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New BRS Petition Process Reduces Time for Biotech Traits to be Deregulated

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services’ Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) agency on Nov. 21 hosted an annual stakeholders meeting.  One of the primary topics discussed was revisions to the petition process and the significant reduction in the time for a genetically modified organism – such as a seed trait […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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NGFA, Others ask FDA for Comment Period Extension on Proposed Feed Rule

In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), NGFA, American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), National Renderers Association (NRA) and Pet Food Institute (PFI) asked for an extension on the comment period for the agency’s proposed rule on Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMPs) and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. The request asks […]

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Posted in: Feed, Newsletter

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AFIA, NGFA, Feedstuffs to Host Free FSMA Webinar

NGFA, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and Feedstuffs from 2-5 p.m. EDT on Dec. 11 will host a free webinar, which will address current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for food for animals. Registration for the webinar, titled “Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – What You Need to […]

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Posted in: Feed, Newsletter

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Dec. 1 OSHA Training Deadline for New Label Elements, SDS Approaches

As a reminder, employers in the grain handling, feed, grain processing and other industry sectors face a Dec. 1 deadline to train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) formats required under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) revised hazard communication standard. (See a related article in the Sept. 20 […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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Conference Committee Making Progress on Waterways Infrastructure Bill

In contrast to the farm bill, a joint House-Senate conference committee charged with reconciling differences between the two chambers’ respective versions of a new waterways infrastructure bill (S. 601 and H.R. 3080) appears to be making progress – with an optimistic goal of completing deliberations so a final bill can be presented for a floor […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Transportation

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Farm Bill Deliberations Hit Snag over Commodity Provisions

While intermittent conference call discussions between House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders continued during Congress’s Thanksgiving recess, there was little progress reported after negotiations hit a major snag over the differences in the respective bills’ commodity provisions on Nov. 21. The four principal negotiators – Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and ranking member […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Long-Awaited Futures Insurance Study Released

On Nov. 15, a long-awaited study examining options for insurance coverage for futures customers was released by the Futures Industry Association (FIA) and several other organizations. Funding for the study also was provided by the CME Group, the Institute for Financial Markets and the National Futures Association (NFA).  The study has been eagerly anticipated for […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Risk Management

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U.S. Rep. Luetkemeyer to Address NGFA’s 42nd Annual Country Elevator Conference

NGFA’s 42nd annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC) kicks off Dec 8-10 in St. Louis. U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., will open the “meeting of the year” for country elevator managers and their key employees with a look at congressional priorities for 2014. Luetkemeyer, who represents the third congressional district of Missouri, has […]

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NGFA Urges FDA to Clarify, Improve Grain Elevator Exemption from Preventive Control, CGMP Rules for Human Food

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify and improve a proposed exemption for grain elevators and other facilities that store, handle and ship raw grains and oilseeds from the agency’s new preventive control and current good manufacturing practice (CGMPs) regulations that will apply to […]

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NGFA Urges Changes to FDA Proposed Rule for Human Food

The NGFA on Nov. 15 submitted an extensive statement to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to make significant changes to its proposed rule that would revise current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs) and establish hazard analysis and risk-based preventive control requirements to ensure the safety of human food products. FDA issued […]

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