What do we do?
A lot of people ask, so we’ll (try to) explain
Many ask what exactly we do at Great Plains Processing. It’s a fair question as manufacturing in the agriculture world can be a confusing and convoluted topic, especially when you’re relatively unknown. We’ve made a list of what we’ve done at GPP at our Luverne facility. The list below most likely is missing something, but when it’s all said and done, if its been spray dried, we’ve either done it or can do it better.
- Zinc methionine
- Hydrolyzed Proteins
- Milk powders
- Soy products
- Organic trace minerals
- Protein products
- Yeast products
- Specialty blends
- Powder premixes
- Hydrolyzed proteins
- Soil amendment products
- Pelleting aids
- Molasses products
Great Plains Processing is now GMP+ Certified
GPP is now FAMI-QS, International Safe Feed Safe Food and Identity Preserved Certified.
What is GMP+?
GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices. In 1992 the current GMP+ Feed Certification scheme started out with this. Afterwards, it developed into a full-fledged certification scheme by integrating ISO quality management requirements, HACCP and other elements. The + stands for the integration of HACCP: â€˜Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points. The foundation of the GMP+ systematic is partly determined by continuous improvement according to the principle of the Deming circle. Plan, Do, Check, Act: write down what I’m doing, do what I’ve written down and providing proof that I effectively did it.
The GMP+ Feed Certification scheme does not only define conditions relating to production facilities of feed, but also for storage, transport, staff, procedures, documentation etc. Together with her partners, GMP+ international transparently defines clear conditions, so that feed safety and sustainability are guaranteed and certification bodies can conduct independent audits. GMP+ certified companies are supported with useful and practical information, such as various databases, newsletters, Q&A lists, courses and seminars. With over 13,400 participating companies in more than 70 countries, GMP+ International is a leading global player in the market of feed safety assurance certification. A GMP+ certificate provides an additional qualitative guarantee for every entrepreneur dealing with the international feed industry. A quality mark of GMP+ International tells you, the entrepreneur, that participating companies from the international food chain guarantee reliability, quality, sustainability and safety. That means that they meet all local and international statutory standards in the feed industry. Want to know about the other advantages of a GMP+ certificate? Click here. (SOURCE: https://www.gmpplus.org)
What does it mean for Great Plains Processing?
Along with FAMI-QS, ISFSF, and IP certifications, GMP+ aligns with our vision to manufacture safe, high quality ingredients for our customers and end users. The evolving domestic and international landscape demands that feed products and ingredients are manufactured to the highest standards. We are very excited to add GMP+ to our portfolio as we will always continue to be quality driven.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011, and provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with sweeping new authorities and requirements. The law was a bi-partisan supported bill backed by the food and feed industries. It authorizes FDA to promulgate new rules for preventive controls, develop performance standards, create new administrative detention rules, provides authority for mandatory recall of adulterated products and provides authority for hiring more than 4,000 new field staff among other provisions. It is unclear whether Congress will provide sufficient funding authorization to fully implement the law, but it is clear that FDA is proceeding with rulemaking to meet the new law’s regulation deadlines. (SOURCE: AFIA.org)
How gene editing can avoid problems GMOs face
Industry members say innovations shouldn’t be limited by regulations, and further consumer education needed.
The genetically engineered transgenic industry has received a “black eye” in terms of how consumers have turned against science and resisted the use of biotechnology. The hope is that, with future technologies, such as gene editing, that can be avoided.
American Seed Trade Assn. president and chief executive officer Andrew LaVigne testified Wednesday at a House Agriculture Committee that there is a need to focus on education and working on better explaining the agricultural and food value chain as well as the evolution of plant breeding methods.
LaVigne said the majority of the general public has taken only one genetics class and probably never took another one. This lack of understanding on basic plant breeding, paired with an out-of-date perception of the 1940s farmstead and its 40 acres, has left consumers confused and worried about new technologies. It’s important to get the message out and explain to consumers in simple terms the increased knowledge that is available today regarding plant physiology.
LaVigne said as new tools of plant breeding come to market, their focus needs to be on the solutions plant breeders are trying to find. Innovative new plant breeding methods, such as gene editing, allow plant scientists and breeders to precisely make specific changes to a plant’s DNA using the plant’s own internal processes.
