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GIPSA Currently Does Not Intend to Develop Testing Methods for Recently Discovered Biotech Wheat Event

The recent discovery of biotech-enhanced wheat in Oregon was the center of attention at a recent meeting of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Advisory Committee. A senior Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) official discussed rapid tests, official testing and surveying the U.S. wheat pipeline during his presentation on the ongoing Animal […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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Senate Approves Immigration Bill; House Passage Uncertain

By a vote of 68 to 32, the Senate approved legislation on June 27 to revamp the nation’s immigration system. The legislation marks the first time billions of dollars have been approved to enhance security along the U.S. southern border and a path to citizenship has been offered to nearly 11 million illegal immigrants.  The […]

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Early Bird Registration Ends July 1 for Ag Transportation Summit

Raising awareness of the importance of transportation to the success and profitability of U.S. agriculture, united NGFA, the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as hosts of a summit on ag transportation July 30-31 in Rosemont, Ill. (just outside of Chicago). The inaugural conference is designed to bring together leaders […]

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Posted in: Event News, Newsletter, Transportation

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FDA Unveils New Safe Feed Website

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on June 24 unveiled a new “Safe Feed” website that consolidates in one location various information for the regulated industry and consumers on animal feed and pet food safety. The new website is divided into seven major sections: Feed Ingredients, which includes the agency’s definition […]

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U.S., EU to Launch Negotiations on TTIP July 8

The NGFA, North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) and several other agricultural and food organizations have been meeting to establish key principles for the U.S. agricultural and food sectors in advance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the United States and European Union (EU). Negotiators from both sides have agreed to […]

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CFTC Files Civil Lawsuit Against Corzine in MF Global Debacle

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today (June 27) announced it had filed a civil lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan against former MF Global Chief Executive Officer Jon Corzine and its former assistant treasurer, Edith O’Brien, for unlawful use of customer-segregated funds during the firm’s […]

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Court Sets Deadlines for FDA to Issue Food/Feed Safety Rules

A federal district court judge on June 21 issued an injunction requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to publish proposed rules required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by specified deadlines. As reported in the May 5 edition of the NGFA Newsletter, Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern […]

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House Farm Bill in Holding Pattern as Leadership Deliberates Next Steps

The fate of the House version of the 2013 farm bill (H.R. 1947) remained in doubt this week as the chamber’s leadership continued to evaluate next steps following its 195-234 rejection on the House floor June 20. The House Republican caucus meeting on June 26 resulted in a “very lively discussion” among the House leadership […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Michael Froman Sworn In as New U.S. Trade Representative

Michael Froman was sworn in on June 21 as the 11th U.S. trade representative (USTR), after being confirmed by a 93-4 Senate vote. The 50-year-old Froman, a classmate of President Barack Obama at Harvard Law School, has been serving as deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, and has been involved in coordinating White […]

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Supreme Court Denies Food, Auto Industries’ Ethanol Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, denied petitions from various industry trade groups challenging the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand the use of ethanol in the United States [Grocery Manufacturers Association, et al. v. EPA, Case No. 12-1055; Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, et al. v. EPA, Case No. 12-1167; American […]

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