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Abundant grain trains available for harvest (08/31/2015)

Just in time for what the U.S. Agriculture Department expects to be near-record corn and soybean harvests, grain train cars are in abundance. The reversal is attributed to unprecedented spending on track upgrades, political pressure from politicians in agriculture-rich states and a drastic decrease in trains hauling crude and freight to and from western North Dakota's oil-producing region.

Monsanto ends of pursuit to acquire rival Syngenta (08/31/2015)

Monsanto has abandoned its efforts to acquire rival Syngenta AG after the Swiss pesticide maker turned down a sweetened bid of about $46.2 billion, Bloomberg and other news outlest reported last week. That ended, for now, what would have been one of the largest purchases of a European company by a U.S. rival.

Judge blocks Obama Administration's rule on waterways (08/31/2015)

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on August 27 blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect, according to wire service news reports.

Economic slumps, strikes, storms can’t slow reefer container trade growth - JOC (08/31/2015)

HONG KONG — While container shipping worldwide has been in a slump, global refrigerated container trade appears to be unstoppable, growing steadily over the past decade as the business shrugs off economic downturns, severe weather and port strikes, the Journal of Commerce reported last week, citing the prominent shipping consulting firm Drewry.

Germany moves to ban growing genetically modified crops (08/31/2015)

Germany has begun moves to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops under new European rules, according to official documents, Food Navigator reports.

Organic food trend sees demand for certification expertise increase; Australia tops for organic farmland (08/31/2015)

More than half of the world’s organic agricultural land is found in Australia, and the company responsible for certifying producers there sees demand soaring as organic food prices increase.

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