The result can be activation of a beneficial characteristic such as drought tolerance or enhanced nutrition, deactivation of an unfavorable characteristic such as disease sensitivity or small changes to the DNA that reproduce a characteristic found within the plant’s family, like a disease-resistant characteristic found in a wild relative.
“An underlying common denominator for new innovations in plant breeding is that they can achieve the same end result that could be achieved through more traditional plant breeding methods, but in a more precise and targeted way,” LaVigne said.
In the specialty crop arena, researchers are evaluating gene editing methods to address costly diseases in crops like citrus fruits, potatoes, grapes and lettuce.
While no gene-edited products are available on the market today, this breeding method represents an exciting opportunity for agriculture, LaVigne said in his written testimony. It can be used across all crops to produce better seeds that can thrive despite new and emerging challenges — such as changing weather, plant diseases and pests — while reducing crop inputs.
In addition to farmer and environmental benefits, plant breeding innovations can bring benefits to consumers, like better-tasting produce that has a higher nutritional content.
Driscoll’s CEO Kevin Murphy said most of the technology being used in plants also is being used to address diseases in humans and animals, so once it creates tremendous value there, the perception of its use in food will change as well.
“One the public sees a greater value, the perception will change. It will take time and education,” Murphy said.
However, he said the industry should make sure communication uses terms that are easily understood.
Paul Wenger, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, added that it’s important not to jump in and just assume that consumers will accept the notion that whatever you’re giving them is good for them. “Ask what their concerns are, and address those concerns early on,” he said.
In January, a rule proposed by the Obama Administration acknowledged that some applications of gene editing result in plant varieties that are essentially equivalent to varieties developed through more traditional breeding methods and treats these varieties accordingly. Therefore, gene-edited varieties would not be subject to multiyear environmental impact reviews.
LaVigne noted, “New and evolving innovations like gene editing represent exciting opportunities for agriculture. However, if policies toward breeding methods are overly burdensome, then smaller, regional companies and the public sector will likely be precluded from fully utilizing these innovations.”
He urged Congress to encourage the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food & Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency to have consistent, science-based policies that promote a climate of innovation, particularly for university researchers and small companies.
Currently, biotechnology essentially has been used in only long-row crops. In order for new tools and techniques to evolve and be used within the specialty crop arena, it is important to create a policy framework that doesn’t burden producers with excess costs.
“In addition to domestic efforts, it’s important that the U.S. government also develops an international engagement strategy to communicate with our trading partners to prevent trade barriers due to non-harmonized regulations,” LaVigne noted.
Source URL: http://www.feedstuffs.com/news/how-gene-editing-can-avoid-problems-gmos-face
LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Demand, profitability driving U.S. pork industry expansion
Strong profitability and rising global demand are creating a strong incentive for U.S. pork processors to expand capacity. The impending increase in demand for hog supplies will create favorable terms for producers, while intensified competition among processors could lead to a short-term compression in packer margins, according to a new report from CoBank.
“U.S. pork packing capacity will increase 8-10% by mid-2019, when five processing facility construction projects are complete and fully operational,” said Trevor Amen, an economist with CoBank who specializes in animal protein. “Hog production is expected to increase 2-4% in both 2017 and 2018 to meet the demand for more supplies, with the bulk of the increased production coming from small to midsize pork producers in the Midwest.”
CoBank reported that three new state-of-the-art pork processing facilities with the capacity to process more than 10,000 hogs per day are currently under construction. Two of the facilities are being built in Iowa and one in Michigan. Two smaller plants with daily capacities of less than 5,000 head are being renovated in Missouri and Minnesota, CoBank noted.
“As each of the new projects comes on line, hog supplies will adjust upward,” Amen said. “Transitional market conditions such as these typically come with increased price volatility over the short term, and bargaining leverage will shift in favor of producers as the expansion of hog supplies catches up with processing capacity.”
However, lean hog prices may soften until a new market equilibrium is established and an increase in exports fills the demand gap, he added.
Exports remain critical
According to the report, the success of this substantial increase in processing capacity and hog production hinges largely on continued global demand for U.S. pork. While 2017 exports through April were up 15%, total annual exports for the year are expected to increase 5-8%. An additional increase of 3-6% is expected in 2018. Exports have been a boon to the industry, but the potential risk of export disruption carries severe consequences, CoBank warned.
“Continued global demand for U.S. pork will be a critical factor as the market adjusts over the next two years,” Amen said. “Domestic consumer demand has been very strong, and we expect that to continue. However, prospects for a further boost in domestic demand are limited. Therefore, export markets will have to absorb the production increases.”
