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Archive for January, 2015

Update: International Trade

The new year has brought with it a flurry of activity on international trade issues important to the agriculture industry; below recaps recent developments in several areas. Trade Promotion Authority In the State of the Union Address, President Obama called for Congress to give him fast-track authority, also referred to as trade promotion authority (TPA), […]

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Senate Commerce Committee to Launch Series of Rail Hearings on Jan. 28

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has scheduled the first of what is expected to be a series of rail hearings this year that ultimately will culminate with consideration of legislation to reauthorize the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB). The committee’s first hearing in the new Congress is slated for Jan. 28, and will […]

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Early Agenda Unveiled for 119th NGFA Annual Convention in San Antonio

Make plans to join NGFA and industry colleagues for the association’s 119th annual convention. This year, the convention will be held March 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk. Registration is open and early bird rates are available until Feb. 20. In addition, be sure to reserve a hotel room early – the reduced room rate […]

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Don’t Miss Out: Free Professional Development Webinar Slated Jan. 27

NGFA’s Next Generation Agribusiness Leaders (NextGen) Program officially kicks off at 2:30 p.m. CT Jan. 27 with a free professional development webinar, “Communication Secrets of Top Leaders.” Participants will learn how efficient and effective communication can help advance their careers. To participate, register online. Greg Duerksen, president of Kincannon & Reed, will be the guest […]

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Truck Issues on the Legislative Table in 2015

With a potential rulemaking at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Congress’s need to pass a new highway bill before the old one expires May 31, this is poised to be a big year on the trucking front for the grain, feed and processing industry. The rulemaking under consideration […]

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Kemp Answers Reuters’ Questions on Recent CFTC Proposed Speculative Position Limit Rule

NGFA’s Todd Kemp, vice president of marketing and treasurer, recently participated in a question-and-answer forum with Thomson Reuters on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) proposed speculative position limit rule. The Global Ag Forum is an online chat room for global grain traders and analysts. For more information, contact Christine Stebbins or see more at […]

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NGFA Leads Industry Effort with CFTC; Position Limits, Bona Fide Hedge Definition at Stake

The NGFA on Jan. 22 submitted its third statement in a series of comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) concerning a rulemaking that could have broad impacts on futures market performance and hedging efficiency for the grain, feed, processing and export industry. For a second time, the CFTC re-opened its public comment period […]

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New FDA Guidance Document Search Function Now Available

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Jan. 16 announced that a new guidance search function on FDA.gov is available to more easily search and browse FDA guidance documents. The system allows users to rapidly search the agency’s guidance documents using key words, product, date of issue, FDA center or office, type of document, subject, […]

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