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Labor, Commerce Secretaries Enter Negotiations to Urge Resolution of West Coast Port Disruption Affecting Container Shipments

The U.S. Secretaries of Labor and Commerce – Tom Perez and Penny Pritzker, respectively – met this week in San Francisco with representatives of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to press for a resolution of a nine-month labor dispute that is imposing increasingly significant hardships on the U.S. […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Transportation

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NGFA: Only Land That Addresses Key Environmental Concerns Should be in CRP

NGFA on Feb. 14 urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure that only land that addresses key environmental concerns, such as water quality and soil erosion, be eligible for future enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). NGFA also urged USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to avoid enrollment of large, productive tracts of […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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NGFA, More Than 70 Ag Groups Urge Introduction, Enactment of TPA

NGFA and more than 70 agricultural organizations recently urged Congress to introduce and enact Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation as “quickly as possible.” The organizations believe the “ability to compete in global markets is tied to the ability of the United States to eliminate impediments to international trade.” According to the letter, because of trade […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Trade

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NGFA Adds Transportation Open Forum to Annual Convention Agenda

NGFA recently unveiled the agenda for the always well-attended Transportation Open Forum at the association’s 119th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. The forum is slated before the convention officially opens on Sunday, March 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It will feature presentations focusing on key topics facing all three modes – rail, barge […]

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Serving the Industry in 2015: NGFA’s Education, Training and Professional-Development Priorities

In the Feb. 6 NGFA Newsletter, I summarized several of the top-line public policy issues identified by NGFA committees and staff on which the NGFA plans to expend significant time, effort and resources to represent member companies’ interests in the year ahead. (Related article.) But that’s only part of the story. In addition to its […]

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Canadian Pacific Rail Strike Ends With Arbitration Agreement

The Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference on Feb. 16 agreed to enter into binding arbitration to resolve a labor dispute that had precipitated a one-day weekend strike by more than 3,000 locomotive engineers and conductors. Given the agreement, Canada’s federal government dropped plans to pursue back-to-work legislation. Canadian Labor Minister […]

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Legislation Introduced to Lift Cuba Embargo

On Feb. 12, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced legislation to lift the trade embargo with Cuba that has been in place for more than 50 years.  Joining Klobuchar in introducing the legislation was a bipartisan group: Sens.  Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. In a […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter, Trade

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NGFA Welcomes Chanel Skinner to Staff

The NGFA this week welcomed Chanel Skinner to its staff, where she will fill the previously vacant position of executive administrative assistant. In that capacity, she will provide administrative support to Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Jared Hill and Senior Manager of Business Operations Tammy Elliott. Among other duties, Skinner will assist in […]

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OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by the agency. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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FAA Proposes New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Feb. 15 released the long-awaited proposed rules of the sky for unmanned aircraft systems under 55 pounds.  The proposal will be shaped over the next two years as the public weighs in through rulemakings and public meetings. But, for now, the use of unmanned aircraft systems would be limited […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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