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FDA Makes New Veterinary Feed Directive Brochures Available

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 21 announced the availability of several new brochures that describe the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) requirements that apply to various parties involved in distribution and use of certain antimicrobial drugs intended for use in or on animal feed. FDA on June 2 announced a final rule amending […]

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Profile: Risk Management Committee

Editor’s note: NGFA relies heavily on its 18 active committees and councils to address significant issues related to public policy and industry business.  As such, NGFA has launched a series of profiles looking at the committees, their priorities and leadership to keep members up-to-date on current issues. A new committee will be featured each month […]

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Senate Begins Consideration of Long-Term Highway Bill

The Senate on July 24 began consideration of a six-year federal highway bill, potentially setting up a “who blinks first” situation between the House and Senate with an end of July deadline for passing the legislation. The House already approved a five-month extension of the highway bill and is galvanizing opposition to the revenue-raisers contained […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Transportation

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APHIS Seeks Comments on Deregulating Monsanto Biotech Corn Trait

…Export Market Approvals Still Being Sought… The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking comments by Aug. 20 on whether to deregulate a new corn trait developed by Monsanto Co. (MON87403) that has been genetically engineered to increase the density of ear biomass (kernel filling), particularly during the plant’s […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter, Uncategorized

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Shippers, Carriers Differ Sharply on Rate Policies for Revenue-Adequate RRs

Rail carriers and shipper representatives presented starkly contrasting views on the degree to which railroads should be able to continue to differentially price rail service to captive shippers once they reach revenue-adequate status during a July 22-23 hearing conducted by the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB). Representatives of the Western Coal Traffic League, which successfully […]

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FDA to Seek Information on FSMA-Related Issues during Compliance Inspections

FDA officials on July 20 informed the NGFA that its investigators will be initiating “conversations” during compliance inspections, during which facilities will be requested to voluntarily provide information about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-implementation-related issues. Significantly, FDA investigator training on how to conduct such conversations also was conducted on July 20. Therefore, the agency plans […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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House Gives Resounding Approval to Bill Granting Federal Preemption Over GMO Labeling Schemes

By a resounding 275-150 margin, the House on July 23 approved legislation (H.R. 1599) that would provide for much-needed federal preemption over various state and local labeling schemes for food and feed containing biotech-enhanced products. Voting for the bill were 230 Republicans and 45 Democrats, including several members of the Congressional Black Caucus who were […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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Administration Orders Update of Federal Biotech Regulatory Framework

The Obama administration on July 2 announced it was undertaking a one-year effort to modernize the so-called “coordinated framework” for regulating agricultural biotechnology. The coordinated framework, first adopted in 1986 and updated in 1992, involves regulatory review of new biotech-enhanced traits by the Food and Drug Administration (under a voluntary consultation process for food and […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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EFP Audits – What You Can Expect

Guest Article By: Diana Klemme, Vice President, Grain Service Corporation (Editor’s Note:  The NGFA Risk Management Committee has engaged in several recent discussions with CME about dramatically increased audits of EFP transactions.  The committee also raised EFP audit concerns with CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad at the NGFA Annual Convention in San Antonio in March.  Committee […]

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Highway Funding Deadline…and Other Legislative Issues

Congress returned this week from its week-long Independence Day recess, facing yet another deadline – this time, July 31 – to fund continued construction of highway projects. Highway and transit projects have survived on temporary infusions of funding since 2009, and the current extension expires on July 31. But Congress continues to grapple with ways […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter, Transportation

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