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Minutes – October 7, 2011

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Minutes

Corn Division Member Business Meeting

The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO
October 7, 2011
2:00 PM
Corn Milling Members Present
George Allard, Bunge Milling, Inc.
Ray S. Clark, Hopkinsville Milling Co.
Ken DeLine, SEMO Milling LLC
Wade Ellis, Bunge Milling Co.
Dan Fetherston, SEMO Milling LLC
Tommy Lynn, C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc.
Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Stephen H. Wickes, Agricor, Inc.
Bryan Wurscher, Cargill Corn Milling North America
Others Present
Don Mennel, The Mennel Milling Co.
Ford Mennel, The Mennel Milling Co.
Beth Holzman, ADM Milling Co.
Jack Cwach, ADM Milling Co.

Staff Present:
Mary Waters, President
James Bair, Vice President
Sherri Lehman, Director of Government Relations
Terri Long, Director of Communications/Meetings
Lyndsey Valentine, Administrative Assistant
Joseph Holahan, Legal Counsel, Morris, Manning, Martin, LLP

                                                                               
1. Call to Order – Corn Division Chairman, Bob Giguere, Iowa Corn Processors, Inc.

a. Introductions – Bob Giguere, Iowa Corn Processors, Inc.

b. Mr. Giguere reviewed the antitrust guidelines. Legal Counsel, Mr. Holahan, joined the meeting at 2:20p.m.
2. Administration

a. Approval of Minutes – Mary Waters, NAMA
Mr. Wickes makes a motion to approve the minutes. The minutes are passed at 2:14p.m. Ms. Waters reviewed the budget and states there is $190,996.44 in the Corn Division account.

3. Items for Discussion

a. Review of Corn Dry Milling Conference – Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Mr. Roskens spoke on behalf of CDMC Committee Chairman Robert Harper.  Mr. Roskens discussed the 52nd Annual Corn Dry Milling Conference that was attended by 57 people.  He reviewed the highlights of the conference and asked the Corn Division members for topic ideas and location ideas for the next conference.  Mr. Giguere encouraged members of the Corn Division Committee to make every effort to attend this conference next year.
b. Update on Syngenta – Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
Mr. Roskens visited the Syngenta Enogen cornfields over the summer, and feels Syngenta is living up to their stewardship plan. Production is limited this year to 5,200 acres in NW Kansas. He expressed concern that Syngenta’s sampling protocol to test for pollen drift from adjacent fields was statistically flawed, and Syngenta consultant Will Duensing agreed.The millers expressed their frustrations with the inability to obtain samples for testing without signing unreasonable confidentiality agreements. Syngenta wants a subsample out of every test we want to run. The millers want to be able to do their own testing.

Syngenta reported it is in discussions with two ethanol plants in Nebraska that are interested in Enogen corn for 2012.

There is concern that customers will want written guarantees that corn products do not contain any Enogen corn. Mr. Bair says that there is no force of law because the corn has been completely deregulated. If the corn were found in a food product, there is likely no recourse as the corn is legal. Mr. Giguere asks for clarification that there is at least one customer that will have asked about Enogen corn and about how we address this issue as an industry.

Mr. Roskens said in the last week he has been approached by Lynn Clarkson, President of a large organic grains company in the Midwest who is extremely agitated by the whole issue.

The question was asked if others outside the Syngenta Advisory Committee were allowed to attend the next meeting on January 17. Mr. Roskens said it is an open meeting, but it is Syngenta’s meeting, so he is not sure. He also said we need to have a list of questions and concerns for that meeting, because they are supposed to make them public. Mr. Bair will send a note to the corn division members requesting a list of questions and concerns to compile for Mr. Roskens to present at the January meeting.

Mr. Roskens noted that NAMA counsel has seen the material transfer agreement (MTA). It was suggested that NAMA counsel review the MTA to consider if it could be rewritten in a way to make it possible to obtain the samples that NAMA has been requesting since March. NAMA sent a letter to Syngenta again in July requesting the samples without condition. GMA has counter-proposed its own agreement also.

Mr. Roskens made a motion to request that the Executive Committee ask NAMA counsel to approach Syngenta’s counsel to explore what changes can be made to the MTA to facilitate receipt of the samples. The motion was seconded and passed.

c. Update on “Twin Row” Research Study – Bruce Roskens, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats
A published report on Agrigold will be posted on the NAMA website. The research was conducted by AgriGold Hybrids and Illinois Crop Improvement Association to determine effects on corn quality from high population planting.
d. Food Safety – Sherri Lehman, NAMA

4. Other Business
Mr. Giguere thanked everybody for coming out to the meeting and states that the corn division members will be going to The Summit for dinner around 8:15pm and everyone is welcome to join.
5. Adjournment
 

Respectfully submitted,

Sherri Lehman
NAMA Director of Government Relations

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