GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries House Ag Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management to Hold Public Hearing April 22 to Review Reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:50:01 EDT U.S. Food and Drug Administration Proposed Changes to Its Regulation of Registration of Food Facilities (Federal Register) Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:48:04 EDT Mexico Drops Restrictions on U.S. Beef (Great Falls Tribune) Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:44:45 EDT Minnesota Small Grains Plantings 3.5 Weeks Ahead of 2014 Pace (CBC Minnesota) Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:34:30 EDT Supreme Court of Canada Won't Hear Appeal of Farm Group Seeking to Sue Over CWB Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:28:42 EDT Russian Ag Minister Undecided on Wheat Export Tax Extension Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:06:28 EDT Stripe Rust in Winter Wheat Spreading Early Across Montana; No Icidence Found in ND (Farm & Rabch Guide) Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:04:19 EDT Kansas Corn Planting Will Soon Move Into High Gear, But Drought Persists Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:25:38 EDT Manhattan, KS—Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season. Kansas received just 19% of the amount of moisture it normally receives during March, said Mary Knapp, assistant climatologist with the Kansas Weather Data Library, based at Kansas State University. From January through March, the state received 42 percent of normal moisture. As of April 12, topsoil moisture statewide was rated 56 percent short to very short, 42% adequate, and 2% surplus, according to a weekly report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Subsoil was rated 65 Pictures From April 15 Grain Bin Rescue By Paint Creek Joint EMS and Fire District of Farmer in Highland County, OH Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:08:04 EDT South Louisiana Rail Facility Shipping IP Rice to Mexico (Delta Farm Press) Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:35:26 EDT Opinion: California Agriculture's Use of Water Is Not The Problem (Western Farm Press) Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:28:54 EDT NCGA Urges Swift Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:20:21 EDT Washington, DC—The National Corn Growers Association applauded the introduction today of bipartisan legislation to renew and modernize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015) introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will help open the door to new markets for U.S. goods and services, grow the U.S. economy and support jobs in all 50 states. TPA was last enacted in 2002 and expired in 2007. “Trade benefits American corn and Demolition of Old Stouffville, ON Elevator Imminent As Metrolinx and Mayor Can't Agree On Plan ( Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:18:18 EDT Statement by AFIA CEO/President Joel G. Newman Regarding Introduction of Bipartisan TPA Legislation Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:06:23 EDT The American Feed Industry Association applauds the introduction of bipartisan legislation April 16 to update and renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA was last enacted in 2002 and expired in 2007. It allows the president to negotiate trade agreements, and Congress to set priorities and retain its authority to approve or disapprove those treaties through an up-or-down vote. Following the bill's introduction, AFIA's President and CEO, Joel G. Newman, stated: "AFIA fully supports renewed TPA as called for in the legislation introduced today, which will open doors to new markets for the feed industry [and agriculture as a whole], Illinois Farm Bureau Statement Regarding Illinois House Passage of Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:46:53 EDT The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the House passage of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. “Illinois Farm Bureau applauds the strong House vote in favor of death tax repeal. Today’s action puts our members a step closer to eliminating an unfair tax that jeopardizes the transfer of hard earned assets to the next generation. “Roughly 90 percent of the value of family-owned farms in Illinois is tied to land, buildings and equipment that can’t easily be converted to cash, leaving some farm families unable to cover their enormous Four Injured in Explosion at Co Alliance LLP's La Crosse IN Elevator ( Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:27:41 EDT MGEX Sets Third-Consecutive Record Day for Both Exchange Volume and Electronic Volume Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:15:08 EDT Minneapolis, MNand#151;MGEX, a Designated Contract Market (DCM) and Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO), reports its third-consecutive record day following Wednesday’s activity, as both exchange volume and electronic volume finished in the top 25 for the second-straight day. Electronic volume repeated its effort from Tuesday by cracking the top 10, totaling 16,818 electronic contracts traded, good enough for 10th-best on the all-time charts. Exchange volume reached 18th on the top 20 list, finishing the day at 17,265 contracts traded. Exchange volume has surpassed 11,000 on four of the past five trades dates, increasing the total for the month of April to 102,361 with 11 trade Pete Goetzmann, ADM Grain Co. Vice President Elected Chairman of Kansas Grain and Feed Association Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:44:30 EDT Topeka, KSand#151;The Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) elected Pete Goetzmann, vice president of ADM Grain Company in Overland Park, KS, as its new chairman on Tuesday, April 14 during the organization’s 119th annual meeting in Wichita, KS. Goetzmann was elected by the 16-member board of directors to serve his two-year term as Board Chairman through April 2017. Goetzmann is the 88th industry leader to serve at the helm of KGFA. He also serves on KGFA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Goetzmann previously served two-year terms as first and second vice chairman, respectively. “It is an honor to have been chosen Vote to Unify United Farmers Cooperative, Farmers Elevator Cooperative, and Cooperative Elevator Association Underway, Vote Finalized Next Week ( Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:15:24 EDT Accidental Electrical Fire Destroys The Historic Amenia Elevator Outside Cisco, IL (Video) (Illinois Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:14:47 EDT USDA April WASDE Report Shows Corn Supplies to Be Adequate to Meet 2015 Demand (Farm and Ranch Guide) Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:35:37 EDT Canada Soybean Industry to Receive $225,000 Investment From Government to Expand Market (CBC News) Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:53:14 EDT Stanford University Researcher Predicts Climate Change May Boost Areas Suitable For Double Cropping (Environmental Research Web) Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:48:54 EDT Thief Steals More Than $12,000 Worth of Dekalb Corn Seed From Farm in Eyota, MN (KTTC) Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:39:47 EDT MGEX Records Second Consecutive Top 20 Volume Record Day on April 14 With 17,033 Electronic Contracts Traded Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:27:42 EDT Minneapolis — MGEX, a Designated Contract Market (DCM) and Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO), set a pair of top 20 volume records on Tuesday, including its ninth-highest electronic volume of all-time, finishing the day at 17,033 electronic contracts traded. Total exchange volume reached 17th-best on its daily charts, coming in at 17,687. This is the second-straight day in which a top 20 record has been set by the Exchange, having done so on the electronic charts on Monday, as well. Total volume for the month of April now stands at 85,096 contracts traded. Open interest following Tuesday’s activity was 73,205. For more information,