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Indianapolis Midwest Shippers/USSEC international soy & specialty grains conference just one week away – Make Your Final Plans! (08/22/2016)

We are now just one week away from the start of our big 2016 international event in Indianapolis – the Midwest Shippers Association’s 13th annual Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show co-located with the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s 4th annual U.S. SOY Global Trade Exchange. The combined event has grown in recognition to become THE most important soy and grain trading event of the year. More than 700 attendees, including nearly 250 international visitors are confirmed. Make your final plans to attend

NGFA opposes RR proposals that would undermine STB's new rail investigation authority (08/22/2016)

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) recently reiterated to the federal U.S. DOT Surface Transportation Board (STB) the importance of providing transparency and accountability as it implements its important new authority to investigate freight rail issues. In a news release last week, NGFA also noted it strongly opposes recommendations from rail carriers that it said potentially would make the investigative tool unusable.

A floating threat: sea containers spread pests and diseases -- International Plant Protection Convention grapples with challenges of globalized trade – UN FAO (08/22/2016)

ROME, ITALY -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published the following story last week on August 17, that reported how shipping containers can and have been the conveyance of harmful pests and diseases. The UN International Plant Protection Convention is wrestling with the issue.

Potential of CRISPR-Cas for agriculture; drought tolerant corn first application (08/22/2016)

JOHNSTON, Iowa-DuPont Pioneer researchers are reporting the results of scientific studies demonstrating the potential of CRISPR-Cas as an advanced plant breeding technology to increase the productivity and sustainability of agricultural products. This week, Plant Biotechnology Journal features a Pioneer manuscript describing the first application of CRISPR-Cas to improve a corn plant’s own ability to withstand drought stress.

One in four Hong Kong soy sauces found to contain traces of carcinogen (08/22/2016)

More than a quarter of soy sauce brands tested by the Hong Kong Consumer Council have been found to contain a possibly carcinogenic compound, while a similar number failed to meet the most basic overseas quality standards, Food Navigator reported last week.

Soy could help cut diabetes and heart risk in PCOS patients (08/22/2016)

Consumption of soy isoflavones by women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) could help prevent diabetes and cardiac problems, a new study has found, Food Navigator reports.

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