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NGFA to ‘carefully examine’ STB proposal to create new methodology to challenge unreasonable rail rates

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2016 – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today said that it will “carefully examine” an advance notice of a proposed new rail rate reasonableness methodology unveiled today by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) intended to be used by grain and other commodity shippers to challenge unreasonable rail rates. In the […]

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APHIS issues notice on new bacterial plant disease in corn; stresses no safety, health, quality or yield impacts:

By Randy Gordon, President The NGFA has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and other organizations representing the nation’s seed, farm, grain handling and export sectors following the agency’s confirmation of the presence of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum (Xvv) in some counties in the U.S. […]

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FDA Issues Draft Guidances under FSMA for Animal Food Rule

By David Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Aug. 24 issued two draft guidances to assist covered facilities in complying with requirements established by the agency’s final rule issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive […]

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Reminder: Federal overtime rule effective Dec. 1

The White House earlier this year announced the publication of its final overtime rule, which the Obama administration says will extend overtime eligibility to more than 4 million additional workers within the first year of implementation. The rule, effective Dec. 1, will double the salary threshold below which executive, administrative and professional employees will have […]

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FDA issues final rule clarifying requirements for GRAS substances

By Dave Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final rule that amends and clarifies the criteria in its regulations for when the use of a substance in food for humans or animals is not subject to the premarket approval requirements of the Federal Food, Drug […]

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FDA extends certain FSMA compliance dates; issues draft guidance on human food rule

By Randy Gordon, President The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final rule that extends and clarifies the compliance dates for certain provisions in four of its seven foundational sets of regulations implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). While the major provisions of the FSMA rules are being implemented as […]

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NGFA opposes RR proposals that would undermine STB’s new rail investigation authority

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media The NGFA recently reiterated to the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) the importance of providing transparency and accountability as it implements its important new authority to investigate freight rail issues. NGFA also strongly opposed recommendations from rail carriers that it said potentially would make the investigative […]

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Rep. Ashford provides NGFA with congressional update

By Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, provided NGFA with an update on policy and trade issues that are most important to his constituents in eastern Nebraska. The congressman details his district’s primary concerns about trade and the Trans Pacific Partnership, […]

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FSMA’s final rule will affect the supply chain: Find the info you need at NGFA-PFI Joint Feed/Pet Food Conference

Compliance dates for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) preventive controls rule for human food and animal food begin in September for large companies, and kick into effect for small and very small firms in the subsequent two years. Signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011, FSMA greatly expands […]

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GIPSA publishes final rule implementing revised U.S. Grain Standards Act

By Jess McCluer, Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) agreed with several of NGFA’s and North America Export Grain Association’s recommendations in issuing its final rule implementing the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA). GIPSA published its final rule on July 29 in […]

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