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Grain Merchandiser Risk Academy

August 9–11, 2016

Quality Inn and Conference Center 

Grand Island, Nebraska

As a grain merchandiser and originator you face many challenges in the complex and volatile global grain market. Nebraska Grain and Feed Association has partnered with INTL FCStone to bring you a world-class training opportunity in risk management. Whether you are new to grain merchandising, you have been around a while but need an overview of the options markets, or you are seeking a higher level look at the OTC markets and structures, we have designed this event for you.

The academy is structured so that those merchandising professionals at all levels who seek training in the proper handling of market risk can do so at their own level of understanding. Each day of the academy focuses on an individual level of risk awareness. The entire academy is designed so you can be trained at all levels or you can seek only that level of training you need. You can get the complete picture but you will not be required to sit through training in subjects you have already mastered.

Your registration fee includes instruction and access to skilled grain marketing training professionals, educational materials you will take home with you, lunch and refreshments each day of your attendance.

Take a look at the agenda and registration form for more details on this important training event. Contact us if you have questions. Register now to secure your spot.

 

NeGFA Summer Meeting & Golf Outing

August 5, 2016

York Country Club 

York, Nebraska

You are invited to attend the 41st annual Summer Convention and Golf Tournament set for August 5, 2016, at the York Country Club, York, NebraskaReserve your spot at this popular event now!

The morning program will focus on OSHA’s current emphasis on the grain industry. We are privileged to have Darwin Craig, the assistant Omaha area director of OSHA, on our program. We are also fortunate to have Jess McCluer, vice president of safety and regulatory affairs with National Grain and Feed Association confirmed to give us an update on OSHA policy.

Check the program for the complete schedule of events. The registration form shows all of your registration options. Make certain you put together your golf team for the fun, four-person golf scramble.

Are you interested in helping to sponsor this event? Take a look at the sponsorship options available to you. Sponsors of this event will receive recognition on our website and at the event. What a great way to help the industry and gain a little recognition for your company at the same time.  

We look forward to seeing you at the convention.

 

Food Safety Modernization Act Seminar

July 13, 2016

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center 

Kearney, Nebraska

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association has teamed up with the National Grain and Feed Association and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to provide this seminar that will assist the grain and feed trades of Nebraska with analysis of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. These regulations apply to domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or store animal feed as well as pet food.

In addition to FSMA regulations, the seminar will provide an update on the status of FDA’s judicious use of antimicrobials regulations and its impact on feed manufacturers and distributors.

FSMA was signed into law on January 4, 2011. Its aim is to ensure that the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it. The purpose of the seminar is to provide industry with an overview of the final rules and respond to questions you might have.

The FSMA is a huge new rulemaking. Our speakers have been involved at the highest levels as FDA has developed the rules to go along with the law. You will not be disappointed with the information you will gain by attending this seminar.

Take a look at the agenda and registration form for more details on this important seminar. Contact us if you have questions. Register now to secure your spot.

Safety Management/Loss Control Seminar

Here is the latest in our safety seminars presented jointly with National Grain and Feed Association. Our recent safety seminars have focused on topics such as key elements of OSHA's grain handling standard and how to prepare for an OSHA inspection. This year the focus of the seminar is two-fold: implementing a safety and health management plan to comply with OSHA standards while also practicing loss control through a risk management system. We are pleased that Jess McCluer, director of safety and regulatory affairs for National Grain and Feed Association, will headline the seminar program again this year. Joining Jess on the program are three individuals with extensive experience (20 years and more) in the field of safety and environmental management and consulting. Take a look at the registration form for details about the program and our presenters. You can print the form and mail or fax it to our office to register for this information-filled event.

Grain Grading School Set for June 24

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association is pleased to announce a grain grading school offered in partnership with Hastings Grain Inspection, Inc.

Date:              June 24, 2015

Time:             10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Lunch included)

Location:       Quality Inn & Conference Center

                     7838 South Hwy 281 (South Hwy 281 and Interstate 80)

                     Grand Island, Nebraska

Proper assessment of grain quality and its market value will impact your bottom line. Take this opportunity to train your key employees on grain standards and quality factors so they can identify the quality of grain you are receiving at your facility before it is too late.

Training at this school will be offered in a practical manner by licensed grain inspectors. We plan to cover grading of those grains for which there is an interest expressed by participants. Be certain to indicate the grains you are interested in on the registration form.

All grains for which there is an interest will be covered during the class. However, we will match up the available time during the class to grains according to the interest shown on the registration forms.

The registration fee for this program includes training time from licensed grain inspectors, all educational materials including the Official United States Standards for Grain booklet, breaks, and your lunch.

Members of the association will receive a discounted registration fee. For multiple registrations from the same firm, members will receive an additional discount for each registrant signed up beyond the first.

Check out the registration form for more details. Complete the form and return it to the association office right away to lock in your place at this popular school. Seating and grading materials are limited.

 

Contact the association at (402) 476-6174 with questions or for further details.

Access the registration form here.

Association Announces HACCP Training Session for the Industry

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association is pleased to announce, in cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, a special program offered especially for our industry. This program, HACCP for the Feed Industry, will be presented May 5–7, 2015, in Kearney, Nebraska, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.

HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of the finished product. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points.

HACCP is gaining attention in our current climate of increased food safety regulation. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) do not require implementation of a HACCP program, the principles in HACCP lend themselves nicely to compliance with the FSMA. Many feed and food manufacturers are requiring their product suppliers to adopt a HACCP program.

To access a brochure for complete details of our program CLICK HERE.

This program has been offered to the industry for several years by universities focusing on feed manufacturing. Our program will be presented by Matt Frederking of Ralco Nutrition, Marshall, Minn. and you will find our registration fee is quite attractive.

Matt is the director of regulatory affairs and operations at Ralco Nutrition. His responsibilities at Ralco include the company’s quality assurance and quality control, as well as regulatory-compliance programs. Ralco markets livestock nutrition and animal health products to 19 countries.

Matt is an International HACCP Alliance lead instructor and was instrumental in developing the HACCP training course at Kansas State University. He is a Kansas native and graduated from K-State with degrees in agricultural economics with a specialization in animal science and a minor in feed science and management. After graduation, Matt worked for K-State’s Department of Grain Science as a feed industry HACCP specialist where he worked with many companies in implementing HACCP into their operations.

You will not be disappointed with this program. If you are looking for a systematic approach to the identification, evaluation, and control of food safety hazards, Kearney is where you should be on May 5–7.  

OSHA Compliance Safety Seminar

January 13, 2015

Grand Island, NE

Nebraska Grain and Feed Association is partnering with National Grain and Feed Association to bring you a training session that will help prepare you for an OSHA exam at your facility. At this seminar, you will learn your rights and the actions you may take prior to, during, and after an OSHA inspection. You will also take home valuable updates on several pertinent OSHA regulations.

NeGFA and NGFA previously offered detailed information on OSHA’s Grain Handling Standard. With this, our latest educational offering, we are now following up on that first successful event with a training session that will give you details on the OSHA onsite inspection, what your rights and actions are, and OSHA’s inspection checklist.

You will also go home with valuable insight into several key OSHA regulatory matters, including combustible dust, the new recordkeeping requirements, boot pits and permit-required confined spaces, and NGFA’s guidance documents for sweep augers. You will also learn how the Food Safety Modernization Act might affect grain handling facilities. Although this massive piece of legislation is not yet finalized, we are beginning to see how it could impact our industry. You should be preparing for this now.

Don’t miss this opportunity.

We have made this training seminar affordable so you can send multiple employees to be trained. We have even dropped the registration fee for members of the association for the second (and more) employee(s) attending from the same firm.

Check out the registration form for more details and to see biographical background on our very well-qualified speakers. This is truly top-notch training in an area where it is needed by our trade.

 

Basic Grain Merchandising Workshop Scheduled

Merchandising schools are good education for all employees to have a better understanding for the cash and futures market and allow the participants to gain a better knowledge of the flow of grain. This seminar will review the entire hedging process. Beginning with a  general review and analysis of the variables and alternatives available in hedging programs, you will be able to take advantage of “hands-on” problem solving, and a step-by-step explanation of how to build a practical and complete hedging program.

This grain merchandising workshop is scheduled for August 20, 2014, at the Quality Inn & Conference Center, I-80 and Hwy 281, Grand Island, Nebraska.

CLICK HERE to access the registration form and to view all the details. We have offered discounted registration fees for our members and have further discounted the fee for members for each additional registrant, after the first, from the same firm.

Summer Meeting Set For Popular York Venue

The 39th annual summer meeting of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association will be held at the York Country Club, York, Nebraska on August 8, 2014. The successful and popular one-day format used in recent years will once again be followed this year. The morning program will include valuable information on current issues in the trade followed by an afternoon of networking and fun on the golf course. The York Country Club is one of the most picturesque in the state and offers a challenge for all skill levels.

Doug Goehring, Agriculture Commissioner for the state of North Dakota, has been confirmed as our keynote speaker for this summer meeting. In his role as commissioner of agriculture, Commissioner Goehring also oversees energy in North Dakota. His multi-faceted role gives Commissioner Goehring a unique perspective on the current state of agriculture, energy, and transportation issues impacting our industry.

Commissioner Goehring has been North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner since April 2009. He was elected to a full, four-year term in November 2010. He is a third-generation farmer, operating a 2,000-acre, no-till farm in south central North Dakota.

Goehring is an articulate advocate for agriculture. In his multi-faceted regulatory role in North Dakota, he has a unique perspective on development of the North Dakota oil fields and the impact this has on our industry. You will find Commissioner Goehring’s presentation fascinating, thought-provoking, and beneficial to your operation.

CLICK HERE to view the registration form for this popular event. Simply print the form, complete it, and return it to the association office with your payment. We will take it from there.

If you would like to help sponsor this event, contact the association office for more details. Sponsorship opportunities exist at many levels. Your sponsorship of this event will show your commitment to the trade and place your name in front of key decision-makers.

 

2014 Beemer Area Meeting Canceled

The area meeting scheduled for Beemer, Nebraska on July 10, 2014, has been canceled.

Because of the additional storm damage throughout northeast Nebraska, including high winds, heavy rain, and damaging thunder storms, including possible tornados, that occurred on June 30, the decision has been made to cancel the area meeting this year. Our area meeting chairman has advised us folks in this entire area will be in clean-up mode from the storm damage for the foreseeable future.

We will plan to host this popular meeting once again next year.

PSC Schedules Hearing on Schedule “A” and “E” Rates

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) has scheduled a public hearing for May 13, 2014, to take testimony on the Commission’s Schedule “A” and “E” rates for storage and handling of grains, dry edible beans, and popcorn. Testimony will be used by the PSC to draft a rate schedule for the 2014-2015 storage year. Those interested can submit comments to the Commission. Comments must be received by the Commission by April 30, 2014, in order to be considered.

Those who wish to attend the public hearing to present testimony before the Commission may do so. The public hearing is scheduled for May 13, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in the Commission hearing room located at the PSC offices at 300 The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association plans to submit comments to the PSC on behalf of the industry. These rates apply to state-licensed warehousemen.

Fumigation Workshop Scheduled For March 25

The association has scheduled a fumigation certification/recertification workshop for Tuesday, March 25, 2014, to be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Hastings, Nebraska. This one-day program has been approved by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) for recertification in the 00 and 11 categories. You must attend the entire program in order to gain your recertification status.

Additionally, NDA will offer testing at the close of the program to those who wish to test for original certification. If you wish to take these tests at the close of the program, please let us know when you register so NDA personnel will have your test available for you at the program on March 25. If you want study materials, you may purchase these directly from the University of Nebraska by going online at http://pested.unl.edu/ or by calling (800) 627-7216.

