NAMA News – September 6, 2013September 6, 2013
Inside this Issue
- NAMA Names Jim McCarthy as President
- Registration is Open for the 2013 Annual Meeting
- NAMA Staff Meet with Japanese Millers
- Grain Foods Foundation Launches Grains for your Brain
- Syria Vote Adds to Logjam When Congress Returns
On August 22, 2013 NAM
A announced the appointment of Jim McCarthy to President of NAMA. Jim joins NAMA from the Snack Food Association (SFA). He began his tenure at SFA in 1991 as the Vice President, Government Relations and was named SFA President and CEO in 1999. For more than 20 years he has represented the snack food industry in Washington, creating strategic responses to and successfully guiding members through state and federal issues such as childhood obesity, trade restrictions, use of trans-fats, food safety, food stamps, hunger, proposed taxes on snack foods and other issues of critical importance to the industry.
“I am looking forward to working with the NAMA Board and members to chart a new course for the association’s future,” sa
id McCarthy. “I have worked with NAMA’s excellent staff on a number of occasions and I am eager to join the team and learn more about the industry.”
Go to http://www.namamillers.org/about-us/board-and-officers/president/ for more information.
Registration is open for the NAMA 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held October 28-30 at the Sofitel Lafayette Hotel in Washington, DC. NAMA milling and associate members are invited to join the leaders of the milling industry in our nation’s Capitol for two days of information gathering, advocacy and networking at the largest meeting held for milling executives.
Go to http://www.namamillers.org/meetings/2013-annual-meeting-general-information-2/2013-annual-meeting-schedule/ for a preview of the meeting program and schedule and to register for the meeting. Contact Terri Long, Director of Meetings, for more information, 202.484.2200, ext. 11 / [email protected].
A self sponsored team of Japanese wheat flour millers from Southern Japan and Okinawa visited the NAMA offices as part of a tour of the US wheat industry and to view harvest. The team had discussions with Jim Bair, NAMA vice president, and were particularly interested in being briefed on NAMA’s point of view on biotechnology in wheat. The team also had meetings with the USDA to review the Global Supply and Demand situation on wheat and other grains.
On August 22 the Grain Foods Foundation launched the Grains for Your Brain website (GrainsForYourBrain.org). The website is a new resource featuring the most up-to-date, consumer-friendly information on grains and our bodies. It features articles, videos, recipes and meal plans from leading brain and body experts. Additional recipes are welcomed. Please send recipes, along with nutritional information and a photo to Terri Long, Director of Communications, [email protected]. Recipes must be 500 calories or less.
Congress will face some pretty immediate concerns when it returns to work from its August recess on September 9, for a nine-day session dealing with Syria and enacting a continuing resolution to keep the government running. In Addition, in mid-October, the Treasury Department will exhaust the measures used to avoid a default on Treasury Bonds and Congress will need to increase the debt limit.
The Farm Bill is expected to be a key pawn in the budget battle. The massive 5-year spending plan actually expired last year, but it was extended for one year as part of a compromise. So now a Farm Bill deadline is approaching again. The Farm Bill includes everything from price supports for farmers to crop insurance to food stamps, and heading into September there still isn’t a conference committee formed to work out differences between the House and the Senate on new legislation.
While Syria and government funding issues will take center stage when Congress returns, the House is expected to at least consider action on the nutrition title so the entire package can go to conference committee, and possibly the president’s desk.