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The Weekly Grind – July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

NAMA NEWS

NAMA RECEIVES EPA’S PROPOSED GRAIN ELEVATOR DUST REGULATIONS

On Wednesday, July 9, the EPA’s proposed update to regulations affecting grain elevators (40 CFR part 60, subpart DD) was published in the Federal Register. Under authority from the Clean Air Act (CAA), the EPA sets New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for air pollution from industrial facilities.  These CAA regulations are aimed to reduce the amount of dust released into the atmosphere and are not related to regulations for worker health. In the proposed rule, EPA intends to require additional mitigation technologies for new or rebuilt elevators as well as increased environmental monitoring and reporting requirements at new and existing facilities. NAMA is working with other industry stakeholders in a coalition led by the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), to respond to the proposed changes by the October 7th deadline for comments.  In conjunction with the release of the proposed rule, EPA reversed its 2007 determination that temporary grain storage facilities should be counted as permanent storage when assessing compliance with CAA regulations.

NAMA IS LEAD SPONSOR FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF FOOD FOR PEACE

NAMA President and CEO Jim McCarthy and International Trade Consultant Paul Green represented NAMA at a celebration dinner in honor of the 60th year of the Food For Peace International Food Aid Program.  Speakers at the event included Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow, Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and USAID Administrator, Rajiv Shah.  NAMA member John Didion of Didion Milling also attended and was seated at the head table with the speakers.

Despite the contentious relationships that developed over the Administration’s food aid ‘reform’ proposals during the 2014 Farm Bill debates, the atmosphere was very celebratory.  All the speakers praised perhaps the greatest humanitarian program of all time, affecting or saving the lives of over 3 billion people in 60 years.

NAMA 2014 ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION TO OPEN NEXT WEEK

Registration for NAMA’s 2014 Annual Meeting will open next week, Monday, July 14 at 12p.m. EST.  NAMA milling and associate members are invited to join the leaders of the milling industry October 23-25 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida for two days of information gathering, advocacy, and networking.  This event is the largest gathering of milling executives in the industry and hosts the only yearly meeting of the NAMA Board of Directors.  Although registration does not open until Monday, you can book your room reservation now.  For more information on the meeting visit http://www.namamillers.org/meetings/2014-annual-meeting-general-information/.  For any other questions you may have, please contact Lyndsey Valentine, Manager of Communications and Administration, at lvalentine@namamillers.org or by phone at 202.484.2200, ext. 17.


INDUSTRY NEWS

FUTURE USE OF AG BIOTECH REQUIRES BETTER CONSUMER UNDERSTANDING

Farm Futures, By Janell Baum, July 10, 2014

Farmers and scientists speaking in a House Ag Committee subcommittee hearing Wednesday on ag biotechnology said the focus needs to shift to sharing biotech benefits that are rooted in science – not spreading concerns based on unreliable sources.  The committee hearing, chaired by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., addressed biotech’s perceived role in ag production, how consumers react to that perception in the grocery store, and how consumers interpret news and research on the topic.  To view the entire Future Farmers article, visit http://farmfutures.com/story-future-use-ag-biotech-requires-better-consumer-understanding-0-114905.

SENATE APPROVES VETTER AS CHIEF AG NEGOTIATOR FOR USTR

Agri-Pulse, By Daniel Enoch, July 9, 2014

The Senate today voted by voice vote to approve Darci Vetter as chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Office.  Vetter has been serving as USDA’s under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services. She’ll join the USTR’s office at a critical time, as agriculture issues are on the front burner in negotiations for two major trade treaties, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with 11 other Asian-Pacific nations, and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, with the European Union.  To view the entire Agri-Pulse article, visit http://agri-pulse.com/Senate-approves-Vetter-as-chief-ag-negotiation-for-USTR.asp.

QUINOA RIDES THE ‘SUPERFOODS’ WAVE

Wall Street Journal, By Tony C. Dreibus, July 9, 2014

For most of the three decades that Ancient Harvest has been selling quinoa, business was relatively tame as it supplied boutique supermarkets and health-food stores.  That changed abruptly about five years ago. Major retailers started seeking out the brand—and sales took off.  Today, Ancient Harvest quinoa products—which now include quinoa linguine, quinoa mac and cheese, and quinoa hot cereal flakes, among other iterations—are sold at general retailers like Walgreens and Piggly Wiggly. Quinoa Corp., the brand’s owner, expects sales this year to double from their 2012 level, says Chief Executive Blake Waltrip, declining to disclose actual figures.

To view the entire Wall Street Journal article, visit http://online.wsj.com/articles/quinoa-rides-the-superfoods-gluten-free-waves-1404926555.

ADM ADDING TASTE TO ITS PORTFOLIO

Food Business News, By Keith Nunes, July 8, 2014

The addition of Wild Flavors will give the Archer Daniels Midland Co. greater access to the European marketplace and to the beverage category. In addition, it will add a key element to its product development portfolio – taste.  “Taste is king,” declared Patricia Woertz, chairman and chief executive officer of ADM, in a July 7 conference call with financial analysts to discuss the proposed acquisition. “It remains the biggest driver of food and beverage buying decisions, even more so than price. So with this acquisition of Wild Flavors, we are adding taste to that platform and we will be able to offer a complete food system to our customers to help them formulate or enhance their product.”

To view the entire Food Business News article, visit http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/Business_News/2014/07/ADM_adding_taste_to_its_portfo.aspx?ID=%7B6B4BCCEF-F11D-4AC6-B49F-3F5520D96CF1%7D&e.

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