Click on this link for the registration form. Simply print the form and mail or fax it to the association office. You will also find a link to the agenda here which gives a complete break-down of material to be covered at this training session. Lunch is included in the registration fee. If you require lodging, you should contact the Holiday Inn Express at (402) 463-8858. Lodging is not included in the registration fee.  

SWEEP AUGER UPDATE AND PROPOSED ROBOTIC SOLUTION

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its sweep auger policy memo. This memo has been expected after a settlement agreement was reached earlier this year regarding sweep auger citations. The OSHA policy memo can be accessed here.

There are ten criteria outlined in the memo regarding employee entry into bins with mobilized sweep augers. OSHA states in its memo that “…implementing all of the following [ten] engineering and work practice controls will, in most cases, appropriately eliminate or minimize the danger to employees.”

In a related important matter, the association is working with professors at the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to determine the feasibility of developing a robot that would assist in the sweep auger function while being operated remotely from outside the bin. A paper is accessible here that details the background of the project, the current state of robotics for grain movement, the proposed design for a solution, and a timeline of the deliverables.

Currently, approximately $20,000 is needed to get this project underway.  If your company is interested in receiving additional information about the status of the project, or about the funding needed, please contact the association office for details.  

FSMA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NeGFA) and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) work closely on trade issues of importance to NeGFA’s membership. Click here for an article on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that has been reprinted with permission from AFIA. NeGFA has reported previously on the FSMA and its impact on the grain handling and feed industries. We have already received reports from grain handling members who have received questions concerning the FSMA during regular inspections of their facilities.

 

ELEVATOR TRANSPORTATION SURVEY RESULTS

This past February, we invited members served by rail to complete the Annual Transportation Survey. The survey was a joint effort of regional grain industry leaders and the U.S. Department of Transportation, through the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University. The goal of the survey was to collect information about grain transportation from field to market, especially as it relates to elevator transportation decisions.

The survey continues an ongoing effort to provide information that will allow for proactive marketing and investment decisions. Survey results will be valuable for inclusion in legislative testimony, policy development, characterizing the industry, investment and marketing decisions, educating the public, customers, government officials, and agricultural organizations, and infrastructure planning.

The results of the survey are posted here. Insufficient responses to the survey were received to provide analysis for Nebraska individually. Regional results are provided at the link. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Kimberly Vachal at (701) 231-6425 or at Kimberly.Vachal@ndsu.edu.

 

FDA GRANTS TEMPORARY RELIEF FROM BLENDING PROHIBITION

In an August 24, 2012, information distribution to our members, we notified you of two concerns for the upcoming harvest—low test weight grain and the possibility of mycotoxins (specifically aflatoxin) present in the crop. In that resource, we gave you several items of quick-read information about these conditions.

Since that time, we have continued to seek information about aflatoxin and to work with authorities to allow means for dealing with this potentially dangerous situation in a workable manner. One option in your overall management plan for dealing with this situation has just opened up. 

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has been notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that FDA will allow the mixing or blending of corn, with aflatoxin contamination, under specific conditions and the subsequent utilization of the blended grain in specific animal feeding situations.

This action by FDA allows corn to be blended and safely fed to livestock according to FDA’s longstanding guidelines in FDA Guidance Document, Compliance Policy Guide, Section 683.100, “Action Levels for Aflatoxin in Animal Feeds.” This document can be located at NDA’s web site at www.agr.ne.gov under “Aflatoxin Information for Grain Handlers” in the rotating information box.

After navigating to that information box, you will find the specific provisions required for blending grain listed on the tab titled, “Letter to Corn Industry.” Also included at this site is the agreement the seller of blended grain must enter into with NDA prior to blending grain containing aflatoxin.

We will continue to notify you of additional information as it becomes available.

Drought Resources – UNL

http://droughtresources.unl.edu/

Crop Watch – UNL

http://cropwatch.unl.edu/

Extension Publications – UNL

http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/pages/index.jsp

               

GIPSA Aflatoxin Handbook

http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/Publications/fgis/handbooks/afl_insphb.html

Aflatoxins in Corn (University of Kentucky)

http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/id/id59/id59.pdf

Feeding Corn to Beef Cattle (North Dakota State University)

http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ansci/beef/as1238w.htm

Risk Management Agency

http://www.rma.usda.gov/

Food and Drug Administration

http://www.fda.gov/

Harvest Alert – August 24, 2012

There are two matters you should be aware of for the upcoming harvest—low test weight grain and the possibility of the existence of mycotoxins, specifically aflatoxin, in the crop. We want to emphasize right up front, high levels of aflatoxin is not a known problem right now, however, the high temperatures and drought conditions we experienced this crop season are conditions in which mycotoxins can exist pre-harvest. They can also develop post-harvest when grain is not dried and stored properly.

In this e-Newsletter, we have enclosed links to resources that are available for you to educate yourself on these issues. We encourage you to make yourself aware of the situation and develop your strategy early to protect your business before it is too late to do so.

Here are some quick-read points that we learned during a meeting with University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension personnel this week.

  • Low test weight, high moisture grain is mostly a storage problem, not a feeding problem.
  • For milling operations, kernel size is a consideration. Starch is a determining factor. Small kernels typically are lower in starch content and higher in protein.
  • Based on research done in the Nebraska panhandle on low test weight corn, low test weight does not have a major impact on how it produces weight gain.
  • Do not store any grain with ear rot disease.
  • Diluting grain with aflatoxin for sale is illegal. Do not plan to take in grain with high levels of aflatoxin with the intent of diluting it. A producer can dilute grain with aflatoxin for their own use (feeding).
  • No mycotoxin binder is currently approved for use and cannot be sold legally as a mycotoxin binder. Therefore, these are being marketed as anti-caking agents. Be aware!
  • Aflatoxins are the only mycotoxins currently regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA has established action levels which prohibit the use of a contaminated lot of grain from interstate commerce. These levels vary by commodity and by species. The action level for milk for humans is 0.5 parts per billion (ppb). The action level for all other foods for humans and for feed for all species is 20.0 ppb. There are exceptions to these action levels. For example, the action level for corn for finishing beef cattle is 300.0 ppb. Therefore, the outlet for aflatoxin is for finishing cattle. (Refer to the information available at the provided links in this e-Newsletter for additional information on this and related topics.)

Aflatoxin test kits are available for use and must be approved by FGIS. There are several that have been approved. You will find the list in the GIPSA document at the link below. Do not rely on the “black light test.” This is not an approved test and is not accurate. The black light test can fluoresce when no aflatoxin is present and, it might not fluoresce when aflatoxin is present. Do not rely on it.

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) has at least two websites that contain valuable information on these subjects. UNL is continuing to post information to these sites as they develop further resources. They are updating older NebGuides with current information and posting those to the sites, as well. If you check today and don’t find something, check again later. It might be there.

We have also found sites from other sources and have included some which contain valuable information. Let us know if you locate something that should be shared with your fellow members in the trade.

NGFA NEWSLETTER ARTICLE ON DROUGHT, TRADE RULES, CONTRACTING AND DELIVERY ISSUES

This article is reprinted with permission from the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) from the Aug. 9, 2012 edition of the NGFA Newsletter.  It is provided by the NGFA for the benefit of members of Nebraska Grain and Feed Association, and is not for further distribution without permission in advance from the NGFA.  If your company is not already an NGFA member, we encourage you to consider joining our national affiliate by contacting the NGFA at 202-289-0873.

NGFA Newsletter Article on Drought, Trade Rules, Contracting and Delivery Issue

EXCEPTIONS TO HAULING REQUIREMENTS CONSIDERED

The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee heard testimony Jan. 23 on a bill that would limit exception permits for longer combination vehicles (LCVs) hauling seasonally harvested products.  LB841, introduced by Scottsbluff Sen. John Harms, would allow LCVs that are up to 10 percent greater than the maximum length specified by law to carry an additional 15 percent of the maximum weight allowed for up to 70 miles.  Read More >>

LEGISLATION WOULD INCREASE, MAKE CHANGES TO WHEAT, CORN CHECKOFF PROGRAMS

The legislature will consider changes to the state’s commodity promotion programs under two bills introduced by Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, the Agriculture Committee chair.  

LB 905, introduced on behalf of the Wheat Growers, would modify the wheat checkoff program to convert the program from a “per bushel” excise tax to a “percent of value” excise tax.  The bill would establish an excise tax of five-tenths percent of the net market value of wheat and provide the Nebraska Wheat Board the authority to increase the rate to seventy-five hundredths percent after a public hearing outlining the reason for the change.  The bill also would allow the board to accept gifts, grants, contributions and the payment of license fees or royalties.  Read More>>

PSC DECLINES TO PURSUE LEGISLATION INCREASING GRAIN DEALER REQUIREMENTS

NGF OPPOSED PROPOSED CHANGES

In December, 2011 the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) staff proposed legislative changes to the Nebraska grain laws that would have required all grain elevators to possess a dealer’s license in addition to a warehouse license, even if those elevators do not participate in direct ship programs.  The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) vigorously opposed any additional grain dealer requirements.  Read More>>

 

CULTURE OF SAFETY SESSION AT 115TH NGF ANNUAL MEETING &TRADE SHOW JANUARY 10

The 115th  Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Trade Show and Annual Meeting will be held on January 10, 2012, at the Kearney, Nebraska, Holiday Inn and Convention Center.  The Annual Meeting agenda is still being finalized, and is open and free to NGF members!  Read More>>

NGF, ANEEP, UTILITIES TURN BACK PROPOSED NDEQ RULES!

Proposed Regs Detrimental to Grain, Ethanol & Utilities

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) joined other organizations on December 1, 2012 to vigorously oppose proposed Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) clean air amendments that if adopted would have had an extremely detrimental impact on grain elevator, ethanol and energy utility projects seeking construction, expansion or operating permits.  Industry opposition compelled NDEQ staff to withdrawal the proposed amendments until a later date.  Read More >>

STORED GRAIN MANAGEMENT VITAL TO RETAINING QUALITY & PROFIT

NGF Optimal Grain Quality Workshop, January 31, 2012

Grain prices have taken a big hit in the past month, resulting with many producers and elevators holding grain in storage longer and waiting for the markets to rebound.  Given the high commodity prices, it's important for grain handling facilities to preserve the crop's quality through effectively managing stored grain.  This is especially true for cost and quality conscience ethanol producers and food processors.   Read More >>

2012 AG CLASSIC CONVENTION AND NGF TRADE SHOW JANUARY 10 – 11, SAVE THE DATE

FUMIGATION WORKSHOP INCLUDED

Mark down the dates for the 2012 Nebraska Ag Classic (NAC) and 115th  Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Trade Show and Annual Meeting!  The dates are January 10 - 11, 2012, at the Kearney, Nebraska, Holiday Inn and Convention Center.  If you want to be an exhibitor at the trade show, there is still booth space available.  Please watch for future NGF tradeshow sponsorship opportunities.  The NAC and NGF registration and convention form is attached.  The January 10th NGF Annual Meeting speakers and agenda will be announced soon, so look for further details!  Read More >>

KANSAS ROGUE TRUCKER ALERT

Last week, our friends from the Kansas grain and feed Association ( KGFA) sent out an alert advising Kansas and Nebraska grain elevators to be on the lookout for a rogue trucker operating in northern Kansas.  At the time of the alert, the driver had stolen a load of soybeans by portraying himself as representing 3-D Transportation, an Iowa trucking  company and  authorized by the buyer.  The driver gave a fake drivers license and loading number and said his name was Bill White.  Read More >>

OSHA ISSUES  NEW RESOURCE ON GRAIN HANDLING

 Grain and feed handlers should be aware that OSHA has released a new resource on grain handling, Hazard Alert: Dangers of Engulfment and Suffocation in Grain Bins  As you know, this is an emphasis area for the agency and the Hazard Alert is one of a number of products that have been developed and released recently on this topic (see Grain Handling Safety and Health Topics Page).  This resource offers a quick on-line-reference to the dangers associated with the grain handling industry and OSHA compliant procedures intended to avoid serious accidents.  Read More >>

36th ALL NGF FOUR-PERSON BEST BALL GOLF CLASSIC WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Over 100 golfers played at the All NGF Four-Person Best Ball Golf Classic on August 19, at the beautiful and challenging Quarry Oaks Golf Course!  The tournament was divided into several flights. 

