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ACREC Hires Lab Manager

The Clemson University Animal Co-Products Research and Education Center (ACREC) has hired Dr. Jonathan C. Hoskin as research laboratory manager. He will be assisting part-time with various duties associated with ACREC, including managing the office and main laboratory. Hoskin holds a PhD in food science from Pennsylvania State University and recently retired from the Clemson University computing and information technology division. He is a long-time ally of ACREC who helped with the early set-up of the center and the dedication conference held in March 2006.

Clemson Researchers Honored

The Fats and Proteins Research Foundation (FPRF) has awarded the team of Vladimir Reukov, Clemson University research assistant professor, and Alexey Vertegel, Clemson associate professor, the 2016 Dr. Fred Bisplinghoff FPRF Innovation Award for their work to develop livestock feed preservatives based on antioxidant enzymes extracted from animal blood. The researchers have taken a novel idea from the lab bench, through pilot plant testing, to a stage where large granting agencies and venture capital sources have taken notice and also invested. Reukov and Vertegel have formed a company committed to taking this invention to market so renderers and their customers can benefit from naturally-derived, economical, and efficient antioxidants. The availability of these new antioxidants will not only provide an added market for animal blood, but will help preserve and extend the shelf life of animal fats and protein meals used in the production of pet food. This innovation could add value to every ton of rendered product.

The award was established in March 2015 by the FPRF Board of Directors. It is given annually to an FPRF grant recipient who successfully completed research on behalf of the North America rendering industry that led to a substantial contribution to the existing body of knowledge, to an increased usage of rendered products, or to improvements in operations, product quality, and safety. Considerations for the award include the inventiveness or creativity of the research and/or development topic, the timeliness and quality of the work, the researcher’s ability to communicate results, and the potential impact on the rendering industry. In April 2016, the FPRF board re-named the award the Dr. Fred Bisplinghoff FPRF Innovation Award in honor of its beloved past FPRF president who died in December 2015.

Award recipients are nominated by FPRF officers and staff and approved by the board of directors annually at its spring meeting. Recipients of the award receive a plaque and $1,000, and are invited to give a presentation at the foundation’s annual convention in October.

Mountaire Farms Acquires Plant

Mountaire Farms has acquired the former Townsend Processing Plant and an adjoining property in Siler City, North Carolina. The company will renovate and update the plant into a modern state-of-the-art poultry processing facility that will provide over 500 jobs. As part of the acquisition, Mountaire will expand its newly acquired hatchery in Siler City and is looking for a suitable location to build a feed mill. Additional options for the processing facility are also being investigated.

WRO Scientific Panel Welcomes Nutritionist

John Brennan, Nutreco Canada, has joined the scientific advisory panel of the World Renderers Organization (WRO). Brennan leads a team based in Guelph, Ontario, that focuses on multi-species animal nutrition and health-based research, technology transfer, and training to support Nutreco’s animal nutrition businesses in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Brennan obtained a PhD in animal nutrition from the University of Alberta and joined Maple Leaf Foods (MLF) as a research scientist. He then became research manager at MLF Agresearch and eventually assumed overall responsibility for Nutreco’s animal nutrition research program in North America. In April 2013, Brennan was elected chairman of the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada.

Sothmann to Chair Global Hides Group

Stephen Sothmann, president of the U.S. Hide, Skin, and Leather Association (USHSLA), has been elected chairman of the International Council of Hides, Skins, and Leather Traders Association (ICHSLTA). Sothmann will serve a two-year term during which he will work to continue ongoing negotiations with the International Council of Tanners on an updated version of the international contract for the sale of hides and skins and on new regulations for products exported to China, which are due to take effect at the end of this year.

Victor Topper, of Australian tanners and traders and AI Topper, and Su Chaoying, president of the China Leather Industry Association, have been elected as vice presidents. 

Sothmann is the current president of USHSLA, an affiliate of the North American Meat Institute, and previously served as the director of international affairs for both USHSLA and the American Meat Institute. He earned a law degree and master of business administration from Indiana University and a bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University.

Founded in 1929, ICHSLTA represents the interests of the hides, skins, and leather trades of more than 30 countries.


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