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  • Six Ways To Make Safety A Priority

    Feb 20, 2018 07:58 AM


    Two file cabinets, one red, the other yellow, stand along an open wall in J. R. Simplot’s office in Fresno, Calif. They are a silent testament to Paul Simpson’s ever-vigilant attention to details, both large and small, that play a role in the company’s emergency action plans.

    Simpson, the company’s director of retailer operations in California, chose the colors to give employees a visual reminder or clue to the cabinets’ contents. The red file cabinet holds a variety of safety data sheets. The yellow one holds documents on Simplot environmental, health, safety and security policies and procedures. Everything is clearly marked and filed alphabetically.

    “If a regulator walks through the door and wants to review a document we’re supposed to have on file, our employees know exactly where to locate it,” Simpson says. As a result, employees don’t have to resort to searching stacks of folders, fumbling through drawers or skimming papers posted on the wall.

    That’s not all. Simpson has a comprehensive plan in place to address a variety of challenges, and employees receive regular training on how to respond to each one.

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  • Field scouting

    Pest Prevention For This Season Starts Now

    Feb 20, 2018 07:38 AM

    How much easier farming would be if pest threats never changed. But of course pests, and the products used to counter them, are constantly evolving (just like everything else about farming). So keeping up with pests is a year-around process.

    Think of the process as continuing education. “Fortunately, there are many sources of knowledge available to the pest boss and his team members,” says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. “The key to utilizing it—and something too many operations overlook—is to make education, and the sharing of new knowledge, just as important as every other aspect of pest management.

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    Meal Helps Soybean, Corn Markets Extend Gains

    Feb 16, 2018 12:14 PM

    Weather concerns continue to propel futures higher.

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  • USDA Food Box

    Food Box Idea Draws Criticism

    Feb 16, 2018 12:00 PM

    Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

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  • Dan Anderson

    The Preferred Way to Make Machinery Repairs

    Feb 16, 2018 08:56 AM

    There are sometimes multiple ways to assemble parts when repairing farm equipment. The secret to optimizing repairs is to follow the “preferred” procedure.

    Installing eccentric lock collars on bearings is a good example. When installing a bearing on a shaft that rotates, lock the bearing’s lock collar in the direction the shaft turns. If the shaft is stationary while the bearing and bearing housing rotate around it, the lock collar should be locked in the direction the housing rotates.

    I tried to analyze the physics and logic behind which direction to lock an eccentric collar, gave myself a serious headache, and finally consulted several engineers with bearing companies. “Mirror the direction the shaft rotates,” or “Match the direction the bearing rotates if the shaft is stationary,” was their unanimous answ

    It was mentioned that when “setting” a lock collar on a bearing, more pounding is not always better. Hammering the set hole on a lock collar until it’s severely distorted risks creating so much torque between the lock collar and the bearing’s eccentric ring that it cracks the center race of the bearing. A properly set lock collar has only a minor distortion, perhaps a slightly raised edge, on the rim of the setting hole.

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  • Technology illustration

    Want To Unleash The Power Of The Modern Farm? Unwire It!

    Feb 16, 2018 08:41 AM

    The 1920s may have been roaring for the glitzy urban crowd. But things back on the farm were still pretty quiet. That’s because rural electricity was about as rare as Google Fiber is today.

    However, it was the “wiring” of rural America and the technology that came with it that literally transformed it into an economic and agricultural powerhouse. Fast forward nearly 100 years and  many say we are at another crossroads. Once again one of history and technology.

    This time the “revolution” down on the farm will not come from the “wiring” but rather the “unwiring” of the country beyond the Interstate exit ramps. Over the past few months there has been a lot of talk about broadband infrastructure in the news. In January, President Trump made it a centerpiece of his address at Farm Bureau’s national convention. Even more recently there was a brief discussion in the headlines about the government nationalizing the next generation wireless network known as 5G.

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  • 2018 Olympics

    Food: A Serious Quest at Olympics

    Feb 15, 2018 02:06 PM

    From comfort to high-tech: Food a serious quest at Olympics. And you won't believe how much they're going through.

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