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USGC issues statement against China’s actions to raise DDGS import tariffs (01/16/2017)

BEIJING, CHINA — China last week further raised import tariffs on U.S. distillers dried grains (DDGS) from the preliminary level it first announced in September 2016 after the U.S. launched a trade enforcement at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) issued a strong statement protesting the “rash measures” taken by China’s government to restrict access to the market, adding in the end the biggest negative impact will be on China’s feed and livestock industries.

USDA launches certified program for farmers transitioning to organic production using standards developed by OTA (01/16/2017)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA has set up a new program for farmers transitioning to organic production, allowing them to earn transitional certification recognizing they are in the process of becoming organic certified, according to USDA and a report in World Grain.

Great Lakes shippers face higher costs under new pilotage fee hike - JOC (01/16/2017)

Great Lakes shipping interests are urging the U.S. Coast Guard to reconsider a proposed new round of ship pilotage rate increases that vessel operators and ports say will force shippers to seek alternatives via Gulf and East coast ports, and even surface transportation, the Journal of Commerce reported late last month.

General Mills patents process to create range of dairy-alternatives from beans, chickpeas, legumes – Fava bean yogurt? (01/16/2017)

A patent application from General Mills shows it is experimenting with legumes such as chickpeas, adzuki beans, fava beans and lentils to create non-dairy ‘milks;' eggless mayonnaise and dips; and cultured legume based products such as cheeses, yogurts, kefir and ice cream, Food Navigator reports.

MNDOT to offer free oversize/overweight truck permit training (01/16/2017)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) announced January 11 it will be offering “free” training classes in six locations around the state running from mid-March through mid-April for truckers looking to obtain Oversize/Overweight (OS/OW) permits.

Union Pacific connects South Dakota agriculture producers to key markets (01/16/2017)

OMAHA, NEBRASKA - South Dakota farmers transporting inbound fertilizer and outbound crops gained a faster, more direct rail connection to key markets aboard Union Pacific's GroTrain service starting in January, according to a Union Pacific railroad January 9 news release.

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