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New faces at AFIA include membership and state regulatory posts

ARLINGTON, VA – Jarrod Kersey has joined the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) as Ingredient and State Regulatory Manager, and Sarah Novak is now Director, Membership and Services.

Sarah Novak previously served as Director of Membership for the U.S. Grains Council, as well as holding a prior position as the Council’s Manager of International Operations.

Sarah will be in charge of AFIA’s membership recruitment and retention, and marketing of association programs. In addition, she will be show manager for the International Feed Expo in Atlanta, January 22-25, 2008. She will also oversee the AFIA web site and be staff contact for the association’s Membership Task Force and Information Technology Committee.

AFIA president Joel G. Newman said, “With her strong industry background and skills, Sarah will be a great addition to our team. I’m sure the members will find her a valuable resource.”

Her industry background includes six years with Vita Plus and Milk Specialties in her home state of Wisconsin. Sarah holds a Bachelors degree in Animal Science and a Masters degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin. She resides with her husband and daughter in Vienna, VA.

Kersey was formerly a senior scientist with Procter & Gamble Pet Care. He replaces Regulatory Consultant Betty Pendleton who left AFIA after 15 years at the end of March. She will be concentrating on her regulatory counseling business.

In addition to Kersey’s experience with the Iams Company, he has previous trade association experience with the National Cottonseed Products Association where he served as Assistant Director, Research and Education.

At AFIA, he will be responsible for ingredient issues, including regulatory, legislative and working with FDA to create a better regulatory environment for moving new ingredients to the marketplace in a more timely manner. He will also manage state regulatory/legislative issues and bills in states west of the Mississippi River. Richard Sellers, Vice President, Feed Control & Nutrition, manages those east of the river and coordinates overall feed regulatory policy.

Kersey will be the staff contact for several AFIA committees and will join Keith Epperson, Director of Manufacturing & Training, in assisting with the planning and producing of the annual Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC).

A native of Arkansas, Kersey currently resides in West Alexandria, Ohio and will remain there for the time being; he will return to the AFIA headquarters in Arlington, VA at least monthly.
His educational achievements include a B.S. in Agriculture and M.S. in poultry nutrition from the University of Arkansas. He is married and has three children.

Richard Sellers states, “Although it’s difficult to replace Betty, Kersey will be a positive addition to our staff and brings some unique business skills and experience in international affairs, trade, ingredient sourcing and regulatory affairs.”

TriSquare Introduces eXtreme Radio Service Two-Way Radios

eXtreme Radio Service (eXRS) is the new two-way radio service using proprietary Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology that provides secure and interference free communications for personal and business use.

Gary Staley, President of TriSquare, states that "the majority of complaints from FRS/GMRS users involve interference, non-secure communications, and range. The TriSquare eXRS products overcome these obstacles." With eXRS, consumers will experience interference free and secure communications using patent pending FHSS techniques. Couple this technology with the effectiveness of the 900 MHz frequency band, and the usable range of eXRS radios will be equal to or greater than that of other portable UHF two-way radios (including FRS/GMRS) under normal and equivalent conditions. Learn more about eXRS technology at www.trisquare.us.

Another significant factor of this eXRS radio introduction is the timing to provide a positive impact on the retail market. "All indicators suggest that sales of FRS/GMRS products are declining in both unit volume and total revenue. TriSquare's eXRS radios will rejuvenate this viable category, increasing revenue and profits for all key players", stated Steve Koch, Vice President of Sales.

With three initial model offerings of the TSX100, TSX200, and TSX300, the units provide channel capability of 1,000, 10,000 and 10 billion respectively. The product will be packaged in single and value packs. ìWe are providing a choice of consumer oriented packaging that best suits the retail outlets needsî. In addition, Koch commented that ìthe packaging provides an immediate desire to select a unit from the shelf to learn more about eXRS products and its offerings.

Additional features for all models include phone book style contact lists for easy access to other chosen users, extended battery life, call signaling, and VOX operation. The TSX300 offers exclusive features of SMS text messaging, Caller ID and the ability to receive NOAA weather broadcasts.

Delivery of the products began in May 2007.

The use of the ISM band (900 MHz frequencies) for eXRS radios allows for license free legal use at any age and for any purpose (personal or business), unlike radios in the GMRS category.
TriSquare has been a leader in the design and manufacturing of two-way radios since 1999. Offices are located in Kansas City, MO and Hong Kong.

To learn more about the TriSquare eXRS radios and accessories, search their website at http://www.trisquare.us on the World Wide Web or contact Steve Koch at (816) 505-3575 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Biodiesel byproduct improves swine and poultry feed, may effect corn demand

AMES, Iowa - With the rapid expansion of ethanol and biodiesel production in Iowa, there are questions about possible uses for what remains after these alternative fuels leave the plant. So far, the use of ethanol by-products in animal feed has received most of the attention.

But researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Services (ARS) also are studying a biodiesel by-product in swine and poultry feed.

Crude glycerin is a byproduct of biodiesel production from soybean or vegetable oil. This compound, which currently is used in such things as hand lotions, cosmetics and shampoo, is a pure energy source.

“With an increase in biodiesel production comes a surplus of crude glycerin,” said Mark Honeyman, animal science professor and coordinator of Iowa State’s Research Farms. “And with an increase in ethanol comes higher corn prices. Since corn is fed to pigs primarily for its energy value, we’re studying the possibility of replacing corn with glycerin in swine feed.”

Brian Kerr, an ARS research leader and collaborating associate professor of animal science, directed the glycerin feed trials. In a metabolism study, both nursery and finishing pigs were fed at levels of 5, 10 and 20 percent glycerin. These studies showed the glycerin is readily used by pigs and has an energy value similar to corn.

In a related growth study, 5 and 10 percent glycerin was fed to pigs from weaning to market weight. Results showed equal growth performance between the glycerin-supplemented diet and a more conventional corn-soymeal diet.

Kristjan Bregendahl, assistant professor of poultry nutrition, conducted a metabolism experiment with 48 laying hens. Typical feed rations that included corn, soybean meal, meat and bone meal, and four levels of crude glycerin - 0, 5, 10, or 15 percent - were fed to the hens to determine the energy value of the glycerin.

“We found the energy in crude glycerin was used with high efficiency by the hens,” Bregendahl said. “And we saw no adverse effects on egg production, egg weight, egg mass or feed consumption in this short experiment.”

One problem identified in the swine metabolism trial is that the diet containing 20 percent glycerol would not have flowed well in a dry self-feeder so Honeyman said the 10 percent inclusion level may be the upper limit. Bregendahl described the laying-hen diets that included 10 to 15 percent crude glycerin as “rather sticky.”

There also are questions about how glycerin might impact meat quality. The swine project includes carcass data collection and meat quality evaluations, with those results pending.

Another question centers on the fact that when biodiesel is produced from soybean oil, methanol is used in the process. Methanol can be toxic, so Honeyman said swine and poultry producers interested in trying glycerin as part of a feed ration would need to work with the biodiesel plant to make sure methanol levels are below the Food and Drug Administration approved level of 150 parts per million in the glycerol.

Kerr, Honeyman and Bregendahl, along with other Iowa State researchers, have a series of funding proposals in the works to further examine the use of crude glycerin in diets for nursery and finishing pigs, sows, broilers and layers.

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