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NGFA urges STB to revise and finalize reciprocal switching proposal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016 — The NGFA on Oct. 26 submitted a 20-page statement strongly commending the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for proposing a much-needed modernization of its rules governing reciprocal switching for freight railroads. The NGFA also made several recommended changes to the agency’s proposed rules, and urged that it proceed to issue final […]

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Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., provides congressional update to NGFA

By Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, provided NGFA with a quick take on priorities important to his members in Indiana, as well as his most recent activities on Capitol Hill on regulatory and trade issues. Q: NGFA’s membership […]

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NGFA panel to address embracing generational differences in agribusiness at Country Elevator Conference

With more executives reaching retirement age and more millennials comprising the workforce, the grain, feed and processing industry – as well as the agricultural sector as a whole – is reflecting on how it can best adapt to evolving technology, consumer preferences and worker expectations. This trend is recognized by agencies and recruiters across the […]

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Researchers document the benefits of export promotion programs

Farm bill programs that promote U.S. agricultural exports created an additional $309.7 billion in sales revenue between 1977 and 2014, or about $8.2 billion a year, according to a study from Informa Economics. Several land grant researchers prepared the study, which evaluates the impacts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Market Access Program (MAP) […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter, Trade

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President Obama eases economic restrictions on Cuba

President Barack Obama last week issued a Presidential Policy Directive that lifts restrictions on financing shipments of some additional agriculture-related products to Cuba as part of the administration’s continuing efforts to normalize relations with the nation. Obama outlined plans in December 2014 to chip away at the more than 50-year-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba. […]

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NGFA harvests bumper crop of significant new-member applicants

By Todd Kemp, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Treasurer NGFA welcomes new-member applicants …Tyson Foods, Central Valley Ag among Oct. applicants… [Editor’s Note: New-member applicants will be featured in a new monthly series of articles in the NGFA Newsletter. This month, the NGFA is delighted to welcome membership applications from nine companies seeking NGFA […]

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2016 Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference speaker presentations covering major FSMA requirements now available

The presentations of animal food industry and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expert speakers who highlighted the NGFA’s and Pet Food Institute’s seventh annual Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference now are available online. The first major compliance dates for human and animal food under FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have come and […]

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Iowa Agriculture Secretary Northey kicks off 2016 Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 11, 2016 – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey outlined the regulatory challenges the animal food industry is facing – while also juggling increasing and changing consumer demands – during his keynote address at the 2016 Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. “We live in interesting, challenging […]

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NGFA Safety Tips: Vehicle Struck-By

Struck-by injuries and fatalities involve conventional vehicles, forklifts, semi-trucks and other moving industrial equipment, such as cranes and yard trucks. With harvest in full swing and additional traffic occurring at facilities, certain precautions should be taken to ensure a safe work environment for both your employees and customers. The “NGFA Safety Tips: Vehicle Struck-By” guide […]

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What your Congress is up to this week

By Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy The short answer is campaigning. Congress finished up its pre-election session last week after both the House and Senate both passed a continuing resolution (CR) by wide bipartisan margins to keep the federal government funded through Dec. 9.  The new 2017 federal fiscal year began […]

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