China Dumps Grain Policy to Boost Meat Production

February 19, 2014 | Grain

For decades, China's rulers deemed grain production a linchpin to its national security. The policy of self-sufficiency was a legacy of its planned economy from the days of Mao when China was increasingly isolated from the outside world.

But China's communist founders couldn't have predicted the nation's dizzying rise in meat consumption, which has grown nearly ten-fold to 71 million metric tons since 1975.

That's why China has been increasingly importing grains such as soybeans and corn from the U.S. and Brazil to boost its livestock population. Grain self-sufficiency was becoming like communist dogma in China: more a theory than a practice.

Then last week, Beijing called it quits by...

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Oseco Develops New Heavy-Duty Explosion Vent for Grain Elevator Applications

February 12, 2014 | Grain

Broken Arrow, OK – Oseco, a global manufacturer of custom-engineered rupture discs and explosion vents, has developed the new, heavy duty MV-BE (Metal Vent Bucket Elevator), an explosion vent offering robust explosion protection for the grain handling industry.

The MV-BE explosion vent is designed utilizing materials up to three times thicker than other designs, providing excellent service life to conveying/bucket elevators operating under high vibration conditions or other demanding applications.

Grain storage facilities typically utilize a bucket elevator or pneumatic conveyor to scoop up grain from a lower level and deposit it into a storage facility or silo. Larger elevators with...

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Final year for money-losing Upper Harbor Terminal

February 12, 2014 | Grain

This is the last year that the city-owned Upper Harbor Terminal will unload steel, twine, pig iron and fertilizer from trucks and Mississippi River barges, marking the end of a long decline in investment and hopes for a venture that loses money every year.

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