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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods APRIL 11, 2006 / Acceleration in shift from wheat to soybeans in North Dakota WASHINGTON - The loss of spring wheat and durum acres to soybeans in North Dakota this year projected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service in its Prospective Plantings report was dramatic (see story on Page 27). But it also marked the continuation of a decade-long trend that is changing the face of North Dakota agriculture, said Dr. Bill Wilson of the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. That trend took hold in the mid-1990s and was derived from three landmark changes in northern Plains agriculture: reformed federal farm policy, eruption of vomitoxin as a perennial threat in spring wheat and the introduction of biotech LATE 2006 A special report in Milling & Baking News DIEMEN, THE NETHERLANDS - CSM will close its H.C. Brill production plant in Elk Grove Village, Ill., the company said last week. The action, which will be completed by the second quarter of 2007, is part of a worldwide restructuring effort CSM initiated more than a year ago. The Elk Grove Village plant manufactures frozen dough, fillings and icings under the Karp's brand. The facility employs 146, and CSM Continued on Page 10 inside Investors acquire APV Baker, change name back to Baker Perkins GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - John Cowx and Brian Taylor, two private investors from the United Kingdom, have purchased APV Baker from Invensys p.l.c. The buyers called the acquisition an ideal long-term investment because of the company's "strong engineering, innovative process technology, global distribution network and highly developed customer services." The new company will be known as Baker Perkins. The transaction follows an August 2004 transaction in which Invensys sold its Goldsboro, N.C., APV Baker manufacturing site to Turkington Continued on Page 12 THIS WEEK C.H. Guenther looks to sell White Lily 14 A.I.B. International inside attract and better serve this segment of the baking industry will be a priority for the association in the year ahead. Mr. Turano spoke with Milling & Baking News during the A.B.A. annual meeting, held March 22-25 at The Phoenician, in Scottsdale. The picture for the A.B.A. and baking Continued on Page 31 NEWS CSM to close Illinois plant over next year A.I.B. International soybean, corn and canola varieties. The change in federal farm policy enabled producers to respond both to the expanding risk of vomitoxin in wheat and the availability of biotech soybeans, corn and canola that delivered increased yields and required fewer inputs. "Soybeans have provided a higher return and less risk than wheat for many growers in what have been traditionally spring wheat areas," Dr. Wilson said. North Dakota plantings of spring wheat other than durum reached a record 9,600,000 acres in 1996. Implementation the next year of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act, which freed producers from Continued on Page 27 Turano sees large opportunity for A.B.A. in seeking smaller bakers SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. - Smaller- and medium-sized baking companies have much to gain from membership in the American Bakers Association, said Renato (Ron) Turano, president of Turano Baking Co., Chicago. Mr. Turano, who on March 22 was elected chairman of the American Bakers Association (see Milling & Baking News of March 28, Page 9), said finding ways to Insert Ingredient Daniel G. Amstutz dies at age 73 Hard white: Demand up, supply down 20 24 Week sponsored by 42

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