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National Grain and Feed supports CFTC spec limits decision

The National Grain and Feed Association said today it “conceptually” supports the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s decision Tuesday on final regulations implementing speculative position limits for agricultural and other commodities under the Dodd-Frank regulatory reform law. Read More...

National Grain hires ex-Congressional staffer

The National Grain and Feed Association has announced that it has hired Elizabeth (Beth) Elliott as director of legislative affairs. Read More...

Grain barges moving again – slowly – on Mississippi

The flooded Mississippi River has been reopened to barges carrying grain headed for export from the Gulf of Mexico, but the Coast Guard ordered travel at the slowest possible speed to alleviate the threat of levee breaches along the way, the Associated Press reported. Read More...

Mississippi closure at Natchez blocking grain barges

Barges moving grain from Midwest farms were stopped on their way to the Gulf of Mexico when the Coast Guard closed the flooded Mississippi River at the port of Natchez, Miss., trying to avoid increasing pressure on already strained levees, the Associated Press reported. Read More...

Grains Council: Japanese mills should recover within months

Agricultural market analysts have issued conflicting reports on the prospects for U.S. sales to Japan following its earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant problems, but the U.S. Grains Council said it expects Japanese industry will be able to regain its normal feed mill production capacity within the next few months. Read More...