U.S. producer access to foreign markets will be critical to preventing a domestic supply glut as well as deterioration in margins for both producers and processors, CoBank said.
Processing facility upgrades to continue
To remain competitive, the report said processors must continuously upgrade or replace existing facilities to implement new technology, including automation and mechanisms that ensure compliance with stricter food safety standards.
“Historically, initial losses in new or expanded plants are inevitable, and packer margins are typically narrower than pre-expansion, but margins improve and normalize following the transition period, and processors are better positioned with efficiency gains and an improved ability to customize production,” Amen said.
Longer term, pressure could persist for older plants as aging technology inhibits efficiency gains. Eventually, the cycle of replacing older infrastructure will reach its next phase, and new investments will take the place of retired capacity.
FSIS proposes to import poultry products from China
As part of the 100-day plan between China and the U.S. announced earlier this year, the U.S. Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a proposed rule to amend the poultry products inspection regulations to list China as eligible to ship poultry products to the U.S. from birds slaughtered in China. China is currently allowed to export processed poultry products to the U.S. only if the products are derived from poultry slaughtered in the U.S. or in other countries eligible to slaughter and export poultry to the U.S.
“FSIS is proposing this action because the agency has reviewed (China’s) laws, regulations and poultry slaughter inspection system as implemented and has determined that (its) poultry slaughter inspection system is equivalent to the system that the United States has established under the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) and its implementing regulations,” the FSIS notice stated.
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) urged a swift completion of the process in order to resume normal trade between the two countries. In January 2015, China issued a blanket ban on all U.S. poultry over issues related to avian influenza.
“NTF believes today’s notice regarding the importation of cooked chicken from China is an essential first step in the process of restoring normal exports of U.S. turkey and all poultry to China. In 2013, the U.S. exported more than $70 million worth of turkey meat to China, but that trade has been suspended for more than two years now,” NTF said.
When the 100-day plan was initially unveiled, National Chicken Council (NCC) president Mike Brown said the announcement was “a positive development and a testament to the Administration’s work to break down some of the existing obstacles that have been preventing U.S. chicken from regaining access to the Chinese market.”
“NCC and our members support free and fair trade,” Brown continued. “In order to be effective, free trade must operate as a two-way street. I am optimistic that, as our negotiators continue the dialogue with China, U.S. broiler access issues will be resolved expeditiously.”
The June live cattle futures market tumbled downward this week from the higher prices seen over the last month. Nearby contracts closed lower Monday and Thursday at $128.35/cwt. and $122.50/cwt.
August feeder cattle futures also fell this week. Nearby contracts closed lower Monday and Wednesday at $151.55/cwt. and $146.125/cwt., respectively, but recovered some of the losses by Thursday’s close of $147.075/cwt.
For the beef cutouts this week, Choice and Select were both lower at $249.74/cwt. and $220.53/cwt., respectively.
June lean hog futures were mixed this week. Nearby contracts closed lower Monday at $81.975/cwt., and despite posting some gains Tuesday and Wednesday, they also finished lower Thursday at $82.050/cwt.
Pork cutout values were mixed Thursday. The wholesale pork cutout was lower at $94.90/cwt. Loins were also lower at $91.36/cwt. Hams and bellies were higher at $70.04/cwt. and $166.10/cwt., respectively.
Hogs delivered to the western Corn Belt continued to climb this week, closing at $81.41/cwt. on Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the Eastern Region whole broiler/fryer weighted average price at $1.1034/lb. on June 9.
According to USDA, egg prices were unchanged, with steady trade sentiment. Offerings were adequate, and supplies were light to mostly moderate. Demand was moderate in most areas and moderate to good in California.
Large eggs delivered to the Northeast were lower at 62-66 cents/doz. Prices in the Southeast and Midwest were lower at 61-64 cents/doz. and 54-57 cents/doz., respectively. Large eggs delivered to California were lower at $1.05/doz.
For turkeys, USDA said the market was mostly to barely steady and, in some instances, weak. Offerings have been mixed but mostly moderate. Demand has been light. Prices for hens and toms were unchanged at 94 cents to $1.03/lb.
Source URL: http://www.feedstuffs.com/markets/livestock-markets-demand-profitability-driving-us-pork-industry-expansion