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The Weekly Grind – March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014

NAMA NEWS

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 55TH ANNUAL CORN DRY MILLING CONFERENCE

Registration is open for the 55th Annual Corn Dry Milling Conference, May 14-15, 2014.  Jointly sponsored by USDA’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, Illinois and NAMA, the conference has become a unique event with the objective of sharing information about the corn dry milling industry, including the latest advances in milling, product testing technologies and the science of corn production technology.  Corn millers and seed producers, people involved in food corn product manufacturing or sales, and agricultural engineers dealing in the production, handling, storage, and processing of corn products for food are encouraged to attend.  For more information on the conference and to register, please visit http://www.namamillers.org/meetings/corn-dry-milling-conference/.

REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR 2014 NAMA LEADERSHIP MEETING

Registration is still open for NAMA Board of Directors and Executive Committee to attend the 2014 Leadership Meeting taking place in Washington, D.C, April 9-10, 2014.  The Leadership Meeting is a great opportunity for NAMA members to bring a real-world perspective to milling industry issues, make NAMA a familiar name and sought after source of information and to visit with other colleagues on the NAMA Board members in a small, informal setting.  The meeting will begin April 9 with a luncheon, hill and federal agency visits, and a rooftop reception.  The NAMA Executive Committee will meet the following day.  To make hotel reservations, please call the Holiday Inn Capitol at 877.572.6951.

For more information on the leadership meeting, please visit http://www.namamillers.org/meetings/leadership-meeting/.

NAMA PRESIDENT ATTENDS 2014 ABA CONVENTION

NAMA president and CEO, Jim McCarthy, traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona this week to represent NAMA at the 2014 American Bakers Association (ABA) Convention.   ABA had more than 45 new attendees at the convention who were welcomed at the New Attendee Reception.  Following the New Attendee Reception, all attendees kicked off their convention experience at the Millers’ Welcome Reception, which was well attended.


INDUSTRY NEWS

FDA HOLDS MEETING ON SANITARY TRANSPORTATION RULE

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting on the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule.  This proposed rule establishes requirements for shippers, carriers by motor vehicle and rail vehicle, and receivers engaged in the transportation of food, including food for animals, to use sanitary transportation practices to ensure the safety of food.  The proposed rule has some exemptions. The transportation of fully packaged shelf-stable foods, and raw agricultural commodities (RACs), when transported by farms, are excluded from the definition of “transportation operations” subject to the rule.

WHEAT PRICES SOAR ON CONCERNS ABOUT DRY WEATHER
Baking Business News

Wheat futures prices surged Wednesday on concerns about dry conditions in the U.S. hard red winter wheat region and worries about exports from the Black Sea area due to continues tension between Russia and Ukraine.

To view the full Baking Business News article, visit http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/Purchasing_News/2014/02/Market_Data.aspx?ID=%7B7EB29148-E675-452D-9896-A9DFEC42C42E%7D.

COLORADO GMO LABELING INITIATIVE SET TO BEGIN PETITION PUSH
KDVR News – Fox 31 Denver

A group seeking to force grocers and food manufacturers to label genetically engineered foods is about to begin a petition drive to get the 86,105 signatures needed to put an initiative on the November statewide ballot.  Last week, the Colorado Supreme Court denied a challenge by grocers of the petition language submitted by the group Right to Know Colorado, allowing the petition drive to begin.

To view the full KDVR News article, visit http://kdvr.com/2014/03/18/colorado-gmo-labeling-initiative-set-to-begin-petition-push/.

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