Soybean Plant Approved by St. Lawrence County (NY) Planning Board

Plans to construct a $16 million soybean processing facility in the village of Massena, NY moved a step forward on Jan. 16.

The St. Lawrence County Planning Board voted to support the project, provided the developer meets several conditions.

Conditions include constructing a solid fence to separate the facility from two neighboring homes to reduce the impact of noise and light generated by truck traffic and operation of the plant.

County planning staff also made recommendations related to noise at the facility, which is expected to operate 24 hours a day. Recommendations also were made related to structure height, lighting and additional permits that are required.

Kenneth D. Jahre, a principal in St. Lawrence Soyway Co. LLC who resides in New York City, said Friday the firm is seeking some outside funding to help finance the $16 million project.

“I’m confident it’s going to happen,” Mr. Jahre said. “The process is in motion.”

He said the company is still working with an investment banker to secure enough funding for the project.

“It’s just a waiting game now,” he said.

St. Lawrence Soyway plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot processing facility that would crush soybeans into high-protein soy meal used primarily to feed dairy herds. It also can be used to feed hogs and poultry.

The plant would be constructed at the former village Department of Public Works site at 5933 Route 11. Last year, the Massena Village Board voted to rezone the site to a planned industrial district to accommodate the project.

The county’s recommendations will be returned to the Massena Village Planning Board, which is scheduled to discuss the project later this month.

Bunge Announces Plan to Increase Soybean Processing in Eastern Corn Belt

Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), announced on Jan. 9 it plans to take steps to improve the productivity of its leading soybean processing footprint in the Eastern United States.

The plan includes building Bunge’s first new processing plant in the U.S. in fifteen years. Locations in Ohio and Indiana are under final consideration for the new facility.

“As we evaluate the long-term demand for soy products, we see the need to improve our asset footprint in the Eastern U.S., a key market,” said Tim Gallagher, executive vice president, Oilseed Value Chain, Bunge North America.

“A state-of-the-art facility in the Eastern Corn Belt that incorporates the latest productivity, safety and sustainability features combined with an increase in overall efficiency of our existing footprint will ensure Bunge can serve growing demand in the Southeastern U.S. feed and export markets.”

Once site selection is complete, Bunge will have to obtain necessary approvals to move forward with the project which would be expected to go online by the end of 2019.

Save the Date! TAMU/IOMSA 85th Oil Mill Operators Short Course … April 2-4

Mark your calendar for the 85th Oil Mill Operators Short Course, organized bTEES_PERDC_Acronym_logo_MaroonRGBy Texas A&M University’s Process Engineering Research & Development Center (formerly the Food Protein Research & Development Center) and IOMSA.

This year’s short course will be held April 2-4, 2017 in College Station, TX.

Check the March/April issue of Oil Mill Gazetteer for course theme and topics, hotel information, and other details.

For more information, call Richard Clough, TAMU, at 979-862-2262.

Separators, Inc. Awarded Favorable Court Ruling

A ruling was handed down this mseparators_logo_4conth by the Johnson County Superior Court finding in favor of Separators, Inc.

In September of 2015, Separators filed a lawsuit alleging that former employees took confidential and proprietary information in the course of forming a competing company, Centrifuge Supplies.

“Over the course of thirty years, Separators has accumulated a massive technical library at significant expense and effort to help our customers,” said President Steve Dohm. “We are vindicated through this ruling. Throughout the process, the team remained positive.”

In the ruling handed down by Judge Marla Clark, the defendants were found in contempt of court after they attempted to conceal improperly taken documents and data owned by Separators. As a sanction for the defendants’ misconduct, the court entered a default judgment in favor of Separators, Inc. on claims, including computer trespass, theft, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Separators Inc. also was awarded legal fees and expert costs under court order.  Centrifuge Supplies was also ordered to submit to third party supervision and regular audits to prevent reconstitution of Separators’ confidential information and data.

“While this has been a challenging, time-consuming process, an important step has been taken toward securing the future of our confidential and proprietary business information,”  Dohm continued.  “We remain dedicated to providing our customers the highest level of value, professionalism, and integrity in all aspects of our business.”

Register Now for 2017 IOMSA Convention at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX, June 25-27!

Welcome to Galveston!

         Les Howell                  IOMSA President

Our 123rd Annual IOMSA Convention is set for June 25-27 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. The convention progam is focused on education, training, vendor appreciation, and networking.

There will be informative speakers educating on a variety of topics, including new and updated regulations on dust control, changes to OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces rule, NFPA 36, federal policy by NOPA, and very important information on how to get the most out of your engineering consultant.

This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Di Ann Sanchez, founder and president of DAS HR Consulting, LLC, will be presenting information on workforce management, encompassing several hours that provides continuing education on leading today’s multi-generational workforce.

