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EPA Defers Action on 2014 RFS Standard until 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Nov. 21 that it will delay finalizing its 2014 rule for the renewable fuels standard (RFS) until sometime in 2015, citing “significant comment and controversy, particularly about how volumes should be set” in comments submitted in response to its Nov. 29, 2013 proposal. In a notice to be published […]

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NGFA Recommends ‘Minor Revisions’ to CBOT Corn Contract

In a recent statement, the NGFA recommended that CME Group make “minor revisions” to the CBOT corn contract that “would render the contract even more effective.” The “convergence of cash and futures is of paramount importance,” according to NGFA’s comments. The association “believes that all changes adopted by CME should allow the corn contract to […]

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FDA Issues Revised Guidance for Food Facility Registration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 18 issued revised guidance for industry pertaining to requirements associated with food facility registration. The FDA food facility registration requirement initially was established in 2003 through the Bioterrorism Act. The registration requirement applies to domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for […]

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OSHA Revisions to Recordkeeping Rule Go Into Effect Jan. 1

Beginning Jan. 1, new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Injury and Illness Reporting regulations go into effect. Under OSHA’s existing recordkeeping rule, employers must report to OSHA within eight hours all work-related fatalities or in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. OSHA has expanded this reporting requirement to include work-related amputations, loss of an […]

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NGFA Urges FDA to Revise Proposed Rule for Animal Feed

The NGFA during a Nov. 13 public meeting urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make significant changes to its proposed rule that would establish for animal feed and pet food new requirements for current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs) and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls. The FDA conducted the public meeting to […]

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President Obama Raises Biotechnology Approvals with Chinese Leader

During his recent trip to Asia, President Obama met with People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping to discuss a number of important economic and geo-political issues. According to the White House, one of the topics raised by Obama was crop biotechnology and the current challenge U.S.-based agribusinesses confront in obtaining approvals for biotechnology-enhanced crop […]

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Nearly 600 Expected at NGFA’s Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show in Indy

As NGFA’s 43rd annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC) draws near, nearly 600 people are expected to attend the “meeting of the year” for country elevator managers and their key employees. The members-only conference, Dec. 7-9 in Indianapolis, opens Dec. 8 with a look at what the elections mean for Congress in 2015 […]

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AAFCO ‘2015 Official Publication’ Available for Purchase

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is accepting pre-orders for its 2015 Official Publication. The book will be shipped in mid-December. It can be purchased by industry members from AAFCO for $200. A spiral-bound version is available for $8 more. The publication contains the official list of nearly all ingredients allowed on feed […]

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