-width fertilizer application vehicles to travel at night in S.D.
Grandin hosts pork plant media tour
• WASHINGTON — The American Meat Institute recently released a video tour of a pork slaughter plant hosted by leading animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University. The video is available on the Institute’s dedicated animal welfare website www.AnimalHandling.org. The pork plant video tour and brochure augment the beef plant video tour, also hosted by Grandin, which was released in August 2012. Since its release, the beef plant video has been viewed nearly 50,000 times online and in countless classrooms and other settings. The latest pork video tour starts on the farm in a finishing barn, depicts pig loading on trailers, unloading at the plant, stunning of pigs to make them insensible to pain, which is required by law, the bleeding process, carcass chilling and fabrication of carcasses into cuts that consumers eat. The video details the widespread use of the AMI animal welfare audit, developed by Grandin for the industry in 1997, and now a global standard. Grandin selected the two plants that are featured in the video as representative of typical beef and pork slaughter plants. She was on-site for the taping and narrated the videos in her own words. “I’m really pleased the American Meat Institute is working on putting these videos out because I think we need to show people what’s done in the industry when it’s just done right in a typical large plant,” Grandin says in the introduction to the video. The brochure also includes a series of commonly asked questions about animal welfare with answers provided by Grandin.
CHS and Aurora Cooperative to build grain shuttle loader in Neb.
• ST. PAUL — CHS Inc. and the Aurora Cooperative have formed a limited liability company to build and operate a high-speed shuttle loading facility near Superior, Neb. The new entity, Superior East LLC expects to begin construction immediately and be completed in about 12 months. With a storage capacity of 1.25 million bushels, the new grain facility will include a 120-car capacity circle track on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line moving corn, soybeans and hard red winter wheat to markets west and south, including Mexico. Additionally, the location will provide a grain ground piling system, as well as 10,000-ton liquid fertilizer storage. The site has ample room to expand both grain and fertilizer capacity. Superior East was formed under the recently introduced CHS Partnered Equity Program. This first-of-its-kind program allows CHS owners to unlock a portion of their equity in CHS to provide capital for an expansion project. Cooperatives participating in the program use a portion of their CHS equity as a contribution to a venture with CHS focused on helping their cooperative grow. Eligible projects include shuttle loaders, fertilizer hub plants, energy assets and other growth opportunities. Superior East is a 50-50 joint venture with a governing board comprised of representatives from both CHS and the Aurora Cooperative. The multiplex will be operated by the Aurora Cooperative.
Over-width fertilizer application vehicles allowed extended travel time in SD
• PIERRE, S.D. — Because of cold weather that has caused a delayed planting season, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an executive order to allow over-width fertilizer application vehicles not exceeding 12 feet to travel during nighttime hours in South Dakota. The order expires May 31. Over-width vehicles must be equipped with flashing or rotating white or amber warning lights on each side of the load’s widest extremity. The warning lights must be clearly visible to motorists approaching from the front and rear. Although hours of travel for over-width fertilizer application vehicles have been temporarily extended by the governor, several highways in the state have weight restrictions in place because of unstable conditions. No vehicle is authorized to exceed the recommended weight posting of any road. For information on permits, contact the South Dakota Department of Public Safety at 800-637-3255.
Proposals for Ag in the Classroom programs sought in ND
• BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Council are seeking proposals for developing and conducting educational programs and materials to help young people understand the importance of agriculture in North Dakota and in their own lives. “Agriculture in the Classroom programs provide teachers with curricula and class lesson development materials, training seminars, a magazine, website and other tools to make agriculture part of the school day,” says Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “The program helps young people learn where their food comes from and how to make better food choices for themselves.” Goehring says about $55,000 will be available for the programs. Proposals must be received by May 24. Information: Jamie Good at 701-328-2659 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or 701-328-1870.
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• Barn fire: No people or animals were hurt in a barn fire at a North Dakota ranch with a reputation for producing some of the best rodeo bucking bulls in the world. Mandan Rural Fire Chief Lynn Gustin says the blaze destroyed the barn belonging to Chad Berger. Gustin says there were some saddles, tack and hay bales inside the barn. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined. The Berger family declined comment.
• Pulse plant: A group planning a pulse crop processing plant in the central South Dakota town of Harrold has reached its $2 million fundraising goal. The Pierre Economic Development Corp. has proposed buying five acres of land and constructing an 11,000-square-foot building on the west edge of Harrold to lease to South Dakota Pulse Processors. Officials say the plant will provide a dozen jobs at startup.