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NGFA supports effort to update truck weight limits

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017 — The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) recently joined in signing a letter to Congress supporting a pilot program designed to obtain information on the safety and environmental benefits of increasing the maximum commercial truck weight on interstate highways.   In the letter sent to leaders of the House Appropriations […]

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NGFA leads industry delegation in discussions with FDA, rail and truck sectors on FSMA sanitary food transport rules

By Randy Gordon, President The NGFA on April 5 led an industry delegation in a meeting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and representatives of the rail and truck sectors to discuss issues associated with implementation of the agency’s food sanitary transportation rules developed as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The […]

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NGFA leads industry delegation in discussions with FDA, rail and truck sectors on FSMA sanitary food transport rules

By Randy Gordon, NGFA President The NGFA on April 5 led an industry delegation in a meeting with the Food and Drug Administration and representatives of the rail and truck sectors to discuss issues associated with implementation of the agency’s food sanitary transportation rules developed as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The […]

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NGFA outlines waterways infrastructure needs in letter to congressional appropriators

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2017 — A total of 22 agricultural producer and agribusiness organizations that participate in the Agricultural Transportation Working Group today sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators asking for continued funding support in fiscal year 2018 to rebuild the nation’s declining inland waterways infrastructure. “While the U.S. transportation infrastructure system long […]

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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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NGFA touts inland waterway and port projects in infrastructure meeting at White House

By Randy Gordon, President The NGFA joined a small group of leaders from other farm- agribusiness- and rural-focused organizations at a March 9 meeting at the White House with key staff from President Trump’s National Economic Council. The meeting followed a letter signed by the NGFA and more than 200 other organizations that was spearheaded […]

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NGFA declares opening of Mid-Mississippi River

Pursuant to NGFA Barge Freight Trading Rule 18(J), the NGFA declared that the Mid-Mississippi River opened for navigation as of 7:00 a.m. on Monday, March 6. NGFA Barge Freight Trading Rule 18(J) provides as follows:  “The Dubuque and South (Mid-Mississippi) opening commences the first 07:00 hours of the first business day after the first empty […]

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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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Begeman appointed acting chairman of Surface Transportation Board

President Donald Trump on Jan. 25 appointed current Commissioner Ann Begeman to serve as the new chairman of the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB). Begeman currently is serving a second, five-year term as a member of the STB – a term that expires on Dec. 31, 2020.  The NGFA had led an effort among agricultural […]

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STB seeks applications to serve as arbitrators

By Randy Gordon, President In a Federal Register notice issued Dec. 16, the STB invited applications from persons wishing to serve as arbitrators to resolve rail rate and rail practice complaints that parties may wish to file with the agency. For the initial roster of arbitrators, applications are due by Jan 17. Applicants are to […]

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