Inside this Issue
NAMA and a coalition of more than 30 food industry groups wrote to Congress urging lawmakers to reject food taxes and regulatory fees included in the Administration’s FY 2013 budget request to fund Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received significant yearly funding increases since FY 2007, the coalition strongly encouraged the Administration to request sufficient funding to administer federal food safety programs under FDA’s jurisdiction. Facility registration fees, rejected previously by Congress when FSMA was first being considered, have been proposed to raise $220 million in FY 2013. The President’s proposal also creates a $4.4 million “technical assistance” fee to fund agency reviews of applications companies submit regarding contact substances used in food packaging or processing equipment. Read the letter at https://www.namamillers.org/pdf/fda_user_fee_letter.pdf.
The President’s FY 2013 budget proposes increases of $68 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Research, Education and Economics budget, one of the few programs with a proposed increase. The proposed USDA budget for the Agricultural Research Service is $1.103 billion in discretionary spending, a small increase from FY 2012. Specific to grain crops, there are increases for research to address climate and environmental challenges facing agriculture ($25 million), $1.6 million to look at high throughput phenotyping using new plant root imaging methods, and genotyping, germplasm improvement using NexGen DNA sequencing. $500,000 is provided to Manhattan, Kansas for research on genetic improvement for drought.
The President’s FY 2013 budget would cut PL 480 Title II from the FY 2012 level of $1.466 billion to $1.4 billion, a 4.5 percent decrease. This is in addition to the cut in Title II from the 2011 level of about 1.65 Billion. In proposing this reduction, the budget proposal states:
|“The 2013 Budget includes $1.4 billion for Title II grants, which is $66 million less than the 2012 appropriation, but up to $366 million is requested in International Disaster Assistance for emergency food responses, compared to $300 million in 2012.”|
PL480 is funded through ag appropriations, where as International Disaster Assistance (IDA) is funded through foreign aid funds. A shift from PL480 to IDA funding would eliminate U.S.-source requirements and favors local and regional purchase (LRP) alternatives over purchases of U.S. commodities.
This change in funding side steps opposition from NAMA and other food and ag groups which have opposed using ag appropriations to fund LRP.
The McGovern-Dole Food for Education program would remain at the FY 2012 level of $184 million, and the Food for Progress program would remain at the FY 2012 level of $178 million. The Bill Emerson Humanitarian would receive no funding, as in FY 2012.
On February 23, 2012, NAMA released the fourth quarter flour production number of 101,122 (1,000 cwt). This report covered the months of October, November and December and as stated represents 94.5 percent of production. The data categories are similar to the categories used by the Census Bureau in the past. Production and capacity information was provided to trade publications and USDA.
On January 26, 2012, the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) board of trustees unanimously agreed to refocus the GFF mission, location and leadership as part of a strategic move to update the organization’s mandate. The offices will move from Colorado to Washington, DC. NAMA President Mary Waters and American Bakers Association President and CEO Robb MacKie are developing recommendations for a new leader with experience in marketing and public relations. Judi Adams, the current GFF president, has been offered a position as chair of the revitalized Scientific Advisory Board.
GFF will change the primary focus of its efforts from consumers to key influencers and will proactively track grain focused initiatives (studies, books, broadcasts, articles) with the goal of preempting or countermanding misinformation regarding grain foods on an ongoing basis. The GFF Scientific Advisory Board members will lead efforts to provide rapid response to false communications and claims against grain foods, including fad diets. To effectively guard against potential extreme attacks against grain foods, GFF will develop a crisis communications plan and continue to develop appropriate reserves to enable prompt industry response to neutralize such attacks.
Nisshin Flour Milling Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Miller Milling Co. The sale will be finalized in March 2012. Nisshin Flour Milling Inc. also owns Rogers Foods Ltd., a wheat-flour and prepared mix manufacturer in Canada. Kenji Takihara, manager, Operations Group & Planning Division, Nisshin Flour Milling Inc. was part of the Japanese delegation that met with NAMA members during the leadership meeting last May.
“We have been trying for some time to put in place a plan that prepares Miller Milling for future growth and success,” said John Miller, president and chief executive officer of Miller Milling, former NAMA chairman and current chairman of the NAMA Nutrition Committees. “My partners and I believe that combining Miller Milling with Nisshin Flour Milling is the best way to accomplish that.” Miller Milling operates two U.S. flour mills, one in Fresno, CA, and the second in Winchester, VA.
The Wheat Quality Council (WQC) held its annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri where Glen Weaver, ConAgra Mills, was selected to chair the council. The meeting provided an opportunity for wheat breeders to meet with industry representatives to determine what quality characteristics millers and bakers would like to see in new varieties. With biotech wheat looming on the horizon, collaboration among WQC stakeholders is more important than ever.
NAMA welcomes Keith Ballard, director of oat purchasing, PepsiCo/Quaker Oats to the NAMA Board of Directors. Ballard is replacing Bruce Roskens on the Board and will represent PepsiCo/Quaker Oats at Corn Division Meetings and on the Technical Committee and Corn Dry Milling Conference Committee. Contact information:
Director of Oat Purchasing
NAMA has retained kinnaird+mangan, LLC to create a comprehensive branding program for NAMA. The program will include a new look for the website, message development, new collateral materials and possibly a new logo. The goal is to create a distinctive website that reinforces NAMA’s position as an industry expert and leader and message that is clear and concise.
2012 Division Meetings, Naples, FL
Naples Grande Beach Resort
March 10-13, 2012
Leadership Meeting, Washington, DC
The Madison Hotel
May 9-10, 2012
Corn Dry Milling Conference, Peoria, IL
The Mark Twain Hotel
May 16-17, 2012
2012 Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC
The Grove Park Inn
October 25-27, 2012
2013 Division Meeting, Palm Coast, FL
Hammock Beach Resort
March 23-26, 2013
2013 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
Sofitel Lafayette Square Hotel
October 28-30, 2013
2014 Division Meetings, Marco Island, FL
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort
March 7-10, 2014
2014 Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, FL
October 23-25, 2014
Mary Waters, President, [email protected], 202.484.2200, ext. 12
Sherri Lehman, Director of Government Relations, [email protected], 202.484.2200, ext. 13
Paul Green, International Trade Consultant, [email protected], 202.484.2200, ext. 16
Terri Long, Director of Communications and Meetings, [email protected], 202.484.2200, ext. 11
The North American Millers’ Association prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or family status, age, disability, political beliefs or sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact NAMA at 202.484.2200 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Mary Waters, President, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 825W, Washington, DC, 20024 or call 202.484.2200 ext. 12. NAMA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.