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Can Food-Grade Soybeans Boost Farmers’ Bottom Line? Learn the in’s & out’s of value added soybean production at MN Soybean Growers’ “POD” meetings; starting this Thursday, July 31 (07/28/2014)

This Thursday, July 31 is the date for the first of two full-day seminars on production value-added, food grade soybeans, hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and supported by the Midwest Shippers Association. If you’re a farmer and interested in learning the practical details of producing special trait, identity preserved soybeans, you can still sign up to attend the meeting in Mankato, MN. If you’re a Midwest Shippers Association soybean company member, you should plan on being there

More sponsors sign up to support USSEC U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange/MSA’s Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show (07/28/2014)

Activities are ramping up quickly now for the joint Midwest Shippers Association/U.S. Soybean Export Council 2014 international soy and specialty grains conference in Milwaukee, September 15-18. New major sponsors and a growing list of exhibitors have signed on to support the event, which is anticipated to attract nearly 250 international soy and grain trade buyer delegation members from across the globe. It's time to make your arrangements to attend, including hotel lodging that could get scarce come September.

Oil trains crowd out grain shipments to Pacific Northwest ports (07/28/2014)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- A surge in oil trains hauling North Dakota's energy bonanza is interfering with grain shipments to Pacific Northwest ports, prompting fears of a chronic crisis in which railcars carrying fossil fuels crowd out other products and disrupt exports, the Seattle Times reports.

West Coast ports labor negotiations update - CBN (07/28/2014)

As reported last week, the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) took a break from talks over a new master port labor contract Monday and Tuesday last week, while the ILWU attended a two-day division caucus in San Francisco, according to 3PL OHL, Cargo Business News reports.

UP gets boost from ex-BNSF business; CN, CP and NS railroads report large quarterly gains (07/28/2014)

Union Pacific railroad's management hopes that the company’s gain of rail business from its main competitor, BNSF, will translate into more long-term business for UP in the future, the Journal of Commerce reported July 27. Meanwhile, other Class 1 railroads, including Norfolk Southern, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railroads all reported increases in revenue and net income in the most recent quarters, American Shipper reports.

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.

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