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AIRLANCO Announces Promotions

Falls City, NE – AIRLANCO – designer and manufacturer of air management equipment – recently promoted Becky Duerfeldt from Parts Sales/Customer Service to the position of Purchasing Agent. Shiela Huppert was promoted from Customer Service/Procurement Clerk to the Parts Sales Department replacing Duerfeldt. Nathan Huning was also promoted from Sales Engineer to Senior Sales Engineer.

Duerfeldt will be in charge of planning, directing, and coordinating the activities involved in purchasing materials for company use. Her job duties will include purchasing machinery, equipment tools, parts, supplies, and services necessary for the operation of the establishment. She will also be in charge of purchasing raw or semi-raw materials for manufacturing. Duerfeldt, a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been a dedicated employee of AIRLANCO for nearly 4 years.

Huppert, who has been with AIRLANCO for one year, will oversee soliciting orders for products, providing information to customers about products and services, and helping to resolve complaints. Previously she worked for True Temper in Quality Control and the Production Department. In her spare time she helps out on the family farm.

Huning is a graduate of Fort Hays State University and has been a dedicated employee of AIRLANCO for nearly a decade. In his spare time he enjoys camping, hiking and ATV riding with his family.

Dickson Data Offers Wireless Savings Calculator

Milling, feed and grain companies considering the pros and cons of switching to wireless monitoring of temperature conditions critical to inventory quality can now make more informed technology decisions with the Wireless Savings Calculator offered by Dickson Company, manufacturers of the Wireless Wizard Temperature Data Logger.

Chris Sorensen, Dickson VP Sales and Marketing, explains, “Mills and grain companies need to monitor temperature conditions affecting product quality but nobody wants to spend a lot of time doing so. The benefit of wireless data logging is that you no longer need to spend time retrieving data.

Temperature data—both trends and real-time readings—is automatically displayed on your desktop whenever you want to refer to it. If you add up the hours that would otherwise be spent on collecting and downloading data the time-savings is significant and this translates into a rapid return-on-investment by switching to wireless technology. Just how quickly you will recoup investments varies and the calculator enables you to get a firm idea of just what your real dollar savings over time will be.”

Dickson's Wireless Wizard is arguably the first wireless data logger that is truly failsafe. It provides up to 9-day data backup storage with Dickson Data-Keep. It's easy to set up and will give ongoing feedback on network status with the WIZARD SIGNAL SENSOR. For more product details see www.dicksondata.com/product/model_WT100.php
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GFAI Serves Members at CFTC Hearing

(Washington, D.C.) – Recently the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held an Agricultural Markets Roundtable to address the need for market stabilization. Representing the Grain and Feed Industry in Illinois were Bob Seegers, General Manager of Demeter, LP (Seeger’s Division) and Jeff Adkisson, Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Executive Vice-President.

Organizations such as the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), other ag trade associations, commodity groups, bankers and the exchanges were represented at the roundtable. Comments to the CFTC Commissioners centered on the need for convergence, market volatility, capital risk and the inability of producers to forward market 2009 and beyond crops.

The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois remains focused to improve convergence and achieve better contract performance. Calling for action, the Association sent a letter to the NGFA’s Risk Management Committee and will continue to concentrate efforts to participate in meetings, forums and conference calls.

While this is one small step towards any potential solution, the effort has been made and the opinions have been heard. The Association, however, will maintain an active role in these discussions to represent the common goals of the industry.

To learn more about the Agricultural Markets Roundtable, visit the CFTC website at cftc.gov/newsroom/cftcevents/ as information is continuously updated.

VeraSun Energy Recognized with Railroad Industry Safety Award

Brookings, S.D.--VeraSun Energy Corp. (NYSE: VSE), one of the nation's largest ethanol producers, has received the CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award for the second consecutive year. The award reflects the company's commitment to rail car maintenance and safety as well as continuous safe tank car loading.

To be eligible for the award, companies must ship at least 600 railcars per year on CSX and have zero non-accidental releases during the year. VeraSun shipped more than 5,500 carloads with CSX during 2007, primarily originating from the company's ethanol production facilities in Aurora, SD, Fort Dodge, IA, and Charles City, IA. Altogether, 64 companies received the award.

“We are honored to receive the CSX safety award for a second consecutive year,” said Barry Schaps, VeraSun's senior vice president, sales and logistics. “Safety is one of the most important company values at VeraSun, and to earn this award for a second consecutive year is a testament to the commitment our company and employees have made to safe operations and environmental stewardship. Safe transportation of our product is an obligation we will continue to make for the benefit of our customers, plant communities and the environment.”

VeraSun Energy Corporation, headquartered in Brookings, SD, is a leading producer of renewable fuel. Founded in 2001, the company has 560 million gallons per year of production capacity through five operating ethanol production facilities, with four facilities building.

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