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Proposal Issued to Reduce Truck Emissions/Fuel Consumption

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) each are proposing rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles. If adopted, the rules would phase in beginning in with the 2018 model year and would be implemented fully by model year 2027. The new […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Transportation

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USDA Announces CRP, Farm Program Sign-Ups

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced that an 800,000-acre general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) would be conducted Dec. 1, 2015 through Feb. 26, 2016. In addition to the general sign-up, CRP contracts expiring Sept. 30 will be eligible for a one-year extension. Based on Vilsack’s announcement and NGFA’s reading of a […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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NGFA Participates in Summit on New National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

The NGFA on June 23-24 participated in a summit with livestock producers, animal health providers and allied industries to discuss how the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) being constructed in Manhattan, Kan., will serve animal research and bio-security needs. More than 150 attended the invitation-only summit hosted by Kansas State University. The summit […]

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Posted in: Education and Training, Newsletter

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FDA Issues Guidance for Animal Food Additive Petitions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in the June 12 Federal Register the availability of its final guidance for industry concerning preparing and submitting animal food additive petitions for agency approval. The final guidance (“Recommendations for Preparation and Submission of Animal Food Additive Petitions” for industry #221) describes the type of information FDA’s […]

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Posted in: Feed, Newsletter

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Congress Completes Work Granting President Trade Promotion Authority

While it did not come without drama, Congress finally granted final approval of legislation to grant President Obama trade promotion authority (TPA). After one failed attempt to pass the bill in the House, House leadership brought the bill up a second time and cobbled together enough votes to send the bill to the Senate.  To […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Trade

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Senate Approves STB Reauthorization Bill Containing Rail Regulatory Reforms

The Senate on June 18 approved legislation (S. 808) reauthorizing the Surface Transportation Board, the agency that regulates freight railroads. The Senate-passed bill, cosponsored by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, was passed by unanimous consent on the Senate […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Transportation

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NGFA, NAEGA Urge APHIS to Consider Marketability of Biotech Crops in Future Regulatory Framework

In a joint statement submitted June 22, the NGFA and North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) urged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) consider the importance of protecting the marketability of U.S. crops as it devises a new regulatory approach toward agricultural biotechnology. In March, APHIS initiated a […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter, Trade

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Canada Issues Revised Draft Policy on Managing Low-Level Presence of Biotech-Enhanced Events in Trade

The Canadian government has issued a revised draft policy that it intends to eventually implement and offer as a model for other countries in developing low-level presence (LLP) policies for imports of grain, food and feed containing biotech-enhanced commodities. Encouraging establishment and recognition of LLP policies has long been a policy objective of the NGFA, […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter, Trade

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Industry Groups Make Additions to Hazard Communications Compliance Guidance

In May, NGFA and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) released a hazard communication compliance program guide for consideration and use by grain handling, feed, ingredient and processing facilities. The free, 50-page guidance document was developed to assist the industry in complying with updates to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s safety data sheets (SDSs) […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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CME Update on Trading at Settlement; Extended Trading Session Once Futures Pits Close

Guest Article By: Tim Andriesen, Managing Director, Agricultural Products, CME Group (Editor’s Note:  The NGFA, led by its Risk Management Committee, has been coordinating closely with CME Group on upcoming changes and new products in futures markets.  The following guest article is intended to inform NGFA-member firms of some of those changes and to provide […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Risk Management

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