Milling & Grains

USDA soil scientist: Direct-seeding or no-till practices can conserve organic matter and store carbon in the soil

Big interview: Hero Gollany, USDA's Agicultural Research Service

Soil scientist: We can do more to mitigate soil carbon loss

By Maggie Hennessy

Measuring soil carbon levels can be complex, but soil scientists at the USDA have refined calculation methods and developed processes that wheat farmers can use to mitigate loss.

AHDB analyst: 'It is one thing having a large wheat crop around the world, but the other thing is quality'


USDA forecasts record global wheat crop

By Kacey Culliney

The USDA has said global wheat supplies for 2014/15 will hit record highs, which is good news for stability but quality will be critical for industry, says an analyst.

EFSA has said its previous assessment conclusions on MON810 safety

EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe

By Nathan Gray

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis to support such a ban.

Victorian grains to reap long-term research benefits


Victorian grains to reap long-term research benefits

By RJ Whitehead

Grain growers in the state of Victoria will benefit from a new five year agreement that will increase research and development in their industry, according to the Australian agriculture minister.

EU greening policy: Burden for farmers?

What greening will mean for UK farmers

EU greening policy will unduly burden farmers, ex- enviro minister says

By Maggie Hennessy

The European Union plans to link farm subsidies to environmentally-focused measures which will mean a greater administrative burden for farmers, according to former environment minister Owen Paterson, who announced the policy changes last month. 

'The goal is to offer low cost, fully-sprouted products on all different types of grains,' says the VP of sales and marketing at Grain Millers

Grain Millers working on fully-sprouted oats

By Kacey Culliney

Grain Millers is developing fully-sprouted oats but says industry needs to clarify the definition of ‘sprouted’ to differentiate between fully and partially-sprouted grains.

'We will have to wait and see how the global market reacts, but I don’t think it can have any fundamental influence on the consumers,' said Jack Watts, senior analyst for cereals and oilseeds at AHDB Market Intelligence

EU increases import duty for maize, sorghum and rye

By Anna Bonar

The European Union has set import duties for maize, sorghum and rye above zero for the first time in four years, but it shouldn't have an impact on prices anytime soon, according to an expert. 

Australian high-protein wheat could be ‘industry standard’ in 10 years

Protein-rich wheat could open new markets

Australian high-protein wheat could be ‘industry standard’ in 10 years

By Nicola Cottam

Australian scientists are close to releasing a new batch of protein-rich wheat suitable for harvesting in low-quality soil, giving growers in Australia and parts of China and Africa—the opportunity to produce quality dough for bread-making.

Didion R&D manager:

Didion Milling debuts whole grain corn flour based on cereal manufacturer demand

Timing just right for whole grain corn flour: Didion Milling

By Maggie Hennessy

Growing consumer awareness of and demand for whole grains on product labels, along with changing requirements regarding whole grain on product labels and in schools has the packaged food industry clamoring for more options for standalone and enhanced...

'Long-term sustainable high crop yields require integrated management practices, including the application of K fertilizers,' say researchers

Potassium holds promise for maize in China

By Nicola Cottam

 Alleviating potassium (K) deficits in China requires an integrated approach of K fertilization and re-planting potassium-rich maize stover, researchers say.

“This is a real step forward in unblocking the dysfunctional EU process for approving GM crops, which is currently letting down our farmers and stopping scientific development,

"Environment Council has just broken the deadlock on the GMO cultivation proposal": Commission

European Commission reaches ‘political agreement’ on GM cultivation proposal

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Commission’s Environmental Council has “broken the deadlock” on GM crop cultivation proposals with a political agreement around how member states can restrict or ban such crop production on their soil.

HGCA UK milling wheat classification: The UK export market was small and disjointed before, says export manager

UK milling wheat exports on the up, says HGCA

By Nicola Cottam

Support for UK milling wheat is growing as disclosures about quality, consistency and integrity spread, particularly across North Africa and the Middle East, says the export manager of the UK’s Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA).

Ardent Mills CEO: 'We know we have to be competitive across the agrifood chain'

M&G Exclusive: Interview with Ardent Mills CEO Dan Dye and COO Bill Stoufer

Ardent Mills: Even though we’re big, we have to think small

By Maggie Hennessy

Ardent Mills is ready to be competitive, connect with customers and stimulate innovation in the flour sector, it's two executive heads say.

£1M business opportunity for Bacheldre Watermill

Waitrose’s flour supplier for sale

By Nicholas Robinson

Niche flour milling operation Bacheldre Watermill is being sold for £1.4M, with a £1M business plan and the potential to create around 20 jobs.

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