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NAMA Members Attend a USDA Crop Report “Lockup”

January 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 12, 2012 –Today NAMA members Bill Stoufer, ConAgra Mills, Tom Rogers, Wilkins Rogers Mills, and NAMA President, Mary Waters attended a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop report “Lockup.” The “Lockup” is a highly secured monthly meeting of the USDA Ag Statistics Board that results in a report on U.S. crop production nationwide. Stoufer is Chairman of the NAMA Ad Hoc Committee on Production Data. Rogers is the Chairman of NAMA’s Soft Wheat Division, which has independently collected and reported crop forecasts for more than 25 years. NAMA sponsors the Soft Wheat Crop Forecast and Report every March.

“NAMA’s presence at the “Lockup” is just one example of how NAMA works to support USDA as an industry resource and partner,” said Stoufer. Under the leadership of Stoufer, NAMA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Production Data retained an outside firm to collect and disseminate flour production data for the first time this year. The 24 largest U.S. wheat, durum and rye milling companies, representing 95.4% of the U.S. market were surveyed. On December 12, 2011 NAMA reported third quarter flour production (July, August, September) was 100,561,000 cwts.

NAMA’s collection and publication of flour production data came after the U.S. Census Bureau announced in February 2011 it would eliminate the program that has provided production data to growers, millers, bakers and government officials (including USDA) since 1926.

During the Crop Production Report briefing, Gerald Bange, Chair of the World Agricultural Outlook Board, acknowledged NAMA for assuming the responsibility of collecting flour production data and thanked the association for continuing to provide a flour production report.

NAMA is the trade association representing 42 companies that operate 172 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 175 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.

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Joe Reilly, Associate Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service briefs Bill Stoufer, ConAgra Mills and Tom Rogers, Wilkins Rogers Mills.

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