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Ocean container carrier group OCEMA supports terminal weighing approach for VGM compliance; MSA urges shippers, forwarders to be aware of VGM requirements, best compliance options for each port (06/20/2016)

Long Beach, CA – News was being made on the spot at the Agriculture Transportation Coalition’s (AgTC) 2016 annual meeting here last week, which was attended by several Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) staff and members. The imminent issue (and ever-evolving) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) mandatory reporting of a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) container weight before containers will be loaded on to ships -- was a central focus of the meeting. Now, less than two-weeks from its implementation deadline on July 1, the SOLAS issue took another turn – one more favorable for export shippers – at the AgTC meeting.

SOLAS deadline nears; still clearer picture needed on implementation - DTN (06/20/2016)

The agriculture market news service DTN today ran a background report by blogger Mary Kennedy on the SOLAS container weight reporting issue for ag export shippers. Kennedy reported, including comments from the Midwest Shippers Association, that SOLAS compliance measures are still not entirely clear across the board – (although MSA expects new information will be forthcoming in the next few days leading up to the July 1 mandatory reporting deadline facing container shippers worldwide).

PMA President tells AgTC conference U.S. government won’t allow another West Coast port crisis (06/20/2016)

LONG BEACH — The head of the group representing U.S. West Coast waterfront employers told shippers attending the Agriculture Transportation Coalition annual meeting last Friday that the federal government and shipping public won’t again allow negotiations with longshoremen to go down the tortuous path that led to containerized supply chain disruption in 2014 and 2015, the Journal of Commerce (JOC) reported June 19.

British farmers crave independence but fear cost of EU exit (06/20/2016)

CAPEL-LE-FERNE, England — Rob Warnock is a proud British farmer and the son of a proud British farmer, and he hopes his son will follow in his footsteps one day. He’s also a European Union farmer, but that is not a legacy Warnock wants to pass on to his 6-year-old son. Warnock plans to vote this week for Britain to leave the EU, even though it could cost his struggling dairy business dear.

Farmed shrimp can thrive on soy, canola meal blend: Malaysian team (06/20/2016)

A vegetable-based diet blend of soy meal and canola meal protects shrimp growth and feed utilization, say researchers, Food Navigator-Asia reports.

Safflower-infused muffins a potential aid for weight loss: Study (06/20/2016)

Eating muffins made with safflower oil may help individuals lose more weight and receive greater improvements in cardiovascular health, a study has determined. The study by a team from the University of Maryland used a muffin recipe specifically developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Remarkably, 25 percent of the subjects who had metabolic syndrome (MetS) and switched to the plant-based polyunsaturated fat safflower oil, were found to be metabolically normal after the study, compared to 10 percent of the individuals, who were consuming monounsaturated fats. Safflower oil can be sourced from Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) members.

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