and Canadian animal feed imports

Saudi Arabia's plan to phase out production of water intensive crops including animal fodder has opened the doors for multi million dollar deals with firms in the United States and Canada, traders said on Monday.

Saudi based Al Khumasia Company, plans to launch its $40 million crushing and packaging feed mill in July, said Meshaal Al Wetaid, assistant general manager, on the sidelines of an industry event in Dubai.

Leading the way in greening America

The agriculture industry feeds not only our nation, but much of the rest of the world, at reasonable prices. Naturally, that requires a lot of natural resources, and the industry sometimes gets criticized by environmentalists. But an increasing number of farmers and related businesses are seeking ways to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.

I’m proud of Murray Wise Associates client Greg Braun and the other folks at California-based Border Valley Trading, which is taking the lead in helping businesses do just that. Through their network of companies -- including GreenFix America and Aggen -- they’re providing solutions in such vital areas as solar energy, resource recovery and conversion of diesel machinery and fleets to natural gas.

Kenworth Trucking Company

bvt logisticsBorder Valley, founded with a primary goal of becoming the best export forage company in the industry, is now one of the largest exporters of compressed hay products in the state of California.

Long a leader in feed safety, Border Valley has expanded their commitment to growers, customers, vendors, and the general population by replacing its fleet of diesel trucks with units that utilize clean-burning LNG fuel, making an investment to improve the environment. With fifteen LNG powered trucks currently in operation, they plan an additional five to ten by second quarter of 2009.

The use of LNG helps reduce harmful emissions of smog-forming NOx by more than 30 percent and Greenhouse Gas emissions by more than 20 percent. Fleet operators report a 30 percent or better operational cost savings when running LNG trucks in place of diesel units. Border Valley’s new, clean-burning LNG trucks will significantly reduce the amount of harmful emissions, lowering distribution costs and allowing their vehicles to run more efficiently and with less maintenance.