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NGFA supports STB proposal requiring railroads to make information available online

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 24, 2017 – The NGFA supported the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) proposal to require Class I railroads to post and make available common carrier tariff rates and service terms for agricultural products and fertilizer on their respective websites in a statement submitted to the agency on Feb. 21. The STB proposed the […]

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Posted in: Press Releases, Transportation

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Editorial: CRP’s Groundhog Day

By Randy Gordon, President In the 1993 fantasy-comedy movie Groundhog Day, Pittsburgh TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by the incomparable Bill Murray) drew the unenviable assignment of covering the annual mid-winter festival in Punxsutawney, Pa., only to find himself in a time loop repeating the same day over and over again – wakening each morning […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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USDA extends comment period for biotech regulatory review rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the comment period for its proposed rule that would revise regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. In January, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several proposals regarding the U.S. government’s […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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Fewer grain dust explosions reported nationwide in 2016

The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first fatalities since 2013, according to an annual report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. There were five grain dust explosions in 2016, compared to eight […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Safety, Health & Environment

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NGFA announces more speakers for Annual Convention

The immediate past President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, Gary LaGrange, will be among the featured speakers during the NGFA’s 121st Annual Convention in New Orleans next month. LaGrange, who now will be heading another group of ports in the Baton Rouge, La., region, is a 40-year veteran of the maritime industry […]

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Posted in: Event News, Newsletter

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Support the National Grain and Feed Foundation at NGFA’s 2017 Annual Convention

An opportunity to support the National Grain and Feed Foundation – and have a great time in the process – is available at the Annual Foundation Golf Tournament during NGFA’s Annual Convention in New Orleans.  A 50:50 raffle to benefit the Foundation also is planned during the convention. The golf tournament benefitting the Foundation takes […]

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Trump talks trade with Japanese and Canadian leaders

President Donald Trump met with the prime ministers of two major U.S. trading partners over the weekend and early this week, emphasizing his commitment to enhancing bilateral trade relations with other countries, as opposed to large, multi-lateral agreements. In a joint White House news conference on Feb. 10, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Trade

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NGFA, food and agriculture groups, ready to work with President Trump on expanding Asia-Pacific trade

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2017 – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), with a total of 87 organizations and companies from the food and agriculture sector, sent President Donald Trump a letter this week expressing eagerness to work with his administration to expand access to markets in the Asia-Pacific region. “Reducing and eliminating tariffs and […]

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AAFCO meeting addresses FSMA issues

By Dave Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services The meeting of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) conducted Jan. 16-18 in Mobile, Ala., focused largely on the implementation of the new animal feed and pet food safety requirements established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Joann Givens, director of the Food […]

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