You may have seen KTTC's Friday (10/14) news report about the Farmers Co-op Elevator's Rushford and Houston facilities. Unfortunately, KTTC reported that "Rushford grain elevator closes its doors as Houston grain elevator expands." Evidently KTTC news staff did not understand the difference between the feed mill and the elevator. Again, the Rushford grain elevator is NOT closing. Following is the press release that was sent to KTTC and other media outlets.
Farmers Co-op Intensifies its Commitment to Food Safety and Feed Quality
October 6, 2016 — As part of its commitment to food safety and feed quality, Farmers Co-op Elevator's (FCE) feed mill in Houston, MN, has passed an intensive certification process. HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification is a systematic, preventive approach to food. HACCP is helping FCE identify potential food safety hazards, so that key actions can be taken to reduce or eliminate the risks posed by those hazards. The goal is to shift the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
With FCE's new traceability system we can document and/or locate a product through the stages and operations involved in the manufacture, processing, distribution and handling of feed used to produce food and facilitate the identification of the cause for a product and the ability to withdraw and/or recall feed if necessary. It helps ensure safe food supply chains.
Because it would be too expensive to bring the older Rushford mill up to HACCP standards, FCE is taking this opportunity to improve efficiency, maximize mill resources, and provide extended hours of operation. The Rushford feed mill operations moved to Houston in early September. The Rushford Town and Country Store remains open and is there to meet your bagged feed needs and help with your feed orders. The Rushford feed mill employees are now working at Houston, enabling the Houston feed mill to run two production shifts. The Houston office remains open from 7am-5pm Monday through Friday and 8am-12pm on Saturdays.
FCE is also ready to meet the VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) requirements that take affect this December. The VFD ensures antibiotics are used judiciously and only when appropriate for specific animal health purposes. It has significant recordkeeping requirements for farmers, veterinarians and feed mills, and FCE has the systems in place to not only meet its needs but also to help farmers meet their requirements.
In the end, it all comes down to FCE providing safe, quality feed. Safe feed = safe food. Humans are at the top of the food chain. HACCP provides reassurance that we have procedures and processes in place to manufacture safe animal feed, and keep the food system safe. Farmers who buy feed from FCE know they are getting feed that meets quality standards not visible to the naked eye and the knowledge that records and tracking are available if ever needed.
The U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued an alert regarding grain which has been exposed to flood waters.
Flood damaged corn/soybeans is to be considered contaminated and should not enter any food/feed channels that can potentially be used by humans or animals.
Due to this advisory, Farmer’s Co-op Elevator will not be accepting any flood damaged grain.
Any customer(s) who knowingly deliver(s) contaminated corn/soybeans, to any of the Farmers Co-op Elevator locations, will be responsible for all costs associated with the proper disposal of the contaminated grain and any other damage associated with cross contamination.
If you have any questions concerning the condition of your grain, or the proper handling and disposing of any flood damaged corn/soybeans you may have, please contact the FDA for assistance:
Susan Seefeld, FDA Minneapolis District Office (612) 758 - 7130 Susan.Seefeld@FDA.HHS.ORG
Ben Miller, PhD, Director of Food & Feed Safety Division
(651) 201 - 6027
Thank you for your cooperation!
The 2016 harvest in our area will be especially challenging for many farmers. We encourage you to contact any of our locations if you have any questions or concerns about harvest protocol, grain marketing or feeding damaged corn. We have put together some general considerations with two goals in mind: (1) Limit damage to this year’s crop. (2) Limit damage for next year’s crop.
Mycotoxins - National Grain and Feed Association summary of safe levels for various species
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions. Our professional agronomists, nutritionists and grain marketers are on farms in our area every day. We have the most up to date information on optimal grain management for what we’re seeing in the field and the best options for marketing your grain.
Save Money All Season
Save $25 per ton with the Fall Mineral and Tub Booking Program. Book before November 30. Contact a feed location (Rushford, Houston, Caledonia), Paul Bartsh, 507-259-1220, or Mike Root, 507-951-3674, for details.
Wind and Rain SF 4 Mineral
Range Mineral 12:6 R1600
Wind and Rain Mineral Tub
Rangeland 20% Tub
Wind and Rain Stress Tub
Rangeland 30-13 Tub
Products must be picked up or billed by March 15, 2017.
Farm Truck Diesel Maintenance and Repairs
The FCE repair shop in Houston shop is now open to the public. We also have some tires and other merchandise for sale at the shop.
By appointment after hours Diesel Mechanic Matt Ackman Certified for DOT Inspections Contact Matt at 507-896-3147