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Marubeni to sow further investment in grain trader Gavilon

From The Wall Street Journal:

Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp. MARUY 0.91 % is set to increase its investment in Gavilon, the U.S.-based grain trader it bought two years ago, in an attempt to turn around the division’s disappointing performance, a senior company executive said.

Poor harvests in the past couple of years in the [...]

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Louis Dreyfus expands in Russia with Azov grain terminal deal

Louis Dreyfus Commodities BV acquired a grain terminal in Russia’s Rostov region as the agricultural commodity trader seeks to increase market share in the country hit by western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

The Don river terminal, with two berths and six silos, will be used for shipping grains on sea-river vessels, Louis Dreyfus [...]

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Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened [...]

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Brookings Institution: US needs to address congestion, Harbor Maintenance Tax improvements

The Brookings Institution said U.S. government needs to adopt a national policy to address congestion at major ports:

As it stands, policymakers see ports more as local infrastructure and not national assets, the Brookings report said. That means spending is allocated based on local needs, even though congestion near the ports of Houston or Portland [...]

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Bunge-Saudi partnership considering western Canada export grain terminal

G3 Global Holdings, a limited partnership between Bunge Canada and Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) Canada, announced on June 2 that it has formed a joint venture with Western Stevedoring Company Limited to examine the feasibility of building an export grain terminal at Lynnterm West Gate at Port Metro Vancouver, Canada.

Western Stevedoring [...]

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Want to know where your meat was raised? WTO case pressures Congress to stop labeling

An article titled ‘U.S. loses meat labeling case; trade war looms’ shows one of the many ways free trade agreements hurt consumers and farmers:

Consumer group Public Citizen pointed to a 2014 survey showing nine in 10 Americans supported the labeling rules.

Canada and Mexico are readying trade sanctions against the United States after [...]

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Executives at Japanese trading firm take big pay cuts, criticize Gavilon

Executives at a large Japanese trading company plan to take major pay cuts this year that are attributable in part to what has happened 6,000 miles away in Omaha.

Marubeni Corp., based in Tokyo, last week reported 2014 annual profit that fell by 50 percent, on worse results from oil and grain trading. Part of [...]

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Low freight rates and other factors lead to grain vessel backups

Excerpts from an article in the Western Producer titled ‘Ocean vessels again backed up at Pacific port’:

According to figures published by Canada’s Grain Monitoring Program (GMP), the number of ocean vessels waiting to be loaded with grain at the Port of Vancouver in late April stood at 24.

That’s at least double the historical [...]

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Brazil govt takes aim at US farm subsidies

After finally turning the page on a dispute over spying that hampered attempts to deepen trade ties, Brazil and the US may be headed for another clash, this time over US farm subsidies.

Brasilia is gathering evidence to show that the US is increasing subsidies for soy and corn farmers, which threatens to further push [...]

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Bunge logs $373 million profit with help from U.S. soybeans

With a boost from soybean trading and exports, Bunge Ltd. reported a first-quarter profit of $373 million, up nearly $300 million from the same period last year.

Bunge CEO Soren Schroder said the company’s North American agribusiness operations, along with those of Brazil and Europe, performed well, which he expects to continue.

“Farmers in the [...]

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Bunge logs $373 million profit with help from U.S. soybeans

With a boost from soybean trading and exports, Bunge Ltd. reported a first-quarter profit of $373 million, up nearly $300 million from the same period last year.

That came even as the food and agribusiness company, which has its North American headquarters in St. Louis, made net sales that, at $10.8 billion, dropped by about [...]

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Strike paralyzes Argentine grains port for 2nd day

Port of Rosario, Argentina

Excerpts from Marine Link:

Argentina’s grains hub of Rosario was paralyzed on Thursday by the second day of pay strikes by unions representing stevedores and other workers needed to dock and load recently-harvested soy and corn, union and management spokesmen said.

Flash work stoppages are common in Argentina, where workers [...]

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Bunge boss of two years faces pressure to improve results

A $201 million deal for Bunge Ltd to take control of Canadian grain handler CWB is set to shake up wheat sales in Manitoba and Saskatchewan but may not help the head of the agribusiness firm in his drive to boost profits.

The transaction was announced on Wednesday as Bunge Chief Executive Soren Schroder, 53, [...]

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Marubeni Australia confirms closure

Japanese trading house Marubeni has decided to close its Australian grain business.

In a letter obtained by Fairfax Media, Marubeni Australia managing director Makoto Kajitani confirmed the company was closing its grain business in Australia. He said this was due to the company’s global grain strategy and not a result of any performance issues.

“The [...]

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Oregon farm groups support trade pacts as opponents ratchet up pressure on Ron Wyden

Eleven of Oregon’s major agricultural organizations on Monday urged the state’s congressional delegation to support the fast-track trade bill as well as the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The push by the agricultural groups comes as the Oregon AFL-CIO is ratcheting up its campaign to to persuade Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to oppose a fast-track trade bill.

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