Public Comments & Policy Statements

Policy Statements & Comments

January 14, 2016
Coalition Input on FAST Act Port Performance Statistics Report - Key Metrics
Multi Association Letter on Port Performance Metrics

January 5, 2016
Input for the 2016 Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue
USBCA 2016 SAID Input

November 17, 2015
U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance
USBCA JCCT-Letter on China

September 10, 2015
USBCA Letter to President Obama
USBCA Letter to President Obama

October 30, 2015
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement Presented at Public Meeting on Modernizing U.S. Regulatory System for Biotech Products
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Statement on Modernizing the U.S. Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products

October 28, 2015
NAEGA-ASA-NOPA Joint Comments on National Trade Estimate Report
NOPA-ASA-NAEGA Joint Comments on National Trade Estimate

October 26, 2015
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement to APHIS on Field Testing GE Wheat
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement to APHIS on Proposed Notice to Require Permits for Field Testing GE Wheat

October 13, 2015
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Statement to APHI on MON 87419
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement to APHIS on Monsanto 87419

June 22, 2015
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Comments on New Stakeholder Engagement on APHIS Biotechnology Regulations
NAEGA-NGFA New Stakeholder Engagement on Biotech Regulation Comments

May 11, 2015
NAEGA Comments on Biotechnology Coexistence
NAEGA APHIS Coexistence Comment

May 11, 2015
Joint Comments on Biotechnology Coexistence
Joint APHIS Coexistence Statement

April 23, 2015
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Comments on USCG Cybersecuirty
NGFA-NAEGA USCG Cybersecurity Comments

January 28, 2015
Letter on West Coast Port SlowdownJapanese Wheat Testing
West Coast Port Slowdown Letter

November 24, 2014
Letter Japanese Wheat Testing
USDA Secretary Vilsack Letter - Japan Wheat Testing

November 16, 2014
Congressional Letter on TPA
Coalition Letter to Congressional Leaders on Trade Promotion Authority

October 30, 2014
Letter to Ambassador Vetter on RRM
RRM Letter to Ambassador Vetter (October 30, 2014)

October 30, 2014
NAEGA-NOPA-ASA Joint Comments on 2014 NTE
NAEGA-NOPA-ASA NTE Comments-USTR 2014 (October 30, 2014)

October 30, 2014
COOL Letter to Members of U.S. Congress
COOL Letter to Members of Congress (October 30, 2014)

October 21, 2014
Thank You Letter to Grassley on EU Biotech
Grassley Thank You Letter on EU Biotech (October 21, 2014)

October 20, 2014
Letter on ILWU and PMA Contract
Multi-Industry ILWU-PMA Negotiations Letter III Final - 102014 (October 20, 2014)

October 1, 2014
Letter on US-Brazil WTO Settlement
WTO-Settlement-Statement-10-1-14.pdf

March 11, 2014
NAEGA Comments to USDA on Dow Petition for Nonregulated Status
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement to APHIS on Dow Agro-Sciences Petition for Nonregulated Status for Corn Soybeans

March 4, 2014
NAEGA Comments to USDA on Agricultural Coexistence
NAEGA Comments on Agricultural Coexistence

January 27, 2014
WTO Bali Action
WTO Bali Action Item

January 24, 2014
Letter to Ambassador Froman on Japan and TPP
Ambassador Froman Letter on Japan and TPP

January 22, 2014
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Public Statement on Syngenta Agrisure Viptera and Duracade
NNAEGA-NGFA Joint Public Statement on Syngenta Agrisure Viptera and Duracade

January 10, 2014
Letter to Senate Finance Committee Recommending Darci Vetter as USTR Chief Ag Negotiator
Vetter Recommnedation Letter

December 6, 2013
Joint Letter to Congress on USTR
USTR Funding Letter

December 5, 2013
Joint Letter on TPP General Exception Proposal
TPP Exceptions Ag Letter

November 25, 2013
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Comments to EPA on Phosphine
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement to EPA on Phosphine