The winners of First Place on the First Flight or the Black Tee Box sponsored by ADM and Bunge was Team AGP of Mike Franzluebbens, David Christensen, Doug Brown and Chad Reynolds, each receiving a $125 gift certificate.  The team shot a combined 57.

The winners of First Place on the Second Flight or the White Tee Box sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad was Team Ballou of Sara Ballou, Billy Harris, Melissa Norem and Andy Knutson, each receiving a $100 gift certificate.  The team shot a combined 65.

The winners of First Place on the Third Flight or the Green Tee Box sponsored by Ag Processing, Inc was the Louis Dreyfus Team of Nathan Brabec, Mitch Hansen, Denis Conley and Dave Erwin, each receiving a $75 gift certificate.  The team shot a combined 70.

Congratulate the winners, BUT THANK ALL OF OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT!

NGF TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF WINTER AND SPRING WORKSHOPS

MARK THE DATES & PLAN TO ATTEND!

NGF has tentatively scheduled several workshops and seminars for this winter and the spring of 2012.  It's important for us to avoid any conflicts our members may have.  Please let us know if any of the tentative dates might conflict with any company or industry events, and let us know what you think!  Read More>>

NGFA ALERT! U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) PROPOSE SUBSTANTIAL REVISIONS TO CHILD LABOR REGULATIONS

Your Input Is Important, So Please Respond!

On September 2, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed substantial revisions to the department’s child labor regulations to ban youth under certain ages from engaging in specific types of work at off-farm agricultural business, as well as on farms not owned or operated by their parents. Among other things, the U.S. Labor Department is proposing to establish a new hazardous occupation order that would prevent youth less than 18 years of age from being employed in the storing, marketing and transportation of farm product raw materials. Prohibited places and types of employment would include grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feedlots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions. The proposed rule also would prohibit youth younger than 18 from agricultural work involving animals, and in storage bins, pesticide-handling, timber operations and manure pits.  Read More >>

2012 AG CLASSIC CONVENTION AND NGF TRADE SHOW JANUARY 10 – 11, SAVE THE DATE, SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!

FUMIGATION WORKSHOP INCLUDED

Mark down the dates for the 2012 Nebraska Ag Classic (NAC) and 115th  Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Trade Show and Annual Meeting!  The dates are January 10 - 11, 2012, at the Kearney, Nebraska, Holiday Inn and Convention Center.  If you want to be an exhibitor at the trade show, there is still booth space available.  Please watch for future NGF tradeshow sponsorship opportunities.  The NAC and NGF registration and convention form is below.   Read More >>

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR OPERATION FROM THE UNLAWFUL DUMPING OF ADULTERATED SEED!

Did you know that the adulteration of human and animal food, including the co-mingling of adulterated or treated seed in grain loads could be punishable by up to three years of imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both?  Read More >>

2012 Directory

A request for changes to member listings for the 2012 directory was mailed the last week of September.  If you didn’t receive your postcard please download and complete the following form Directory Listing Form.  If you would like to become a member please complete the membership brochure you will find at the bottom of the page as well as the directory form.  It is not too late to be included in the 2012 Directory! 

If you would like to advertise in the directory and join over 80 other businesses that work with the grain and feed industry, please download the Advertisers Contract.  We offer advertising on the website and newsletter as well.  Advertisers Contract

We include a non-member section in the directory so if you want to take some time to get to know Nebraska Grain and Feed Association and the benefits you will receive by becoming a member, we can still include your company in the non-member section.  Just complete the Directory Listing form above.

Please call Sara at 402-476-6174 or email sara.bishop@negfa.org if you have any questions.

 

36TH NGF ANNUAL SUMMER MEETING & GOLF TOURNAMENT AUGUST 19, 2011 AT QUARRY OAKS

ECONOMY TO HIGHLIGHT NEBRASKA GRAIN & FEED 2011 SUMMER MEETING

Ernie Goss, Professor of Economics at Creighton University Joins Program, Regional, National Economic Uncertainty and Debt Crisis Take Center Stage

Plans for the 36th annual Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Summer Meeting and golf tournament at Quarry Oaks golf course near Ashland, Nebraska, on Friday, August 19, 2011 are finalized, and the national economic uncertainty and debt crisis are taking center stage.  The 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Dealers program will focus on agricultural credit, and the continued increase in land valuations.  However, in light of the current economic turmoil gripping the country, the program has been expanded to include perspectives on the debt crisis and stagnant economic outlook facing the nation struggling to recover from the worst recession since the 1930s.  Ernie Goss, the MacAllister Chair and Professor of Economics at Creighton University in Omaha will join Federal Reserve Board Regional Branch Executive Jason Henderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer Bill Davis with Farm Credit Services and Senior Vice President at CoBank Deino Sather on the Dealers program and panel. 

ANDY KUHN TO RECEIVE 2011 NEBRASKA GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Award Ceremony At 36th Annual NGF Summer Meeting Dinner, August 19, Quarry Oaks Golf Club

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Board of Directors has announced that  long time Board Director and two-time Association President Andy Kuhn has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Association's Distinguished Service Award.  The Distinguished Service Award presentation will be made at the NGF 36th annual Summer Convention dinner at 5:30 PM on August 19, 2011 at Quarry Oaks golf course.

NGF PAST PRESIDENTS TO ATTEND 36TH ANNUAL SUMMER MEETING

The Board of Directors of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) has invited the 25 past Association Presidents to be our guest at the 36th Annual Summer Meeting and awards dinner on August 19, 2011 at the Quarry Oaks Golf Club near Ashland, NE.  Take the time to see old friends, listen to superb speakers addressing today’s pressing industry challenges, and spend a day at one of America’s most beautiful golf courses.  Download the registration here and fax back to 402 - 476 – 3401.

 

ANDY KUHN RECEIVES 2011 NEBRASKA GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Award Ceremony At 36th Annual NGF Summer Meeting Dinner, August 19, Quarry Oaks Golf Club

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Board of Directors has announced that  long time Board Director and two-time Association President Andy Kuhn has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Association's Distinguished Service Award.  The Distinguished Service Award presentation will be made at the NGF 36th annual Summer Convention dinner at 5:30 PM on August 19, 2011 at Quarry Oaks golf course.  Read More >>

NGF developing employee and plant safety postings, signs

PDF OF OSHA REGULATIONS FOR BIN ENTRY, COMBUSTIBLE DUST CONTROL POST OUTSIDE ALL GRAIN BINS!

As you know, The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) have placed a great deal of emphasis regarding employee and plant safety, and in particular as they apply to current OSHA grain handling standards.  As part of this continuing effort, NGF is developing and will make available to members OSHA safety warnings, listings and employee safety signs or other postings upon request.  Read More>>

CME GROUP SIGNALS INTENT TO PROCEED WITH INCREASE IN CBOT CORN DAILY PRICE LIMIT

NGFA Newsletter

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is reporting that the CME Group has indicated to them that it plans to proceed with its revised proposal to increase the daily price limit for the CBOT corn futures, options and mini-sized corn futures contracts soon after the current review period ends Aug. 8.  The planned action occurs in the aftermath of a July 19 industry meeting conducted by the CME Group at its Visitor’s Center in Chicago, Ill., during which the exchange defended its proposal as necessary to better reflect the underlying value of cash corn and to enable the CBOT corn contract to better serve its risk-management and price-discovery functions.  Read More>>

 

BNSF ANNOUNCES FLOOD AND RAIL LINE UPDATE

BNSF has returned both main tracks to service with signals at Minot, ND as of July 6th and our grain train routings in the North have returned to pre-flood bi-directional flows.  Lines remain out of service from St. Joseph, MO to Lincoln, NE and from St. Joseph, MO to Pacific Jct, IA. Lincoln to Kansas City water recession and track restoration will likely go into mid or late August.  Lines remain in service from Lincoln, NE to Galesburg, IL and expect to remain operable in that segment.

BNSF continues to utilize detour routes around Lincoln to Kansas City utilizing the Central and South regions of their network with these reroutes resulting in continued delays across many areas of the network. Additional information for monitoring conditions is available at http://www.bnsf.com/customers/weather-interruptions/ where detailed outage maps, photos, and videos are available for your review.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (FMCSA) PROPOSES RULE REGULATING OPERATORS OF CERTAIN FARM VEHICLES Comments Open Through August 1, 2011

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a request for public comments on the applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to farmers and ranchers.  The agency is seeking comment by August 1, 2011 on the following issues:

(1) How should FMCSA distinguish between intra- and interstate commerce when a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) is operated within the boundaries of a single state?

(2) Should FMCSA treat farmers with crop-share lease agreements as “for-hire” commercial carriers in new entrant safety audits?

(3) Should implements of husbandry and other farm equipment be considered CMVs?

Read More >>

THREE SENATORS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO REDIRECT ETHANOL TAX CREDIT, END IMPORT TARIFF NGFA NEWS

A bipartisan group of three senators on July 7 announced they had reached an agreement that would repeal, effective July 31, the 45-cents-per-gallon ethanol blenders’ tax credit, as well as the 54-cents-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol.

About two-thirds – $1.33 billion – of the projected $2 billion in savings would be directed to deficit reduction. The remaining $668 million would be directed to several energy-related programs, including $253 million for alternative fuel infrastructure through 2014 for such uses as the installation of higher ethanol-blend gas pumps, electricity-charging stations and natural gas fueling stations.  The agreement, would: 1) extend for three years the $1.01-per-gallon tax credit for cellulosic ethanol production (currently scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2012), with annual caps on the amount of cellulosic fuel subsidized and expand it to include fuels from algae; and 2) allowing the small-producer tax credit to expire at the end of 2012, and reducing the credit to $107 million.

But the compromise plan may not make much headway in Congress.  Opponents, saying the previous floor vote on the amendment demonstrated the Senate’s position on the ethanol subsidy issue.  Meanwhile, House republicans said there are sufficient House votes to eliminate the ethanol subsidies outright.

