2016 ASTA Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference Highlights

Thank you Disney and ASTA. This was indeed the best Vegetable and Flower Seed conference yet. With visitors attended from from Asia, Europe, South America, USA, and Canada, we certainly had an exciting couple of days in the Magic Kingdom.
A special thanks to everyone that came out to the Profile Industries booth. It was so great to see many of you again and get a chance to meet some of you for the first time.
Our new products received a lot of attention, specifically our  “Standard Design” Let Down Spirals, Belt Sorter, Oscillating Sorter &  our Seed Box/Tote.  These innovations are just a few of the ways that Profile will continue to innovate and invent the future of shape sorting technology.
We can also create a custom design for any of our Let Down spirals and Seed Boxes/Totes. Simply send a message to one of our Solution Engineers and we will design the perfect piece of equipment for your operation.
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US Energy Department Provides $30M for Sorghum Crop Development

New York (June 15, 2015/GenomeWeb) -– The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $30 million in funding to six projects to develop better sorghum crops though the use of genetic and other technologies.

The funding is directed at the development of better varieties of sorghum through improved plant remote sensing, analysis, and breeding methods. It is being provided through DOE’s Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) program, which leverages agriculture, information technology, and engineering to develop crops that are sustainable and affordable and yield abundant feedstocks for bioenergy.

The recipients of the TERRA funds seek to address limitations associated with crop phenotyping and genotyping by developing mobile platforms with sensory systems to observe and record plant characteristics, DOE said. They will also develop algorithms to analyze data and predict plant growth potential.

The TERRA program will also fund the creation of a large database comprising sorghum genotypes and field phenotypes, which DOE said will allow the larger community of plant physiologists, bioinformaticians, and geneticists to improve sorghum and bioenergy crops.

TERRA Objectives

TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology, and engineering communities to design and apply new tools for the development of improved varieties of energy sorghum, a crop used to produce biofuel.

The TERRA project teams will create novel platforms to enhance methods for crop phenotyping which are currently time-intensive and imprecise. The new approaches will include automated methods for observing and recording characteristics of plants and advanced algorithms for analyzing data and predicting plant growth potential. The projects will also produce a large public database of sorghum genotypes, enabling the greater community of plant physiologists, bioinformaticians and geneticists to generate breakthroughs beyond TERRA.

These innovations will accelerate the annual yield gains of traditional plant breeding and support the discovery of new crop traits that improve water productivity and nutrient use efficiency needed to improve the sustainability of bioenergy crops.

Clemson University – Clemson, SC

Breeding High Yielding Bioenergy Sorghum for the New Bioenergy Belt – $6,000,000

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – St. Louis, MO

A Reference Phenotyping System for Energy Sorghum – $8,000,000

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, WA

Consortium for Advanced Sorghum Phenomics (CASP) – $3,300,000

Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

Automated Sorghum Phenotyping and Trait Development Platform – $6,500,000

Texas A&M AgriLife Research – College Station, TX

Automated Phenotyping System for Genetic Improvement of Energy Crops – $3,100,000

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Champaign, IL

Mobile Energy-Crop Phenotyping Platform (MEPP) – $3,100,000

For a complete breakdown of how this money will be used, visit seedtoday.com

Keeping Pace with Change

The Shot Peener Magazine has been an outstanding source of information since its inception in 1986. The articles and features of this publication have worked to expand global markets for the shot peening and blast cleaning industries for many years through the printed pages or its web pages on theshotpeenermagazine.com.

Recently, in the Summer 2015 issue of The Shot Peener Magazine, Profile Industries was featured for its digital marketing in a great piece by Kathy Levy from info-prose.com. Kathy does a tremendous job of outlining the ways Profile Industries endeavors to “Keep Pace with Change” and create an experience that our clients will remember for all of the right reasons.

You can read  Kathy’s full article here: Summer 2015

Time to finish your 2014 Capital Equipment Purchases.

Updated Dec 17, 2014 – H.R. 5771 (the Tax Extenders Bill) passed by the House on Dec 3, 2014 was voted on and passed by the Senate on Dec 16, 2014 retroactively expanding the Section 179 deduction limits thru 12/31/2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE> Only this 2014 tax year will be covered by this measure – therefore it is a good business decision for many to buy/finance equipment immediately to make the December 31, 2014 cutoff for the write-off provisions.
Repeat, this new provision does NOT cover tax year 2015, the law covers tax year 2014 only! To obtain Section 179 Qualified Financing for your business, you must apply immediately to make the cut-off at midnight 12/31/2014.
Keep up with the Bill that reinstates the limit on Section 179 to $500,000 as well as reinstates 50% Bonus Depreciation: H.R. 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (aka Tax Extenders Bill) via govtrack here.
Technically, the bill is a one-year, retroactive extension of the tax breaks, even though it only lasts through the end of the month. This site will be updated to reflect these changes shortly. The Section 179 Calculator is already fully updated. Click Here for fully updated Section 179 Calculator.