GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries CWB Begins Slip-Form Concrete Pour at New Grain Elevator in Bloom, MB Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:29:14 EDT Winnipegand#151;CWB Sept. 18 announced the pouring of the concrete slip for its state-of-the-art grain elevator located west of Portage La Prairie in Bloom, Manitoba is now underway. The elevator pour began last Monday, September 15, and the 65-member crew is expected to finish on Saturday, with a continuous pour of one foot of concrete per hour. The 130 foot (40 meter) tall finished structure will contain more than 2,100 cubic meters of concrete and 250,000 kilograms of reinforcing steel. "There is a flurry of 24-7 activity with trucks arriving every 40 minutes carrying the concrete required to complete the pour," said Gord U.S. Wheat Associates Sept. 18 Wheat Letter Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:57:51 EDT China Could Adjust U.S. Grain Inspection Requirements (Bloomberg) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:08:49 EDT Michigan Agri-Business Assn. Recognizes State Companies With Green Agribusiness Awards Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:20:25 EDT Lansing—Agribusinesses from across Michigan gathered Sept. 18 at Troppo for recognition by the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) with 2014 "Green Agribusiness Awards." The companies were recognized for pursuing sustainability requirements across the scope of agricultural production - from energy efficiency and renewable energy, to recycling and optimizing fertilizer use. "This program is more robust than ever before, with a record number of Michigan companies pursuing sustainability requirements and the inclusion of new standards for the program designed to protect our Great Lakes," said Jim Byrum, president of MABA. "Every day, consumers are more connected to our food system and Canada Canola Growers Assn. Invests in Research at University of Saskatchewan Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:09:11 EDT Saskatoon, SKand#151;The Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) announced Sept. 17 a partnership between the association and the University of Saskatchewan. Under the partnership, CCGA will make a one-time, $5 million contribution to the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. This contribution will establish the CCGA Agriculture Policy Chair at the College. “Agriculture policy development is a cornerstone of the work we do at CCGA; we believe for Canada to be a world leader in agriculture, we must invest in new ideas that can drive innovation,” said Brett Halstead, President of CCGA. “We’re excited CN Faces Canada Federal Fines For Not Moving Enough Grain (Leader Post) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:05:13 EDT Explosion at Mercer Landmark Grain Elevator in Celina, OH Injures Two (WDTN) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:03:05 EDT USDA AMS Blog: Eroding U.S. Soybean Competitiveness and Market Shares - What Is The Road Ahead? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:42:16 EDT CHS and Broadbent Grain Partner to Increase Container Shipments of Australia Wheat to Asia-Pacific Region Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:57:05 EDT St. Paul, MN—CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP, CHSCO, CHSCN, CHSCM), the United States' leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global agriculture and energy business, announced Sept. 18 it has acquired a 50 percent share of Broadbent Grain, an agricultural supply chain management company located at Queensland and Victoria, Australia. "Investing in Broadbent Grain will further expand CHS grain origination capabilities in Australia by adding grain storage, handling and logistical expertise, especially as it relates to delivering wheat via shipping containers to customers across the Asia-Pacific region," said Jon Bucknall, CHS Australia, general manager. Broadbent Grain is owned by Stephen and Michael Broadbent. "Broadbent Grain University of Illinois Analysis: Owning Corn and Soybeans Beyond Harvest in 2014-15 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:16:59 EDT K-State Ag Economist Keeping Close Eye on Black Sea Wheat Markets Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:06:47 EDT Manhattan, KS—The growing importance of wheat production from Black Sea-area countries Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan on the world market has Daniel O’Brien keeping a close watch on geopolitical events there – and he’s encouraging U.S. wheat producers to do the same. Wheat and feed grain exports from those three countries have been growing since the mid-1990s, said O’Brien, an agricultural economist with Kansas State University. Speaking at K-State’s recent Risk and Profit Conference in Manhattan, O’Brien said world wheat prices initially seemed mostly unaffected in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine which developed early this year. But the wheat market in Port Demand Could Increase South TX Winter