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Archive for December, 2014

China Issues Official Biosafety Certificates for Import of Biotech Traits

Three corporate owners of biotechnology-enhanced traits indicated this week they have received official “Biosafety Certificates if Agricultural GM) (Import)” from China’s Ministry of Agriculture for biotech-enhanced crop traits for import as food, feed and for further processing. Covered by the Chinese action are Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera® MIR162 corn trait, Bayer CropScience’s LibertyLink® 55 soybean trait, […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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NGFA Recommends Major Revisions to FDA Proposed FSMA Rules

The NGFA on Dec. 15 submitted extensive comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommending the agency make major changes to three reproposed rules that would establish safety requirements for human food, animal feed and pet food. Overview FDA previously had amended and reissued for additional public comment key portions of the three […]

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Posted in: Feed, Newsletter

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President Signs Appropriations, Tax Extenders Bills

Last week was busy for lawmakers with the president signing two bills into law with several provisions important to agriculture – both from a policy and tax perspective. First, President Obama signed an appropriations bill on Dec. 16 that will fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Feb. 27 and the rest of the […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Major Developments in Ag Biotech Court Cases

Two separate major actions related to agricultural biotechnology were significantly addressed this month in federal court. Syngenta Seeds v. Bunge North America Inc.   On Dec. 12, the Syngenta Seeds and Bunge North America Inc. filed with the federal district court in Iowa a stipulation that Syngenta had agreed to dismiss all of its claims […]

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Posted in: Arbitration, Newsletter

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NGFA, Agribusinesses Tell EPA More Work is Needed to Justify NSPS Proposal

In comments submitted Dec. 22, NGFA and five other national agribusinesses said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to do more work to justify its proposal concerning the New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for grain elevators. The comments were in response to an EPA NSPS rulemaking proposal, which would apply to facilities that commence construction, […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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Lifting Cuba Trade Embargo Potentially Opens $3 Billion for U.S. Agriculture

While not all are pleased with the recent White House announcement that the United States would seek to normalize relations with Cuba, the agriculture industry is ripe to benefit from a potential increase in exports. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), improved trade relations could be worth $3 billion to the nation’s farmers. […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Trade

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New Senate Ag Committee Line-Up Announced

In January, four newly elected Republican senators will join the Senate Agriculture Committee while the Democratic line-up remains virtually unchanged. The newly elected Republican senators are: Iowa’s Joni Ernst, who replaces retiring Democrat Tom Harkin; Ben Sasse, Nebraska; David Perdue, Georgia; and Thom Tillis; North Carolina. Ernst’s appointment gives Iowa two seats on the committee, […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Save the Date: Elevator Design Conference is July 28-30

NGFA and Grain Journal magazine again will co-sponsor an Elevator Design Conference July 28-30 at the Sheraton Kansas City Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. The day-and-a-half conference will feature sessions on: Finding good employees, Retrofitting design considerations, Permitting, Energy savings, Improving operations with automation, Safety and preventive maintenance, Workers compensation, Monitoring equipment, Increasing facility […]

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Posted in: Education and Training, Event News, Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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NGFA Commends Congress for Enacting Increase in Inland Waterway Fuel User Fee to Fund Much-Needed Project

WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2014) – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today commended Congress for enacting legislation that will increase the user fee assessed on barge diesel fuel to help finance much-needed improvements to the nation’s outdated and deteriorating locks on the inland waterways system. The 9-cent-per gallon increase in the barge diesel fuel […]

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