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The Weekly Grind – January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

NAMA NEWS

GRAIN INDUSTRY ADDRESSES 2015 DIETARY GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

This week, the grain industry endorsed the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) extension of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines that recommend Americans consume six servings daily making at least half of all grain foods, whole grain.  Joanne Slavin, RD, PhD, a distinguished professor and registered dietitian of the Department of Food and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, spoke on behalf of the grain chain.

To view the full press release, go to http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/DGAC-Public-Comment-Press-Release-FINAL1.pdf.

To view a copy of the oral statement, visit http://www.namamillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Grain-Chains-DGAC-oral-comments-1-9-14-with-citations-for-submission-FINAL1.pdf.

NAMA PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN ATTEND GMA/FMI MIDWINTER CONFERENCE

NAMA President and CEO, Jim McCarthy, along with NAMA Chairman, Jim Meyer, Italgrani U.S.A., Inc., attended the Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Marketing Institute Midwinter Conference in Phoenix, AZ at the invitation of GMA President, Pam Bailey, to participate in a discussion on GMO labeling solutions.

NAMA PRESIDENT ATTENDS WHEAT FOODS COUNCIL BOARD MEETING

NAMA President, Jim McCarthy, attended the annual Wheat Foods Council (WFC) Board meeting in Phoenix, Arizona this week.  He participated in discussions on WFC’s activities and plans for 2014.


INDUSTRY NEWS

HOUSE AND SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES UNVEIL AGREEMENT ON FOOD AID BUDGET FOR THE YEAR

On January 14, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled the agreement reached to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year  (FY).  The agreement will fund PL 480 Title II of international food aid and the McGovern-Dole international school feeding programs at slightly higher levels than in FY13.  NAMA joined other food and agriculture organizations in supporting continuation of annual funding at their current levels.

To view the FY14 Omnibus summary on Agriculture Appropriations, go to http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/01.13.14_fy_2014_omnibus_-_agriculture_-_summary.pdf.

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