Wheat Planting Despite Lower Prices (Southwest Farm Press) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:41:33 EDT USDA Secretary Vilsack Urges Warren Buffett to Make Sure BNSF Is Ready to Transport Record Grain Crop (Reuters) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:53:21 EDT KS Producers Planting Winter Wheat and Harvesting Corn (WIBW) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:46:01 EDT MI Ag Leaders Discuss Production Challenges and Opportunities at Fall Outlook Conference Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:13:48 EDT Mackinac Island—The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) this weekend hosted its 2014 Fall Outlook Conference, now in its fifth year of bringing agriculture industry leaders together to discuss industry developments. The two-day meeting included updates from state and national leaders on current challenges in agriculture, advancements in the agronomy sector, the growth of renewable fuels, infrastructure access and more. "Michigan agriculture is a forward-looking industry and the Fall Outlook Conference is an opportunity for our members to retool, and think strategically about the issues they face, and what the future will bring," said Jim Byrum, president of MABA. "As ASA Encourages Soybean Farmers to Safeguard Export Markets Through Proper Grain Stewardship Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:03:58 EDT St. Louis—As the soybean and corn harvest hits full stride in much of the nation’s growing regions, the farmer-leaders of the American Soybean Association remind farmers to do their part by taking extra care to keep biotech traits that are not yet approved in key export markets out of normal grain marketing channels. For those soybean farmers that also produce corn, this includes keeping biotech corn traits that are not yet approved in China, such as MIR 162 and Duracade, out of normal commodity streams so that U.S. soybean shipments to China aren’t at risk of rejection due to the USB: Export Customers Commit to Buy $2.3 Billion of U.S. Soy Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:33:24 EDT Milwaukee—Buyers from China at the second-annual, soy-checkoff-funded U.S. Global Trade Exchange have agreed to buy $2.3 billion of U.S. soy totaling 176 million bushels of U.S. soybeans, marking the second consecutive year that the gathering has generated significant export sales for U.S. soybean farmers in their own backyard. “This is very exciting news for U.S. soybean farmers,” says Jim Call, soybean farmer from Minnesota and United Soybean Board (USB) chairman. “This shows that we continue to meet the needs of our international customers, and they’ve certainly taken notice.” The event – where foreign buyers gather in the heart of the American Soybean Co-Alliance Facility Reconstruction in Union Mills, IN on Track Year After Fatal Blast (NWI) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:05:24 EDT Man Rescued From Entrapment in Corn at Brushvale Seed in Brushvale, MN (VNL) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:03:01 EDT Floor Traders Drop Grain Rules Case Against CME Group (Chicago Tribune) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:07:47 EDT Cargill to Close Memphis, TN Corn Milling Facility Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:12:44 EDT Memphis, TN—Cargill will close its Memphis corn milling facility, which employs approximately 440 people, 120 being contract employees, effective January 2015. The closure of the facility results primarily from the underutilization of the Memphis plant and its location away from the corn belt. The corn oil refinery will remain open and operate as a standalone facility to continue to serve customers. For the employees impacted at the plant, Cargill will be offering opportunities to fill positions at other company locations in the region. Those who relocate to positions at other Cargill facilities will receive assistance. For displaced employees, Cargill will provide OSHA Cites Prairie Ag Partners After Worker Dies Due to Engulfment at Lake Preston, SD Facility Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:31 EDT Lake Preston, SD—A 51-year-old worker was fatally injured when he became engulfed in flowing grain in a railcar load-out elevator at Prairie Ag Partners. On March 15, 2014, the incident occurred when the worker attempted to remove a jam from a chute while the auger operated. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Lake Preston-company for one willful, two repeat and eight serious safety violations, many involving OSHA's grain handling, permit-required confined space and fall protection safety regulations. "A worker can be completely submerged in flowing grain within a matter of seconds. "Allowing workers to EPA Extends Comment Period on Performance Standards For Grain Elevators by 30 Days to Nov. 6 (Federal Register) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:11:29 EDT AgFeed Industries to Settle SEC Fraud Case For $18 Million (Tenessean) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:10:56 EDT