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Archive for February, 2013

Major Speakers Confirmed NGFA’s 117th Annual Convention in San Francisco

Major speakers have been confirmed for NGFA’s upcoming 117th annual convention – this year in San Francisco. Speakers include: The Honorable Bart Chilton, commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Darci Vetter, USDA deputy under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services Chris Policinski, president and CEO, Land O’Lakes Inc. Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity […]

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2012 Senate-Passed Version of Farm Bill Re-Introduced

On Jan. 22, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., re-introduced the 2012 Senate-passed version of the five-year farm bill, calling it a “revolutionary piece of legislation.” Reid said he plans to take up the bill, but did not give a timetable. The new farm bill (S.10) has a low bill number, which signals that it […]

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Immigration Teed Up for Reform During 113th Congress

The House Judiciary Committee met Feb. 5 to hold the first immigration reform legislative hearing for the 113th Congress. Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., referred to a citizenship path for the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants as “extreme,” and instead staked out a middle ground option – pushing an approach that could include legal […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Additional States Considering Biotech Labeling Requirements

Even though the California ballot initiative to require labeling of biotechnology-enhanced foods was rejected during the November election, a similar voter initiative has been mounted in Washington state. On Jan. 3, supporters submitted about 350,000 voter signatures to the Washington secretary of state’s office to place the question on the state’s ballot. About 241,000 certified […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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EPA to Work with Monsanto to Address Corn Rootworm Resistance Issue

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Jan. 17 issued a memorandum stating that it will be working with Monsanto Co. to “take several actions to address concerns” related to the potential emergence of corn rootworm resistance to the firm’s biotechnology-enhanced Cry3Bb1 Bt corn trait. The agency said based on various data sources, its Insect Resistance […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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AAFCO Meeting Focuses on Feed Safety, Labeling Issues

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) meeting on Jan. 22-24 in Albuquerque focused on various feed safety and labeling issues of importance to the animal feed and pet food industries.  During the AAFCO Feed and Feed Ingredient Committee meeting, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that proposed regulations for animal […]

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Posted in: Feed, Newsletter

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K-State Offers Feed HACCP Short Course

The NGFA is pleased to team up with Kansas State University’s International Grains Program to present a Feed Manufacturing Short Course, which is designed to provide training and education on developing a hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) plan for all sectors of the feed industry. The Feed HACCP Short Course, which will be […]

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Posted in: Education and Training, Newsletter

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FDA To Conduct Public Meetings on Implementing Food Safety Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it will conduct three public meetings to discuss proposed rules that would implement provisions within the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which would establish standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce for human consumption, as well as for current good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis and […]

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FDA Announces Final Rule on Administrative Detention of Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Feb. 4 announced a final rule that amends criteria the agency uses to remove from distribution potentially unsafe food. FDA issued the final rule under authority provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Provisions within FSMA expanded FDA’s right to administratively detain food, which includes all […]

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OSHA’s Rolling Rail Car Fall Protection Policy Still Unclear

In a recent settlement, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dropped a citation against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain and Inspection Service (FGIS) for not providing fall protection to its employees who were conducting work on top of rolling rail cars. However, the agency did not rescind three other citations related to […]

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