The number of U.S. grain elevators, mills and feedlots that will buy a type of biotech corn banned by China has more than doubled since July, indicating growing domestic acceptance for a product seen as a potential risk to international trade.
The announcement, coming just before the start of the planting season, is aimed at [...]
In a Journal of Commerce article called ”Debate erupts over damage to ag exports from the West Coast labor standoff”:
There is no question that exports are being hurt due to port delays stemming from the months-long, acrimonious and still-unresolved negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and management. The media have been filled since late [...]
The JOC reports that the recent energy boom has meant grain handlers are facing stiff competition for rail service with the crude oil sector.
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
Steenhoek could think of a few factors contributing to improved rail service.
In the first place, he said, 2014 saw a longer harvest, giving [...]
Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp halved its annual profit forecast on Monday after plunging oil, copper and coal prices weighed on its resource assets and it booked an impairment charge for its grains unit Gavilon.
Like international oil majors and mining companies, Japan’s trading companies have been caught flat-footed by the rout in commodities, with [...]
The Daily News reports that the reopened terminal will boost employment to 120 during the grain-handling season, about double the current staffing. Temco handled about 2.75 million tons of grain exports in 2013 before closing for renovations in January of this year.
A $50 million expansion of the Temco grain terminal is nearing completion at [...]
Agricultural trading giant Louis Dreyfus Commodities BV said it has appointed former Viterra CEO Mayo Schmidt as chief executive officer, ending a year-and-a-half-long search.
The choice of Mr. Schmidt, an outsider who spent most of his career in the U.S. and Canada, signifies a change for the closely held family company, which has traditionally promoted [...]
In the U.S., shippers of grain, coal and other commodities have told regulators of poor service from BNSF, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board in June ordered railroads to report plans for resolving the backlogs.
Seattle and Tacoma are being stymied in their push to [...]
Louis Dreyfus fire, Yorkton, Saskatchewan
A canola-crushing plant owned by the Canadian unit of global grain trader Louis Dreyfus Corp will be offline indefinitely after an explosion and fire on Friday, the company said.
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blast at the Yorkton, Saskatchewan, plant, and an assessment of the structural condition of [...]
Greg Heckman, president and CEO of Gavilon Group, LLC, announced Friday his decision to leave Gavilon after a 30-year career with the company. Chief Operating Officer Jim Anderson has been named president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
After the company was formed in 2008 from the sale of ConAgra Trade Group, Heckman devoted the [...]
Excerpts from Farm Futures:
Farmers in Kansas, the largest wheat producer, are breathing easier now that late summer rain put needed moisture in their winter wheat fields. Rain also fell on Oklahoma and Texas wheat fields.
At a time when farmers and grain merchants are worried about the ability of railroads to move grain, USDA [...]
From an Archer Daniels Midland – Marubeni news release:
Archer Daniels Midland Company and Marubeni Corporation announced today that they have expanded Kalama Export Company LLC, their joint venture in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, as a result of Marubeni’s contribution of its grain export elevator operations at Terminal 5 in The Port of Portland, Oregon, [...]
Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:
Agricultural trading firm Louis Dreyfus Commodities BV on Monday reported a slight increase in earnings in the first half of 2014 as revenue rose 16% after large grain harvests.
Net income rose to $260 million from $258 million, as revenue jumped to $33.7 billion from $29.2 billion. The Netherlands-based [...]
A shortage of available rail cars has impeded westbound cargo shipments, including grain.
Westbound trans-Pacific carriers expect container availability to increase in the next three weeks at most key U.S. intermodal hubs, according to a weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture survey.
The latest data show expectations of increased container supply in most locations, except [...]
”I would like to clarify a rumor…” OPB has released AFSCME’s letter to Gov. Jay Inslee and several other documents related to the use of Washington State Troopers to escort grain inspectors across ILWU Local 4′s picket line.
Excerpts from Oregon Public Broadcasting:
Foggy and cool weather kept a helicopter from flying into the [...]
Bloomberg writes that, ”The cost run-up was predictable – and unsurprising to anyone familiar with the history of bloated farm bills. The 2002 version of the bill, for example, was supposed to cost $451 billion over 10 years, but ultimately came in at $588 billion. The 2008 bill was even worse, chewing up $913 [...]