NGF HOSTING OSHA GRAIN FACILITY SURVEILLANCE AND PLANT SAFETY SEMINAR, JUNE 23, LINCOLN

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association’s (NGF) OSHA Grain Facility Surveillance Program and Plant Safety Seminar will be held on June 23, 2011, in Lincoln at the NGF Office basement conference room.  The seminar is intended to assist the industry in understanding their compliance obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations.  The seminar is in response to NGF members who are requesting additional information on OSHA grain handling standards in anticipation of random inspections.  Space will be limited, so please make your reservations early.  Read More >>   

LINCOLN GRAIN GRADING, GOLF & AREA MEETING, WILDERNESS RIDGE, JUNE 30, 2011

Grain Grading Class Tentatively Scheduled (25 Needed for Class) Before Lincoln Golf & Area Meeting

The NGF Lincoln (Wilderness Ridge) area meeting and golf tournament is scheduled for June 30, 2011.  Registration information is below, please contact area meeting host or FAX registration today to NGF at 402-476-3401.   Please contact Tom Rodis, Bunge North America, Inc. at 712-366-3600 or Pat Ptacek, NGF, 402-476-6174 to reserve your spot or to sponsor pin prizes for the Lincoln area meeting.  Tee times for the shotgun start at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course will be at 12:30 p.m.  Please make sure to check in one half hour prior to the tee times.  Price for golf including cart is $65 per person.  The price of the dinner after the golf tournament is $20 per person.  We would encourage you to make your reservations and payment early so we can get an accurate count for golf and dinner.  Please make your checks payable to the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association.   Read More >>

BEEMER AREA MEETING, TRAP SHOOT, GOLF TOURNAMENT,  NEW DATE, JULY 13, 2011 

Beemer Adds  Morning Trap Shoot , Lunch Meeting Followed by Golf

Please contact David or Jason Prinz of Prinz Grain and Feed at 402-372-2495, Tim Gubbels with North Side Grain, 402-256-3738, Jacob Gubbels with  Creston Fertilizer at 402-375-0905, or Pat Ptacek, NGF, 402-476-6174 to reserve your spot at the morning trap shoot event or afternoon golf outing at Indian trails, or to sponsor pin prizes.  Read More >>

SAVE THE DATE, AUGUST 19, 2011!  36TH NGF ANNUAL SUMMER MEETING & GOLF TOURNAMENT AT QUARRY OAKS

The Association will hold the 36th annual Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Summer Meeting and golf tournament at Quarry Oaks golf course near Ashland, Nebraska, on Friday, August 19, 2011.   The Dealers program from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM will include a state and nationally recognized speakers addressing today’s industry challenges.  This year’s program will focus on agricultural credit, and the rise in land valuations.  Representatives from Co Bank, Farm Credit Services and the regional Governor of the Federal Reserve Board have been invited as speakers.  Also, current chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Chuck Woodside will be invited to discuss the future viability of ethanol and other biofuels in a budget environment of reduced federal subsidies and tax credits.  Read More >>

NEBRASKA WHEAT PRODUCTION FORECAST

Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2011 winter wheat crop is forecast at 56.7 million bushels, down 12 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field office. Average yield is forecast at 42 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last year but 1 bushel above the ten-year average.  Read more >>

NGF, 71 OTHER AG GROUPS URGING FLEXIBILITY ON CRP ACRES

NGFA NEWS

Seventy-two national and state agribusiness, meat, livestock and poultry organizations have told Congress that historically tight supplies of grains and oilseeds make it imperative that farmers be allowed to remove from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), without penalty, land that can be cropped in an environmentally sustainable way.  Read more>>

OSHA TARGETS GRAIN-HANDLING INDUSTRY FOR ENHANCED “SEVERE VIOLATOR” ENFORCEMENT NATIONWIDE

NGFA NEWS SOURCE

We have learned that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has added the grain-handling industry to its so-called “Severe Violator Enforcement Program” (SVEP), which subjects facilities to enhanced inspection, enforcement, and greater financial and criminal penalties under certain conditions.  In a notice dated April 12 and posted on OSHA’s website on April 22, the agency said it was adding the grain-handling industry to its severe violator classification “to address the troubling and inexcusable increase in fatalities, entrapments and injuries within this high-hazard industry.”  Read more>>

STATE MEAT INSPECTION STUDY ADVANCES

DOLLARS FROM YOUR FEED CASH FUND TAPPED FOR STUDY, LIVESTOCK MARKETING NEWS

The state would research the feasibility of a meat and poultry inspection program under a bill advanced from general file March 30.  As originally introduced, LB 305 would have directed the state Department of Agriculture to create a cooperative state inspection program by 2013, and would have tapped $200,000 from the Commercial Feed Administration Cash Fund for the first two years of its operation.  The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) strongly objected to the initial funding for the program coming from an ear tag transfer over the next two years from the Commercial Feed Administration Cash Fund, funds deriving from the-per ton fee paid by elevators, ethanol producers and feed manufacturers on manufactured feed and feed ingredients that are supposed to be utilized by the state Department of agriculture to conduct commercial feed inspections.  Read More >>

STATE MEAT INSPECTION STUDY ADVANCES

$25,000 FROM FEED CASH FUND TAPED FOR STUDY

The state would research the feasibility of a meat and poultry inspection program under a bill advanced from general file March 30.  As originally introduced, LB 305 would have directed the state Department of Agriculture to create a cooperative state inspection program under federal law by 2013.  Read More>>

LEGISLATORS SELECT 2011 PRIORITY BILLS

Even as the debate on reducing a nearly $1 billion budget gap has dominated this legislative session, other issues have of course been contemplated.  March 10, 2011 was the last day Nebraska state senators, legislative committees and the Speaker's office could choose their priority bills for the first session of this 102nd Nebraska Legislature.  Read More>>

NGF OPPOSES ANOTHER FEED TAX FUND TRANSFER

LB 308 WOULD SHIFT $200,000 FROM FEED INSPECTIONS TO STATE MEAT INSPECTION

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) testified before the Unicameral’s Agriculture Committee in a neutral position on LB 305 on Tuesday, February 8.  LB 305 would establish a State Cooperative meat inspection program.  Read More >>

ALMOST 700 BILLS INTRODUCED IN 102ND LEGISLATURE’S FIRST SESSION

NGF MONITORS PROPOSALS INCLUDING FEED FEE, INCREASED FIRE MARSHAL INSPECTION FEES

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) have reviewed several bills that have been introduced during the first ten days of the 102nd Legislative Session.  Some of the bills the Association is following may not seem important to the industry but could become a vehicle for other negative purposes.  There are several bills of in particular importance to the grain and feed industry.  Read More >>

THE ANDERSONS BUY TWO NEBRASKA ELEVATORS

Maumee, OH based agribusiness company, The Andersons, announced on December 31, 2010 that it has purchased two grain storage facilities in Kearney and Riverdale, NE, and assumed a third leased facility in Paxton, NE, from B4Grain, Inc.  The announcement by the diversified agribusiness company comes on the heels of another recent announcement by grain processing giant ADM that they will be building two new grain handling facilities in northeast Nebraska.  Read More >>

DEADLINE TO REGISTER WITH CHINA TO PROTECT EXPORTS DISTILLERS GRAINS

NEWS FROM THE NGFA

U.S. companies that produced and/or shipped distiller’s dried grains (DDGs) to the People’s Republic of China confront an expedited deadline for considering and determining whether to register to protect their interests in response to that country’s launch of an anti-dumping investigation.  In a notice issued Dec. 28 (Notice 99), the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced that it plans to Investigate the alleged dumping of DDGs, with and without solubles, produced and/or shipped from U.S. suppliers during the period of July 2009 through June 2010.  China has indicated it ultimately may expand its antidumping investigation against American DDGs dating to 2007.  Read More>>

OSHA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD TO MARCH 21 ON PROPOSED LIMIT ON USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT UNDER NOISE STANDARD

NEWS FROM THE NGFA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 14 extended by 90 days – until March 21 – the deadline for receiving public comments on its announced intent to “clarify” its interpretation of the definition of “feasibility” under its occupational noise exposure standard in a way that would limit severely the ability of employers to issue personal protective devices to protect employees’ hearing.  Read More>>

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THE 2011 NEBRASKA GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION (NGF) SUMMER MEETING

YOUR OPINION IS IMPORTANT TO US AND WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU

This last August concluded the 35th annual NGF Summer Meeting.  For the past four years, NGF has held the Summer Meeting on the first or second Friday of August, at the Quarry Oaks golf club near Ashland, Nebraska.  The Friday venue and location has worked well for attracting NGF members and exceptional speakers at a location that offers outstanding amenities including their banquet services as well as golfing facilities.  Read More >>

SURVEY; MOST GRAIN ENGULFMENT FATALITIES ARE ON FARM

Associations Step Up On Prevention, Bin Entry Posters Available

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF), the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) have recently placed a great deal of emphasis on preventing grain engulfment incidents in the commercial grain elevator and feed sectors.  This topic was a major focus of recent state and national Association attention.  These efforts include the NGFA and GEAPS summer safety workshop in Omaha, the NGF July safety workshop and the July grain engulfment prevention and extraction demonstration in North Platte.  It also will be addressed at the December NGFA Country Elevator Conference in Indianapolis, and it is a featured topic in the new DVD – “Your Safety Matters” – produced in conjunction with GEAPS last year.  Information on the DVD is available on the NGFA’s website.  Read More >>

NGF FUMIGATION CERTIFICATION/RECERTIFICATION WORKSHOP THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16TH, 2010, RAMADA INN, KEARNEY, NE

Study Material for Fumigation, Structural/Health Related Pest Control Available

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF), in cooperation with Buzz Vance from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), Greg Poppe of Poppe Enterprises, Slade Baker with Douglas Products and Richard Bigler are proud to present the annual Fumigation Certification Workshop!  Study material for those needing to test-out on the Fumigation and/or Structural/Health Related Pest Control is available.  Read More >>

VERASUN SEEKS MILLIONS PAID FOR CORN, SUPPLIES

Verasun, the former owner/operator of ethanol plants around the country, and who went bankrupt in October, 2008, has sent letters to farmers, grain handlers and other suppliers demanding the repayment of millions of dollars they paid these individuals and companies up to 90 days before their bankruptcy filing for corn, equipment, supplies, etc.  Read More>>

NEBRASKA GRAIN AND FEED JOINS NGFA & HUNDREDS OVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-LED EFFORT TO OPPOSE 1099 TAX-REPORTING PROVISION

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) has joined with the NGFA on a major effort being led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to rescind a provision in the new health care law scheduled to take effect in January 2012 (for the 2012 tax year) that would impose onerous tax reporting [Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 1099 forms] on virtually all non-credit card purchases totaling $600 or more with any vendor during a tax year.  Read More>>

OSHA PROPOSES TO MODIFY INSPECTION INCENTIVES FOR PARTICIPATING IN VOLUNTARY SAFETY, HEALTH CONSULTATION PROGRAMS

The NGFA has informed us that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed to modify several inspection-related incentives that have been used in the past to encourage employers to participate in voluntary safety and health consultation programs sponsored by the agency.  The changes would affect employers participating in two OSHA programs, namely: 1) its on-site consultation program that assists employers in identifying and correcting workplace hazards, and provides advice on compliance with OSHA standards and regulations; and 2) the agency’s Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program  (SHARP), for which employers are eligible after successfully completing on-site consultation and which is intended to recognize employers demonstrating “exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health.”  Read More >>

PSC REVIEWS, AMENDS EMERGENCY STORAGE POLICY

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) held a hearing on August 17 to review the established policy and application process for the emergency storage of grain. Pursuant to the Grain Warehouse Act, licensed warehouses are permitted to store grain in only their licensed space.  However, in August each year, the Commission establishes an Emergency Storage and Policy to allow for temporary storage of certain grain on the ground during harvest effective from September through February.  Comments were generally in support of the proposed policy with the exception of deleting the requirement that all available storage facilities be licensed prior to the use of emergency storage.  Read More >>

NGF 35th SUMMER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

THANK OUR SPONSORS

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association’s (NGF) 35th Summer Meeting and Golf Classic held on August 6, 2010 at Quarry Oaks golf club was another great success because of the members and the generous support of our sponsors who attended the one-day event.  Read More >>

35th ALL NGF FOUR-PERSON BEST BALL GOLF CLASSIC WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Over 90 golfers played at the All NGF Four-Person Best Ball Golf Classic at the beautiful and challenging Quarry Oaks Golf Course!  The tournament was divided into several flights.  Read More >>

Click Here to See Sponsors and Team Pictures

OSHA CONSIDERING CRIMINAL CHARGES IN FUTURE FATALITIES

Below in PDF is a press release that OSHA issued this week regarding $721,000 in proposed fines against Cooperative Plus, a firm headquartered in Burlington, WI.  The proposed fines are in response to a non-fatal engulfment incident that occurred in February.  Read More >>

NEBRASKA GRAIN & FEED ASSOCIATION (NGF) & NEDAK ETHANOL TO CO-HOST CORN GRADING WORKSHOPS!

