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RCG and Farms Technology Announce Connection of Dynamic Pricing Platform to RCG Onyx® API
CHICAGO, December 6, 2007 – Rosenthal Collins Group (RCG), a leadingindependent futures clearing firm, and Farms Technology announced that theDynamic Pricing Platform (DPP) with e-Pit, Farms Tech’s flagship product foronline grain procurement, is now connected to the electronic futures marketusing the RCG Onyx® API. The new connection provides users of DPP with e-Pita comprehensive, fully automated solution in online grain procurement byconnecting grain buyers, grain sellers and the futures market through one easyto-use application.

The DPP platform is designed to replicate all of the basic trading characteristicsof the origination buyer’s local marketplace and to communicate pertinentinformation to crop producers using the most efficient methods available today.Introduced in August 2007, the e-Pit component of the DPP enables grain buyersto simultaneously purchase cash grains and execute electronic hedge ordersthrough one Web-based platform. Connecting the DPP with e-Pit to the RCGOnyx API gives users access to RCG’s 85 years of experience in the futuresindustry and Farms Tech’s innovative grain procurement solution.

Said Jason Tatge, Farms Technology CEO: “We are delighted to enter into thisrelationship with RCG, which brings together our leading edge cash grainorigination technology with their state-of-the-art futures execution technology.With this new connectivity, the DPP with e-Pit takes another leap forward in theevolution of the grain industry. We applaud RCG’s foresight to bring thistechnology to their customers, strengthening their relationships with grain buyers,and strengthening the buyer’s relationships with grain producers.”

Farms Tech’s DPP is already in use in over 50 grain buying facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Kansas, with new locations beingadded in Nebraska and Michigan. By connecting all channels of the grainprocurement process through one platform, the DPP solution gives farmers andgrain buyers the tools they need to increase their own efficiency.

The RCG Onyx API uses the popular FIX protocol to support firms andprofessional traders that want to connect their own front-end trading software to arobust platform, with access to multiple futures exchanges. RCG developed theflexible, scalable infrastructure using resilient technology to offer customized endto-end solutions for professional clients. The RCG Onyx API leverages RCG’sfutures, clearing, risk management and technology expertise and resources –while maintaining a separate infrastructure for market data to achieve the lowlatency required to meet the needs of traders. RCG designed its Onyx API withhighly sophisticated technology to maximize speed, scalability, functionality,reliability and redundancy.

Laidig introduces 1,000,000 Cubic Foot “Super-Silo”
Based on Laidig's 40 years of unequaled experience in track-driven reclaim systems, the the 2098 and 2198 DOMinator and the 3098 Radial X-Traktor are the next generation of automated high-delivery reclaim combined with high-volume vertical storage. The dome system is available in reinforced concrete dome structures of up to 150’ diameter x 90’ high that can provide up to 1,000,000 CF of usable storage. Alternatively, the dome system can be provided with Laidig’s concrete “super-silos”. Super silos are available up to 150’ diameter by 100’ high (material height), and provide up to 1,000,000 CF in a single silo. Laidig’s extra-heavy-duty Model 2098 reclaim system can yield reclaim rates of up to 500 CFM in a wide range of material applications. DOMinator storage and reclaim systems can provide a cost-effective package for relatively-high-volume application.

Laidig has now introduced their new DOMinator “super-silo”. The Model 2098 DOMinator reclaim system is integrated into specially designed concrete super-silos up to diameters of 150’ with material storage heights of up to 100’. These super-silo storage and reclaim systems, intially designed to meet the rigorous demands of processed soybean meal applications, provide cost-effective, fully-automated storage and reclaim for a wide variety of dry bulk materials. A single super-silo can provide up to 1,000,000 CF of usable storage. In soybean meal applications this translates to over 16,000 MT of meal.

For more information, call Laidig at 574-256-0204 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Archer Daniels Midland Company, Bayer CropScience and Daimler to cooperate in Jatropha biodiesel project
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Bayer CropScience AG and Daimler AG plan to jointly explore the potential for a biodiesel industry based on Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.). A respective Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the companies. Jatropha, a tropical plant from the Euphorbia family, is seen by the three cooperating partners as a promising alternative energy feedstock for the production of biodiesel. Biodiesel derived from Jatropha nut kernels has properties similar to those of biofuels obtained from oilseed rapes.

In this project, the companies are seeking to develop production and quality standards for Jatropha-based biofuel. ADM is running several biodiesel refineries worldwide. Bayer CropScience plans to develop and register herbicides, soil insecticides and fungicides for disease and pest control of Jatropha plants. At the end of last year, Daimler AG completed a wide-ranging five-year research project which demonstrated that Jatropha can be used and cultivated to obtain high-quality biodiesel and studied the use of this fuel in test vehicles. The company will continue to explore the interactions between fuel and engine in vehicles powered by Jatropha biodiesel and mixtures of this and other fuels.

Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler, Vice President Vehicle and Powertrain, Group Research and Advanced Engineering and Chief Environmental Officer of Daimler AG: “Alternative fuels are an integral part of our roadmap towards sustainable mobility. Our research activities within the last years have proven for example, that Jatropha biodiesel can be produced with quality similar to biodiesel from oil seeds. Now, it is time to evaluate the commercial potential of Jatropha biodiesel.”

Jatropha is a wild plant which has never been professionally cultivated. Recent studies show a potential of approximately 30 million hectares of land on which this plant could be grown, especially in South America, Africa and in Asian countries such as China, India or Indonesia. Since Jatropha can be cultivated on barren land, it does not compete for land that is being used for food production, and thus provides farmers with an additional source of income.

The plant is an excellent source of renewable energy because its seeds contain more than 30 percent oil.

USDA Certifies QuickTox™ Kit for DON in Corn
WASHINGTON, DC (November 16, 2007) The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has issued another Certificate of Performance for the QuickTox™ Kit for DON, expanding its use into corn testing, along with its already-certified performance in wheat.

This QuickTox Kit continues to be a popular and cost-effective solution for grain handlers everywhere who need to perform rapid screening for DON. With no special equipment required, no filtering, and no toxic solvents, the QuickTox Kit offers accurate, reliable, easy-to-read results for a 2 ppm screen – in corn or wheat – within five minutes.

“Ours is the market’s only qualitative test at 2 ppm, the screening level commonly used in grain handling and first point-of-contact environments,” said Simon Varney, Product Manager. “Detection at 2 ppm complements the product’s capacity to also screen grain at 1 and 0.5 ppm. The test extracts with tap water, offers the shortest shake time available, and requires no instrumentation.

“We aim to meet the needs of grain elevators, corn mills, ethanol plants, and feed manufacturers with this test kit,” Varney said. “As more mycotoxin testing moves from the lab to the dock, we design our tests for speed, reliability and ease of use.”

Deoxynivalenol (DON), also called vomitoxin, is a natural mycotoxin found in corn, wheat and barley infected by the Fusarium fungus. It is known to reduce the quality and value of bulk grain, pose human health risks in processed foods, and affect the performance of livestock fed DON-contaminated products. Under favorable conditions, DON levels may increase in storage.

Owing to these negative consequences, combined with DON’s widening geographical occurrence, grain handlers, mills, malters, and ethanol plants will need to perform DON testing more regularly. The QuickTox Kit offers a rapid on-site solution to the need for accurate segregation decisions for corn, wheat and barley.

To learn more about the QuickTox kit, visit www.envirologix.com or call 1-866-408-4

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