Ag Business Briefs
harvest crop for Nebraska farmer who died
TEKAMAH, Neb. (AP) — About 75 people have helped harvest the corn planted by a man who died in October after driving into a cloud of anhydrous ammonia that leaked from a pipeline near his home north in northeast Nebraska.
Authorities say the anhydrous ammonia, a farm fertilizer with suffocating fumes, leaked from the pipeline near Tekamah on Oct. 17.
Hazmat workers and Tekamah firefighters responded to reports of a motorist who needed help and moved 59-year-old Phillip Hennig to a safe area, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that friends and neighbors came out Wednesday to harvest Hennig’s 650 acres of corn. Neighbors have already harvested Hennig’s bean crop.
Magellan Midstream Partners, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been repairing the 8-inch-diameter pipeline that carries the fertilizer.
Sheriff: Farmer slain during argument over herbicide use
LEACHVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say the fatal shooting of a farmer in northeast Arkansas apparently occurred during an argument over the use of a herbicide that’s used to kill weeds, but is also toxic to some crops.
Mississippi County deputies found 55-year-old Mike Wallace of Manila shot to death Nov. 3 on a county road north of Leachville. Deputies later arrested 26-year-old Allan Curtis Jones of nearby Arbyrd, Missouri, for first-degree murder in the shooting.
Sheriff Dale Cook told reporters it appears the two men argued over the spraying of the chemical dicamba on Wallace’s fields that ruined some of Wallace’s crops.
Jones said he began shooting after Wallace grabbed his arm. A witness, who was not identified, told police Jones was backing away when Wallace grabbed him, then he heard gunshots.
Train splits semi-truck in two near Roscoe
A semitrailer hauling corn was split in half when it collided with a train 2 miles west of Roscoe on Nov. 3.
No one was injured as a result of the incident, which happened at 11:41 a.m., according to Tony Mangan, spokesman for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
The driver of the semi, Johannes Brand, 29, of Worthington, Minn., did not see the train, Mangan said. Brand was heading south on 338th Avenue. The train was eastbound.
“The train collided with the truck trailer, splitting the trailer in half,” Mangan said.
Charges against Brand are pending, Mangan said.
Three men were on the BNSF train. None were injured, Mangan said.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol and Edmunds County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident.
Nebraska company to renew American beef exports to Israel
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska company is the first in the United States to send beef to Israel in more than a decade.
Nebraska officials gathered in Hastings on Nov. 3 to congratulate WR Reserve, which is sending the first shipment of American beef to Israel since a 13-year ban was lifted earlier this year. WR Reserve is the only American kosher beef processing plant approved by the Israeli government.
“We are all proud of the fact that Nebraska beef is internationally recognized as the tastiest meat around and we are proud to be able to provide the sought after product,” said WR Reserve manager Fischel Ziegelheim.
Ziegelheim said shipments will start with 200 head of Angus cattle a week. He said that with this production addition, the company is looking to expand operations by adding 100 jobs and acquiring a nearby unused building in Hastings. WR Reserve currently has over 300 employees.
“Its’s a very exciting reopening of the channel into Israeli beef market, which exceeds $400 million a year,” Ziegelheim said. “This is a great opportunity that spells more economic opportunities and jobs for the state of Nebraska.”
Lt. Gov. Mike Foley participated in a ceremonial truck loading, which symbolizes the company’s first beef shipment to Israel. Each box of beef shipped is stamped with Israel’s Chief Rabbinate’s signature.
Refinery near Hudson cited for violations after worker dies
HUDSON, S.D. (AP) — Federal investigators have found multiple safety violations at a South Dakota ethanol refinery expansion project after a worker died in May.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a contractor, North Dakota-based Bilfinger Westcon Inc., with five major safety violations.
Investigators found 38-year-old Zenon Navarrete was removing a vent line May 6 when ethanol spilled onto him, flowed through a grated floor and was ignited by welding operations on a lower floor. The fire engulfed Navarrete, who died. Another employee was injured.
Inspectors found Bilfinger Westcon allowed welding without ensuring flammable liquids weren’t present. OSHA also cited the refinery owner, Sioux River Ethanol LLC, which operates as POET Biorefining, for violations.
In separate statements to The Associated Press, both Bilfinger Westcon and POET Biorefining said they were reviewing OHSA’s report.
USCA announces launch of
WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is pleased to announce the launch of “CattleMarketNews.com”. The site provides commentary and feedback on the state of the market from individuals actively engaged in producing, marketing and trading cattle, in addition to USDA price reporting and trade statistics.
“The current volatility of the cattle market has been driven in part by a drastic decline in negotiated fat cattle sales, the rise of the algorithmic trader, and an overall disconnect between the actual fundamentals and trends,” noted USCA President-Elect Kenny Graner. “Markets operate the best with informed and active participants; Cattle Market News is intended to help drive this action.”
“Currently, a weekly Tip Sheet is compiled and circulated to USCA members. However, in the initial stages of the site’s rollout, the news and Tip Sheet will be offered at no cost on the Cattle Market News website. The overall concept of the site will evolve based on industry feedback and input. Our goal is to help cattle producers out during this difficult and challenging time within the cattle industry,” concluded Graner.
— U.S. Cattlemen’s Association
SDBIC board of
directors meeting set for November
PIERRE — The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) board of directors and staff invite the public to attend the quarterly board meeting Mon., Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m. at the Ramkota Hotel River Centre in Pierre in Gallery D/E. Directors will hear updates from staff, committee reports, the annual SDBIC independent audit report, and discuss programming for fiscal year 2017.
All beef producers are welcome the attend. For more information on SDBIC projects and the Beef Checkoff Program, go to sdbeef.org. You can also find the SDBIC on Facebook and Pinterest.
— South Dakota Beef Industry Council
Consolidated Sourcing Solutions hires new president
Sioux City, Iowa — Consolidated Sourcing Solutions, LLC (CSS) has hired Steve Namanny as the company’s President. Mr. Namanny comes to CSS with vast working knowledge and experience in the fertilizer industry. He will assist CSS partners in sourcing the global fertilizer information and products used by thousands of cooperative member-growers in the Midwest and Upper Great Plains.
“Steve is a natural fit in this new role as President of CSS,” Steve Briggs, Chairman of the Board of Directors for CSS, says. “We are confident he will continue to elevate CSS performance and grow the relationships with our fertilizer suppliers. His leadership skills are critical as we navigate the changing times in the retail fertilizer landscape.”
Mr. Namanny will work out of the CSS corporate office in Sioux City, Iowa.
Consolidated Sourcing Solutions is an LLC, formed in 2010 between the cooperative partners of Landus Cooperative, Ames, IA; Central Valley Ag Coop, York, NE; and South Dakota Wheat Growers, Aberdeen, SD. Consolidated Sourcing Solutions assists these cooperatives in their global intelligence with regard to fertilizer supply and provides sourcing of product information.
SDFU District III elects new president
South Dakota Farmers Union District III members elected Gail Temple of Clark County as the new District III president and State Board member at an annual meeting in Watertown, according to a press release. Temple ran against Gary Hanson of Roberts County. Temple has previously served as vice president of the district.
Also at the meeting Charles Meyer of Deuel County and DuWayne Bosse of Marshall County won seats on the District III Board of Directors.
SDFU District III includes Codington, Clark, Deuel, Brookings, Roberts, Marshall, Day, Kingsbury, Grant and Hamlin counties.
— Staff reports