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NGFA members “Fill the Bin” for Foundation

By Todd Kemp, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Treasurer In response to a fundraising campaign for the National Grain and Feed Foundation, NGFA members at last week’s 121st Annual Convention raised more than $50,000 for the National Grain and Feed Foundation. More than $20,000 more was generated by the NGFF Classic Golf Tournament, an annual […]

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Trade and infrastructure top concerns for NGFA members at 121st Annual Convention

NGFA Officers Reelected; Board and Executive Committee members also elected By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media The NGFA’s 121st Annual Convention attracted 700 NGFA members to New Orleans, where they discussed and debated industry priorities on trade, infrastructure and farm policy. During the Association’s annual business meeting, the membership reelected the NGFA’s […]

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EU approves Dow Chemical – DuPont merger

The European Union approved the proposed $130 billion merger between Dow Chemical and DuPont, the companies announced on March 27. “This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin into three independent publicly traded companies,” the companies said in a statement. The approval is conditional upon […]

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European countries vote against genetically modified crops

Several European Union governments on Monday voted against the cultivation of three genetically modified maize strains developed by Syngenta, Monsanto and Pioneer. Sixteen countries voted against authorizing two GM strains manufactured by Syngenta and Dow, while 14 voted against the Monsanto trait. Despite the number of countries voting against the GM crops, the bloc failed […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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NGFA committee apprentices head to Washington

NGFA member company employees enrolled in the NGFA’s Committee Apprenticeship Program (CAP) are heading to Washington, D.C., next week for the annual CAP DC Experience, which includes visits with lawmakers and top government officials. The event is meant to introduce the NGFA to a new class of apprentices, who are encouraged to learn about their […]

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USDA allowing increases to CCC storage and handling rates

By Max Fisher, Director of Economics and Government Relations The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be contacting grain warehouse operators who requested changes to their Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) storage and/or handling rates under the Uniform Grain Storage and Rice Agreement that will go into effect April 1, 2017.  USDA informed NGFA that the levels […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Rep. DeFazio introduces infrastructure bill that would raise gas tax

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, recently introduced a bill that would increase funding for roads, bridges and transit systems by raising the gas tax by a penny per year. The “Investing in America: A Penny for Progress […]

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Congressional update: Perdue confirmation; floor votes; and farm bill

By Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Sonny’s side up? After a collegial and bipartisan confirmation hearing last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee will convene on March 29 to vote on the nomination of Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture. It remains unclear as to whether the full Senate […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Opinion: A call to action

By Randy Gordon, President I continue to be impressed by the energy, enthusiasm, commitment and sense of common purpose within the grain, feed, processing and export industry that always emanates from NGFA’s Annual Convention. But this year’s convention in New Orleans was something special. One member of NGFA’s Board of Directors emailed me the following […]

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