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The Weekly Grind – December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013

NAMA NEWS

JIM BAIR ACCEPTS POSITION AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF U.S. APPLE ASSOCIATION

The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) announced Wednesday Vice President Jim Bair has accepted the position of president and CEO of the U.S. Apple Association (USApple).  USApple is the association that represents all segments of the apple industry value chain, including growers, marketers and processors.  To view the full press release, go to http://www.namamillers.org/jim-bair-accepts-position-as-president-and-ceo-of-u-s-apple-association/.

NAMA WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER

NAMA welcomed OCRIM, S.p.A., as an Associate Member this week.  Based out of Italy, OCRIM designs and manufactures milling plants.  For information on associate membership, visit http://www.namamillers.org/membership/becoming-a-member/.

NAMA SPONSORS WFPUSA HONOR FOR BOB DOLE

NAMA joined other food and agricultural organizations and companies in sponsorship of World Food Program USA’s presentation to former Senator Bob Dole of the George McGovern Leadership in Fighting Global Hunger Award.  Vice President Joe Biden presented the award to Senator Dole and announced they were changing the name of the award to the George McGovern and Robert Dole Leadership in Global Hunger Award.  NAMA President and CEO Jim McCarthy and International Trade Consultant Paul Green were honored to have the opportunity to participate in this well-deserved honor for a long-time friend to the U.S. grain milling industry.


INDUSTRY NEWS

FOOD MANUFACTURERS IMPACTED BY FSMA ANIMAL FOOD RULE

In late October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its proposed rule on preventive controls for pet food and animal feed under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Dr. Dan McChesney, the director of FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance said on an industry webinar this week that one of the big gaps the rule will fill is the need for GMPs. FDA is working out how that rule will expand to the entire feed industry.  McChesney said food manufacturers that divert product to animal feed markets would have to decide whether to follow animal feed or human food preventive controls under FSMA.   NAMA is working with the National Grain and Feed Association to assess the impact on our millers.

NO FARM BILL IN SIGHT FOR 2013

Farm bill negotiators admitted this week that they likely will not complete their work before Congress leaves for the year.  House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas filed a short-term extension of current farm law through January 31, 2014, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives December 12.  Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow reiterated her opinion that a bill would be passed in January.  Funding for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and the structure of commodity programs have been sticking points.

 

**The NAMA office will be closed Monday, December 23 – Friday, December 27.

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