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AGCO adds solar system to GSI facility
ASSUMPTION, ILLINOIS, US - A new solar energy system is expected to provide both economic and environmental
benefits at AGCO's facility in Assumption, Illinois, US, generating approximately 20% of its power requirements.
Located on an eight-acre site adjacent to the plant, which
manufactures GSI grain storage and conditioning equipment,
the solar project was designed and constructed by SolAmerica
Energy. It is a ground-mounted system that rotates to track the
sun throughout the day, maximizing electricity production.
The power generated - targeted at 3.2 million kilowatt
hours for the first year - is expected to produce substantial savings compared to the facility's current energy costs.
Besides the economic benefit, the project also offers an environmentally friendly source of clean, renewable energy.
" We're very proud to support the adoption of solar energy
on this large-scale basis, which will contribute to the global
effort to help protect our climate, " said Hans Lehmann, vice
president, Americas, AGCO Grain & Protein. " This project
also supports AGCO's ongoing commitment to provide sustainable, high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world. "
John Buffington, vice president of business development
at SolAmerica, added, " SolAmerica has been honored to
work with AGCO on this exciting project. AGCO approached
SolAmerica with a view that going solar could add value to
Zhengchang introduces new chicken feed system
SHANGHAI, CHINA - Zhengchang has introduced a thirdgeneration premium chicken feed system-658 offering a highquality pelleting process system.
The system is a result of four years of research with several
off-site experiments and joint trials with key customers in the
final stage.
Zhengchang said the system can improve the quality of
feed and breeding. It reduces the feed-to-meat ratio of broiler
chickens (increasing chicken gizzards), ensures that green and
safe feed is produced, ensures the health and safety of grandparents' hens, and prolongs life and the laying period. While
comprehensively improving the quality of feed and breeding,
it can also greatly improve the efficiency of the enterprise.
Taking a 50,000-tpy feed factory as an example, it can feed
about 10 million chickens, 3 kilograms per chicken, and 10

their GSI business while supporting the company's commitment to environmental sustainability in a tangible way. We
applaud AGCO for this vision. "
Buffington said an added benefit of the project is that the
site area has been planted with wildflowers and native grasses
intended to provide habitat to pollinating species, which offer
critical ecological and agricultural benefits.
The solar project is located on eight acres adjacent to AGCO's
site in Assumption, Illinois, US.

yuan per kilogram. The feed-to-meat ratio is reduced by 0.05.
At the same time, the system can also effectively reduce
costs, increase operational value, and help customers build
unique market competitiveness, the company said. The
Zhengchang 200kw granulator can reach 14.5 tph, which is 3
tonnes higher than others. The power consumption per tonne
is 3.6 degrees lower than its counterparts.
The system adopts industry-leading process design,
Zhengchang said. The whole process is temperature-controlled and tempered, the quality-adjustable time is 5 to 8
minutes, and the outlet material temperature can reach 70 to
90 degrees, which can completely remove Salmonella.
The whole process of granulation is automated and intelligent, and the gelatinization degree of corn in the coarse powder state can be as high as 34.1%.

Kraft named product director for Brock Grain Systems
MILFORD, INDIANA, US - Jim Kraft has been named
Kraft has been employed with CTB since 1988. Most reproduct director for Brock Grain Systems, said Don Sjolin, cently, he was Chore-Time engineering manager, a position
vice president and general manager for the CTB Inc. busi- that he has held since 2014. During this time, he led a team of
ness unit. In this new position, Kraft will provide addition- engineers and support staff in the development of Chore-Time
al support in Brock's commitment to product leadership in products. Other positions he has held at CTB include product
the market.
engineer, senior product engineer and product manager.
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