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NGFA Recommends Farm Bill Conferees Address Commodity Programs, Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON  (Oct. 30, 2013) – As farm bill conferees convene today to begin the process of resolving differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) sent a letter to the conferees making recommendations regarding the commodity section and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Concerning commodity programs, the NGFA urged congressional conferees to decouple […]

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NGFA, 15 Other Agricultural Organizations Urge Changes to CFTC Rules on Customer Protection

WASHINGTON (Oct. 29, 2013) – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and 15 other agricultural organizations, which represent virtually all segments of U.S. production agriculture and agribusiness that use futures markets for risk management, has submitted a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) urging changes to a CFTC-proposed futures market customer-protection rule […]

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NGFA and AFIA Release Statement on FDA FSMA Feed Rule

ARLINGTON, VA. and Washington, DC (Oct. 25, 2013) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued the proposed rule on Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. The release marks the latest set of proposed rules issued by the agency to implement the Food Safety Modernization […]

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NGFA Commends House Passage of Waterways Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON (Oct. 24, 2013) – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today commended the House for passing its version of a waterway infrastructure bill by an overwhelming 417 to 3 vote on Oct. 23. The bill (H.R. 3080) – the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) – contains important reforms to streamline and […]

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NGFA, Grain Journal to Host Free Webinar on OSHA’s Enforcement of Boot Pits

NGFA and Grain Journal on Oct. 22 from 2-3 p.m. central time will host a free webinar on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) enforcement of ‘boot pits’ as confined spaces. Registration is required. Based on numerous OSHA citations reported by NGFA members across the country, it appeared that boot pits were becoming the […]

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Posted in: Education and Training, Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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NGFA Unveils CEC Program; Register by Nov. 8 for $50 Savings

Dec. 8-10 marks NGFA’s 42nd annual Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show (CEC). This year the event will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch – or the “Gateway to the West,” a popular site for this ‘meeting of the year’ for country elevator managers and their key employees. Registration for […]

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First ‘Committee Apprentice’ Class Named

As recommended in the NGFA Long-Range Plan adopted in 2012, the association has implemented a new committee apprenticeship program. The program is designed to develop future industry leaders and bolster the cadre of newer NGFA-member employees engaged in the organization’s policy-making structure. By invitation of NGFA Chairman David Hoogmoed, the following apprentices will be asked […]

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MF Global Customers May Soon Receive 100 percent of Funds

Two years following its insolvency, former customers of failed futures commission merchant (FCM) MF Global finally look to be close to recovering 100 percent of their funds. Currently, most U.S. customers have received about 98 percent of their theoretically safe, segregated funds through distributions from the MF Global trustee, with MF Global customers who traded […]

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NGFA Urges FDA to Extend Comment Periods on Food/Feed Safety Rules

The NGFA has urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to extend the comment periods on two sets of proposed rules issued by the agency to implement significant portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The NGFA did so because the agency still has not issued proposed regulations implementing the animal feed and pet […]

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CME Group Requests Industry Input on Changes to Variable Daily Price Limits

By Todd Kemp, Vice President of Marketing & Treasurer During a monthly conference call with members of the NGFA Risk Management Committee, CME Group participants divulged that they are exploring a potential change in the way daily price limits are determined on CBOT grain and oilseed futures contracts. CME is requesting industry feedback before making […]

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