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The Trans Pacific Partnership has been under wraps for years. The clock starts now on ratification.



As per the Washington Post, you can now read the text of a major Trans-Pacific trade deal. Read this explainer about the TPP first.

From the Washington Post website:
The Trans Pacific Partnership has been under wraps for years. The clock starts now on ratification.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/05/you-can-now-read-the-text-of-a-major-trade-deal-read-this-first/

Written by cradut

November 5th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

FGIS Reauthorization Update



The several months-long process of reviewing, updating, improving and finally reauthorizing the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA) in the U.S. inspection system came to a close at the end of September, with the President’s signing of the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015. This was a very important outcome for U.S. exports, as the USGSA enables USDA to develop standards and procedures for grain inspection. From what we can tell so far is that the wheat growers and the industry in general is pleased by this action.

For your further information please check out the links below for recent news articles.

From World-Grain.com
Congress approves bill to reauthorize grain inspections
http://www.world-grain.com/articles/news_home/World_Grain_News/2015/09/Congress_approves_bill_to_reau.aspx?ID=%7BE7485E7C-7F6D-49A1-831D-6D2E72BA8AF0%7D

From World-Grain.com
http://www.world-grain.com/articles/news_home/World_Grain_News/2015/09/Groups_commend_reauthorization.aspx?ID=%7BA6FE9F45-B4E7-4F19-AFA0-C3A41651F3AD%7D

From Agproffesional.com
http://www.agprofessional.com/news/nawg-applauds-house-action-agriculture-reauthorizations-act-2015

Written by cradut

October 14th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Vomitoxin in Wheat – 2015



If you have been dealing with DNS wheat this year chances are that you are aware of the Vomitoxin (DON) problems that have plagued growers, export terminals and shippers alike. This has been a frustrating issue because you cannot just blend your higher DON cargo with that of lesser DON and call it good, the problem is a little more complex.

There are some recent articles about this that you can click on to find out more information about this.

From KXN News – Minot ND
http://www.kxnet.com/story/30049607/eye-on-agriculture-vomitoxin

From Agriculture.com
http://www.agriculture.com/crops/wheat/vomitoxin-on-wheat_144-ar49534

From rma.usda.gov
http://www.rma.usda.gov/fields/ks_rso/2015/vomitoxintesting.pdf

Written by cradut

October 4th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Japanese Trade Team in USA



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September 22nd, 2015 at 7:38 pm

PNW Columbia River Investments



From Capital Press – The West’s Ag Website

Study highlights investments in Columbia River ports (Click below link)
http://www.capitalpress.com/Business/20150629/study-highlights-investments-in-columbia-river-ports

In my opinion….
People in the PNW are expecting a consistent demand of grain exports from overseas markets, and are willing to invest in infrastructure today even though the area has seen a drop in exports this year. This is a great time to invest because it wouldn’t be smart to wait until exports rebound, at that time it’s best to focus on elevating grain and loading ships, not worrying about capacity and maintenance issues.

Written by cradut

July 10th, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Slower Grain Exports Expected to Rebound soon…



It has been noticeably quiet around the PNW, with a slowdown of U.S. Wheat shipments as compared to 2014, however there is plenty of 2015 left and everyone is looking forward at the longer term picture.

From The Daily News Online (TDN) (Click the link below)

Grain exports slow this year, but terminal managers hopeful for future

http://tdn.com/news/local/grain-exports-slow-this-year-but-terminal-managers-hopeful-for/article_6465bfef-4f7b-50fe-b030-f3c328090d1b.html

Written by cradut

June 24th, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Port of Portland – Productivity



Below link from www.joc.com;

From www.joc.com
Damages ruling against ILWU fails to improve Portland productivity
http://www.joc.com/port-news/longshoreman-labor/damages-award-portland-gives-hope-ictsi-its-claims-against-ilwu-are-valid_20150318.html

Written by cradut

March 19th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Highlights of 2014 U.S. Crop Quality Report – Transportation



HARD RED SPRING – a specialty wheat grown primarily in the Northern Plains of the United States – stands out as the main U.S. wheat product. The high protein content and superior gluten quality of hard red spring wheat make it ideal for use in some of the world’s finest baked goods.

According to the 2014 U.S. Crop Quality Report – The 2014 U.S. Hard red spring wheat crop is 14% larger than 2013 due to higher planted area and excellent yields. Yields were record to near record high in the Northern Plains region, benefiting from above average moisture and a cool summer. In the Pacific Northwest, dry and hot conditions reduced yields, but also promoted favorable harvest conditions.

All this high yielding crop has to move across the globe to reach end users and without a reliable transportation system it would be impossible.

The hard red spring wheat growing region utilizes truck, rail and water to get wheat from farms to export facilities. The Northern Plains has a vast network of country elevators to facilitate efficient and precise movement to domestic and export markets. On average, nearly 80 percent of the region’s wheat moves to markets by rail. The dominant railroads are the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the Union Pacific and the Canadian Pacific.

In the Pacific Northwest, a large river system is used along with rail to move wheat to export points.
An increasing number of the elevators in the region are investing in facilities and rail capacity to ship 100 – 110 car units in “shuttle” trains. Each rail car holds approximately 3,500 bushels (95 metric tons) of wheat. Shuttle-equipped facilities receive the lowest rates, sharing volume and transaction efficiency with the railroad. The diverse rail and water shipping capacities and a widespread network of elevators are strengths that buyers can capitalize on, especially as their demand heightens for more precise quality specifications and consistency between shipments. Buyers are encouraged to explore origin-specific shipments to optimize the quality and value of wheat they purchase.

The elevator network in the U.S. hard red spring wheat region is well suited for meeting the increasing quality demands of both domestic and international customers.

This information was compiled from the 2014 U.S. Hard Red Spring Wheat – Regional Quality Report and U.S. Wheat Associates Wheat Letter. For more information please visit the U.S. Wheat Associates website at; http://www.uswheat.org/

Written by cradut

November 12th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Suggestions for changes on collective bargaining model



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November 6th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

TEMCO Kalama Grain Terminal update



TEMCO Kalama, WA has been under construction for an expansion project which is nearing completion. For more information click on below link.

From TDN.com
http://tdn.com/news/local/temco-grain-terminal-expansion-on-track-for-fall-completion-officials/article_de15bde8-1132-11e4-b0f3-0019bb2963f4.html

Written by cradut

October 31st, 2014 at 5:16 pm