USGC Urges US Farmers, Handlers, Exporters to Strictly Adhere to Stewardship Program Statement from

February 27, 2014 | Commerce

“The U.S. Grains Council welcomes the announcement of an aggressive stewardship program for the release of Syngenta seed trait Agrisure Duracade to minimize the risk of export trade disruption. It is important for all sectors of the value chain -- individual farmers, technology providers, shippers and exporters alike -- to recognize the potentially significant international implications of their actions. The Council therefore urges producers who choose to plant Agrisure Duracade in 2014 to adhere carefully to their stewardship responsibilities in order to minimize the risk to U.S. export sales.

“Today’s unfortunate reality is that biotechnology approval systems around the world are...

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Ethanol firm to resume production at Valley plant

February 27, 2014

Feb. 27--Sacramento's Pacific Ethanol Inc. has come back.

Five years after mothballing its production plants and placing them in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the pioneering ethanol company announced record earnings Wednesday and said it will restart its Madera plant this spring.

The company brewed its first batch of ethanol at the facility in 2006, which has been idle for five years. It's the last of the four Pacific Ethanol plants to go back into service after horrendous market conditions forced the company into hibernation when the market went into a tailspin.

"We are excited to achieve this important milestone for the company," said President and Chief...

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Kazakhstan reduced grain export by 32 percent last year

February 27, 2014 | Commerce

In 2013 Kazakhstan exported 5.023 million tons of wheat, a 32-percent decrease compared to 2012, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported citing the country's Statistics Agency.

In monetary terms, the wheat export last year amounted to $1.235 billion, a 21.9-percent decrease on-year.

In 2013 Kazakhstan also exported 1.859 million tons of wheat and rye flour (16.2 percent down) worth $575 million (4.3 percent down).

Kazakhstan, one of the world's largest grain exporters, harvested 14.5 million tons of wheat in 2013. In 2012 the harvest was 12.8 million tons. In 2011 the country saw a record high grain harvest at almost 27 million tons.

China may become one of the major sales markets for Kazakh...

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Cargill’s greenfield mill breaks ground in Punjab

February 27, 2014

Bathinda, Feb 26 (IBNS): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal along with Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India and Achyuth Iyengar, Managing Director, Cargill Feed & Nutrition-India broke ceremonial ground on Cargill India's greenfield dairy feed mill in Bathinda in Punjab on Wednesday.

The Rs. 70 crore project by Cargill, the global leader in animal nutrition, will cater to the growing need for quality feed for Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan dairy farmers.

The 1,20,000 MT feed manufacturing plant will encompass an area of 8.5 acres, and use the latest technology from Cargill USA and Cargill Italy feed manufacturing plants.

The project is also expected to generate...

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