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Food and ag organizations ready to work with President Trump to modernize NAFTA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2017 – A total of 133 organizations and companies from the food and agriculture sector, which supports more than 15 million jobs nationally, sent President Donald J. Trump a letter this week expressing their eagerness to work with his Administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), while preserving and […]

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NGFA commends President-elect Trump for ‘outstanding’ choice of Sonny Perdue as next secretary of agriculture

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today commended President-elect Donald J. Trump on his “outstanding” choice of former two-term Georgia Gov. George E. (Sonny) Perdue III to serve as the 31st secretary of agriculture. In making the nomination, Trump forecast that Perdue would “accomplish great things” at the U.S. […]

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NGFA emphasizes importance of engaging with trading partners as USDA proposes new biotech regulatory review policies

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 18, 2017 — In response to today’s release of proposals regarding the U.S. government’s pre-market regulatory oversight of genetically engineered plants, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) emphasized the importance of working to achieve consistent regulatory policies globally for products of the latest plant breeding methods to avoid costly disruptions in […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Press Releases

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WOTUS heads to SCOTUS

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear a legal challenge as to whether  federal appellate courts or federal district courts are the proper venue for a number of lawsuits filed against the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and […]

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House passes Regulatory Accountability Act

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media The House of Representatives passed the Regulatory Accountability Act last week. The bill, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., compiles six earlier reform bills which aim to ease the regulatory burden on businesses. “If we want to see better and faster growth within our economy, reforming our […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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NGFA supports bill to further open trade with Cuba

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., on Jan. 6 reintroduced legislation that would remove the legal restriction that prevents extending direct private-sector financing to purchases of U.S. agricultural products sold to Cuba. The NGFA, which is part of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), a group dedicated […]

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Congressional update: Senate holds confirmation hearings; House committees add members

By Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Final preparations continue for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence set for this Friday, Jan. 20. While the soon-to-be 45th president of the United States still has not named his nominee to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pence appeared […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Register for NGFA’s 121st Annual Convention by Feb. 24 early bird deadline

The money-saving early bird rate for the 2017 NGFA Annual Convention, which takes place March 19 – 21 at the Sheraton New Orleans, ends on Feb. 24. Register for the 121st NGFA Annual Convention here. Hotel reservations at the Sheraton New Orleans also can be made at NGFA’s conference rate of $259 per night by […]

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UGRSA rate renewal deadline is Jan. 26

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing an opportunity for warehouse operators to update storage and/or handling rates for warehouses that have a Uniform Grain and Rice Storage Agreement (UGRSA). A UGRSA is required to store commodities owned by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The UGRSA letter sent to grain warehouses on Jan. 6 informs […]

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Grain elevator managers reminded of USDA rules for emergency and temporary storage

By Max Fisher, Director of Economics and Government Affairs With bumper crops exceeding permanent storage capacity in many parts of the country, grain elevator managers are reminded of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rules for the use of temporary and emergency storage. Regulations governing the use of temporary and emergency storage have been embodied […]

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