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Midwest Shippers Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting set for September 15 – next Monday – in Milwaukee, WI (09/08/2014)

The Midwest Shippers Association’s official 2014 Annual Meeting will be held next Monday, September 15 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel. The meeting will be held in conjunction with MSA’s annual Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show and the USSEC U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange that starts that evening and runs through September 18.

Grain shipments rise on St. Lawrence Seaway amid rail turmoil (09/08/2014)

Rail service delays may have spurred some grain shippers to divert cargo to barge services, as volume on the St. Lawrence Seaway rose 3 percent year-over-year in the April through August period, according to an on-line report in the Journal of Commerce September 8.

No crash in U.S. farm land seen despite tumbling grain prices (09/08/2014)

CHICAGO - David Fullington paid a "ridiculous" price of $13,600 an acre for a 200-acre farm in Illinois within the last year and says he and his partners would probably bid again for prime land that is in tight supply, despite tumbling grain prices. "No regrets at all," Fullington said of the purchase of his neighbor's land, now farmed by a son of one of his partners. U.S. policymakers and bankers had feared a repeat this year, but instead, U.S. farmland prices are already up 8 percent as of Aug. 1 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Reuters reports.

U.S. GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year over 2013 (09/08/2014)

Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released last week, Reuters reports.

BNSF-Tacoma Rail short line contract could give Port of Tacoma a boost (09/08/2014)

A new contract between BNSF and Tacoma Rail, Tacoma’s Tide flats shortline railroad could give the Port of Tacoma an edge over rival ports, Tacoma’s News Tribune reports.

Still time to register for the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange - USSEC-MSA conference in Milwaukee – starts two weeks from today (09/01/2014)

There’s still time to register to attend the upcoming international joint conference of the U.S. Soybean Export Council and Midwest Shippers Association – the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and the Midwest Specialty Grains Conference – in Milwaukee. It’s just two weeks away for the September 15-18 conference and trade show

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