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Gavilon Grain acquires Silica Grain in Rice County, Kansas

Gavilon Grain announced it has acquired a 981,000-bushel grain facility in Silica, Kansas. The Silica facility primarily handles wheat, corn, milo and soybeans, with 60-car shipping capabilities on the Kansas-Oklahoma railroad.

The Silica facility is Gavilon’s third grain elevator in Kansas, located 100 miles southwest of its shuttle facility in Abilene and 100 miles northwest [...]

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Farmers Cooperative buys Ohio Bunge facility for $3.7 million

Central Ohio Farmers Cooperative is purchasing the Bunge North America facility at Jefferson and Mark streets for $3.7 million, the cooperative’s CEO said Wednesday.

Tom Bostic, the cooperative’s CEO and president said the cooperative is hiring all approximately 11 employees who currently work at the Bunge grain elevator, including the manager, who will be a [...]

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Farmers Union Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership

Two hundred and fifty Farmers Union members from across the country are in the nation’s Capital this week telling Congress to vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke is heading up the state’s 25 member delegation. He says the current TPP under discussion doesn’t address the current trade deficit that’s [...]

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US grain exporters welcome ILWU contract but rail delay concerns persist

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are working to improve service as the 2014 harvest starts to move from farms to grain elevators. A backlog of shipments caused by a harsh 2013-2014 winter, coupled with an increase in intermodal and carload freight, has resulted in some [...]

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Fire rekindles one day after Bunge grain elevator explosion in Ohio

Recently in Evendale, Ohio:

August fire at Bunge elevator in Evendale, Ohio

Crews were back at the scene of a grain elevator explosion Saturday after fire reportedly rekindled inside the structure.

The explosion happened Friday afternoon at the Bunge North America facility. The facility supplies resources to livestock, poultry and food service industries.

When [...]

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Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators; WA governor welcomes news

Excerpts from the Columbian:

Union workers who handle cargo at grain export terminals in Vancouver and other Northwest ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Tuesday. The tally was 88.4 percent in favor, with 1,475 in favor and 193 [...]

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Longshore workers’ grain agreement heralds return to work

News release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation:

United States longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals voted on 26 August to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies.

ITF affiliate the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had accused the global grain giants of attacking an 80-year-old [...]

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Longshoremen ratify agreement, resume work at key northwest export terminals

Excerpts from Agri-Pulse:

“This new collective bargaining agreement is welcome news for the workers and the three grain facilities that are part of the Northwest Grain Agreement. It is also great news for Washington’s internationally acclaimed grain industry,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee in a statement.

“I am grateful that the lockout’s disruption to the [...]

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Longshore Workers’ Vote Ratifies NW Grain Agreement; Union Workers to Return to Jobs on Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 2014) – Longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies. The vote included members of ILWU Local 8 in Portland, Ore., and Local 4 in Vancouver, Local 21 in Longview, Local 19 in Seattle, [...]

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Appeals court says grain elevator can’t be forced to handle GMO corn

In an article called ”Court rules in elevator’s favor in biotech dispute,” the Capital Press reports:

The Syngenta biotech firm can’t use a century-old warehouse law to force a grain elevator company to accept its genetically engineered corn, according to a federal appeals court.

The ruling will likely preclude other biotech seed companies from using [...]

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Bunge plans east Australia port, offers more competition for GrainCorp

A subsidiary of U.S. firm Bunge Limited plans to build a port terminal on Australia’s east coast, boosting competition for the country’s largest agribusiness, GrainCorp Ltd.

“The regulation of our ports means that GrainCorp as an Australian-based company is increasingly disadvantaged against the much larger multinationals behind competing ports,” said a GrainCorp spokesperson, referring to [...]

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Sign of the Times: Holding greedy corporations harmless

David Groves at The Stand writes:

On Thursday, rather than congratulating all parties involved [for reaching a tentative agreement] — perhaps even the governor for his role in helping prompt the apparent resolution of a long, contentious dispute — The Seattle Times editorialized that it was a “close call” and chastised Inslee for the fourth [...]

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ILWU, PNW grain terminals reach tentative agreement

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

An ILWU spokeswoman said each local will vote on the agreement according to its own rules, and the results will be announced on Aug. 25.

The grain contract is separate from the coastwide contract negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association that have been underway since May [...]

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Inslee, Leavitt, others praise tentative grain terminals-union deal

Excerpts from The Columbian:

Gov. Jay Inslee and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt were among the local officials who reacted positively to the tentative agreement.

Inslee, who had decided to no longer allow Washington State Patrol officers to escort grain inspectors through picket lines, said the prospect of a new contract was “outstanding news.” … The [...]

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Tentative agreement reached in NW grain terminal dispute

From The Columbian:

A bitter two-year labor dispute that engulfed everyone from Vancouver police and Washington’s governor to state and federal agriculture officials may have ended, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Northwest grain terminal operators have reached a tentative contract agreement.

In an email to The Columbian Tuesday, Jennifer Sargent, spokeswoman for [...]

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