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1. (WO2008063467) PROCÉDÉS DE PRODUCTION DE COMPOSITIONS RÉSISTANT AUX INTEMPÉRIES, ET PRODUITS OBTENUS À PARTIR DE CELLES-CI
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CLAIMS
What is claimed is:

1. A process comprising:
reducing a surface area of a plurality of granules; and
mixing a vegetable based weatherizing agent with the plurality of granules having the surface area reduced such that the vegetable based weatherizing agent coats at least a portion of the plurality of granules.

2. The process according to claim 1 , wherein reducing the surface area of the plurality of granules comprises mixing the plurality of granules with an agglomerating agent such that agglomerates of the granules form.

3. The process according to claim 1 , wherein reducing the surface area of the plurality of granules comprises passing the plurality of granules through a pellet mill.

4. The process according to any one of claims 1-3, further comprising heating the weatherizing agent.

5. The process according to claim 2, further comprising heating the agglomerating agent.

6. The process according to any one of claims 1-5, further comprising mixing the plurality of granules such that a substantially uniform mixture is achieved.

7. The process according to any one of claims 1-6, further comprising placing a product produced by the process in a container configured for shipping.

8. The process according to claim 7, further comprising associating indicia capable of directing a user of the product of a rate at which to deliver the product with the container.

9. The process according to any one of claims 1-8, further comprising offering the product to an animal as feed.

10. The process according to any one of claims 1-8, further comprising spreading the product on soil and/or a plant.

11. A product produced by the process of any one of claims 1-8.

12. A composition comprising:
a granule comprising a mineral, an agglomerate of at least two of the granules, or a combination thereof; and
a vegetable based weatherizing agent coating an outer surface area of the granule, the agglomerate, or the combination thereof;
wherein upon passage of a quantity of water over the composition and collection of the quantity of water passed over the composition, less than 25,000 ppm of the mineral is present in the collected quantity of water.

13. The composition of claim 12, wherein the nutrient is selected from the group consisting of a macro mineral, a micro mineral, a vitamin, salt, and any combination thereof.

14. The composition of claim 12 or claim 13, the agglomerate further comprising an agglomerating agent that adheres the at least two of the granules together.

15. The composition of any one of claims 12-14, wherein the vegetable based weatherizing agent is hydrophobic.

16. The composition of any one of claims 12-15, wherein the vegetable based weatherizing agent is selected from the group consisting of hydrogenated vegetable oil, hydrogenated soy oil, vegetable based waxes, soy wax, vegetable based shortenings, lecithins, soapstocks, starches, modified starches, plant proteins, zein proteins, milk proteins, hydrogenated heat-bodied oil, partially hydrogenated heat-bodied oil and any combinations thereof.

17. The composition of any one of claims 14-16, wherein the agglomerating agent is selected from the group consisting of corn syrup, liquid fermentation co-products, corn steep liquor, molasses, condensed distillers' solubles, dextrins, maltodextrins, gelatins, starches, gums, pectins, and any combinations thereof.

18. The composition of any one of claims 12-17, further comprising a compound selected from the group consisting of insecticides, methoprene, pesticides, botanicals or botanical extracts, nutraceuticals, dust reducing agents, antibiotics, bacterial cell walls and/or extracts, yeast cell walls and/or extracts, fungal cell walls and/or extracts, oilseed meals, distillers dried grains, an amino acid, a flavoring agent and any combinations thereof.

19. A process comprising:
mixing a granule selected from the group consisting of a macro mineral granule, a micro mineral granule, a vitamin granule, a salt granule, and combinations of any thereof with an agglomerating agent such that agglomerates are formed; and mixing the agglomerates with a vegetable based weatherizing agent such that a surface of at least a portion of the agglomerates is coated with the vegetable based weatherizing agent.

20. The process of claim 19, wherein upon passage of a quantity of water over the coated, agglomerates and collection of the quantity of water passed over the coated, agglomerates, less than 25,000 ppm of the mineral is present in the collected quantity of water.

21. The process of claim 19 or claim 20, further comprising heating the agglomerating agent.

22. The process of any one of claims 19-21 , further comprising heating the vegetable based weatherizing agent.

23. The process of any one of claims 19-22, wherein mixing the granule with the agglomerating agent and mixing the agglomerates with the vegetable based weatherizing agent occur in the same container.

24. The process of any one of claims 19-23, further comprising placing the coated, agglomerates in a container configured for shipping.

25. The process of any one of claims 19-24, further comprising offering the coated, agglomerates to an animal as feed.

26. The process of any one of claims 19-24, further comprising spreading the coated, agglomerates on a plant, soil, or a combination thereof.

27. A product produced by the process of any one of claims 19-24.

28. A composition comprising:
a granule, an agglomerate of at least two granules, or a combination thereof;
the granule comprising a nutrient selected from the group consisting of a macro mineral, a micro mineral, a vitamin, salt, and combinations of any thereof;
an agglomerating agent coating at least a portion of an outer surface of the granule, an outer surface of the agglomerate, or the combination thereof; and
a hydrophobic weatherizing agent of a plant origin coating at least a portion of the outer surface of the granule, the outer surface of the agglomerate, or the combination thereof.

29. The composition of claim 28, wherein upon passage of a quantity of water over the granule, the agglomerate of at least two of the granules, or the combination thereof, and collection of the quantity of water passed over the granule, the agglomerate of at least two of the granules, or the combination thereof, less than 25,000 ppm of the macro mineral, the micro mineral, the vitamin, the salt, and the combinations of any thereof is present in the collected quantity of water.

30. The composition of claim 28 or claim 29, wherein the hydrophobic weatherizing agent is selected from the group consisting of a vegetable oil, a hydrogenated vegetable oil, a partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, lecithin, and any combinations thereof.

31. The composition of any one of claims 28-30, wherein the agglomerating agent is selected from the group consisting of corn syrup, liquid fermentation co-products, corn steep liquor, molasses, condensed distillers' solubles, dextrins, maltodextrins, gelatins, starches, gums, pectins, and any combinations thereof.

32. The composition of any one of claims 28-31 , further comprising a compound selected from the group consisting of insecticides, methoprene, pesticides, botanicals or botanical extracts, nutraceuticals, dust reducing agents, antibiotics, bacterial cell walls and/or extracts, yeast cell walls and/or extracts, fungal cell walls and/or extracts, oilseed meals, distillers dried grains, an amino acid, a flavoring agent, and any combination thereof.

33. Use of the product of claim 11 or 27, or the composition of any one of claims 12-18 or 28-32 as an animal feed.

34. Use of the product of claim 11 or 27, or the composition of any one of claims 12-18 or 28-32 as a fertilizer.

35. A facility operatively configured to perform the process of any one of claims 1-7, 11-18, 27-32.

36. Use of the product of claim 11 or 27, or the composition of any one of claims 12-18 or 28-32 to deliver nutrients to a microbial population.