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Archive for April, 2016

NGFA to work with FDA to improve FSMA final rule

The NGFA has identified a potential flaw in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently issued final regulations implementing the sanitary food transportation provisions of FSMA, which apply to rail and truck shipments. While the agency made a number of significant improvements compared to its original proposal, the NGFA has expressed concern to FDA that […]

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OSHA summarizes status of severe injury reporting

By Jess McCluer, Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently summarized the first-year results of its severe injury reporting program that went into effect Jan.1, 2015, and estimated that as many as 50 percent of severe injuries are going unreported. Under the program, employers are required to […]

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What is your Congress up to the week of April 18?

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media Spending bills: Senators this week will likely take up the Energy-Water spending bill. Both the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees with jurisdiction over waterway and port funding approved their respective versions of a fiscal year 2017 spending bill last week. Both bills allow for full use […]

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NGFA says no further standardization is needed for DDGS

By Jess McCluer, Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs, and Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media NGFA this week responded to a USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) request for public comment on services needed to facilitate the marketing of grains, oilseeds and related products, including distiller’s dried grains with […]

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Senate Ag Committee passes CFTC legislation that provides regulatory relief for agriculture

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today commended passage of legislation by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry that would provide necessary regulatory relief and clarity for agricultural and agribusiness hedgers who use futures and swaps to manage their business and production risks. The Senate committee took […]

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Chairman Roberts’ CFTC bill addresses important issues for agriculture

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016—The National Grain and Feed Association asked members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to support Chairman Pat Roberts’, R-Kan., legislation reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In a letter to Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., NGFA and 23 other agricultural groups said the “Commodity End-User Relief […]

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NGFA urges Congress to pass TPP this year

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016– The National Grain and Feed Association sent a letter to House and Senate leaders expressing support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in solidarity with more than 220 other groups representing the U.S. food and agriculture industry. “If faithfully implemented, TPP will help level the playing field for U.S. exports and create […]

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FDA publishes final FSMA sanitary transportation rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 6 officially published its final regulations implementing the  sanitary food transportation provisions embodied in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Details of the FDA final rule are available online.  The final rule’s requirements generally take effect one year following publication – or on or about April 6, […]

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Annual convention re-cap and speaker highlights

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications The NGFA’s 2016 annual convention, which attracted more than 700 grain, feed, export and processing industry members, re-energized the “difference makers” in the industry to tackle the most important issues facing them in the year ahead. The convention ended March 15 at the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, […]

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