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The Weekly Grind – June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014

NAMA NEWS

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2014 NAMA ANNUAL MEETING

Save the date, October 23-25, 2014 for NAMA’s Annual Meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. Registration for the meeting will open mid-July, but you can make hotel reservations now by going to http://resweb.passkey.com/go/NAMA14 or calling The Breakers at 888.273.2537 and referencing the “NAMA14” group. The discounted room rate is $285.00 per night, plus room and sales tax.

The NAMA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of milling industry executives and it is the one time each year when members of the Board meet face-to-face. More information, including a preliminary program schedule will be posted on our website and sent at a later date. For general information regarding this meeting, please visit http://www.namamillers.org/meetings/2014-annual-meeting-general-information/. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Lyndsey Valentine, Manager of Communications and Administration at 202.484.2200, ext. 17 or at lvalentine@namamillers.org

NAMA TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTING WHEAT

NAMA will be joining wheat weavers, farmers, bakers, and educators to greet visitors at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) on Saturday, June 14 as part of the Amber Waves of Grain Family Festival. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and highlights the USBG’s summer exhibit on the history and beauty of wheat. The festival includes hands-on activities for children, live wheat weaving, baking demonstrations – including samples, hand-crank flour mills and a tabletop threshing machine as well as mixing activity illustrating the function of different wheat classes and flours. For more information on this festival, visit http://www.usbg.gov/exhibits.

INDUSTRY NEWS

GMA SUING VERMONT OVER GMO LAW
Food Business News, By Monica Watrous, June 13, 2014

The Grocery Manufacturers Association on June 12 filed a complaint in federal district court in Vermont to overturn the state’s law requiring the labeling of food produced with bioengineered ingredients. Under the Vermont law to take effect on July 1, 2016, if food for humans is offered for sale at retail in the state and is produced entirely or partially with genetic engineering, the food must be labeled to indicate that fact. Violators would face penalties and further action by the state’s Attorney General’s Office. Vermont’s governor, Peter Shumlin, signed bill H.B. 112 into law on May 8.

To view the full Food Business News article, visit http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/Regulatory_News/2014/06/GMA_suing_Vermont_over_GMO_law.aspx?ID=%7B2C1B505B-747D-41CF-893F-879C65EDB0CB%7D.

INSTANT OATMEAL HAS SATIETY EFFECT
Bakingbusiness.com, By Jeff Gelski, June 12, 2014

Eating a bowl of instant oatmeal for breakfast was more satiating and helped to manage hunger better than the same amount of calories from a ready-to-eat, oat-based cereal, according to a study published on-line May 28 in Nutrition Journal. The Quaker Oats Center of Excellence, PepsiCo R.&D. Nutrition funded the study. It involved researchers from PepsiCo R.&D. Nutrition and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

To view the full Bakingbusiness.com article, visit http://www.bakingbusiness.com/articles/news_home/Health-and-Wellness/2014/06/Instant_oatmeal_has_satiety_ef.aspx?ID=%7B981C7F42-411A-48B7-A72A-33CE9E19D4B8%7D.

HOUSE DEBATES AGRICULTURE SPENDING BILL
Agri-Pulse, By Agri-Pulse Staff, June 11, 2014

The House spent several hours Wednesday debating a $142 billion spending bill for the USDA and FDA for fiscal year 2015, approving a raft of amendments, but adjourned without voting on the measure. The amendments mostly shifted funding around among different agencies and programs but none addressed the aspects of the bill that have produced the most controversy in recent weeks – the school lunch program and white potatoes. The bill produced by Republican lawmakers includes a provision that would allow school districts to seek a one-year waiver from certain federal healthy-food standards. Democrats, with the backing of first lady Michelle Obama, say the measure would be a step backward in the campaign to fight childhood obesity.

To view the full Agri-Pulse article, visit http://agri-pulse.com/House-debates-agriculture-spending-bill-06112014.asp.

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