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AP to Host International Guests on Illinois Pork Tour
A group of international pork producers will tour GSI’s AP (Automated Production Systems) pork production equipment manufacturing plant in Taylorville, Illinois Monday afternoon, June 4, as part of the 2018 Illinois Pork Tour. News media are invited to attend the event, which is conducted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to promote export sales for the Illinois pork industry.

Participating will be about 40 producers from Asia and Latin America, including China, Myanmar, Laos, Mexico, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. During the plant tour, they will learn about AP’s latest equipment and systems used in pork production, including barn ventilation, environmental controls, feed delivery and alarm systems.

The program will be held from 1-3 p.m. Raymond Poe, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, will attend and address the international delegation.

Translators will be present to assist with media interviews, although some of the producers speak English. The tour location is below. Media planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Randy Myers as shown above.

Also, AP Opens New PVC Extrusion Facility
Also, AP (Automated Production Systems) announces the opening of a new, high-tech extrusion facility to manufacture PVC products used in pork production. The 40,000 square-foot operation is located adjacent to AP’s existing manufacturing plant in Taylorville, Illinois.

Products include PVC planking for actuated ventilation applications, wall panels, animal confinement fencing, evaporative cooling system components, and Flex-Flo tubing and elbows for feed systems. The facility houses five extrusion production lines operating 24 hours a day, five or seven days a week, depending on demand.                                            

Previously, PVC products were produced at GSI’s headquarters plant in Assumption, Illinois.  Brian Rieck, AP product manager, said relocating that production in Taylorville is not only more efficient, but also enabled AP to incorporate the latest PVC production technologies. 

“Our new extrusion facility is state-of-the-art in terms of automation and quality control,” he says. “It will ensure we can meet the needs of pork producers well into the future and continue to provide high quality, reliable products to support the success of their operations.”

To promote sustainability and efficiency, the new facility includes environmental controls to reduce and eliminate waste, in-line processing to eliminate multi-stage operations and new tooling designs to reduce start-up times and material.

For more information, producers can contact their local AP dealer or visit

GlobalVetLINK Wins Iowa Software Company of 2018
At the Technology Association of Iowa’s (TAI) 13th Annual LWBJ Prometheus Awards, GlobalVetLINK took the honor of the 2018 Software Company of the Year award.

The Prometheus Awards recognize innovative companies and individuals impacting Iowa’s $11 billion technology industry which employs over 88,000 workers.

Brian Waller, President of the Technology Association of Iowa, shared, “The Prometheus Awards is the most prestigious recognition for Iowa’s technology industry and brings together leaders from the tech community to celebrate the year’s most momentous innovations.” Waller said in a press release. “The 2018 award winners epitomize the great talent, companies and communities in Iowa and further solidify Iowa’s reputation as a technology state.”

In 1999, GlobalVetLINK (GVL) was founded to streamline communication in the animal health industry with a web-based software solution; however GlobalVetLINK’s vision quickly expanded to be the world's most trusted, secured and independent repository of animal health data. Investing in an improved platform and broadening the company’s product portfolio over the past five years, GVL is focused on building a system that will allow the company to better serve the animal health industry with room for technological growth.

GlobalVetLINK now has six Prometheus Awards. For more information on the company, go to:

Corteva Agriscience Announces New U.S. Multi-Channel, Multi-Brand Seed Strategy
Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) announces its new, focused multi-channel, multi-brand seed strategy for the U.S., which will expand access to the company’s genetics, technology and traits across various agriculture distribution channels including agency, direct, retail, distribution and licensing.

Corteva Agriscience will go to market through five regional corn and soybean seed brands in the U.S., including Dairyland Seed, Hoegemeyer, NuTech, Seed Consultants and Terral. Each will have a strengthened and expanded portfolio to serve the brand’s respective customers. Brodbeck, Curry, Doebler’s, Pfister and Prairie Brand will be combined with the five regional seed brands.

Pioneer will remain the company’s global flagship seed brand with its own product portfolio and agency route-to-market approach.

The U.S. retail channel will be served primarily by Mycogen and Terral. The company will maintain the AgVenture independent network of regional seed companies and will continue to sell cotton seed through its PhytoGen brand and alfalfa through Alforex.

The DowDuPont merger, which closed in 2017, resulted in more than a dozen seed brands in the U.S. that sell Corteva Agriscience corn and soybean seed, genetics or traits.

“We have some outstanding brands with long histories, good people and loyal customers and we intend to honor those legacies,” said Brian Barker, multi-channel seed brand leader for Corteva Agriscience. “Realigning our multi-brand approach was necessary to better focus our product and service offerings to customers.”

The majority of employees and dealers who supported Brodbeck, Curry, Doebler’s, Pfister and Prairie Brand will be offered positions or dealerships in the new structure. Popular products from these brands will continue to be available through the regional seed brands.

DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences will honor program, product and service obligations for existing seed orders. Customers and distributors should contact their local seed representative or account manager with questions.

More information can be found at