The Weekly Grind – August 15, 2014August 15, 2014
BOROUGHS ATTENDS DC BIOTECH ROUNDTABLE
NAMA Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Ben Boroughs attended the D.C. Biotech Roundtable hosted by several farm commodity organizations and tech providers on Wednesday. The day-long event focused on consumer acceptance of biotechnology and the importance of increasing regulatory certainty around agricultural biotechnology both in the U.S. and internationally. A diverse range of presenters from industry, academia, and government participated, including Darci Vetter, the chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative.
NAMA COORDINATES WITH USDA ON MILLING DATA
As USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) prepares to begin collecting flour milling data this month, NAMA is working closely with USDA staff to ensure the survey questions accurately reflect the structure of the modern milling industry. NAMA, through a contractor, has been collecting these statistics since the U.S. Census Bureau ceased conducting the industry survey in 2011. USDA has requested each NAMA member provide a point of contact for transmitting survey data. You may send the name, number, and email of your designated point of contact to Ben Boroughs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WFC HOSTS WHEAT SAFARI IN NORTH DAKOTA
Bakingbusiness.com, By Eric Schroeder, August 14, 2014
Twenty-six food and nutrition professionals visited the Fargo, N.D., area Aug. 5-7 as part of the second Wheat Safari, hosted by the Wheat Foods Council (W.F.C.). Safari tour guests included food and nutrition bloggers, academics from major universities across the country, newspaper editors and broadcast journalists.
To view the entire Bakingbusiness.com article, visit http://www.bakingbusiness.com/articles/news_home/Trends/2014/08/WFC_hosts_Wheat_Safari_in_Nort.aspx?ID=%7B5D0A4B00-1C7E-4178-B778-84FC44A785A4%7D&cck=1.
STUDIES RECOMMEND BALANCED APPROACH TO SODIUM INTAKE
Food Business News, By Keith Nunes, August 14, 2014
Two studies published Aug. 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine address sodium and potassium intake and relate them to blood pressure as well as to deaths, heart disease and stroke. The bottom line – too much is bad, there are issues with consuming too little, and a balanced approach is recommended.
To view the entire Food Business News article, visit http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/Regulatory_News/2014/08/Studies_recommend_balanced_app.aspx?ID=%7B71239130-8E66-42BF-85BE-294D8C98182C%7D.
NO ROOM AT THE BIN FOR US GRAIN AMID BNSF RAIL JAM
Agweb.com, By Bloomberg, August 14, 2014
With the start of the spring-wheat harvest in Arnegard, North Dakota, a week away, the bins on Bob Wisness’s 11,000-acre farm are half full with last year’s crops that have been stranded by a train traffic jam. “With the railroad situation the way it is, it almost looks hopeless as far as catching up” for storage capacity normally at least 90 percent empty at this time, said Wisness, the president of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association.
To view the entire Agweb.com article, visit http://www.agweb.com/mymachinery/article/no_room_at_the_bin_for_us_grain_amid_buffetts_bnsf_rail_jam_BLMG/.
SHIFTING CLIMATE HAS NORTH DAKOTA FARMERS SWAPPING WHEAT FOR CORN
NPR, By John Ydstie, August 13, 2014
Overall, climate change is predicted to hurt agriculture around the world. It could even threaten corn production in the Corn Belt. But in North Dakota conditions are now better for raising corn, and that’s a big benefit for farmers. When I was growing up in Wolford, N.D., up near the Canadian border, wheat was king. It had been the dominant crop since the prairie was first plowed in the late 1800s. So it was kind of strange to go back this summer and find Larry Slaubaugh, a local farmer, filling his 18-wheeler with corn from a huge steel grain bin.
To view the entire NPR article, visit http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/13/340116405/shifting-climate-has-north-dakota-farmers-swapping-wheat-for-corn.
NATIONAL FOOD FIGHT
Wall Street Journal, By Glenda Toma, August 12, 2014
You know something has gone awry when a school district would rather forgo hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding than remain in the national school lunch program. But for Campbell County in Kentucky, the reason was simple enough: Kids weren’t eating the healthy meals that met new federal standards. Instead, they were throwing the food away. Not only was that money in the garbage but, in the eyes of the district, money that could have been used for other necessities such as textbooks.
To view the entire Wall Street Journal article, visit http://online.wsj.com/articles/political-diary-national-food-fight-1407882519.
US NUTRITION FACTS PANEL: ABA CONCERNED OVER FIBER, ADDED SUGARS AND TIME
Bakeryandsnacks.com, By Kacey Culliney, August 11, 2014
The American Bakers Association wants the US FDA to revise its proposed dietary fiber definition, reconsider mandatory declaration of added sugars and leave a five-year compliance window for the Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul.
To view the entire Bakeryandsnacks.com article, visit http://www.bakeryandsnacks.com/Regulation-Safety/Nutrition-Facts-Panel-American-Bakers-Association-concerns.