Court dismisses pork trademark suit: A U.S. district judge last Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) over the National Pork Board's purchase of the "Pork, The Other White Meat" trademark from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). HSUS, which was joined in the suit by an Iowa pork producer and the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over approval of the trademark purchase and the Pork Board's annual payments to NPPC, which HSUS argued were unlawful since the Pork Board is prohibited from using checkoff dollars to influence legislation. The court ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing and that no one had suffered any injury from the Vilsack's actions.
Adisseo, Verus expand agreement: Adisseo announced that, effective Oct. 1, Verus Animal Nutrition will expand its coverage of Adisseo products to specific accounts in Ontario. This expansion represents an addition to the existing agreement between Adisseo and Verus concerning Verus' current presence in the western Canadian market. "Verus has successfully represented Adisseo in western Canada since 2009 and is a proven partner delivering the excellent technical support our customers have come to know and expect, and we are excited to have them expand their representation of our Adisseo product line in Ontario," said Andre Gilbert, Adisseo Canada country manager. Adisseo designs, manufactures and markets animal feed additives. Verus, based in Calgary, Alb., provides swine health management services, nutrition products and applied expertise to livestock producers and feed manufacturers in western Canada.
Sodium bicarb price increase: FMC Corp. announced Sept. 26 that it will increase off-list prices for all animal nutrition grades of sodium bicarbonate and S-Carb. Effective Dec. 1 or as contract terms permit, off-list pricing for bulk sodium bicarbonate and S-Carb will increase by $20 per ton, FMC said. Packaged S-Carb and feed-grade sodium bicarbonate will be $60 per ton above bulk pricing. All pricing will remain on an EXW Westvaco, Wyo., basis. All other contract terms will remain unchanged.
BASF to buy Verenium: BASF Corp. announced last week that it has agreed to buy all outstanding shares, at $4 per share of common stock, of biotechnology company Verenium Corp. Based in San Diego, Cal., Verenium produces enzymes that are used for animal health and nutrition and in ethanol production. The board of directories of both companies approved the cash transaction, a total valued at roughly $62 million. The tender offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including the acquisition of a majority of Verenium's shares outstanding as of the closing of the tender offer. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter. BASF will finance the transaction with operating cash.
Silicon Valley food, ag practice: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP announced that its food and agriculture industry team, led by partner Kim Walker, will begin operating out of the firm's office in Silicon Valley to enhance service to a client base that includes a number of food and agricultural companies with operations in California. More than 150 of the firm's attorneys work in its food and agriculture practice, and the new office in East Palo Alto, Cal., is expected to play an important role in the long-term development of its business in an agriculturally rich state. The firm opened its Silicon Valley office on July 1 to better serve clients with operational and legal needs on the West Coast. Walker noted that the "move to Silicon Valley will help us better integrate with the state's food and agriculture businesses and industry associations as well as provide face-to-face interaction with regulatory agencies and the court systems." The office is being led by Faegre Baker Daniels intellectual property partners Calvin L. Litsey and David J.F. Gross. It will provide a full range of client services with practice areas that include intellectual property, food and agriculture, immigration and privacy and a focus on information technology.
TPP beef principles: The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA), a group of cattle producers from Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the U.S., recently signed a letter announcing their support for a comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The agreement is based on 10 core principles, ensuring that any TPP agreement must be comprehensive and must eliminate all tariffs and market access barriers while emphasizing the importance of unfettered trade. It also relies on risk-based scientific decision-making based on international standards. FNBA is also asking the negotiating countries to push for arrangements whereby all beef producers are treated the same. FNBA represents producers from countries that account for one-third of global beef production and approximately half of global beef exports.
Protected niacin: QualiTech Inc. has introduced ANEVIS rumen-protected niacin, which uses advanced rumen protection technology to deliver more niacin to the small intestine of the dairy cow — nearly eight times the amount of niacin delivered to the bloodstream compared to raw niacin. QualiTech noted that most of the raw niacin fed to ruminants is broken down in the rumen, leaving very little to be absorbed in the cow's small intestine. Produced with patented technology, ANEVIS contains raw niacin mixed with a complex lipid matrix. The rumen protection technology protects the enclosed niacin from rumen microflora while increasing the particles' specific gravity, allowing rapid transit through the rumen. The protection is eventually broken down in the small intestine.
Upgraded protection: Zoetis Inc. announced the licensure of BOVI-SHIELD GOLD ONE SHOT, with upgraded protection in cattle against major respiratory viruses and Mannheimia (Pasteurella) haemolytica in one dose. Zoetis said the vaccine offers the longest demonstrated protection of the combination respiratory vaccines on the market. It helps protect cattle for at least 279 days against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus and bovine viral diarrhea Types 1 and 2 viruses. The product also helps protect cattle from respiratory disease caused by bovine respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza 3. BOVI-SHIELD GOLD ONE SHOT is available in five-, 10- or 50-dose vials and can be purchased through veterinarians or animal health retailers.
Sunflower oil plant: Cargill announced that it has begun construction on a new sunflower oil crush plant in Novoanninskiy, Russia, that will process up to 640,000 metric tons of sunflower seeds per year. Cargill said the state-of-the-art facility, a $200 million investment, will conform to the highest health and safety standards and is expected to be operational in time for the 2015 harvest. It will serve Cargill's food and feed industry customers both in Russia's domestic market and around the world. "Cargill is a significant participant in Russian agriculture," said Andreas Rickmers, head of Cargill's grain and oilseeds business in Europe. "We are pleased to make this investment as Russia is an important strategic market for us, and we continue to see excellent potential in the country's agricultural sector. Our customers in the food and feed industry will benefit from this new reliable source of oil and protein meal."
New flour mill: Whitewater Mill LLC is building a new flour mill in Harrion, Ind. Whitewater Mill is a joint venture between Siemer Milling Co. of Teutopolis, Ill., and H. Nagel & Son Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. The new soft wheat mill will have a daily capacity of 10,000 cwt. and is scheduled to be completed in spring 2015. While the decision to build the mill was motivated by what the partners view as attractive market conditions, central areas of focus in the design of the new mill include heightened efficiency, food safety and security, Siemer Milling president Richard C. Siemer said.