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FDA Grants Comment Period Extension on FSMA Animal Food Rule

WASHINGTON and ARLINGTON, Va. (Jan. 31, 2014) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today officially extended the comment period deadline on the proposed animal food rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Animal feed and pet food industry trade associations previously had been made aware of FDA’s intent to do so, but welcomed today’s […]

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Posted in: Feed, Press Releases

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NGFA Commends Farm Bill Conferees for Including CRP Reforms, Delinking Farm Income Supports from Planted Acres

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan 28, 2014) – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today commended the leadership of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees for including important reforms to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the final version of the 2014 farm bill. The NGFA also praised the decision to decouple farm income safety net […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Press Releases

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NGFA, NAEGA Issue Joint Statement Urging Syngenta to Suspend Commercialization of Agrisure Viptera and Duracade Biotech Corn

“On Jan. 22, 2014, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) sent a letter to Syngenta asking the company to immediately halt commercialization in the United States of its Agrisure Viptera® corn and Agrisure Duracade® corn until such time as China and certain other U.S. export markets have […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Press Releases

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Profile: Rail Shipper/Receiver Committee

Editors note: NGFA relies heavily on its 18 active committees and councils to address significant issues related to public policy and industry business. As such, NGFA has launched a series of profiles looking at the committees, their priorities and leadership to keep members up-to-date on current issues. A new committee will be featured each month […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, NGFA, Transportation

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Supreme Court Denies Appeal from Farmers Seeking ‘Preemptive’ Protection from Future Patent Infringement Claims

(Jan. 24) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 denied the appeal of a coalition of farmers, seed sellers and advocacy groups, which had filed suit seeking protection from future claims by Monsanto Co. for patent infringement.  The plaintiffs in the lawsuit neither sold nor used transgenic seed that incorporated Monsanto’s technologies, such as the […]

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CME Group Considering Variable Daily Price Limits

As previously reported in the NGFA Newsletter, the CME Group is moving toward proposing variable daily price limits for CBOT grain and oilseed futures contracts.  Generally, price limits would be based on a percentage of commodity value during a defined observation period.  Before moving forward, the CME Group has designed a fact sheet/questionnaire to elicit […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Risk Management

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NGFA Task Force to Make Recommendations on Position Limits

A 10-person task force drawn from three NGFA committees – Risk Management, Country Elevator, and Finance and Administration – has been analyzing a proposed rule from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that would redefine the parameters of a bona fide hedge and implement new methodologies for establishing federal speculative position limits as contained in […]

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Early Agenda Unveiled for 118th NGFA Annual Convention

With temperatures hovering in single digits in many parts of the country, make plans to get away to the beach of sunny South Carolina to join NGFA and industry colleagues for NGFA’s 118th annual convention. This year, the convention will be held March 30 to April 1 at the Westin Hilton Head Resort on Hilton Head Island, […]

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Posted in: Event News, Newsletter

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Can the Farm Bill Cross the Finish Line?

The House and Senate farm bill conference committees continue to push toward the finish line.  At this point, most of the conferees are not being included in discussions on the remaining items to resolve.  The leaders of the conference committee, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Rep. Collin […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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