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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Easing embargo on Cuba a world gain A s delighted as the grain industry may be with the action of President Obama in moving to ease trade restrictions on Cuba, it continues to be important to appreciate why the embargo was grain that competed with wheat-based foods for the favor of Cuban consumers and tour- because the Communist regime of Fidel Ward, who best described the embargo when the 1960s, seized property in Cuba owned - as they could source rice and other products from around the world, but rather on the rice nesses that had operated for years based on trade and tourist travel between the United cut them out of one of the world's top mar- stood at that time as the largest Caribbean importer of food and one of the largest in doubtful with Republican majorities in both houses, the administration took action to change banking and cash payment require- came as Washington's response to Cuba's property takeovers, which are currently es- been exempted from the trade embargo for some time but complicated payment rules had and rice could reach as high as 90%, which is the average share for most Caribbean nations leader of the country, in taking a few steps to release prisoners in response to President Obama's overtures, has shown no willingness to enter into arbitration about seized Except for spokesmen representing the viewpoint of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Florida, support is widespread for this surprising action undertaken by the administra- prompted speculation about the possibilities of future talks by people and companies who have formal claims, but it also is generally agreed that such talks are going to be long as steps toward trade liberalization are parts of the deal undertaken by Washington, and these are seen as steps that importantly eliminate the excuses the Castros have used to Based on recent annual imports of wheat, primarily from Canada and the European Union, of more than 525,000 tonnes, Cuba's mills have yearly milling capacity of between threat lifted, it will no longer be possible for Cuba to press for the sympathy of some of its fellow Latin nations which join it in antithan these economic and diplomatic gains is how this stands as another positive step for per capita consumption is considerably lower 8 Charles Sosland Dan Flavin Adam Ungashick EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Editor Managing Editor Editor European Editor China Consultant Designer Morton I. Sosland Arvin Donley Meyer Sosland Susan Reidy Chris Lyddon Fengcheng Wang Ryan Alcantara While the embargo's shutdown requires Recalling what happened nearly 60 years ago is powerfully countered by realizing that the trade embargo itself has done quite literally nothing to prompt a change in Cuba the regime's emphasis on restraining imports and forcing the population to rely for food on what can be produced on a Caribbean island Chairman Publisher Sales Morton I. Sosland Editor-in-chief PUBLISHING STAFF Vice-Chairman L. Joshua Sosland President and Publishing Director Mark Sabo Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Melanie Hepperly Audience Development Director Don Keating Director of On-line Advertising and Promotions Carrie Fluegge Promotions Manager Lon Davis Director of e-Business Jon Hall Advertising Manager Advertising Coordinator Advertising Materials Coordinator Digital Systems Analyst Circulation Manager Nora Wages Chelsea Bulmer Debbie Maniez Marj Potts Whitney Forrester WORLD GRAIN (ISSN 0745-8991) Volume 33, issue 2, is published monthly by Sosland Publishing Co., 4801 Main Street, Suite 650, Kansas City, MO 64112 U.S. Periodicals postage paid at Kansas City, MO 64108 U.S. and additional mailing offices. Canada Post International Publications Mail (Canada Distribution) Sales Agreement Number 40612608. Send returns (Canada) to Pitney Bowes International, P.O. Box 25542, London, ON, N6C 6B2. Printed in the USA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to WORLD GRAIN, PO Box 324, Congers, NY 10920-0324. © Sosland Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Reproduction of the whole or any part of the contents without written permission is prohibited. WORLD GRAIN assumes no responsibility for the validity of claims in items reported. Sosland Publishing Co. is a division of Sosland Companies. Inc. Editorial and advertising inquiries should be directed to our world headquarters at 4801 Main St., Suite 650, Kansas City, Missouri 64112 U.S. Tel: 1-816-756-1000, Fax: 1-816-756-0494 or E-mail Requests for reprints of articles should be sent to or call 1-816-756-1000. February 2015 / World Grain /

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World Grain - February 2015
Table of Contents
From the Editor-in-chief - Easing embargo on Cuba a world gain
Calendar of Events
119th Annual IAOM Conference and Expo
News Review - NIBULON reports record grain, oil crop exports
Nidera building silo on Danube in Romania
Algeria’s cereal imports increase by $3.5 billion
ADM strengthens Unilever relationship
Cargill’s net earnings up 41%
Grain, biofuel shipments surge at Port of Prince Rupert
CHS reports 56% increase in first-quarter earnings
KSU names Grain Science and Industry Department head
Port of Paranaguá sets record for grain handling
Bullish economics may force grain prices lower
IGC forecasts world wheat production at 701 million tonnes
Carr’s Milling profit up on strong performance
Bay State Milling expanding in Arizona
AGRANA earnings drop 25%
Canada introduces act to modernize grain industry
Grain Market Review - Rice
Country Focus - Syria
Feature - Ethiopia Striving for Grain Surpluses
Feature - CWB Taken off Life Support
CWB's Asset List
Feature - Europe's Largest Port Keeps Growing
Deep History
Feature - Grain Experts Analyze Black Sea
Feature - Investment analysts guarded about 2015
Feature - Another year of advances
Rice Quarterly - Milling Properties of Commingled Rice
Vietnam’s outlook for rice exports mediocre for 2015
Myanmar’s rice exports to China surge
African countries focus on boosting rice production
Thai rice exports to dominate
Feature - U.K. Milling Industry checking for soy in flour
Feed Operations - Upgrade ideas for your feed mill
Feature - Comparing Major Soybean Exporters
Feature - The importance of Landscaping
Feature - Global feed tonnage increases
Supplier News
Product Showcase
World Grain Archive
Ad Index/Reader Information Form International Faxback Program

World Grain - February 2015