July 27, 2010, Two Sessions Offered!  8:30 AM — 11:00 AM or 11:30 AM — 2:00 PM

NEDAK Administrative Building, 87590 Hillcrest Road, or About 1 Mile East of Atkinson, Nebraska on Highway 20, Presenting USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) Training Personnel

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) and NEDAK Ethanol are proud to co-host the first Corn Grain Grading Sessions of 2010, on July 27, at the NEDAK Administrative building, Atkinson, Nebraska.  Area NGF members are encouraged to attend.  Registration costs for the grading session is $65 for members or $95 for non-members.  For your convenience and to keep the training on a more personal level, two sessions will be offered.  Registration includes course materials and a copy of the 2010 Official US Standards for Grain Booklet.  Read More>>

DON’T MISS SAVING $15 ON EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO JULY 15!  NGF 35TH SUMMER MEETING, AUG. 6, 2010, QUARRY OAKS

SPEAKERS INCLUDE GOV. DAVE HEINEMAN, SENIOR AIDE TO SEC. VILSACK SARAH BITTLEMAN & BNSF ASSISTANT VP FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS JOHN MILLER

The Board of Directors of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) cordially invite you to the 35th Annual Summer Meeting and Golf Tournament set for August 6, 2010 at the Quarry Oaks Golf Club near Ashland, NE.  This is the Association’s premier annual event, and we encourage you to reserve your spot soon!  Download a registration form here.  Read More>>

COMMENTARY: RECENT PSC RULE ON MINIMUM STORAGE POLICY “SOLVES” PROBLEM WHERE NONE EXISTED BEFORE; NGF, NCC OPPOSED ELIMINATION OF MINIMUM STORAGE CHARGE, PSC REDUCES MINIMUM STORAGE PERIOD TO 120 DAYS

As previously reported, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled on June 15, 2010 to maintain the long held regulation which allows state licensed grain warehouses to implement a minimum storage charge, however the PSC also voted to reduced the maximum storage period from 180 to120 days.  Read More>>

OSHA TO STEP - UP LOCAL EMPHASIS PROGRAM FOR GRAIN ELEVATORS

ARE YOUR SAFETY PRACTICES AND YOUR SAFETY PROGRAM READY FOR AN OSHA INSPECTION?

Announced earlier this year, the Omaha area OSHA office is conducting a local emphasis program on grain elevators.  OSHA says: “A list of all known grain handling facilities will be identified and an inspection schedule developed.  There are numerous safety and health hazards associated with grain handling operations.  Suffocations and falls are the two leading causes of deaths.  Other hazards include fires, explosions from combustible dust, electrocutions, and injuries from improperly guarded machinery.  Inspections will be conducted to determine if such conditions exist at each establishment.”  Read More>>

STATE FIRE MARSHAL ANNOUNCES UPDATED CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES FOR GRAIN HANDLING FACILITIES

Issued On 06/28/2010

The following is a list of items that you should be aware of when planning any new construction or remodeling at your grain-handling facility.  Please note this is the first time the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) has received or reviewed these updated construction guidelines.  If you or your safety director has any comments or concerns, please call Pat at 402 - 476 - 6174.  We have also attached these new guidelines in a here in a pdf document which you can print and post.  Read More>>

 

GRAIN ENGULFMENT & CONFINED SPACE RESCUE TRAINING FOLLOW-UP

Click below to view a slideshow showing Association EVP Pat Ptacek going through the hands on training. Grain Engulfment Slideshow

NGF, NCC APPEAR IN OPPOSITION TO ELIMINATION OF MINIMUM STORAGE CHARGE

PSC DECISION EXPECTED IN THREE WEEKS

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) met on May 19, 2010 to consider whether to increase the maximum handling and grain storage rates state licensed elevators can charge depositors and eliminate the long held regulation which allows state licensed grain warehouses to implement a minimum storage charge.  While the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) testified in support of a slight increase in the maximum storage rates for corn and soybeans, NGF and the Nebraska Cooperative Council (NCC) joined together in strongly opposing any attempt by the Commission to eliminate the 180 day minimum storage provision.  Read More >>

 

NGF STRONGLY OPPOSES ELIMINATION OF MINIMUM STORAGE CHARGE

SUPPORTS SLIGHT INCREASE TO MAX STORAGE RATES

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) will meet on May 19, 2010 to consider increasing the maximum handling and grain storage rates state licensed elevators can charge depositors, and eliminate the long held regulation which allows state licensed grain warehouses to implement a minimum storage charge.  The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) announced this week that it will support a slight increase in the maximum storage rates for corn and soybeans, and strongly oppose any attempt by the Commission to eliminate the 180 day minimum storage provision.  Read More >>

USDA TRANSPORTATION REPORT AVAILABLE

CONCLUSIONS INCLUDE DECLINE IN COMPETITION & INCREASED RATES

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a long awaited and comprehensive report on agricultural transportation in the United States to members of Congress.  The Study of Rural Transportation Issues was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill and covers areas of transportation commonly used by agriculture in the United States including truck, rail, barge and ocean vessel.  The primary focus was on rail freight.  Read More >>

NGF HANDS ON ENGULFMENT AND CONFINED SPACE RESCUE TRAINING SESSION

FOLLOW-UP TO LAST MONTHS ELEVATOR & PROCESSOR SAFETY DAY!

June 10, 2010, North Platte

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) in cooperation with Ag Valley Cooperative, Compliance Advisory Services (CAS) and the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) are planning an Engulfment and Confined Space Rescue Training Session on June 10, 2010.  This prevention and rescue workshop will be held at the Ag Valley North Platte locationRead More >>

FDA TO SAMPLE GRAIN, GRAIN PRODUCTS FOR VOMITOXIN

Nebraska Grain & Feed Tentatively Planning a “Managing Mycotoxins” Workshop for May, 2010

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has learned that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled to finalize a plan as early as March 26 under which it will sample grain and grain products – starting as early as the week of March 29 – for the presence of the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (vomitoxin).  Meanwhile, in order to prepare our members for possible grain quality issues involving mycotoxins, the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) is tentatively planning to conduct a “Managing Mycotoxins” workshop for sometime in May, 2010.  Please watch for future details.  Read More>>

IMPORTANT OSHA, NDL INFORMATION & COMPLIANCE LINKS

Follow-Up Information from Last Weeks Safety Workshop!  NGF Engulfment and Confined Space Rescue Training Session in North Platte, June 10, 2010 

Important!  Attached are several important links to OSHA or Nebraska Department of Labor (NDL) websites concerning health and safety procedures and regulations.  Many of these procedures and requirements were discussed at last week's NGF Elevator and Grain Processor 2010 Safety Day.  Read More>>

NGFA, STATE AFFILIATES CHALLENGE OSHA INTERPRETATION ON SWEEP AUGERS

As we reported in February, a recent OSHA “Letter of Interpretation” contends that the physical operation of unguarded sweep augers inside grain bins is prohibited.  The letter was in response to questions posed by an insurance agent who asked if a sweep auger can be operated in a bin with an employee present and, if not, what method or procedure OSHA would find acceptable for removing grain from grain bins.  NGF and other state affiliate Associations have joined with the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) in challenging the flawed interpretation.  Read more>>

OSHA CITES KANSAS PROCESSING PLANT FOR FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARDS

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Endres Processing LLC of Kansas City for alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act following an inspection alleging fire and explosion hazards from combustible dust. Proposed penalties total $137,250.  The company is engaged in recycling inedible food products by milling them into feed for pigs and chickens.  Read more >>

NGF COMMENTS ON DRAFT REVENUE DEPT. RULING ON REVISED ENERGY SALES TAX REFUND

Association Supports Limited Expansion, Disappointed Draft Did Not Go Farther

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) this week responded to the Nebraska Department of Revenue’s (NDR) draft revenue ruling outlining the approach the department intends to use determining when the energy used at these facilities, including drying grain will be recognized for a commercial grain elevator to claim a 100% sales tax exemption on energy.  NGF supported a revision to the current NDR methods of review.  Read more >>

NDEQ RETAINS CURRENT HAUL ROAD DUST STANDARDS

NGF Objected to Proposed New Regulations, Cheers Retention of Current Standards

Last fall, the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) alerted members that the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) was considering adopting new modeling methods that could require the inclusion of fugitive dust emissions from truck traffic on haul roads.  NGF reported that the new proposed regulations could cost the grain elevator and processor industry hundreds of thousands of dollars as well new paperwork requirements.  Read more >>

NEW NGF WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED

Please visit the Workshop page on our website for several important upcoming workshops and events you and your employees should be interested in and registration forms.

Also, watch for details on these and other popular grain and feed workshops in the near future.  Some of the yet to be scheduled workshops include the Comprehensive Two-Day Workshop On Basic Hedging And Merchandising, several half day Merchandising Short Courses conducted by our cooperating merchandising companies, a workshop on Managing Mycotoxins and a Grain Quality Workshop focusing on proper commercial and on farm storage techniques. 

WHERE (GRAIN) QUALITY IS JOB 1

By Diana Klemme, V.P.

Grain Service Corporation
3340 Peachtree Rd, Suite 1910
Atlanta GA  30326
ph: 800-845-7103
email:  diana@grainservice.com

Ford introduced this advertising slogan in the 1980’s to restore consumers’ faith in Ford’s products. Those words and commercials didn’t turn Ford around immediately, in part because Toyota and Honda continued to beat all US carmakers on quality.  Now Toyota is under fire on the quality issue for their massive recall and suspension of sales to remedy a potential accelerator problem.  Toyota may recover, and Ford’s reputation for quality has fared well in recent years.  But this is a vivid reminder of how quickly problems can tarnish a firm’s reputation as a dependable supplier.  Read more >>

OSHA ISSUES NEW POLICY ON SWEEP AUGERS INSIDE GRAIN BINS

National Association Update!

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 24 signed a “letter of interpretation” that creates a new policy for operating sweep augers inside grain bins.  The letter was in response to questions posed by an insurance representative, who had asked: 1) if a sweep auger can be operated in a bin with an employee present; and 2) if not, what method or procedure OSHA would find acceptable for removing grain from flat-bottom grain bins.  Read more >>

NDR RESPONDS TO NGF ON ENERGY SALES TAX REFUND FOR GRAIN ELEVATORS

NDR ISSUES DRAFT RULING, ELEVATORS MUST FILL OUT FORM 13E TO APPLY FOR STATE SALES TAX REFUND, EXEMPTION

Last month the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) contacted the Nebraska Department of revenue (NDR) about the state program which allows manufacturers to claim an energy sales tax exemption or refund if the manufacturer can document that the electricity or fuel consumed was directly used for the processing, manufacturing or refining process of tangible personal property.  Many members are aware that if you can document to the Nebraska Department of Revenue (NDR) that at least 50% of the energy consumed in your facility adds value to your product, you can claim a 100% sales tax refund on your energy consumption.  This would include the energy used to dry grain.  Read more >>

NGF CONTACTS SOS OVER ERRORS TO LIEN SEARCH DATA BASE

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) recently contacted the Nebraska Secretary of State’s (SOS) office bringing to their attention complaints received from several NGF member firms that have been experiencing past and persistent mistakes in the lien search database which they subscribe to and receive from the SOS on a quarterly basis.  Specifically, these grain firms are receiving complaints when they post the supposed lien holders names on the checks paid to customers, and those company lien holders are no longer in business.  In one instance, a member firm has reported that there were seven banks which have either changed names and/or ownership in his area since 2000 but are still being listed under their previous names.  There were also instances where “lien holders” identified under the lien search database have been out of business for as long as seven years.  Read More >>

NEW RULE TO REQUIRE FOOD AND FEED FACILITIES TO REPORT SERIOUS ADULTERATION INCIDENTS

Grain elevators and feed mills registered with FDA under the Bioterrorism Act of 2002, are now required to report within 24 hours after the facility makes a determination that use of, or exposure to, an adulterated food or feed product that has left its control, would present a “reasonable probability” of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.  It applies to all facilities registered with FDA under the Bioterrorism Act that receive, store, handle, manufacture and distribute grain and oilseeds, milled and processed grain and oilseed products, animal feed and feed ingredients, pet food and a wide range of other FDA-regulated ag commodities, products and foods.  Read More >>

GET ACTIVE IN NGF – BECOME A MEMBER OF A COMMITTEE!

