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The Weekly Grind – August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014

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NAMA NEWS

VALENTINE RESIGNS POST AT NAMA

The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) announced this week that Lyndsey Valentine has resigned from her post as manager of communications and administration to pursue a career as an independent contractor working in conjunction with kinnaird + mangan, a marketing and communications company in the Washington, DC area.  Ms. Valentine began her career with NAMA in 2011 as an administrative assistant and was promoted to manager of communications and administration earlier this year.  NAMA would like to wish Ms. Valentine the very best in her next endeavor.  Her last day will be Friday, August 29.


INDUSTRY NEWS

GMO FOOD LABELING INITIATIVE APPROVED FOR COLORADO BALLOT PROPOSITION

The Denver Post, by Jesse Paul, August 20, 2014

A proposition seeking the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms will be on the November ballot, the Colorado Secretary of State said Wednesday.  Signatures were verified for the ballot initiative — Proposition 105 — according to the group, meaning the question will go before voters in this year’s elections.  “We did it!” Right to Know Colorado, which is backing the effort, said in a Facebook post.  The proposition is now one of four that will be on the November ballot, including one asking voters to recognize unborn children as persons and another establishing an education fund financed by expanded gaming at horse racetracks.  To view the entire The Denver Post article, visit http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26372217/gmo-food-labeling-initiative-approved-colorado-ballot-proposition.

CARGILL ‘DELIVERING RESPONSIBLY’ ON FOOD

Food Business News, By Eric Schroeder, August 20, 2014

Producing and transporting food is a staple of Cargill’s business, and in fiscal 2014 the Minneapolis-based company invested $3.2 billion in assets and facilities to help it more efficiently move food from where it is grown and processed to where it is needed. The investment was one of many initiatives underscored in the company’s 2014 corporate responsibility report issued Aug. 20 entitled “Delivering Responsibly in the Global Food System.”  “The global food system is being challenged to provide safe, nutritious and affordable food for everyone — and we all want confidence that our food is grown, processed and distributed responsibly,” said Greg Page, executive chairman of Cargill. “Our goal is to help make the system better, more resilient and up to the challenge of producing more food with the same or fewer natural resources for a world that is more populous, more urban and more affluent.”  To view the entire Food Business News article, visit http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/Business_News/2014/08/Cargill_delivering_responsibly.aspx?ID=%7B9438C2C8-D9CB-484D-8FCA-9CEFD95A069C%7D.

UPDATE 2 – UKRAINE TO LOSE 15 PCT OF GRAIN CROP IN VIOLENCE-HIT REGIONS

Reuters, August 19, 2014

Ukraine will lose 15 percent of its grain crop in two violence-hit regions in the country’s east, a spokesman for Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.  The former Soviet republic, expected to be the world’s second-largest grain exporter in the 2014/15 marketing year, has suffered major disruption since a pro-Russian uprising erupted in its eastern regions several months ago.  Earlier on Tuesday, Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Yatseniuk as saying Ukraine would lose 15 percent of its grain harvest due to the fighting and Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula earlier this year.  To view the entire Reuters article, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/19/ukraine-crisis-grains-idUSL5N0QP36420140819.

STB SCHEDULES SEPTEMBER HEARING IN NORTH DAKOTA TO ADDRESS RAIL SERVICE ISSUES

Progressive Railroading, August 19, 2014

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) yesterday announced plans to hold a public field hearing on Sept. 4 in Fargo, N.D., to provide interested parties the opportunity to discuss rail service problems associated with certain agricultural products, primarily grain.  In addition, the hearing will include updates from BNSF Railway Co. and Canadian Pacific executives on their respective railroad’s efforts to address service problems, and a discussion on additional options to improve rail service, STB officials said in a press release.  The board has directed BNSF and CP officials to appear at the hearing, which will be open to the public. The STB also invited representatives from impacted shippers, other Class Is and other affected carriers to attend.  To view the entire Progressive Railroading article, visit http://www.progressiverailroading.com/bnsf_railway/news/STB-schedules-September-hearing-in-North-Dakota-to-address-rail-service-issues–41530.

U.S. FARMERS FIGHT POISONOUS WHEAT FUNGUS WITH CLEANING, WAITING

Reuters, By Meredith Davis, August 18, 2014

Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. But this year, Wiechert is doing big business after harvest: cleaning fungus off wheat so farmers can sell it.  The “head scab” fungus can produce vomitoxin, a chemical that is poisonous to humans and livestock when consumed at high levels. This year, soft red winter wheat has been hit badly by the fungus, which develops when it rains during the crop’s key growing period.  Head scab, which scientists call fusarium head blight, can hit profits of farmers and grain handlers hard, while raising costs for bread and cereal makers.  To view the entire Reuters article, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/18/us-usa-wheat-scab-idUSKBN0GI0AS20140818.

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