World Grain - August 2018 - 52
GOES ALL IN ON FEED
U.S. cooperative builds larger, more modern plant to comply with FSMA regulations
by Arvin Donley
hen the Food Safety Modernization Act
(FSMA) was signed into law in 2011 by
then-President Barack Obama, members of
the U.S. animal nutrition industry, particularly the midsized and small operators, were faced with a decision:
Make the costly upgrades to comply or make plans to
exit the industry.
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Superior Ag, recalls the discussion his cooperative had
once it realized feed mills were going to be required to
comply with FSMA.
be, and this was actually going to happen - a lot of
times they kick the can down the road on these things
for years, but that wasn't the case with this - we started doing studies to look at: Can we afford it? Does it
make sense? Do we have enough business? And if we
don't, how much do we need to have to be effective?"
Superior Ag's leadership team concluded that it
made sense to continue its feed manufacturing operations and to shutter its three small, aging mills located
in southern Indiana in favor of a new, larger and more
Before a new facility could be constructed, Superior
to Day, would cover at least 10 acres, have close access to a major highway, and already have natural gas,
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The cooperative found this ideal location just north
Left: Barry Day, right, president and chief executive officer of Superior
Ag, and Tim Bender, manager of the Livestock Nutrition Division,
stand next to bagged feed in the feed mill's warehouse. Photo by
Arvin Donley. Right: A Thiele Technologies bagging machine can fill
up to 12 bags of feed per minute. Photo courtesy of Superior Ag.
August 2018 / World Grain / www.World-Grain.com