On behalf of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your membership investment and support.  We are continually faced with industry issues and challenges and to properly address these concerns, the staff and Board of Directors relies on the input and guidance of its members.  Read More >>

NGF SUBMITS COMMENTS TO NDEQ OPPOSING CHANGES TO FUGITIVE DUST MODELING

Members Urged To Submit Comments!

August 31 was the final day grain elevators, grain processors and ethanol plants had to submit comments to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) opposing the adoption of new modeling methods that could require the inclusion of fugitive dust emissions from truck traffic from haul roads.  The following is the official NGF response to NDEQ.   Read More >>

NGF 34th SUMMER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

THANK OUR SPONSORS

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association’s (NGF) 34th Summer Meeting and Golf Classic held on August 7, 2009 at Quarry Oaks golf club “was a great success because of our members who attended and the generous support of our sponsors who attended the one-day event,” according to Ryan Pellet, Summer Meeting Co-Chair.   Read More >>

34th ALL NGF FOUR-PERSON BEST BALL GOLF CLASSIC WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Over 112 golfers played at the All NGF Four-Person Best Ball Golf Classic at the beautiful and challenging Quarry Oaks Golf Course!  The tournament was divided into four flights, with a first place in the first flight, first place on the second flight, and first place in the third and fourth flights.  Read More >>

NATIONAL GRAIN & FEED ORGANIZATIONS URGE EPA TO MODIFY CHROMIUM, MANGANESE PROPOSED CONTROLS

The NGFA and AFIA issued a joint statement on Aug. 26 to the EPA in response to the agency’s proposed rule that would establish a national emission standard requiring most feed manufacturers that use chromium compounds or manganese compounds to comply with specified management practices and use specified equipment controls.  Read More >>

NGF URGES MEMBERS TO OPPOSE CHANGES TO NDEQ FUGITIVE DUST MODELING

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) is considering adopting new modeling methods that could require the inclusion of fugitive dust emissions from truck traffic from haul roads which, if implemented, could cost the grain elevator industry dollars and new paperwork requirements.  Currently, elevators, ethanol facilities and other effected industries are allowed to use “best management practices” to control fugitive dust or particulate matter (PM) on their haul roads.  NDEQ will be accepting written comments on the proposed changes through August 31, 2009.  Read More >>

PSC HEARS NO SUPPORT FOR GRAIN INDEMNIFICATION FUND, LEGISLATIVE STUDY NEXT STEP

The Nebraska Public Service commission (PSC) held their previously announced workshop on the practicality of establishing a grain indemnification fund, before more than 40 participants representing grain elevators and dealers, farm organizations, ethanol facilities and cattle and banking interests.  Every organization either spoke against the establishment of such indemnification fund or announced that they were still formulating policy for future legislative interim study hearings this fall.  Read More >>

NGF REQUESTS MEETING ON NDEQ CLEAN AIR ACTIONS

EPA Definition of Temporary Storage at Issue

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) have requested an informal meeting with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) on their interpretation of proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), Subpart DD of the Clean Air Act.  Currently, the NSPS rules requiring stricter air permitting and emission standards apply to any commercial grain elevator built after 1978 with a permanent storage capacity exceeding 2.5 million bushels, or increased their permanent storage capacity beyond the 2.5 million bushels.  However, the grain handling industry has since 2006 disputed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inclusion of recently constructed temporary storage capacity as permanent storage, affecting potentially dozens of elevators that could now exceed the 2.5 million bushel permanent storage capacity threshold, subjecting them to new costly air permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act.  Read More >>

 

PSC PROPOSES JULY 15 WORKSHOP ON GRAIN INDEMNIFICATION FUND

In a surprising move, the Nebraska public Service Commission (PSC) announced a July 15 commission workshop to propose the establishment of a multimillion dollar farmer funded grain insurance program as further protection of parties to grain transactions.  The insurance fund, which would have to be enacted by the state legislature, would be separate from but supplement the current state grain warehouse and dealers act which requires licensing and bonding in case of failure.  Read More >>

2009 AREA MEETINGS WRAP UP

The 2009 NGF area meetings are history!  We want to thank our area meeting hosts who coordinated these events, and all the Association members who attended the golf and dinner meetings.  Over 80 members attended the three area meetings along with another 70 members who attended the grain grading sessions held in conjunction with three of the area meetings.  A prolonged spring planting season negatively impacted attendance at some of the meetings, and the Association is hoping to reschedule the postponed Ogallala meeting sometime in July.

Please take the time to thank our hosts of this year's area meetings.  Tim Jimenez and Kyle Jones, Ogallala.  Steve Costello, Gothenburg.  David and Glenn Prinz, and Tim Gubbels, Beemer, and Jim Mendlik and Ryan Pellet, Elkhorn.  If you're interested in attending a rescheduled Ogallala area meeting or you would like to host one of next year’s spring area meetings please call the office at 402 - 476 - 6174.

PSC APPROVES INCREASE FOR STATE GRAIN HANDLING CHARGES

NGF, NCC SUPPORTED UPWARD ADJUSTMENT

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) has announced that the maximum handling charges warehouses can charge has been increased from $.25 to $.33 per bushel.  The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) and the Nebraska Cooperative Council (NCC) appeared together and strongly supported an increase to the maximum grain handling charges from the current ceiling of .$.25 per bushel to $.40 cents per bushel.  Read More >>

FARMER-OWNED STORAGE FACILITIES …

NGFA Wants New Grain Storage Built At Commercial Sites

The 2008 farm bill contains a provision that establishes a subsidized loan guarantee program to help farmers build or update storage and handling facilities for agricultural commodities.  The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is concerned that a wave of construction of on-farm storage facilities could disrupt or economically harm the commercial storage sector which NGFA represents.  Read More >>

 

NGF COMPLETES COMMODITY CONTAINER SHIPPING STUDY SOYBEAN & WHEAT CHECK OFF DOLLARS FUND PROJECT

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) recently completed a study on the feasibility of originating more commodity container shipping at various Nebraska locations. While NGF administered the study, Jay O'Neil of O'Neil Transportation Consulting conducted much of the research and interviews and the Nebraska Wheat and Soybean Boards were primary sponsors and financially contributed check off funds for the completion of the project. Copies of the 18 page report are available to NGF members at no cost. 

NGF, ADVANCED BIOENERGY & RWT PRESENT INTRODUCTION TO RAIL SAFETY CONCEPTS & INDUSTRIAL LOCOMOTIVE OPERATOR TRAINING

MAY 26 – 27, 2009

In our continuing efforts to offer affordable and quality workshop opportunities for our members and their employees, the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) is proud to join Advanced Bioenergy LLC of Fairmont, Nebraska and Roadway Worker Training Inc. Rail Support Services (RWT) in announcing a comprehensive two-day hands-on workshop for introduction to rail safety concepts and industrial Locomotive operator training on May 26 and 27th.  Read More>>

NGF, GSC TEAM UP ON MERCHANDISING WORKSHOP!
The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) is proud to announce a two-day comprehensive basic merchandising workshop with Diana Klemme of Grain Service Corporation (GSC). If you are beginning your merchandising career or just want a refresher on basic marketing skills, than plan to attend this year’s Basic Hedging and Merchandising workshop featuring Diana Klemme with Grain Service Corporation! The two day workshop will be held April 22 & 23 at the Kearney Holiday Inn Express.

NGF URGES RESTRAINT ON NDEQ CLEAN AIR ACTIONS
EPA Definition of Temporary Storage at Issue
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has notified the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) that an increasing number of grain elevators in Nebraska are becoming subject to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), Subpart DD of the Clean Air Act.  Currently, the NSPS rules requiring stricter air permitting and emission standards apply to any commercial grain elevator built after 1978 with a permanent storage capacity exceeding 2.5 million bushels, or increased their permanent storage capacity beyond the 2.5 million bushels.  However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2006 has attempted to include recently constructed temporary storage capacity as permanent storage, affecting potentially dozens of elevators that could now exceed the 2.5 million bushel permanent storage capacity threshold, subjecting them to new costly air permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act.

GRAIN GRADING SESSIONS TO BE OFFERED AT SPRING 2009 NGF AREA MEETINGS

Once again, the 2009 Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Area Meetings are being planned for this May and June.  Again this year, NGF will work with our state grain inspection agencies and FGIS to offer grain grading sessions at certain locations before golf and depending on the area interest!  Read more »

NGF SUPPORTS, ENCOURAGES FUND RAISING EFFORTS FOR HEARTLAND HEROES HONOR FLIGHTS
MEMBERS ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT, MATCH DONATIONS

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) would like you or your company to consider making a tax-deductible donation of $250 to the Heartland Heroes Honor (HHF) flight to assist our greatest generation to fly to Washington DC and visit the national World War II Memorial, which was just dedicated in 2004.  NGF Directors voted to support the HHF fundraising efforts at the last board meeting, and several indicated that they will contribute to the effort.  Read More >>

2009 LEGISLATURE CHOOSES NEW LEADERSHIP

The 101st Nebraska unicameral legislature convened on January 7, 2009.  The legislature ushered in a new generation of committee chairs as term limits brought a batch of 15 new lawmakers to Lincoln. 

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DIRECT DELIVERY WORKSHOPS, JANUARY 21 – 22, MAXIMIZING PROFITABILITY AND EFFICIENCY FOR ELEVATORS AND PROCESSORS

Direct Shipping is changing our industry and if you are not changing with it you may be losing bushels as well as dollars.  This workshop is designed to cover the fundamentals of direct shipping.  It will cover some of the historical background that has lead to the current climate with direct shipping as well as where all the bushels are going, what the FSA and PSC want you to do in regards to direct shipping, what the elevator or processing plants role is in direct shipping and basis trading, etc.  It will also cover new strategies elevators, feed mills and grain processors can utilize to capture more bushels right off the farm!  This workshop is a must if you want to maximize your direct ship potential.  The January 21 workshop will be held at the NGF basement conference room in Lincoln, and the January 22 workshop will be held at the Country Inn and Suites in Kearney Nebraska.  Read More>>

2008 NEBRASKA AG CLASSIC, NGF TRADE SHOW TO ADDRESS ACRE COMPONENT OF FARM BILL, FUTURE OF AG WITH NEW PRESIDENT

What does the new ACRE Program component of the Farm Bill mean for you and your farm? Brad Lubben, Assistant Professor and Extension Public Policy Specialist in the Department of Ag economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will help you answer that question.  Lubben is involved in teaching, research and extension activities, focusing on agricultural and public policy issues ranging from federal farm programs and trade policies to conservation programs and the environment. He has been traveling the state leading discussions on the new Farm Bill, specifically relating to the ACRE Program.  Read More >>

OFFICIAL NOTICE FOR NGF 112th ANNUAL MEETING

DIRECTORS PROPOSE BYLAW AMENDMENT TO REDUCE BOARD, ADOPT FINANCIAL REVIEW

The Nebraska Grain & Feed Association (NGF) is pleased to officially announce the 112th Annual Meeting on December 16, at the Kearney Holiday Inn.   The NGF Annual Meeting will take place on the Trade Show floor at approximately 2:00 PM.  Read More >>

FREE PASSES FOR NGF & GEAPS MEMBERS AT ANNUAL TRADE SHOW

If you are an NGF or Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) member who just wants to attend the December 16th NGF Trade Show, we will issue you a one-day FREE pass!  Read More >>

NGF TRADE SHOW SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

INCLUDES ONE 30 MINUTE TRADE SHOW PRESENTATION!

