World Grain - October 2015 - (Page 46)

FEATURE 'WE'RE IN DIRE STRAITS' N orth America's transportation system needs a master plan. That is the message Dr. Stephen Blank has been trying to deliver to governments, universities and industry in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for years. Blank, special advisor, Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy, University of Ottawa, believes that without a strategic plan for moving commodities such as grain and containers, North America could soon reach a SRLQW ZKHUH WKH LQDELOLW\ WR PRYH IUHLJKW HI¿FLHQWO\ ZLOO limit the ability of farmers and manufacturers to expand their export markets. In a recent blog at, he said: "In the second decade of the 21st century, we understand that transportation infrastructure will be a critical element in shaping our competitiveness in the global arena. But it is also clear that in our national and the continental econoDr. Stephen Blank says the North American rail system is not set up to handle the increased volumes of grain that will need to be transported in the coming decades. Photo by Mayskyphoto/Shutterstock. 46 by Leo Quigley Strategic planning expert says North America's transportation system is in desperate need of a master plan PLHV 1RUWK $PHULFD FRQWLQXHV WR IDFH VLJQL¿FDQW WUDQV SRUWDWLRQ LQIUDVWUXFWXUH GH¿FLWV :H ODFN D YLVLRQ RI DQ HI¿FLHQW VXVWDLQDEOH DQG VHFXUH 1RUWK $PHULFDQ IUHLJKW transportation system for the next decades, and we have failed to create a mechanism to think about, not to say put in place, such a system." In a presentation this spring to the Canola Council of Canada, Blank said he did not doubt the ability of Canadian canola growers to boost production from the present 34.4 bushels per acre to the council's goal of 52 bushels per acre by October 2015 / World Grain /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of World Grain - October 2015

World Grain - October 2015
Table of Contents
From the Editor-in-chief - Precision agriculture versus GMO’s
Calendar of Events
Registration opens for IPPE, Jan. 26-28, 2016
News Review - Louis Dreyfus hires new CEO, ending 17-month search
Ardent Mills finalizes deal to acquire Mondelez facility
Glencore considers selling stake in agricultural unit
Former Cargill executive to lead The Andersons
Flour milling specialist joins KSU faculty
Viterra to acquire oilseed processor
Nisshin plans major expansion of Canadian flour mill
Bunge to acquire Brazilian wheat miller
Cargill executive returns as member of Leadership Team
Woodchip company closer to exporting grain with ACCC decision
Australia plans to standardize, upgrade freight network
The Andersons completes grain facility updates
Mitsubishi to buy 20% share of Olam
Cargill to double capacity at soybean crush facility in Egypt
Grain Market Review - Rice
Country Focus - Indonesia
Feature - Ardent Mills coming into its own
Feature - More than a large number of mills
Feature - Face of Canada’s grain industry changing
The geography of demographic changes in Canadian agriculture
Feature - 'We're in dire straits'
Dr. Stephen Blank profile
Feature - Ship loading/unloading projects flourish
Port News Roundup
Feature - Australia seeks FTA's with Asia
Feature - Grain Market Roundtable
Milling Operations - Whole wheat flour milling, storage challenges
Feature - Global flour trade holding steady
IGC: Industrial use of grains forecast higher in 2015-16
Feature - Protecting the lifeblood of your operation
Technical Profile - Staying in control of mycotoxins
Supplier News
Product Showcase
World Grain Archive
Ad Index/Reader Information Form International Faxback Program

World Grain - October 2015