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International Trade Committee Meeting Minutes – June 27, 2011

Westin Crowne Center Hotel
Kansas City, MO
(conference call in provided)
June 27, 2011
3:30 PM
Committee Members Present
Jack Cwach, ADM Milling Company
Co Vice Chair
Jeff Dillon, Didion Milling, Inc.
James A. Madich, Horizon Milling LLC/Cargill
Committee Members Not Present
Wade Ellis, Bunge Milling, Inc. Co. Chair
Steve Wickes, Agricor, Inc.
Rod Geiger, Bartlett Milling Company
Harry Nadolny, ConAgra Mills
Bruce King, Cereal Food Processors, Inc.
Bill Liska, Grain Millers, Inc.
Others Present
George Allard, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Ron Silver, Didion Milling, Inc.
Alex Sune, Horizon Milling LLC/Cargill
Aletia LifeLine Foods
NAMA Staff
Paul Green, NAMA Consultant
Mary Waters, NAMA President
Robert H. Myers, Morris, Manning and Martin, NAMA Legal Counsel (by phone)
                                                                               
  1. Call to Order
    Acting Chairman Jack Cwach convened the meeting at 4:00 PM. Counsel Myers reviewed the NAMA antitrust guidelines and reminded members of their responsibilities.
  2. Administration
  3. Review of Notes from March 21 Meeting
    The Committee reviewed the notes and there were no corrections.
  4. Items for Discussion
    1. NAMA Webpage for Food Aid The Committee discussed the use of the NAMA webpage as both communication with the public on NAMA positions and as the repository of Committee records and briefing papers for reference.
    2. Tufts University FAQR
      The Committee was updated on the latest release of the Review document and apparent need for pilot testing of the recommendations for product formulation, packaging, shelf life and targeting. ITC members were encouraged to engage Tufts University attendees at the IFADC on the Review follow up steps. The Committee discussed the draft NAMA web pages relating to FAQR and had no corrections or changes.
    3. Food Safety issues related to food aid
      Mr. Green briefed the ITC on continuing discussions inside USAID regarding the food safety and they intend to forward some recommendations to the Food Aid Consultative Group (FACG), in the next several months. USAID officials appear to understand that testing is not the way to control food safety risks and they seem convinced that process controls are the preferred controls for food borne issues.
    4. WBSCM in food aid tendering and discussions with FSA administrators during the IFADC
      The Committee repeated warnings that the WBSCM implementation without a transition with side by side methods, will cause delays and costs.
    5. 2012  Food aid Appropriations and NAMA involvement with other ag groups and  Coalition for Food Security
      The Committee discussed the uncertainty surrounding the 2012 Title II and McGovern Dole appropriations due to the debt limit negotiations and difficult appropriations process. Staff was advised to continue to support traditional levels of food aid.
    6. Proposed NAMA FMD projects
      Mr. Green discussed a proposed trip to Africa in late September prior to the end of the fiscal year and prospective trips to Sudan in 2012, perhaps in conjunction with Senator Moran, who has expressed interest in traveling with NAMA members on a food aid mission.
    7. Trade issues in agriculture
      Mr. Green updated the Committee on the WTO negotiations, FTAs with Panama, Columbia and Korea; and the recent announcement of the End of the Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly on wheat and barley. After discussion, staff was asked to continue to monitor and keep the Committee advised.
    8.  IFADC Schedule
      The Committee discussed the schedule for the IFADC and members advised of their availability for specific events including the NAMA reception.
  5. Other Business
  6. Adjournment

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Green
NAMA International Trade Consultant

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