Positions & Priorities

KEY PRIORITIES

NGFA federal policy priorities focus on issues vitally important to the economic growth and competitiveness of all sectors of the commercial grain, grain processing, feed and feed ingredient, and export industry, as well as end-users of grains and grain products, including processors, flour millers, livestock and poultry operations, and biofuels manufacturers.

U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

An effective transportation infrastructure is vital to enabling U.S. producers and agribusinesses to serve domestic and international markets. Investment in transportation infrastructure facilitates access to markets, increases farm income, reduces consumer prices and enhances consumer choice, and reduces farm input costs.

Learn more on NGFA’s position on U.S. Transportation.

Farm Bill

The NGFA supports public policies that allow U.S. agricultural producers and agribusinesses to enhance income from the marketplace and do not distort planting and marketing decisions. The NGFA opposes discredited acreage-idling programs and other supply control measures that encourage foreign plantings, result in lost market share for U.S. agriculture, and undermine the global competitiveness of U.S. grains and oilseeds, processed commodities and meat products.

Risk Management

As the leading advocate of policies designed to ensure futures markets meet the needs of commercial hedgers of grains, oilseeds and grain products, the NGFA is engaged in rulemakings with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) concerning implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform law enacted in 2010.

The NGFA also is working with the CME Group, CFTC, Congress and other customer groups to enhance futures market customer protections following the insolvencies of MF Global Inc. and Peregrin Financial.

Further, the NGFA is urging the agency to continue to recognize the needs of bona-fide hedgers and end-users to hedge legitimate commercial risks related directly to purchases, sales or changes in the value of physical commodities, and to limit hedge exemptions for swap dealers.

In addition, the NGFA continues to work with futures exchanges to urge adoption of policies that foster convergence between cash and futures values during the delivery period so that agricultural futures markets can promote efficient price discovery and risk management.

Agricultural Biotechnology

The NGFA supports agricultural biotechnology and other scientific advancements that promote safe and abundant food and feed supply. However, the NGFA believes biotech-enhanced traits should be commercialized only after achieving broad, deep consumer acceptance, as well as authorizations from U.S. export markets, to enable the industry to meet customer preferences and maintain access to global markets. The NGFA advocates prudent policies to guard against the presence of unauthorized or restricted-use biotech-enhanced traits in the general commodity stream. It also advocates a responsible and commercially achievable tolerance for low-level presence in commodity shipments of biotech-enhanced traits that have been approved by the governmental authority in the exporting country.

Learn more about NGFA’s positions on biotechnology.

Feed and Animal Agriculture

NGFA interacts extensively with national organizations representing the livestock, poultry and meat industry, as well as the food and restaurant sectors, concerning feed safety and quality, animal agriculture, and agroterrorism-prevention and food-defense issues.

Access the NGFA’s feed site.

Grain Inspection and Weighing

The NGFA will continue to advocate policies that maintain the viability and value of the U.S. official inspection and weighing system of grain-quality measurement addressed primarily in the U.S. Grain Standards Act.

Safety, Health and Environmental

The NGFA opposes efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change the long-standing USDA definition of temporary storage in an effort to subject such storage to costly Clean Air Act permitting fees.

In addition, the NGFA will continue to be involved extensively as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) develops regulatory proposals designed to promulgate a general industry standard and initiates a national emphasis program on combustible dusts.

Learn more on NGFA’s positions on safety in the workplace.

International Trade

The NGFA supports a proactive U.S. trade agenda focused on expanding market access and fostering the use of science-based health and safety rules to create additional market opportunities for U.S. grains, oilseeds and value-added exports.

  • The biggest immediate priority for the NGFA and many other food and agricultural organizations is to engage quickly and constructively with the new Trump administration on the path forward on trade. NGFA President Randy Gordon outlines the Association’s strategy in a Jan. 18 article here.
  • Read the Jan. 23 letter to President Donald Trump regarding negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
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