World Grain - May 2018 - 62
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control is one issue
the USGC hopes
to address with
the new regional
and East Africa. That grant has a duration of three years.
Along with training feed millers in the area, the project
will help the competitiveness of U.S. exporters who sell
corn, dried distiller's grains and barley into the region,
"This is meant to be a win-win as we help African
poultry farmers to improve their production, they
win," he said. "U.S. farmers win in the sense they have
more reliable customers with a growing market. We're
exporting around 10 million tons of corn and DDGS into
this region. We're trying to tap into some of that growth,
to grow the pie for U.S. producers."
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across the participants," Shultz said. "We have some
others with varying areas of background."
The selected individuals will then go through two
said the plan is to complete that portion in July with
training of Tunisian students starting this fall in Tunis.
The target audience includes nutritionists, feed millers,
poultry, dairy, beef and aquaculture producers.
"They will help oversee future training programs in
Tunisia," he said. "We are hoping to offer a portfolio of
from outside experts, we can bring them in to help with
Training through the center will be a lot cheaper and
students from the region per year to the United States for
"We hope to reach out to young professionals who
might be starting careers at feed mills," he said. "We
will provide a base level training and standardize their
knowledge of feed production."
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regional training center will be fully self-funded and will
continue to serve the region independent of support.
Topics to be addressed through the center include
quality control, feed quality, grain storage and handling
issues - all aspects of feed manufacturing and grain
quality, Shultz said.
be providing the building space for the center, having
worked with them the last 10 years on various programs.
"The investment on our part is in the equipment," he
said. "They're donating the physical space to use."
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the center, including equipment to measure the quality of
feed, pellet durability and batch mixing.
"We are trying to replicate some of the tests you would
have at a physical feed mill to ensure the quality of the
feed," he said. "We want to talk about the importance of
quality and what helps with animal performance."
EXISTING FEED INDUSTRY
Tunisia has an ideal industry to show others in the region because it is an intermediate model between under
developed industries in some parts of Africa and the mature feed industries of the U.S. and Europe, Shultz said.
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