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FEATURE: 'WE'RE IN DIRE STRAITS' 2015, but said growers should be concerned that years of underinvestment in North America's transportation network KDYH QRW RQO\ PDGH LW GLI¿FXOW WR NHHS up with routine maintenance, but impossible to accommodate the growth looming on the horizon. NORTH AMERICA NOT PREPARED In an interview with World Grain, Blank was asked if North America is prepared to handle the demand for goods and foodstuffs that will soon be train will carry about 200 containers or 250 maximum. A lot of North American railways are single track now - having torn up the second track in the 1970s - and the lay-bys (sidings) are a mile long. You can't have trains that are longer than you can put on the lay-by. "So you divide 12,000 or 13,000 by 250 containers and you've got a lot of trains. And the guys that carry the stuff out aren't always the guys that carry the stuff in, so we're talking about a multiple of at least 1 1/2. And, you "You can look at every transportation institute in North America and none of them are working on North American stuff. We have this huge asset that should be focused on these issues and they aren't focused at all." - Dr. Stephen Blank coming from developing countries and a growing population worldwide, and his answer was an emphatic no. "What is interesting here is the fact that people think about ships - 12,000 or 14,000 TEUs - but they really don't think enough about the land side. A unit need space. You can't load 12,000 or 14,000 or 18,000 containers directly off of a ship onto a train. You need a place to stack the stuff. "So when you think of the number of trains that have to get into a terminal, plus trucks, it's just not possible. Dr. Stephen Blank profile Dr. Stephen Blank is a well-known and respected expert in strategic planning on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border and internationally. His education and experience have contributed to a long list of institutions and groups, particularly those involved in strategic planning. His education includes: Dartmouth College (BA); Cambridge University (Certificate in Historical Studies); Harvard University (MA, PhD), Teaching Fellow, Dudley House Fellow. He is currently special advisor, Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy, University of Ottawa and senior fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Ottawa. He has also served in many other capacities during his long and distinguished career, including assistant professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh; 48 director, Council for Western European Studies (Ford Foundation); International Affairs Fellowship, Council on Foreign Relations (Nuffield College, Oxford and Chatham House); research director, Multinational Corporate Conduct Project; director, International Political and Social Analysis Program, the Conference Board of New York; visiting lecturer, School of Organization & Management, Yale University; Founding Partner, MultiNational Strategies Inc. His involvement in the academic community, government and private industry has also gained Blank with a long list of honors and awards, including the North American Citizen Award granted by the North American Center for Transborder Studies, Arizona State University, in 2009, and the North America Works Award granted by the North America Works Annual Conference, also in 2009. Moreover, in most places there's very little space. In Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles and Long Beach, there's very little space. The land has become much more valuable for condos." In addition to a lack of space, there'll be restricted rail capacity, huge surges in KLJKZD\WUDI¿FDQGYLVLWVWRIHZHU:HVW Coast ports. Blank is also concerned that in both Canada and the U.S., the issue has shifted from building infrastructure to cutting government spending and cutting taxes. In Canada and the U.S., he said, WKHUH¶V EDUHO\ HQRXJK IXQGLQJ WR ¿[ potholes rather than think strategically. "There's going to be no money left for strategic thinking," he said. In addition, he said, if anything is done it's going to be "shovel-ready jobs" and not looking at the big picture. "You can look at every transportation institute in North America and none of them are working on North American stuff," he said. "We have this huge asset that should be focused on these issues, and they aren't focused at all." Blank's concern is that North American farmers and manufacturers will gradually lose competitiveness "right across the board." And while VRPH EXVLQHVVHV ZLOO ¿QG D ZD\ WR compete, many won't. While there are projects, such as WKH $VLD 3DFL¿F &RUULGRU LQ :HVWHUQ Canada, that have worked and provide an example of the federal and provincial governments and industry working together on a project, Blank is concerned about the Trans Canada Highway that is still a single lane in some areas, and he says the level of maintenance is dropping. Another trouble spot is the CN Rail's connection between the Port of Prince Rupert and the U.S Midwest WKDWJRHVWKURXJK&KLFDJR,IUDLOWUDI¿F YROXPHVLQFUHDVHVLJQL¿FDQWO\&KLFDJR will be overwhelmed, and it will become "impossible" to move the containers further south, he said. Blank said the only way to design a North American rail system for the 21st 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