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McCluer new Director of Regulatory Affairs at NGFA

WASHINGTON – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has announced that Jess McCluer has joined its staff as Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Prior to joining NGFA staff, McCluer was a program analyst at the OSHA Office of Outreach Services and Alliances. McCluer was twice honored by OSHA– in 2003 and 2005 – as recipient of the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award. The awards recognized exceptional accomplishments in the development and implementation of compliance assistance materials and programs.

“We’re extremely pleased to have someone of Jess’s strong government and trade association background join our team,” said NGFA President Kendell W. Keith. “His experience in working with government and industry in addressing government policy matters with a diverse array of agencies will help him provide valuable service to NGFA members.”

McCluer’s new responsibilities will include directing the association’s wide-ranging operations programs for grain elevators, feed mills and grain processing plants. He also will oversee the NGFA’s activities regarding employee safety and industrial health, environmental issues, grain-handling facility design and equipment, grain inspection and weighing issues, and grain and feed quality. McCluer will serve as staff liaison to the NGFA-GEAPS Joint Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee; Grain Grades and Weights Committee; and the newly formed NGFA-GEAPS-NAEGA Joint Agroterrorism-Prevention and Facility Security Committee.

A native of Dallas, Texas, he was graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in political science and international studies. He also received a masters degree in political management from George Washington University.

Shell Introduces Grease for Feed Processing Machinery

The recently introduced Shell FM Grease HD 2 was specially designed to hold up to harsh production environments while also meeting the specific needs and requirements of the food and feed industries.

Recommended for use in machinery that requires frequent re-application of grease, Shell FM Grease HD 2 provides excellent oxidation and mechanical stability and corrosion prevention characteristics. The strong adhesive properties of the grease provide exceptional washout resistance to hot and cold water. The formulation provides lubrication for: slow and medium speed plain and rolling element bearings; heavy- and shock-loaded applications; joints, linkages, and slides; plus overhead track systems. Additionally, Shell FM Grease HD 2 may be used as a protective anti-rust film and as a release agent on gaskets and seals of tank closures.

Shell FM Grease HD 2 is neutral in taste, smell and color, is Kosher and Halal certified, does not contain any natural products derived from nuts or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and is registered by NSF (Class H1) for use where there is potential for incidental food contact.

For more information, visit www.shell.com/us/lubricant.

Even With Higher Prices, Nutritionists Keep Cottonseed In The Mix.

Increased corn plantings in 2007 have taken a bite out of cotton acreage, and the available supply of whole fuzzy cottonseed for dairy cows.
According to a USDA assessment of U.S. and world crop supply and demand prospects. The report projects cotton production to reach 18.8 million bales, 13 percent below last year.

While the planted cotton acreage is down 20 percent from last season, the proportion of acres harvested is likely to rise due to favorable soil moisture conditions in the Southwest, the report says.

According to Tom Wedegaertner, director, cottonseed research and marketing, Cotton Incorporated, a number of interests – including dairy producers, cottonseed oil suppliers and, increasingly, biodiesel manufacturers – are competing for cottonseed, causing prices to rise.
"Interestingly, higher prices have not diminished top dairy nutritionists' appetite for cottonseed," he says.

Dr. Michelle Wieghart, nutrition and herd services manager for Countryside Cooperative in Durand, Wis., is a self described "big fan" of cottonseed.
Wieghart believes that even when cottonseed prices are elevated, it's counter productive to wholly remove the ingredient from dairy rations.

"Cottonseed serves so many purposes," Wieghart says. "It's got high protein, energy and excellent effective fiber.

"You hear the Western nutritionists talk about it all the time," she continues. "Regardless of herd size, some cottonseed ration inclusion makes great sense. Inarguably, producers will have to pay more on a feed-cost-per-ton basis, but if milk flow is the goal, cottonseed gets you there."

Countryside Cooperative services about 200 herds, many of those using cottonseed. "Several of our producers are taking a semi-load at a time, but the coop will deliver four tons or so to the farm."

For today's dairies that have expanded, but haven't purchased extra land base, cottonseed can bridge the forage gap, she adds.

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