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NGFA Urges Obama Administration to Drop Requests for Fees to Fund FSMA Implementation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2015- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) joined a multitude of food manufacturer and agricultural groups in recently urging the Obama administration to request adequate fiscal year 2017 funding levels to finance food safety activities instead of continuing to propose burdensome fees that have been rejected by Congress repeatedly. In a […]

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NGFA hires Director of Communications and Digital Media

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is pleased to announce that Sarah Gonzalez is the Association’s new director of communications and digital media. “We’re extremely pleased to have a person of Sarah’s considerable talents, dedication and energy join our staff team,” said NGFA President Randy Gordon in announcing the selection. “She […]

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FDA Notes ‘Some Improvement’ in Antibiotic-Resistance Trends

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted “some improvement” in antibiotic-resistance trends in its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) report for calendar years 2012 and 2013. FDA issued an “integrated NARMS report” that replaces its previous annual “NARMS Executive Summary” report.  NARMS was initiated in 1996 as a partnership between FDA and the U.S. […]

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Federal Agency to Report on Economic Impact of U.S. Trade Agreements

The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated a congressionally mandated study into the economic impact on the United States of all trade agreements authorized under trade promotion authority since Jan. 1, 1984. The study was mandated under the trade promotion authority bill that Congress passed earlier this summer that authorizes President Obama to complete the […]

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LIVING IN THE PAST, OR LEARNING FROM IT?

[Editor’s Note:  The following column was authored by Colin Barrett, president of Barrett Transportation Consultants, Johns Island, S.C., and was published in the Aug. 10, 2015 edition of The Journal of Commerce.  The article expounds upon the continued relevance and application of the Carmack amendment, which was enacted by Congress and added to the Interstate […]

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Agricultural Transportation Summit Attracts Nearly 200 to Chicago to Discuss Pressing U.S. Infrastructure Needs

Nearly 200 transportation leaders from the U.S. grain industry, producer and commodity organizations, and the transportation sector convened Aug. 4-5 in Chicago to focus on transportation capacity and infrastructure challenges that will affect the future competitiveness of U.S. agriculture. The second Agricultural Transportation Summit was hosted by the NGFA and Soy Transportation Coalition, with the […]

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Registration Opens for NGFA Country Elevator Conference, Trade Show

A surge of early bird registrants greeted the Aug. 17 opening of registration for the NGFA’s 44th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show, which will feature an all new and reenergized format for the Dec. 6-8 event in Kansas City, Mo. This year’s conference will feature all-new breakout sessions focused on highly relevant topics […]

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USDA Announces Nearly 4.5 Million Acres of Prevented Corn, Soybean Plantings

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) on Aug. 17 issued its 2015 crop year report on “prevented planting” acres, finding that 2.3 million acres intended to be planted to corn were not.  Nor did farmers plant nearly 2.2 million acres of soybeans, 692,664 acres of wheat or nearly 157,000 acres of grain […]

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COOL Clock Ticking as Senate Considers Repeal or Voluntary Meat Labeling

One of the priority issues on the Senate’s plate when it reconvenes Sept. 8 following its August recess is how to resolve the impasse over whether to repeal or modify the United States’ mandatory country-of-origin (COOL) labeling law for imported muscle cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and goat that has been found on several […]

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U.S. Trade Negotiators Still Hopeful on Successful Completion of TPP Accord

U.S. trade negotiators remain hopeful of successfully completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations later this year following the completion of the latest round of talks in late July in Hawaii involving trade ministers from the 12 participating countries. The latest round of talks was characterized as a sincere and serious attempt to arrive at an […]

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