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Articles of Interest – Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Articles of Interest – Wednesday, October 17, 2018

U.S. Wheat Exports to Rise in Second Half of Season
Successful Farming 
– 10/16/2018
U.S. wheat exports look set for a strong second half of the 2018/19 season when shipments from Russia are expected to slow, the chairman of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agricultural Outlook Board said on Tuesday. The USDA is forecasting U.S. wheat exports in the 2018/19 season will rise to 27.9 million tonnes, up from 24.52 million tonnes in the previous season. “For us, the Russian export pace will slow, either priced out (of export markets) or because of a change in policy, so our exports will be weighted to the second half of the year,” the World Agricultural Outlook Board’s Seth Meyer said on the sidelines of a grains conference in London.

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Brazil Mill Says Russian Wheat Buy Was Good, Would Buy More At Right Price
Successful Farming 
– 10/16/2018
One of the three Brazilian wheat mills involved in a deal to import a cargo of Russian wheat this year, the first such deal since 2010, said the quality was good and that it would possibly buy again if the price is right. Earlier this year, Brazilian wheat mills J Macedo, Dias Branco and Grande Moinho Cearense made a joint purchase of 25,000 tonnes of Russian wheat via the Kaliningrad port for discharge in the Northeast Brazilian port of Fortaleza. The deal was only possible after the governments of Brazil and Russia signed a phytosanitary protocol late last year, removing a ban that was in place for several years to avoid risks to Brazilian plantations.

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U.S. Sets New Trade Talks With EU, Japan, Britain
Yahoo 
– 10/16/2018
US officials announced Tuesday negotiations for separate trade agreements with Britain, the European Union and Japan as part of efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to rebalance global commerce. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the three separate trade agreements. “We are committed to concluding these negotiations with timely and substantive results for American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses,” Lighthizer said in a statement.

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Arcadia Bioscience Receives U.S. Patent for Extended Shelf Life Wheat Trait Designed to Increase Whole Grain Consumption and Minimize Waste
Seed Today 
– 10/16/2018
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural food ingredient company, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent for extended shelf life wheat, the newest trait in Arcadia’s non-genetically modified (non-GM) GoodWheatTM portfolio. US Patent No. 10,087,455, entitled “Wheat With Reduced Lipoxygenase Activity,” covers this new technology which extends the storage life of whole wheat flour by minimizing oxidation. This new trait was designed to promote whole wheat consumption by improving the shelf life and taste of whole grain wheat products.

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Q&A: How Biofortification Could Improve Wheat’s Nutritional Qualities
Baking Business – 10/16/2018

While walking home one day, Robert Graybosch found himself in what he describes as a philosophical mood. He was nearing the end of his career and wanted to use the remaining years he had as a research geneticist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service to make an impact. “I just thought to myself, ‘why not try to do something to alleviate at least one ill in the world?’’’ Dr. Graybosch said.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates