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Minutes – March 11, 2012

North American Millers’ Association
Corn Division Business Meeting
Naples, Florida

Minutes

DRAFT

Waldorf Astoria Naples
Acacia 1-3
Sunday March 11, 2012
8:30-11:00 AM
Members Present
Robert Giguere, Chairman, Iowa Corn Processors
George Allard, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Brian Anderson, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Dallas Anthony, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Steven Arndt, Midstate Mills, Inc.
Keith Ballard, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
John Didion, Didion Milling, Inc.
Chris Elrod, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Sam Garlow, Shawnee Milling Company
William Gross, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Craig Hagood, House-Autry Mills, Inc.
Robert Harper, Hopkinsville Milling Company
David Kendra, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats

 

R.Alan Koenig, Milner Milling, Inc.
Keith Smith, Cargill Corn Milling
Don Sullins, ADM Milling Company
Nick Weigel, ADM Milling Company
Stephen Wickes, Agricor, Inc.

NAMA Staff
Jim Bair, Vice President
Sherri Lehman, Staff Liaison, Director of Government Affairs
Terri Long, Director of Communications
Robert Myers, General Counsel, Morris, Manning, Martin, LLP
Lyndsey Valentine, Administrative Assistant
Mary Waters, President

                                                                               
1. Call to Order – Division Chairman, Robert Giguere, Iowa Corn Processors, Inc.Mr. Giguere called the meeting to order at 8:30a.m.

a. Introductions – Robert Giguere, Iowa Corn Processors, Inc.
Self-introductions were made.
b. Review of Antitrust Guidelines – Skip Myers, Morris, Manning & Martin
Mr. Myers reviewed the anti-trust statement with the Corn Division Members.
2. Administration
a. Approval of Minutes – Sherri Lehman, NAMA
Mr. Harper moved to approve the minutes. Mr. Didion seconded the motion and it passed.
b. Report on Corn Division Reserve Fund & Budget – Mary Waters, NAMAMs. Waters reported that $197,716.44 is in the Corn Division reserve fund.
3. Items for Discussion

Research
a. Report on Corn Dry Milling Conference – Robert Harper – Hopkinsville Milling Company
Mr. Harper reviewed the program for the Corn Dry Milling Conference. He announced the speakers and topics that will be discussed. He commended NAMA members Bruce Roskens, John Cory, Don Sullins, Brian Anderson, Keith Anderson, along with Sean Liu of ARS, Terri Long, Sherri Lehman and the NAMA staff for the work they have done for this conference. Mr. Harper said the conference will be held May 16-17 in Peoria, IL at the Mark Twain Hotel.

Mr. Wickes proposed that the Corn Division extend an invitation for Bruce Roskens and his wife to attend the conference. After discussion Mr. Wickes moved that the Corn Division provide a complimentary registration for Mr. Roskens and his wife. Mr. Didion seconded the motion and it passed at 8:50a.m.

b. Administration’s 2013 Agricultural Research Budget – Sherri Lehman, NAMA
Ms. Lehman said the Administration’s FY2013 budget saw an increase of $68 million for the Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) received a small increase of $1.1 million.
c. Corn Meal Nutritionals – Steve Wickes, Agricor, Inc.
Mr. Wickes proposed that NAMA recommend to USDA that it adopt consistent fat testing guidelines for cornmeal. Currently that is not the case and results vary widely. After discussion the group agreed that a standard method for food aid products would be desirable. The group agreed that NAMA staff should contact USDA to see how the protocol is created and contact other food trade associations to see how they use the database. The Committee would like to have an update at the NAMA member meeting to be held in conjunction with the Corn Dry Milling Conference.
Food Safety

a. Update on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Implementation – Sherri Lehman, NAMA
Ms. Lehman reviewed the briefing material in the members’ packets. Most of the regulations have not yet been promulgated. She reminded members that food manufacturers must register their facilities between October 1 and December 31, of this year. NAMA will be sending guidance information at a later date. In response to a question on hiring new inspectors, Ms. Lehman noted that with a very limited budget, hiring new inspectors will be difficult.
Supply
a. Corn Amylase Review – Jim Bair, NAMA
Mr. Bair said that when Enogen was deregulated a year ago, Syngenta said they would form an industry advisory committee. That committee has met twice and reviewed the stewardship plan.  NAMA members on the committee are Don Sullins (ADM) and George Allard (Bunge).This winter, Syngenta signed an agreement with ethanol producers in Galva, Iowa to grow the corn, in addition to the Oakley, KS location.

Mr. Sullins said Syngenta projects up to 70,000 acres of Enogen will be planted by 2014.

An ELISA test with a 1.0% limit of detection for the amylase trait has been developed and was previously performance validated by USDA/Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). That validation expired in December but has been resubmitted for validation.

NAMA organized a meeting with other agricultural processors to brief Rebecca Blue, Deputy Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the history and recent developments of the introduction of Enogen corn.

Syngenta continues to insist on executing a confidentiality agreement before releasing samples for testing.

After discussion, the committee recommended that the policy going forward on Enogen corn would be:

  • NAMA would cease attempting to acquire samples of Enogen.
  • Members further agreed that it is not in their best interests to acquire samples as an individual company.
  • Going forward, it was agreed that since Syngenta claims its stewardship plan has the rigor to be effective, the company should be allowed to demonstrate that effectiveness.
4. Election of Corn Division Chairman
Mr. Giguere reported a nominating committee was formed composed of Messrs. Giguere, Wickes, and Harper. The committee met and nominated Mr. Allard as the new Corn Division Chairman. Mr. Sullins moved to approve this nomination by acclamation. Mr. Harper seconded the motion and it was approved.
5. Other Business
Mr. Anderson said that because the NAMA-funded twin row research is complete, he would like for the corn division to come up with a new project for them to work on. Mr. Giguere suggested creating a small ad hoc committee to come up with a new project. Messrs. Anderson, Smith and Sullins volunteered for this ad hoc committee. 

Mr. Didion suggested that the corn division use the funds in their reserve account to “give back” through scholarships or some other type of program. A committee of Messrs.. Didion, Giguere and Hagood was formed to develop ideas before the fall meeting. Ms. Lehman will coordinate conference calls for both ad hoc committees.

6. Adjournment
Mr. Harper moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Wickes seconded the motion and it passed. The meeting was adjourned at 11:00a.m.
 

Respectfully submitted,

Sherri Lehman
NAMA Director of Government Relations

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