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Phillips Selected as Secretariat of U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance

The founding organizations of a broad-based group known as the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) recently announced that Dr. Michael J. Phillips has been selected as its first secretariat to spearhead collaborative efforts to improve the environment for technology innovation and the market for U.S. crops produced through modern biotechnology. Established under a memorandum of […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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State Courts Deny Claims by Non-Performing Grain Sellers Seeking Elevators’ Hedging Gains

In two recent lawsuits, state district courts in Iowa rejected claims by the sellers who failed to perform under a grain contract, and then sought the gains made by the elevator’s futures position. In both cases, the plaintiffs entered into contracts in 2008 to sell grain to elevators for future delivery. The elevator in each […]

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Posted in: Arbitration, Newsletter

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STB Seeks Public Comment on Rail Rate-Case Procedures for Grain Shippers

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Dec. 12 announced a new proceeding [EP 665 (Sub-No. 1)] to review rate complaint procedures in an effort to ensure they are accessible to grain shippers and provide effective protection to grain shippers. As such, the STB is seeking public comment on grain shippers’ ability to effectively seek relief […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Transportation

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U.S. Industry Delegation Headed to China Following Shipment Disruptions Triggered by Alleged Presence of Unauthorized Syngenta Biotech Corn Trait

An industry delegation organized and led by the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) will be in China during the week of December 16 to meet with key Chinese government and industry officials following the disruption in U.S. corn shipments attributed to the alleged presence of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera® (MIR 162) biotechnology-enhanced corn. The biotech-enhanced […]

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FDA Issues Proposed Veterinary Feed Directive to Provide Enhanced Veterinarian Oversight of Antibiotics in Feed

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 11 published proposed regulations that would change the agency’s current so-called veterinary feed directive (VFD) process to provide for enhanced veterinary oversight over a wider range of certain antibiotics used in food-producing animals. The proposal reflects many of the changes to the VFD process recommended previously to […]

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Posted in: Feed, Newsletter

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