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Wood chips leaving Maine

Recent sightings of woodchips moving east
to New Brunswick have been shipped to McAdam and Harvey and
through to Welsford on New Brunswick & Maine RR and RailsNB.
A news release by J.D. Irving in early February indicates that the
J.D. Irving Pulp & Paper Division, which consists of the three Saint
- Thomas Jefferson John facilities (Irving Pulp & Paper Mill, Irving Tissue, and Irving
Paper) and Irving’s Lake Utopia Paper near St. George producing
(corrugated medium for packaging) all together exceeded the previous year’s all-time total production shipping sales record with an
Traditional techniques for producing food is not unlike modern additional 10 tonne per day increase. JDI’s forest products are
genetically modified farming, in fact, farmers have led the way in shipping to 20 countries around the globe and sustain a vital road,
creating new traits in livestock and field crops eons before Mendel rail and sea transportation hub from Saint John, NB.

American Sheep Industry
National Lamb Feeders Assoc.

Christopher BARTLETT
Walter BOOMSA
Denise COREY
Lynn CORNISH
Peter COWIN
David DESCHESNE
Keith GIROUX
Chop HARDENBERGH
Bonnie McCREADY
Dana MORSE
Alan MONROE
Bill SAWTELL
Katie STROUT
Fabienne PROST

“Those who labour in
the earth are the chosen
people of God, if ever he
had a chosen people,
whose breasts He has
made His peculiar
deposit for substantial
and genuine virtue. It is
the focus in which He
keeps alive that sacred
fire which otherwise
might escape from the
face of the earth.”

Helping to move rail and port traffic through New York,
New England, the Maritimes & eastern Quebec.
- A contributed column by Chalmers (Chop) Hardenbergh, editor -

Ke

published his studies on peas. Humans have selectively bred
plants and animals - even pets - for tens of thousands of years to
get certain desired traits. Over time, for example, farmers (and
scientists) have bred corn to become larger, to hold more kernels
on an ear, and to flourish in different climates. That process then
and now, altered corn's genes. But until the present, this was not
usually called "genetic engineering." Contrasting such terms
suggests something other than what is, at heart, the same thing.
All food purveyors produce refined, value added foods and “natural” or “organic” term slayings may also be equal words that speak
to the same farming methods, no matter how the farmer dots his
oor crosses his to meet the criteria of purist organic grower
associations who equally refuse to use anything but regular animal
manures or compost, to grow crops. Such hair splitting chit chat is
almost as bad as climate change cliché, GMO or not GMO.
Modern genetic engineering, more specifically, involves direct
cellular manipulation of DNA, and this only first became possible
in the 1970s. This process often takes two different forms: There's
"cisgenesis," which involves directly swapping genes between two
organisms that could otherwise breed — say, from wheat to wheat.
Or there's "transgenesis," which involves taking well-characterspecies (say, bacteria) and transplantized genes from a
ing them into a crop (say, corn) to produce certain desired traits,
such as insect resistance, more kernals per ear, etc. This is not to
say GMO wheat crops affecting nearby heritage wheat is acceptable agronomy, but speaks more for GMO regulations, instead.
Ultimately, genetic engineering tries to accomplish the same
goals as traditional breeding — to create plants and animals with
desired characteristics. But genetic engineering allows even more
fine-tuning. It can be faster than traditional breeding and it allows
engineers to transfer specific genes from one species to another.
In theory, that allows for a much greater array of traits but not
necessarily permanent traits. Most livestock farmers - especially
dairymen - praise the creation of high yield milkers saving fodder
and adding dollars to the bottom line. Most steak lovers would
sooner buy Angus over other breed choice at the meat counter and
again taste and simple meat to the bone ratio are likely some traits
that farmers desire in crossing beef stock. Enjoy your meal but
don’t forget your Angus burger was a crossed GMO as far back as
1735.

Fraser sold lumber mill
The improved but shuttered Fraser mill here has been
sold to Maibec Company based in Levis, Quebec as of late January.
With additional production units located in St. Pamphile and Saint
Theophile de Beauce, Quebec; Maibec is making its first USA mill
investment, reported Kathy McCarty in the Presque Isle
The Masardis mill can produce 100 million board feet per year. The
New Brunswick and Maine RR spur can load center beam lumber
cars, and newer chip cars for moving out chips and is serviced by
north/south secondary roads. Fraser shuttered the mill in 2011 due
to low lumber prices, that have since improved.

