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NAMA Announces Formation of Bi-Partisan Congressional Grain Caucus

March 29, 2004

CONTACT: Betsy Faga, NAMA President
202.484.2200, ext.104
bfaga@namamillers.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 29, 2004 – The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) announced today the formation of a bi-partisan House-Senate Congressional Grain Caucus, co-chaired by Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS), Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Senator Max Baucus (D-MT).

“I was surprised to discover that in the past a Congressional caucus for the grains industry was never formed,” said NAMA chairman, John Gillcrist, a Kansas wheat miller. “It is important for the grains industry to have a forum for educating Congress about the issues impacting the wheat industry.”

“The purpose of this caucus will be to promote the growth and stability of the small grains industry through educational seminars for members and staff with an interest in issues important to the industry. Specific issues that may be addressed by the caucus include, but are not limited to, foreign aid food programs, international trade issues, and transgenic wheat. It is our hope this caucus will bring to the Congress a better understanding of issues impacting the wheat industry from producer to consumer,” said Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Max Baucus in a joint written statement.

“I am pleased to be heading up the Grain Caucus with my good friend Rep. Jerry Moran,” Pomeroy said. “The members of this caucus will work from both sides of the aisle to push for grain interests.”

“The Congressional Grain Caucus is a coalition of bi-partisan members who are committed to the long term economic viability of grain producers and the domestic grains industry,” said Moran.

The bipartisan Congressional Grain Caucus provides a central platform to address issues facing the grain industry in Congress.

NAMA has 46 member companies operating 170 wheat, corn, oat and rye mills in 38 states and 150 cities. The aggregate production capacity of NAMA’s membership is more than 160 million pounds of product daily, which is about 95% of the total U.S. capacity.

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