It's not too late to show your support for the Nebraska Grain and feed Association (NGF) or its vendors at the Association’s 112th annual meeting and Trade Show.  This year’s support from our sponsors is very important Read more >>

NGF DEVELOPS NEW CONTRACT FOR DIRECT DELIVERY & DEFERRED PAYMENT FOR DIRECT DELIVER GRAIN

Over the past couple of months, the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) has received several calls from grain dealers who were concerned about offering producers the appropriate commodity contracts for direct delivery transactions.  Other dealers were informed during recent Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) audits that they were using incorrect deferred payment contracts for direct delivery transactions.  More and more in today's changing marketplace, elevators and grain dealers are shipping commodities direct from the farm to feed lots and ethanol plants, and the contracts governing these transactions are important tools to protect themselves.  Read More >>

PROTECT AGAINST GRAIN SCHEMES

Over the last couple of weeks, The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) has kept members apprised of the entities Ox Plow Farms and New Fashion Farms distributing notices to buyers in Iowa, Nebraska and perhaps elsewhere that they do not intend to deliver soybeans against existing contracts.  The notice includes a reference to NGFA Grain Trade Rule 28, Failure to Perform.  The Nebraska State Patrol has opened a preliminary investigation on Ox Plow Farms and New Fashion Farms.  Here are a few ways to protect your against possible grain schemes.  Read More >>

NGF FUMIGATION CERTIFICATION/RECERTIFICATION WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, HOLIDAY INN, KEARNEY

Study Material for Fumigation, Structural/Health Related Pest Control Available

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF), in cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), Carl Reed and Poppe Enterprises are proud to present our annual Fumigation Certification Workshop!  Study material for those needing to test-out on the Fumigation and/or Structural/Health Related Pest Control is available by contacting NGF.  Read More >>

NGFA – “NO COMPENSATION FOR HEDGING LOSSES”

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) this week delivered a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Edward Schafer in response to remarks attributed to him on Oct. 20 in Iowa concerning the use of federal funds to compensate firms that may have sustained is hedging losses in commodity markets.  Read More >>

NE. STATE PATROL OPENS PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO SUSPICIOUS FAILURE TO PERFORM NOTICES

NOTICES SPREAD TO SOUTH DAKOTA, ILLINOIS

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) was notified this week that the Nebraska State Patrol is opening a preliminary investigation on the entities Ox Plow Farms and New Fashion Farms, which have been distributing notices to buyers in Iowa, Nebraska and perhaps elsewhere that they do not intend to deliver soybeans against existing contracts.  The notice includes a reference to NGFA Grain Trade Rule 28, Failure to Perform.   Ox Plow Farms lists its return address as the UPS store in Sioux City, IA.  New Fashion Farms lists their return address as a UPS store in Omaha, NE.   Read More >>

WATCH FOR ELECTRONIC NGF LEGISLATIVE SURVEYS

Inan effort to represent the best interests of our membership before the 2009 legislature, the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Legislative committee has developed a series of surveys intended to gather input and opinions from members on a number of issues.  The results of these surveys will not obligate NGF to take positions on these issues, but assist the leadership in contemplating further action.  Read More >>

SUSPICIOUS CONTRACT NOTICES SENT TO IOWA, NEBRASKA GRAIN FIRMS

We want to make the Association membership aware of a developing situation in Iowa that may impact the membership.  The Iowa Institute of Cooperatives has shared the following information with their members:

HEADS UP:  We understand that many Iowa cooperatives have contracted 08 soybeans from an entity called Ox Plow Farms and have been notified by that entity that they will not have beans to deliver.  Ox Plow Farms by letter or telephone is requesting settlement of the contracts in accordance with rule 28 of the National Feed and Grain Association.  Read More >>

COMMODITY GROUPS URGE USDA TO STEP UP TO AG EQUITY CRUNCH

With rural businesses and producers dealing with an increasing liquidity crisis, most of the nation's major commodity groups and some agribusinesses are calling on Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer to help stave off future compounding of the situation by another strong run-up in commodity prices.  Read More >>

NGF DIRECTORS PROPOSE BYLAW CHANGE TO REDUCE BOARD, ADOPT FINANCIAL REVIEW
BOARD VOTES TO REDUCE BALLETS


The Nebraska Grain & Feed Association (NGF) Board of Directors NGF will ask members attending the NGF Annual Meeting on December 16, to amend two important Association bylaws.  The first would amend the Association bylaws to reduce the Board from twelve (12) members to nine (9).  The second would amend the Association bylaws to replace the annual audit with a financial review, with a provision to allow directors or members of the Association to require an audit of the corporation from time to time.  The bylaw changes must be approved by a majority of voting members present at the annual meeting, and at least ten percent of NGF members, either in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum to conduct business and to approve or reject the amendments. Read More >>

PSC CONDUCTS WORKSHOP ON GRAIN INSURANCE FUND

The Nebraska Public Service Commission conducted a September 17, 2008 workshop on the possible establishment of a producer financed insurance fund for the further protection of parties to grain transactions.  The insurance fund would be separate from the current state grain warehouse and dealers act which requires licensing and bonding ($500,000 max for warehouse, $300,000 for dealers) for the protection of depositors. Read more »

NGF SEEKING COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS

Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) president Jan Mosby has announced that several committee assignments are currently vacant, and the Association is seeking interested volunteers to fill these slots.

“We have four regular standing committees, as well as the newly formed Bio Fuels committee,” said Mosby. “These committees have offered the Board with guidance and input on important issues, however it has been difficult to maintain an active dialogue over the past few years and we need to revitalize our committees.”   Read More >

NGF 33rd SUMMER MEETING RAP-UP

THANK OUR SPONSORS – LIST INCLUDED

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association’s (NGF) 33rd Summer Meeting and golf Classic on August 8, 2008 at the Quarry Oaks golf club set a record attendance for the one day meeting and golf tournament, according to Darin Hanson, Summer Meeting Co-Chair.  "Our members really appreciate the one-day format, location and the Friday schedule,” said Hanson.  “We have been fortunate to count on the support of our members, and some of the leading companies and suppliers of and for the grain industry in the country, and we can’t thank them enough.”  Read More >>

2008 NEBRASKA GRAIN & FEED ASSOCIATION HARVEST SAFETY DAY

Sept. 11, 2008-NGF Office Conference Room

1233 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE

With fall harvest in mind, the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) is pleased to join with the Omaha OSHA office, the Nebraska State Fire Marshall and Holmes-Murphy Insurance Company to present the 2008 NGF Harvest Safety Day, on September 11, 2008 at the NGF Conference Room, 1233 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE  Read More >>

GRAIN CONTRACTS, HIGH PRICES, FLOODS AND FAILURE TO DELIVER
By Donald L. Uchtmann, A. Bryan Endres, and Stephanie B. Johnson*

AGRICULTURAL LAW AND TAXATION BRIEFS

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL AND CONSUMER ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Abstract: This article addresses important issues arising when a farmer’s crop is lost to floodwaters or when market prices rise much higher than the contract prices negotiated when grain prices were lower.  Is a grain contract binding if it was never signed by the farmer?  Does the inability of a farmer to harvest a crop because of flood provide an excuse for the farmer not to deliver grain as required by contract?  What if a farmer harvests a crop but prefers to sell it at a higher price than the contract price negotiated before a rise in grain prices?  What damages might be assessed against a farmer who fails to deliver grain as required by contract?  Is a farmer still liable for breach of contract damages if the farmer files bankruptcy?  This article is part of a law-related educational program for Illinois family farmers made possible by a gift from the Illinois Bar Foundation.  The assistance of the Agricultural Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association in reviewing the article also is appreciated.  Read More >>

NGF URGES MORE CONSIDERATION FOR EARLY RELEASE OF CRP
The Nebraska Grain And Feed Association (NGF) was disappointed to hear that the USDA has denied producers early penalty free release of certain Conservation Reserve Acres (CRP), especially after urging for over three years the need to bring more acres into production to feed the ethanol and bio fuels industry.   Read More >>

 

NGF TO PUBLISH QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER, WEEKLY ELECTRONIC UPDATES TO CONTINUE

The June, 2008 edition of NEBRASKA GRAIN & FEED will be the last monthly Association newsletter you will receive by mail.  Instead, the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) will publish and mail a quarterly newsletter begaining the next fiscal year which starts July, 2008.  Weekly electronic updates of  NEBRASKA GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION NEWS will continue, as well as a new monthly electronic report on major NGF activities, workshops, major news items from the state and National level and calendar of events.  Read More >>

MARK THE DATE - 8/8/8!  NGF 33rd SUMMER MEETING

Registrations Filling Fast!  Sponsorships Available

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) have announced that registrations for the 33rd Annual Summer meeting are going fast!  NGF is proud that current GOP US Senate candidate Mike Johanns will join democratic party US Senate candidate Scott Kleeb to address the Dealers Program.  Diane Klemme, vice president of Grain Service Corp., and Randy Gordon, Vice President of Communications and Government Relations for the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) will also address the Dealers Program.  The August 8, registration at Quarry Oaks opens at 8:30 AM, with the Dealers Program following from 9:00 AM – 11:15 AM.   Read More >>

EASTERN NEBRASKA GRAIN’S MOSBY SELECTED AS 2008-2009 NGF PRESIDENT

 Jan Mosby, general manager of the Eastern Nebraska Grain terminal in Lincoln has been selected as the 2008 – 2009 President of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association.  Mosby succeeds Andy Kuhn with Countryside Cooperative in Firth as the Associations new President.  Mosby also nominated and the board approved NGF director Mike Rost with the Peavey Company in Kearney as Vice President.  Kuhn will remain on the executive committee as past president.  The Association’s fiscal year and Mosby’s term begin July, 2008.  Read More >>

NDA REMINDS PRODUCERS TO BE MINDFUL OF FUNGICIDE LABELING

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is reminding producers to be mindful when applying fungicides to crops.  The reminder comes after the Kansas Department of Agriculture recently released some wheat from an embargo after tests confirmed that fungicide residues set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration were within tolerance.   At question were late applications of fungicides many of which require a 45-day waiting period between application and harvest.  Read More >>

NGF LAUNCHES 2008 –2009 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

This month, the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) has kicked-off the 2008 – 2009 membership drive.  What a year this has been!  Record commodity prices, volatile grain futures markets, the expansion of bio fuels production, booming export sales and soaring transportation and energy costs has kept NGF staff busy working with many of you to meet these challenges head on.   There are many reasons to renew your membership and here are just a few.  Read More >>

NGF JOINS 130 ORGANIZATIONS IN USDA LETTER URGING PENALTY-FREE EARLY OUTS OF CRP LAND NOW!