Eimskip increases calls
Eimskip, the Atlantic Ocean transport shipping company has added service between Portland and newer European ports
instead of any delay from transshipping containers from Iceland.
The Red Line, which previously sailed between Iceland and Europe,
will combine with the Green Line, which covered the former North
America-Iceland route.

The Green Line route of three vessels will call at as many as three
Icelandic ports to serve Iceland importers and exporters. This
change will increase the total number of voyages per year between
Europe and North America by five, reports transportation correspondent Chop Hardenbergh. The executive director of the Maine
Port Authority, John Henshaw, also reported that calls would increase to one transport every 12 days instead of once every two
weeks. Within five years, Eimskip would like to offer weekly
service, the minimum required to serve “just in time” inventory
management strategies for Maine industry and agriculture. Larus
Isfeld, Eimskip’s manager of operations in North America reports
that as shipping volumes increase from Portland, the company plans
to add more ships rather than increase the size of existing ships.
Boston, New York, and Montreal offer weekly service, which
customers expect and Eimskip wants to bolster Maine with the same
opportunities. Exports from Portland presently include consumer
goods, food stuffs and building supplies from manufacturers
throughout the United States now served by rail and interstate.
Out-Agriculture products from Maine include frozen and processed
food, lobsters, blueberries and potatoes; Port Authority leader John
Henshaw indicates the imports are mostly frozen fish and cryolite
THE GUV
“I was nurtured by Muskie, Curtis and Mitchell perspectives. What (likely from Greenland and is used in insecticides/pesticides manuwe are seeing now is a return to my late father’s era: Solid Yankee- facturing elsewhere in the US).
Puritan Maine hidden behind a Franco-American persona (Paul LePage). What came out of Waterville demands we bone up on Holman
The planning board on February 9 granted condiDay if we are to discover where we are being taken.” - Guy Dubay,
21 Janu- tional approval to Grimmel Company to operate a metals scrap yard
Madawaska in a letter to the editor,
here for both trucking and rail import/export based next to the
ary, 2015.
Central Maine and Quebec Railroad ocean port facility.
“Some may ask why greater attention was not paid to the breakwater’s
Another notion to establish an industrial and large-scale biomass
condition before the collapse December 4, but the port authority had
been working for several years to attract funding for rebuilding the export facility at Searsport is not dependant upon a yea or nay vote
pier and tried to maintain the structure and also allow fishermen to for a pending moratorium vote at Prospect as the developer, Arthur
continue to make their living. As fishermen, Navy ships, cruise ship House, has indicated another nearby town has interest in locating
visits are displaced and reshuffled while the rebuild takes place, we his chip processing plant in addition to the new owner of the
ask for patience as new berthing is found and improved to mark the Bucksport paper mill that wants to site that chipper facility there.
present day sacrifices that will one day provide an immeasurable gift
for our children and grandchildren. - Edward French, editor
A University of Maine study for the the proposed new
, Eastport.
bridge to Eastport, notes the Maine Department of Transportation
Maine officials say there is a record level of interest among farms in will fund more than $19,000 for the study, and the Port Authority
licenses to sell dairy products. Officials say recent requests for inspec- will contract for $5000 additional subcontract as part of it’s
tions point to an upcoming substantial increase in the number of retail agreement.The project will include a highway and new port rail line.
dairy licenses issued. The number of licenses issued stands at 134. ThThere has been a request to import wood chips through Eastport
The state agency says the surge in interest reflects the growing num- from Canada or So America that does not require phytosanitation
ber of farms producing artisanal cheeses and raw milk products. State under US rules. This is different from the other request to export
agriculture officials say 17 farms have contacted dairy inspectors to phytosanitatized Maine produced chips to Ireland in future. That
have an inspection performed. Another 20 have inquired about an project is on hold seeking a new and better lender for an economic
inspection, as reported by the
.
loan guarantee between the shipper and the Port Authority.

Chips, metals to boost Searsport

Chips to Eastport, New bridge