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Archive for February, 2014

Profile: International Trade/Ag Policy

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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Grain Bin Safety Week Kicks Off Feb. 23

In an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of flowing grain, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company has partnered with Farm Safety for Just Kids, Heartland Co-op, Iowa FFA Foundation, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) and additional organizations for Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 23-March 1). NGFA is marking Grain Bin Safety Week by […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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Chipotle Attacks Industry; NGFA Offers Assistance With a Response

Chipotle on Feb. 17 launched a new online TV series called “Farmed and Dangerous.” According to the restaurant chain, the show is a new comedy series that “satirically explore(s) the world of industrial agriculture in America.” Each week, over the next four weeks another 22-minute episode will be aired. The first season focuses on the […]

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DOL Revokes Family Farming Guidance

Nearly a month after expressing concerns about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) inspections of family farms, the Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced it revoked the controversial guidance that allowed the practice. In a letter addressed to the House Education and the Workforce Committee, the DOL said it has worked with OSHA to […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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USDA 2014 Ag Outlook

At the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber provided the first glimpse of USDA’s view on the 2014 crop. In his presentation, Glauber projected that corn plantings are likely to decrease from 95.4 million acres in 2013 to 92 million in 2014. Meanwhile, year-over-year soybean acres are […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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March 7 Early Bird Registration Deadline Fast Approaching for Convention

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to save on registration fees by registering for NGFA’s 118th annual convention by March 7. The convention is being held March 30 to April 1 at the Westin Hilton Head Resort. While that hotel is sold out, arrangements have been made at the nearby Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, […]

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NGFA Warns CFTC on Bona Fide Hedging Constraints

The NGFA on Feb. 10 submitted formal comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regarding a proposed rule that would redefine bona fide hedging and potentially put at risk hedging transactions in the grain, feed and processing industry that long have been considered bona fide hedges. The NGFA’s eight-page letter, accompanied by an additional […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Risk Management

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FDA Designation of High-Risk Foods for Additional Traceability Requirements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made available draft methodology that the agency intends to use to designate high-risk foods that would be subject to additional recordkeeping requirements to facilitate the rapid and effective tracking and tracing of such foods during a foodborne illness outbreak or other event. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) […]

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USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to Initiate Process to Develop List of U.S. Firms for Conformance with China Decree 118

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has made available a web-based process whereby industry firms may submit applications to be included on an AMS list of registered U.S. plant-based feed facilities that have interest in exporting feed and feedstuffs products and are subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jurisdiction. The […]

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Outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Continue; Impacts the Feed Industry

The number of outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) within the swine industry in North America continues to increase, which is affecting how swine feed is distributed as the industry works to limit the spread of the disease. PEDv is a disease caused by a member of the virus family Coronaviridae. Introduction of PEDv […]

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