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Logistical concerns due to the possible Oroville Dam collapse has the rail markets in turmoil, Loss of the northern gateway track could be enormous. Millrun Prices stand out and the fact that soybean meal is cheaper than Canola should also start working in rations.

 
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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 - 7-DAY ACCUMULATED PRECIP
Monday, Feb 13, 2017 - Oroville Dam Evacuation Impacting Operations
Union Pacific - Oroville Dam Evacuation Impacting Operations
Announcement Number: CN2017-13 -  2-13-2017
To Our Customers,
The Oroville California Dam, the tallest dam in the United States, has experienced a hole in the spillway, which could lead to dangerous flooding. As a precaution nearly 200,000 people were evacuated Sunday. We are currently unable to run trains and provide local service between Roseville, Chico and Oroville, California. We are watching the situation closely to determine if trains will need to be rerouted around the closures. Traffic moving between Oregon, Washington and Southern California will experience delays due to the threat of the Oroville Dam situation. Customers can expect delays of 48 hours or more on shipments in the affected area.
Other Delays in the Western Region

We continue to see flooding conditions in Northern and Central California, Northern Nevada and Northwest Utah. Union Pacific tracks are out of service between Oroville, California to Winnemucca, Nevada and from Elko, Nevada to Ogden, Utah due to sections of tracks that have been washed out. Trains approaching the flood-impacted areas are being rerouted between Roseville, California and Salt Lake City, Utah to minimize delays. Water has started to recede and our crews and contractors are working safely and diligently to restore the outages back to service. At this time, customer shipments may experience delays between 48-72 hours.

At Union Pacific, safety is our top priority. While we will always do everything we can to recover operations, the safety of our employees and the communities we serve will always be our primary concern.
Thank you for your business. Please contact the National Customer Service Center or your Union Pacific representative with any questions.


Thursday, Jan 17, 2017 - US Exports of DDG's to China
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Monday, Dec 5, 2016 “This is why we went up today, Speculators look at these charts and trade off this, the real world doesn’t matter.”.

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Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 - In Memoriam - Bob Gilbert of Oakdale - Feed Company Owner and Agriculture advocate passes at 93.

Bob Gilbert

Bob Gilbert, who led the Oakdale feed company founded by his father in 1892, and was a leading advocate for California farmers,
  died Sunday at 93. He was the last surviving child of Amos Lawrence Gilbert, who founded A.L. Gilbert on North Yosemite Avenue.
  It continues to operate there and along Highway 99 in Keyes, providing feed for cattle, poultry and other livestock. Mr. Gilbert helped develop modern feeding practices and worked on behalf of farmers dealing with low milk prices and other concerns. His numerous honors included Agriculturist of the Year from the California State Fair in 2011.

“Bob has an uncanny memory, a wonderful fatherly personality and many connections,” said a letter to the selection committee from Robert Kelley, president of James J. Stevinson Corp., a farming operation in Merced County. “He has always been respected and listened to.” Mr. Gilbert was a pioneer in contracting for Midwestern feed and in mixing corn and other grains with supplements to meet the specific needs of livestock
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“It’s very scientific,” he said in a 2005 interview. “It’s more scientific than what people eat.”
That story was on the occasion of the company’s induction into the Stanislaus County Agricultural Hall of Fame. This year, the Gilbert family received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Gilbert was on the advisory board for the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a degree in agricultural economics. He served as a Navy officer in the Pacific in World War II.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 -  Canadian Canola Shipments To China Hit 5-Year High

Canada shipped 415,000 tonnes of canola meal to China from January through August, the most since 2011 and following zero shipments last year, according to Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA). The shipments are worth C$132.1 million. Stronger canola meal demand from China comes as Canadian crushers steadily expand capacity. Cargill opened last year a new Alberta plant, and Richardson International is expanding a facility in the province. Canadian canola crush margins last week were more than double those of a year ago, ICE Futures Canada said. China's canola meal demand reflects a trade dispute through much of this year between Canada and China over canola seed. The dispute created additional demand for canola meal until it was resolved in September. Beijing also announced in September anti-subsidy duties on imports of U.S. animal feed ingredient distillers' dried grains (DDGs), which looks to build demand for canola meal if China's stance against DDGs remains (Source: Reuters)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 -  Canada’s Big Crop Prospects Raise Fears About Grain-Handling

Farmers are growing the biggest Canadian harvests of wheat and canola in several years, despite stormy summer weather, a Reuters survey of 14 traders and analysts showed ahead of the government's first production report of the year. Expectations for big crops, due to mostly favorable growing conditions since spring, have raised concerns about whether the grain-handling system and railways will have ample capacity to move them smoothly. The survey forecast, on average, all-wheat production at 30.4 million metric tons, the largest crop in three years and up +10% from a year ago. The increase is mainly due to big output of durum. Canola production is on track for 18.1 million metric tons, the second-largest Canadian harvest ever, and up +5% year over year, traders expect. (Source: Reuters)

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NATIONAL DAIRY MARKET NEWS AT A GLANCE - For the week of May 4-8, 2015

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