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Corn Division Meeting Minutes – March 13, 2011

Hilton Marco Island Resort & Spa
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March 13, 2011
Corn Milling Members Present
Robert J. Giguere, Iowa Corn Processors, Division
Chairman
George Allard, Bunge Milling
Brian Anderson, Bunge Milling
Dallas Anthony, Bunge Milling
Steven Arndt, Midstate Mills
Ray S. Clark, Hopkinsville Milling Company
Chris Elrod, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Sam J. Garlow, Shawnee Milling Company
Others Present
Craig Hagood, House-Autry Mills
Blake Hendrix, LifeLine Foods
Kim King, Lakeside Mills, Inc.
Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Keith Smith, Cargill Corn Milling
Charlie Stout, Milner Milling
R. Don Sullins, ADM Milling Company
Nick Weigel, ADM Milling Company
Stephen H. Wickes, Agricor, Inc.
Bryan Wurscher, Cargill Dry Corn Ingredients

Others Present
Jim Bair, NAMA, Vice President
Sherri Lehman, NAMA, Director of Government Relations
Terri Long, NAMA, Director of Communication/Meetings

Robert H. Myers, Jr., NAMA, Legal Counsel
Mary Waters, NAMA, President
Jenni Weems, NAMA, Administrative Assistant
                                                                               
1. Call to Order – Division Chairman, Robert Giguere, Iowa Corn Processors, Inc.
Division Chairman Giguere called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Attendees made self-introductions. NAMA legal counsel, Robert H. Myers, Jr., reviewed the antitrust guidelines.
2. Administration
a. Approval of Minutes – Terri Long, NAMA
The minutes from the March 21, 2010 and October 15, 2010 meetings were distributed prior to the meeting and a motion was made by Mr. Sullins for approval. Mr. Roskens seconded the motion and the group voted unanimously to approve.
b. Report on Corn Division Reserve Fund & Budget – Mary Waters, NAMA
Ms. Waters gave a report on the Corn Division Reserve Fund & Budget. The reserve fund is $193,130. There is a $1,200 included in the NAMA budget for the corn division meetings.
3. Items for Discussion
Research
a. Review Corn Dry Milling Conference – Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats and Keith Smith, Cargill Corn Milling
The Corn Dry Milling Conference (CDMC) will be held May 19, 2011 at the Peoria, Illinois Embassy Suites with a Corn Division meeting and dinner the night before. The CDMC Planning Committee met two weeks ago and is inviting a full slate of speakers including a retail perspective on sustainability, allergen testing, USDA classification of grains and the use of corn as food in China.  All members are urged to attend.
b. Consideration of Research Project – Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Mr. Roskens gave an update on the funding request for the “Corn Population Effect on Grain Quality” study conducted by AgriGold Hybrids and the Illinois Crop Improvement Association. This is a study on the impact on grain quality when using twin row technology for planting. An update was included with the meeting materials. A year ago the division approved funding for this project, however funds were not spent because the incidence of fumonisin and DON was so low in the 2010 crop.

An analysis has just been completed of more than 100 plots. We now have raw data and AgriGold has been asked to present at the CDMC on the results.

Food Safety Law  – Sherri Lehman, NAMA
Ms. Lehman reported on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (see briefing paper).The members discussed customer requests on food safety. Some customers have requested SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification that requires mills to confirm that all suppliers are SQF certified. This is a food safety standard that specifies the quality management system requirements necessary to indentify food safety and quality risks as well as validate and monitor the control measures. There are different levels of SQF certification. Employee input is part of gaining SQF certification and some FDA inspectors present in plants are questioning employees on their view of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans.
Supply
a. Corn Amylase (Enogen) Deregulation– Mary Waters, Jim Bair, NAMA
Ms. Waters reported that USDA had deregulated corn amylase without restriction. This is the first output trait that can impact functionality. Now that it has been deregulated, NAMA is preparing for commercial distribution. Syngenta has committed to create an Advisory Council to review their stewardship program and NAMA plans to participate. Syngenta is not under any legal requirement to follow the recommendations of the Advisory Council.

Mr. Roskens reported on his meetings with USDA prior to approval of the corn amylase product.  He expressed concerns over lack of scientific data and the stewardship plan. USDA supports having an oversight committee in place immediately to monitor the stewardship plans.

Syngenta does not have much seed and current growing areas are not as expansive as we originally thought. Syngenta says the intended growing area is a 100-mile swath running from Oakley, KS to Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Roskens does not think the corn amylase works with some hybrids and this may be why they are not intending to move in to other growing areas. Any unused seed is to be given back to Syngenta. Truckers have to go through clean out protocols that mirror those for StarLink. Syngenta has agreed to a third party audit system. Audits will be before and after pollination. NAMA should look into who the auditor will be and what aspects will be part of the audit. All explanations from Syngenta are verbal and most requirements are on the grower and seed dealer.

Mr. Bair reported that activists groups are preparing to litigate this approval, but will likely not seek a preliminary injunction. NAMA has not been asked to join a lawsuit and has not discussed litigation.

Mr. Roskens would like millers to obtain the grain and test for functionality. The Technical Committee proposed that the Corn Division fund a project to have a third party perform the milling tests on this product. After discussion, the Corn Division appointed a sub group of Mr. Roskens, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Smith and Dr. Sullins to develop a testing plan for internal testing with company resources.

4. Information Items – for discussion if requested
a. Biotechnology – Jim Bair
Mr. Bair noted that briefing papers are on the members’ section of NAMA’s web site.
b. Biotechnology and Nutrition/Product Promotion Committees – Mary Waters
Ms. Waters stated that NAMA’s Biotechnology Committee was created to provide advice to the Board and Executive Committee on broader biotechnology policy and be a public demonstration of support for biotechnology.
c. FY 2012 Federal Budget for Agriculture Research – Sherri Lehman
d. Partnership for Food Safety – Sherri Lehman
NAMA has joined the Partnership for Food Safety that focuses on consumer education on safe food handling practices
5. Other Business
Mr. Wickes and Mr. Giguere would like to continue the corn dinner held on Saturday night. NAMA staff will explore this option.
6. Adjournment
Mr. Giguere adjourned the meeting at 10:51 a.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Mary Waters
President

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