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Officials apologize to grain industry for lack of action in Port of Vancouver labor dispute
At a May 5 hearing on the reauthorization of the Grain Standards Act, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and grain industry officials were unusually critical of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s performance last summer when it refused to step in and provide export grain inspection services for 36 days during a labor dispute in the Port of Vancouver.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - - News

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Woman who worked at American Crystal during labor dispute wins sexual harassment case
A Mississippi woman who worked at an American Crystal Sugar Co. plant during a labor dispute won nearly $140,000 in damages through a sexual harassment lawsuit last week.
Wednesday, June, 03, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Grain inspections to resume at Port of Vancouver
A tentative agreement has been reached in a long running labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Northwest Grain Cos.
Tuesday, August, 12, 2014 - - News

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West Coast labor disputes hurt Minn. exporters
Every month, Brushvale Seed in Breckenridge, Minn., typically prepares to ship about 100 containers of specialty soybeans to overseas customers. In recent years, the company has cashed in on Minnesota’s growing status as a top exporter of agricultural products. At $2.2 billion in 2012, soybeans were the state’s top agricultural export, with half of the state’s crop going overseas.
Friday, November, 14, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Christmas tree shipments to Asia threatened
SEATTLE — A slowdown at a busy Washington state port amid a labor dispute could mean that thousands of Christmas trees grown in the Pacific Northwest will not be shipped in time to meet holiday demand in Asia, industry officials say.
Monday, November, 24, 2014 - Reuters - News

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ConAgra reports better-than-expected profit, raises forecast
ConAgra Foods Inc, the maker of Slim Jim beef jerky and Chef Boyardee pasta, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit due to cost cuts and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast.
Thursday, March, 26, 2015 - Reuters - News

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West Coast ports reopen as labor secretary arrives for talks
West Coast ports that were closed to incoming cargo vessels during the holiday weekend reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions.
Tuesday, February, 17, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Argentine soybean market paralyzed as exporters demand solution to strikes
The soy market in Argentina's pivotal grains hub was virtually paralyzed for the fourth day on Thursday as most exporters refrained from purchases in a bid to pressure the government to resolve a nearly three-week long strike among crushing workers.
Thursday, May, 21, 2015 - - News

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U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute
U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Tuesday urged shipping company executives and union leaders for 20,000 dockworkers to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of clogged cargo traffic and other disruptions at 29 West Coast ports.
Wednesday, February, 18, 2015 - Reuters - News

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House passes grain standards, mandatory price reporting
The House passed three agricultural measures this week by voice vote: H.R. 2051, the Mandatory Price Reporting Act; H.R. 2088, the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act; and H.R. 2394, the National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act.
Friday, June, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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As deadly pig virus wanes, bacon prices shrink
CHICAGO - U.S. pork belly prices are likely to fall further into the summer as supplies climb, now that farmers have finally controlled a deadly virus that wiped out millions of pigs, analysts said.
Wednesday, April, 01, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. wheat eases as dollar curbs weather rally
SINGAPORE/PARIS - Chicago wheat futures edged lower on Tuesday as traders awaited a government crop update to assess any damage from heavy rain, while a rising dollar put pressure on U.S. commodities.
Tuesday, May, 26, 2015 - Reuters - News

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BNSF denies reports of terminal closures
FARGO, N.D. — Regional exporters that deal in value-added ag product shipments say their container shipments have been disrupted by rail restrictions in St. Paul and Chicago container loading yards.
Thursday, November, 06, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Senate Ag Committee reauthorizes grain standards act with Heitkamp amendment
he U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on May 21 passed the U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., included an amendment that could lead to better access to Canadian wheat and barley markets for U.S. farmers near the border.
Thursday, May, 21, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Pressure mounts on shippers, union to settle West Coast ports dispute
The U.S. labor secretary joined congressional leaders and three governors on Feb. 18 in pressing shipping lines and the dockworkers’ union to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil clogging cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.
Thursday, February, 19, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Growing US hog herd, flat Chinese demand slams pork prices
For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what he hopes will be a more profitable crop: Pigs.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. economy stumbles in first quarter as weather, low energy prices weigh
WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth nearly stalled in the first quarter as harsh weather dampened consumer spending and energy companies struggling with low prices slashed spending.
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Reuters - News

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North Dakota will benefit from a crop insurance program, a North Dakota man who neglected horses violates his probation and a Minnesota cattle grouped names a new leader.
Monday, August, 18, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Slow corn market shifts rail demand
FARGO, N.D. — Demand for grain cars is shifting as corn markets continue to slump, delaying shipments until later in the winter or spring.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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