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newsreview Industry responds to corn amylase approval WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Reaction from industry trade groups was mixed following Syngenta’s announcement on Feb. 11 that it has received full deregulation for its corn amylase trait from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Grain milling groups in the U.S. said they were disappointed, while the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) said it was pleased with the USDA’s decision. This is the first genetically modified output trait in corn for the ethanol industry. By enabling expression of an optimized alpha-amylase enzyme directly in corn, dry grind ethanol production can be improved in a way that can be easily integrated into existing infrastructure, the company said. Syngenta will sell corn seed with the amylase trait as Enogen corn seed. “Enogen corn seed offers growers an opportunity to cultivate a premium specialty crop. It is a breakthrough product that provides U.S. ethanol producers with a proven means to generate more gallons of ethanol from their existing facilities,” said Davor Pisk, Syngenta chief operating officer. “Enogen corn also reduces the energy and water consumed in the production process while substantially reducing carbon emissions.” Five U.S. trade associations whose member companies store, handle, process and export corn and corn products said they are disappointed in the decision, and urged USDA to reconsider. The joint statement, issued by the Corn Refiners Association, National Grain and Feed Association, North American Millers’ Association, Pet Food Institute and Snack Food Association, stressed that the organizations support agricultural biotechnology as an important tool to enhance agricultural production to help meet growing demand for food, feed, biofuels and exports. But the groups said they were “deeply disappointed” by USDA’s decision to totally deregulate, without conditions, the first biotech-enhanced trait intended solely for industrial use. They voiced major concerns that the product – if inadvertently commingled with general commodity corn at even very low levels – will have significant adverse impacts on food product quality and performance. The corn amylase trait in Enogen has already been approved for import into Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia and Taiwan, and for cultivation in Canada. Scoular purchases ethanol plant, shuttle facility OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — The Scoular Company announced on Feb. 15 its acquisition of the assets of Gateway Plant LLC. Scoular’s acquisition includes a 55-million-gallon ethanol plant and adjoining 1.8-million-bushel shuttle train facility in Pratt, Kansas, U.S. Located on the Union Pacific Railroad, the newly acquired Pratt facility is capable of loading 100-car shuttle trains of grain, dried distillers grains (DDG) and ethanol. “Scoular is pleased to have taken yet another step to serve grain producers and end-users in this area as well as to further expand our presence in the renewable fuels market,” said Chuck Elsea, Scoular’s chief executive officer. Elsea said Scoular anticipates that by April 1 the grain-handling portion of the facility will be ready to receive grain. Scoular is hopeful the ethanol plant will be operational late third or early fourth quarter of 2011, following extensive plant renovation, according to Elsea. “It is economically feasible to run this plant, and that’s what we want to do,” said Elsea. / World Grain / March 2011 For more information, see Page 94. 15

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World Grain - March 2011
from the editor-in-chief - Arab revolution of great importance for wheat
Australia’s winter crop estimated to increase 19%
With China crop in trouble, wheat surges upward
Port of Novorossiysk grain volumes decline 36.5%
FEFAC welcomes E.U. decision on GMO
Cargill to build new corn processing plant
Joint venture to build new canola crush plant in Canada
CWB purchases lake vessels for grain
E.U. compound feed production increases in 2010
U.S. fl our production in 2010 gains 0.4%
Industry responds to corn amylase approval
Scoular purchases ethanol plant, shuttle facility
Income from operations, sales soar at MGPI
Grain, ethanol boost The Andersons, Inc. to record results
Bunge’s net income rises on strong agribusiness performance
COUNTRY FOCUS - Focus on the Philippines
Key Facts
Flooding takes toll on Australian grain industry
Single desk survives — for now
What's next for Russia?
A New Vision
Unrest in Egypt
New look for Victam International 2011
Attendance surges at IPE/IFE
Deep in the heart of Texas
Schedule at a glance
Nominations solicited for Milling Operative of the Year
IAOM Conference & Expo - 2011 exhibitor booths
FEED OPERATIONS - Energy savings
Proactive path to PEST MANAGEMENT
Seeking to add customer value
Buhler Technology Group has successful 2010
Stern-Wywiol Gruppe receives prestigious business awards
Perten to supply Turkish Grain Board with Inframatic analyzers
GSI Group launches new customer-centric website
Ocrim supplies Libyan mill
Cargotec to acquire terminal operator systems provider
Eurofi ns appoints new chief scientifi c offi cer
4B Braime opens new subsidiary in Australia

World Grain - March 2011