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International Trade Committee Meeting Minutes – October 7, 2011



The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO
October 7, 2011
4:00 PM
Committee Members Present
Wade Ellis, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Jack Cwach, ADM Milling Co.
George Allard, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Dan Fetherston, SEMO Milling LLC
Jim Madich, Horizon Milling LLC/ Cargill
Steve Wickes, Agricor, Inc.
Committee Members Not Present
Jeff Dillon, Didion Milling, Inc.
Bruce King, Cereal Food Processors, Inc.
William Liska, Grain Millers, Inc.
Harry Nadolny, ConAgra Mills
Others Present
Don Brown, ConAgra Mills
Don Sullins, ADM Milling Co.
NAMA Staff
Mary Waters, President
Paul Green, Staff Liaison
Joseph Holahan, Legal Counsel, Morris, Manning, Martin, LLP
  1. Call to Order – International Trade Committee Chairman, Wade Ellis, Bunge Milling, Inc.
    The Chairman called the meeting to order at 4:05 PM.

    1. Introductions – Wade Ellis, Bunge Milling, Inc.
    2. Antitrust Guidelines – Joe Holahan, Legal Counsel
      Joe read the NAMA guidelines on antitrust and reminded the participants that all NAMA meetings are conducted under those guidelines.
  2. Administration
    1. Approval of Minutes – Paul Green, NAMA
      The June 27 minutes were distributed to the members prior to the meeting and reviewed.  Rod Geiger made one correction in the attendance in that Rick Herzberg represented Bartlett Milling Co.  The minutes were approved with that amendment.
  3. Items for Discussion
    1. Food Aid Budget and 2012 Appropriations
      The Committee discussed the uncertainty of the 2012 budget and the limited number of options for stakeholders to engage decision makers on the important role food aid plays in global food security.  The Committee asked for two action items by staff:

      Action Item 1- NAMA staff will update the NAMA product food aid database to show the historical annual food aid programs and analysis on impacts on food aid impact if budgets are cut drastically. 

      Action Item 2- Staff will engage some of our political supporters of food aid to ask what information, letters or other communication might provide help in their efforts to defend food aid budgets.
    2. NAMA FMD budget and marketing plan for FY 2012
      The Committee discussed the FMD program participation and our performance measures to judge outcomes.  One of those performance measures is the introduction of NAMA to new PVOs using food in their food security/school lunch programs.  During the ITC Africa mission taken by Brian Anderson and Paul Green, we were introduced to Feed the Children, an Oklahoma-based NGO.

      Action Item 3- NAMA will approach Feed the Children to request an appointment to visit their HQ for an introductory meeting and discussion of their projects and NAMA products.
      Paul’s recent trip report cited the concerns of WFP in Africa related to fumigation and insect infestation in US food aid products, as well as comingling of Best if Used By Dates that make stocks management difficult.

      Action Item 4-  Staff to engage USAID, USDA and WFP on prospective collaboration in prepositioning NAMA products.  If favorably received, NAMA might consider using FMD to provide expert advice on insect control, such as using Industrial Fumigants, a NAMA associate member. 

  4. Information items – Discussion if requested
    1. International Biotechnology Issues Management
    2. Food Aid Quality Review Follow-up plans
      The Committee discussed the possibility to propose an alternative to FAQR using current milled grain products and shipping methods with further product adjustment, ingredient addition and smaller packages near the final distribution.  The ITC supports that discussion and suggested a more comprehensive look at the entire supply chain and possible innovative shipments such as bulk shipment in containers with bladders etc.

      Action item 5-  Staff to discuss a possible study to shorten the food aid supply chain  with the objective to get the products to destination at least cost and with protection of  product quality.  This could include the prospect of adding value in destination countries to customize the nutrition profiles or packaging.

      WBSCM issues and plans for meeting to discuss them with USDA staff
      The Committee is eager to participate in the WBSCM meeting on October 13 in Washington, but most of the input will be through conference call participation.

      Action Item 6- Paul will send an email soliciting specific comments from  ITC members on remaining WBSCM issues.

      The Committee noted the recent award of sampling and testing services for milled products to Intertek and the need/opportunity to engage that company to assure predictable, accurate and reproducible results.

      Action Item 7-  Staff will investigate the willingness of Intertek to discuss SOP for sampling, testing and reproducible results. 

    3. Food Aid Program paper
    4. Monetization Briefing Paper
  5. Other Business
    Chairman Ellis informed the Committee of plans to use a monthly report to manage Committee issues going forward. Paul will begin issuing a report giving updates on specific Committee issues that will also be available on the NAMA webpage, issue by issue. 
  6. Adjournment
    The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Green
NAMA International Trade Consultant

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