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West Coast ports labor negotiations continue (07/21/2014)

Last week members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 8 in Portland walked off the job for about an hour in a dispute that was unrelated to the current West Coast ILWU-PMA contract negotiations, according to third-party logistics provider OHL, Cargo Business News reports. The negotiations are continuing in private, with shippers and the ports hoping the parties will avoid a labor shutdown.

BNSF prepares for fall harvest (07/21/2014)

BNSF Railroad recently wrote its customers, saying it has made good progress toward its $5 billion capital investment goal for 2014, bringing service levels back up to where customers expect, and preparing for the fall harvest, , American Shipper reports.

China to loan Argentina $7.5 billion for infrastructure projects (07/21/2014)

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina last week signed deals to borrow $7.5 billion from China, according to its Cabinet chief, Reuters reported July 19

General cargo boosts St. Lawrence Seaway, Duluth port volumes (07/21/2014)

The Port of Duluth said last week the ship BBC Peter Rӧnna has been discharging a cargo of Siemens wind energy components at its Clure Public Marine Terminal, American Shipper reports. The equipment was made by Siemens in Brande, Denmark.

E.U. sets import duty on corn, sorghum, rye; first duty in nearly four years (07/21/2014)

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The European Commission announced last week on July 17 that the import duty on maize (corn), sorghum and rye is to be set at €5.32 per tonne. The decision is based on the basic Regulation and comes in response to the situation on the world markets for maize and the resulting low prices. Moreover, maize, sorghum and rye are not subject to export refunds. The duty for corn has been at 0 since Aug. 17, 2010, and at 0 for sorghum, and rye since Oct. 19, 2010.

MSA teams up with Minnesota Soybean Growers Association to host farmer meetings on growing IP food-grade soybeans – July 31 in Mankato; August 19 in Moorhead – MSA members should attend (07/14/2014)

The Midwest Shippers Association is teaming up to support the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA), which will host two upcoming farmer producer meetings on growing value-added, food-grade, identity preserved soybeans. The meetings, set for July 31 in Mankato, MN and August 19 in Moorhead, MN, are geared to help farmers learn how to add to their bottom line by producing specialty soybeans to meet expanding demand and export markets.

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