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) joined over 130 other non profit trade associations and private and cooperatively owned agribusinesses to urge the USDA to allow penalty free release of certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  While USDA’s decision to open CRP to haying and grazing was a positive step, the Agricultural Alliance for Growth and Competitiveness (AAGC) letter stated that it will not adequately alleviate the direct pressure on the livestock industry or the increased feed cost pressures on other segments of agriculture and food industries.  Read More >>

GRAIN GRADING COURSE FOR WHEAT (CORN, & SOYBEANS IF ENOUGH DEMAND)

Aurora, June 19, 2008, Sponsored by Nebraska Grain and Feed Association & Aurora Cooperative and in Cooperation with USDA - FGIS

Wheat harvest is right round the corner, so don’t miss an opportunity to get yourself or your employees ready for wheat grading!  The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) along with the Aurora Cooperative are organizing an in-house wheat grading refresher course.  However if there is enough interest, corn and soybeans will be included.  Read More >>

NGFA ENCOURAGES RESPONSE TO CME GROUP SURVEY ON STORAGE VALUES

NE. PSC APPROVED STATE STORAGE INCREASE IN MAY

The NGFA is encouraging members to return by the June 11 deadline an important new survey issued by the CME Group that is designed to assist the exchange in establishing accurate storage values for CBOT wheat, corn and soybean futures contracts.  The NGFA agreed to assist the CME Group by distributing the survey to its Active members (grain, feed and grain processing companies) that rely on CBOT contracts for risk management and price discovery.  The survey follows through on one of the NGFA’s core recommendations made to the CME Group and during an April 22 Agricultural Futures Roundtable conducted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that focused on futures market performance and whether convergence still was occurring between futures and cash prices during the delivery period.  Read More>>

CFTC WITHDRAWS PROPOSALS ON INCREASING SPECULATIVE LIMITS ON AG FUTURES

AGENCY TAKES ACTIONS ON MULTIPLE FRONTS TO ADDRESS AG FUTURES MARKET PERFORMANCE ISSUES…

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission on June 3 announced it was withdrawing its previous proposal that would have increased speculative position limits on agricultural futures markets and created a risk-management exemption on the size of speculative positions that could be held or controlled by index and pension fund traders in agricultural futures or options contracts.  The decision was taken as part of a series of actions announced by the agency designed to address agricultural futures market performance issues.  Read More >>

PSC APPROVES HIGHER STORAGE RATES

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) has decided to increase the Schedule A grain storage rates state licensed elevators can charge depositors, but left the current 25 cent handling charge unchanged.  The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) joined the Nebraska Cooperative Council (NCC) and other agribusiness organizations at the May 7 hearing and strongly supported an increase of  storage and handling rates.  Read more >>

NGF ANNOUNCES 2008 – 2009 DIRECTOR ELECTION RESULTS

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) is proud to present the winners of the 2008 – 2009 Board of Directors elections.   The winners are Tina Domeier, Bruning Grain and Feed, Bruning, Gail Ortegren, CPI, Hastings and Ryan Pellet, JD Heiskell and Company, Omaha.  This years vote was unusually close, and all ballots received by NGF are open for review by any member.  The three will begin their three-year terms on July 1, 2008. Read more >>

SPRING AREA MEETINGS & GRAIN GRADING COMBINED!

Bridgeport will kick-off our 2008 season of Area Meetings on May 14, at the Jail House and Courthouse Golf Course!  A grain grading session on corn and wheat has been added!  Prices vary at each location! Read more >>

FEED TAX REDUCED BY 4 CENTS

Reduction to Save Feed industry $320,000

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), through adopted regulations reduced the current 10 cent per ton feed tax paid by elevators, feed mills and ethanol plants, by 4 cents, lowering the tax to 6 cents per ton. Read more >>

NGFA RECOMMENDS ACTIONS TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE OF GRAIN, OILSEED FUTURES MARKETS

WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of the April 22 public meeting conducted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today issued a series of recommendations that it urged be implemented in an effort to enhance the performance of grain and oilseed futures contracts important to commercial hedgers.  Read more >>

NGF SUPPORTS INCREASE OF WAREHOUSE STORAGE & HANDLING RATES

 The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a 2:00 PM hearing May 7, 2008 to take comments on proposals to adjust Schedule A & E handling and storage rates.  The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) will join other organizations and support an increase to the Schedule A & E handling and storage rates state licensed elevators can charge.  Read more >>

NGF ANNOUNCES 2008 – 09 DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) is proud to present the 2008 – 2009 slate of candidates for Board of Directors.   The candidates include Tina Domeier, Bruning Grain and Feed, Bruning; Keith Erickson, Farmers & Ranchers Coop, Ainsworth; Gail Ortegren, CPI, Hastings; Ryan Pellet, JD Heiskell and Company, Omaha; Robert Racek, Cargill, Albion, and; Bruce Tinkham, Agrex, Superior.  Read more >>

NGF Supports Regs to Reduce Feed Tax by Three Cents
If Approved, Reduction to Save G&F, Ethanol Industry Over $240,000 per Year!

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) this week announced plans to hold a public meeting on May 1, 2008 on regulations that, if adopted, would reduce the current 10 cent per ton feed tax paid by elevators, feed mills and ethanol plants to the state feed inspection program by 3 cents, to a total of 7 cents per ton. The proposed reduction would become effective on July 1, 2008 and save Nebraska grain elevators, feed mills and ethanol plants that produce feed and distillers grains over $240,000 per year. Read more »

NGF Supports Increase for Warehouse Storage & Handling Rates

Record commodity prices, a volatile grain market, the expansion of bio fuels production, and soaring transportation and energy costs has prompted the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) to support an increase of the Schedule A & E handling and storage rates state licensed elevators can charge.  Nebraska's current maximum for in and out charges is 25 cents per bushel, and the storage rate for soybeans stands at about 4 cents per bushel per month while corn and most other grains are at 3.5 cents per bushel per month. Read more »

NDA Hearing to Reduce Feed Tax

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s (NDA) regulations reducing the current 10 cent per ton feed tax paid by elevators, feed mills and ethanol plants is on track for a May 1, 2008 hearing.  If adopted, fees collected to fund the state feed inspection program will be reduced by 3 cents.  Reducing the fee to 7 cents per ton would save Nebraska grain elevators, feed mills and ethanol plants producing feed and distillers grains over $240,000 per year.  Read more »

 

NEBRASKA GRAIN FIRM OUT OF BUSINESS AMID VOLATILE MARKETS
A small Nebraska grain company is out of business after its owner, Gordon Ganz, surrendered his grain handling and warehouse licenses and declared bankruptcy Friday. Ganz operated one elevator each in Alvo and Ashland with a total capacity of just over a million bushels of grain, both of which are now under the control of the Nebraska Public Service Commission. Read more »

NGF LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE - ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS AVAILABLE!
NGF has redesigned and launched our member web page. The web page has been reformatted to keep our members abreast of the latest news and developments on the state and national level. All information is updated on a weekly basis, or as news breaks! Members can access past newsletters, check the calendar for upcoming workshops, area meetings or other NGF events, and communicate with staff. The web page also includes the elected leaders of the Association, the committee structure and the current grain markets.  
 
Web page advertising opportunities or packages are available.  Contact Sara at 402-476-6174 for more information!  

FARM BILL COMPROMISE STALLS
Congress returns after a two-week recess on March 31, no closer to rapping-up their work on a new Farm Bill before the April 18 deadline.  Progress has ground to a halt on a new farm bill over additional monies requested by Ag Committee Chairman Tom Harkin for disaster assistance, conservation and rural development.  Since the departure of former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, a lack of any meaningful negotiations with Congress and the administration have failed to produce consensus to pass a new farm bill, and could extend the current bill until the next administration enters office. Read more »

LEGISLATIVE ACTION WINDING DOWN
With only about 15 days left in the second session of the 100th Legislature, action has shifted to the primary budget bills and Senator priority bills. Anticipation of an economic downturn over the next two years has forced the revenue and budget committees to revise their current biannual budget.  Dealing with a possible shortfall of over $180 million, the Legislature revised their 2008 - 2009 budget and trimmed their projected rate of growth to 4.2% and 3.7% respectively. Read more »

COMMITTEE PROPOSES DIVERTING FEED TAX SURPLUS TO NOXIOUS WEED PROGRAM
The Legislature’s Ag Committee advanced an amended version of LB 862 to the floor last week that provides for a one time transfer of a $200,000 surplus from the commercial feed inspection fund to the noxious weed grant fund, and annually transfer another $50,000 back to the noxious weed grant program. Read more »

SPRING AREA MEETINGS AND GRAIN GRADING COMBINED!
Plan to attend one of the 2008 Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) Area Meetings that are being planned for this May and June. New this year, grain grading sessions will be held at each location before golf and depending on the area interest! Read more »

NGFA RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CONDUCTS CONFERENCE CALLS WITH LENDERS, HEDGE FUNDS ON CURRENT FUTURES MARKET SITUATION
In its continuing proactive efforts to address current volatile commodity futures markets, the National Grain and Feed Association ( NGFA) Risk Management Committee conducted separate conference calls recently with representatives of investment funds and commercial lenders to discuss capital requirements confronting commercial hedgers and the potential use of alternative commodity investment tools in lieu of futures ownership. Read more »

NGF OPPOSES SHIFT OF FEED TAX TO NOXIOUS WEED PROGRAM
The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) last week appeared before the Agriculture Committee in opposition to LB 862.  LB 862 would shift two cents from the current ten cent per ton feed tax paid by elevators and feed mill to the state feed inspection program, to the noxious weed control program.  Read more »

NGFA, STATE G&F AFFILIATES SUPPORT FARM BILL CRP REFORM
The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) joined the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)© and several other state and regional grain and feed organizations to support efforts to enact a conservation title of the farm bill that reflects a commitment to free enterprise, support for U.S. agricultural growth and working lands conservation.  In a letter to the House and Senate Farm Bill conferees, the organizations commended efforts to date that would expand working lands conservation programs, and further reforms needed such as the House version of the bill that would allow CRP contract holders to terminate the contract without penalty if the acres have been enrolled for at least five years. Read more »

NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE BACK TO BUSINESS
The 100th Nebraska Legislature, second session convened in Lincoln on January 9, beginning the short 60 day session.  During the opening 10 day period, more than 450 bills and resolutions have been introduced.  This is on top of the hundreds of other bills carried over from last year. Read more »

NGFA URGES CFTC TO DELAY, STUDY IMPACTS OF PROPOSED INCREASE IN SPECULATIVE POSITION LIMITS IN AG FUTURES
The NGFA has urged the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to delay for at least six to 12 months its proposal to increase significantly speculative position limits on agricultural futures contracts.  In so doing, the NGFA warned the CFTC of major underlying concerns over the predictability of convergence between cash and futures prices during the futures delivery period, as well as problems with hedging and pricing efficiencies, that have dramatically increased the need for grain elevators, feed mills and grain processors to access increased capital to finance margin calls. Read more »

NGFA RECOMMENDS THAT CME GROUP NOT INCREASE DAILY PRICE LIMITS ON CBOT AG FUTURES CONTRACTS
The NGFA has recommended to the CME Group that it not implement any increases at this time in daily price limits on CBOT wheat, corn and soybean futures contracts, saying that doing so would create even greater financial exposure for commercial grain and oilseed hedgers already hard pressed to secure adequate capital to meet margin requirements on outstanding futures contracts. Read more »

GEAPS 79TH ANNUAL TECHNICAL CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW COMING TO OMAHA!
The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) is proud that the 79th annual GEAPS Conference and Trade Show is coming to the Omaha Quest Center from February 23 - 26!  In significant ways, GEAPS Exchange 2008 is going to be their biggest show ever—and that means 78 years of history, in locations ranging from Dallas to Minneapolis, Tampa to Vancouver. Read more »

2007 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The executive committee and the board of directors of the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association are proud to present their nominees for the 2007 Association director elections. Full Story »

NGF SUPPORTS LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION TO STUDY EXTENDING TRUCK LENGTHS
State Senator Carol Hudkins this week introduced a legislative resolution calling on the Legislature to immediately review the current Federal restrictions in Nebraska prohibiting extending the length of combination vehicles, and to examine the feasibility for seeking a Federal exemption that would allow extended combination truck lengths for the purposes of hauling grain. The resolution, LR which was cosponsored by 10 other senators, is strongly supported by the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF). The resolution does not support repeal of the restrictions, rather an examination of the practicality of these restrictions in today's environment. Full Story »

NGF JOINS 30 AG GROUPS EXPRESSING CRP CONCERNS ON BIOMASS
The Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGF) today joined the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) as well as 30 other national livestock and regional grain and feed organizations in a letter expressing concern to Secretary of Agriculture Johanns over the administration’s and United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that 27 million acres of conservation reserve program land (CRP) “suited for growing crops” may be granted contract flexibility for the harvesting of biomass. Full Story »

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