Also, new this year, we are excited to offer our members continuing education units (CEUs) for attending the training. This will be very beneficial to all members, sponsors, and spouses.

We will have Glenn Abdelnoor, health consultant for the Occupational Safety and Health Consultation program (OSHCON), speaking about the importance of their free service to help comply with OSHA standards and identify problem areas in your facilities.

I personally can recommend their service after going through an OSHA inspection following a serious accident. We received no citations or fines due to OSHCON’s help in keeping PYCO Industries in compliance.

Vendor Program
Also new this year is the redesigned Vendor Program. On Monday from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m., vendors will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with producers.

The IOMSA Booster Club is very important to our organization and deserves more of our time.
I ask that producers make themselves available to our vendors in the convention meeting area during this time.

Signup sheets for 15-minute intervals will be provided at the convention for each producer organization. Vendors can fill in which time slots they desire on a first-come, first-serve basis. Producers will be organized per company names and locations. Each producer will be provided a designated area for vendors to meet with them.

Social Events
Socializing seems to be a bad word to some people, but I disagree! Networking between IOMSA members is very important. Developing business relationships and personal friendships is a great tool for us as our industry has become more consolidated.

I hope your families will attend the convention with you. Moody Gardens offers a great number of attractions at a special low rate only offered to our association.

There will be a bus tour of the historical sites of Galveston offered to the ladies on Monday afternoon, a golf tournament on Sunday morning, bowling, and a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament on Tuesday afternoon. In addition, a kids’ program will be held on Tuesday night during the dinner and awards banquet.

I can’t wait to see all of you in Galveston!



Les Howell
IOMSA President


Click here to register for and/or sponsor the 2017 IOMSA Convention!

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Dennis Easley Named 2016-17 IOMSA 2nd Vice President

IOMSA in early August named Dennis Easley its Second Vice President for 2016-17. He then will become IOMSA President in 2018.

Easley has been in the oilseed processing industry since 1978. In 1979, he joined IOMSA.

He serves currently as plant manager for Valley Coop Oil Mill in Harlingen, TX, a role he has held since 1994.

His colleague, Denver Hance, is the 2016-17 IOMSA First Vice President.

House Passes Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill

One week after the U.S. Senate passed mandatory GMO food labeling legislation with a vote of 63-30, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill with a vote of 306-117.

Put forth on June 23, the bill is a bipartisan effort developed by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Pat Roberts and ranking member, Debbie Stabenow that will preempt the possibility of differing piecemeal laws being passed from state to state while assuring the smooth continuation of business within the food supply chain.

Grain associations, including the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and the American Soybean Association (ASA) have voiced their support for the action stating that the legislation will provide a national standard that will avoid inefficiencies in the food system and higher food costs.

2016 U.S. Soybean Acreage Hits Record High

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced on June 30 that U.S. soybean planted area estimates have reached a record high of 83.7 million acres in 2016.

This is up one percent from 2015, according to the latest Acreage report.

Planters either maintained or increased their 2015 soybean acreage in 18 of the 31 major-producing states. Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri saw the biggest booms, with each reporting an excess of 200,000 acres planted, in comparison to 2015.

Corn growers have also increased their acreage by 7 percent from last year, totaling approximately 94.1 million acres.

About 94 percent of this year’s soybean acreage was planted to herbicide resistant varieties, and 93 percent of corn crop acreage was planted to biotechnology seed varieties. These statistics reflect growers’ increasing use of biotechnology in the agricultural field.

In May 2016, Purdue Agricultural Economist Chris Hurt stated that farmers who had delayed planting corn could potentially make up for it by planting soybeans instead. High demand continues to come in from China, which is the largest export market for U.S. beans.

To date, there are 870 million bushels of soybeans stored in positions across the U.S. This is an increase from 39 percent at the same time in 2015.

The NASS surveyed about 11,000 segments of land and 70,500 growers during the first two weeks of June to draw its conclusions. “The Acreage and Grain Stocks” report can be found on

ADM Boosts Soybean Crushing Capacity in Germany

Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM) soybean crushing plant in Straubing, Germany is officially operational following capacity upgrades. The group says it will be looking to increase soy crushing at its other sites across northwest Europe. The newly operational capacity at Straubing will enable the company to crush non-GMO soybeans originated from the Danube region to be processed into soymeal and oil to be marketed to customer in Western Europe.

 Due to tight margins, ADM states that it relies on scale to remain competitive with origin crushers importing meal to the region. In addition, switch capabilities added to its plants allows the company to more efficiently use its assets to address shift in protein markets when EU oil markets are under pressure.

We believe we are best placed in our industry to further grow our crush capacities organically and keep our production costs in line with or lower than our origin crushing operations,” said Jon Turney, general manager, ADM European soybean crush.