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Corn Dry Milling Conference Committee Meeting Minutes – May 18, 2011

The Embassy Suites East Peoria
Peoria, IL
May 18, 2011
Oat Milling Members Present
John Deininger, Didion Milling, Inc.
Lawrence Guenther, ADM Milling Company
Robert Harper, Hopkinsville Milling Company
Kim King, Lakeside Mills, Inc.
Melissa Martin, Midstate Mills, Inc.
Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Keith Smith, Cargill Corn Milling
Stephen Wickes, Agricor, Inc.
John Cory, Prairie Mills Products LLC
NAMA Staff Present
Mary Waters, President
Sherri Lehman, Director of Government Relations
                                                                               
1. Call to Order and Introductions – Corn Dry Milling Conference Chairman, Robert Harper, Hopkinsville Milling Company
Mr. Harper called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.
2. Antitrust Briefing – Mary Waters, NAMA
3. Update on International Food Aid – Mary Waters, NAMA
Ms. Waters reviewed the briefing paper on funding for food aid.
4. Fumigants discussion – Mary Waters, NAMA
Ms. Waters outlined the CUE approval for Methyl Bromide for this year and the proposal to revoke the food tolerance for sulfuryl fluoride. In response to a question, it was noted that the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to establish maximum allowable residue levels (called tolerances) that ensure that human exposure to the pesticide ingredients in food and animal feed will be “safe”.

In response to a question it was noted that NAMA makes the statement that the milling industry has achieved a 90% reduction in methyl bromide use. This is because each year NAMA has requested smaller amounts and the approved amount has been much lower than the request.

Someone asked if NAMA was surveying millers to see what they are actually using. We later learned that this year’s CUE application required this survey and it was done.

5. Update on Syngenta’s introduction of Enogen corn – Mary Waters, NAMA and Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Mr. Roskens, on behalf of the NAMA Technical Committee Working Group requested a sample of Enogen grain. Syngenta is requiring that a “Material Transfer Agreement” be signed before receiving a sample.  In March, there was a discussion of gathering information on the draw area for corn at the NAMA Division Members. An information request on the corn draw area has been sent to the Technical committee.

Members discussed if there could there be contamination from seed production.

6. Other Business
7. Adjournment

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Waters
President

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