November 15, 2013
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Comments to USTR on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Trade Barriers
NAEGA - NGFA Joint Comments to USTR on SPS

November 8, 2013
NAEGA Comments to U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council
NAEGA US-Canada RCC Comments

October 30, 2013
Joint COOL Letter to Agricultural Chairs and Ranking Members
COOL Letter

October 24, 2013
WTO G-33 Food Security Letter
WTO G-33 Food Security Letter

October 22, 2013
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Comments to USTR on the National Trade Estimate
NAEGA - NGFA Joint Comments to USTR on NTE - Tariffs

October 21, 2013
Joint Letter to FGIS on Disruption of PNW Inspection
Joint Letter to FGIS on Disruption of PNW Inspection

October 2, 2013
NAEGA Comments on Vietnam Law on Plant Protection and Quarantine
NAEGA Comments on Vietnam Law on Plant Protection and Quarantine

September 27, 2013
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Comments on U.S-Canada Perimeter Approach
NAEGA-NGFA Joint Statement on CA-US Perimeter Approach

June 26, 2013
NAEGA Letter to Industry on Treated Seed Prevention & Disposal
June 2013 - Treated Seed Prevention Letter

May 25, 2013
Letter from Food & Ag Groups to U.S. Senate Staff Opposing Biotech Labeling Amendments to 2013 U.S. Farm Bill
Letter Opposing Farm Bill Biotech Labeling Amendments (May 2013)

May 20, 2013
Briefing Paper on Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM)
Rapid Response Briefing Paper

May 20, 2013
Letter from Food & Ag Coalition to USTR Nominee Michael Froman Regarding the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership
Joint Ag - Food Industry Letter to Michael Froman on T-TIP

May 10, 2013
Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Regarding U.S goals for the proposed Trans Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership
NAEGA - NGFA Joint Comments to USTR-Trade Policy Staff Committee on TTIP

May 3, 2013
Letter from 20 National agricultural organization, including NAEGA, urging that the Senate promptly approve legislation that would reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act
Joint Ag Association Letter Supporting WRDA (S 601)

April 29, 2013

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to USDA-APHIS Regarding Dow AgroScience Petition for Non regulated status for Biotech Soybean Event DAS–81419–2
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement on Dow Petition for APHIS Deregulation of Biotech Soyeban (DAS-81419-2)

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to USDA-APHIS Regarding Pioneer Petition for Non regulated status for Biotech Corn Event DP-ØØ4114-3
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement on Pioneer Petition for APHIS Deregulation of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Biotech Corn

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to USDA-APHIS Regarding Syngenta Seed & Bayer Petition for Non regulated status for Biotech Soybean Event SYHTOH2
NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement on Syngenta and Bayer Petition for APHIS Deregulation of Biotech Soybean

April 15, 2013

Industry letter to Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman on oncluding SPS enforcement in the TPP & T-TIP negations
 Letter to Michael Froman on TPP SPS

Industry letter to Ways & Means Committee Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes regarding trade negotiations and dispute resolution for agriculture, including SPS Enforcement in the TPP & T-TIP
Reply to Chairman Devin Nunes on TPP SPS Inquiry

March 29, 2013

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to USDA-APHIS Regarding Stine Seed Farm Petition for Non regulated status for Biotech Corn event HCEM485
 NGFA-NAEGA Joint Statement on Stine Seed Farm Request for APHIS Deregulation of Biotech Corn (HCEM485) -- March 29 2013

March 8, 2013

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Letter to the President's Export Council supporting RRM in Trade Agreements and highlighting the US-Canada trade partnership.

 NAEGA-NGFA Joint Statement to Presidents Export Council (March 8 2013)

March 8, 2013

Letter to the President's Export Council supporting RRM in Trade Agreements from the Food & Ag Task Force of the U.S Business Coalition for the Trans Pacific Partnership.

 Letter to the Presidents Export Council from the Food Ag Task Force - 3 8 2013

March 4, 2013

U.S. Agricultural Coalition letter to the U.S. Trade Representative on the proposed US-EU Trans Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership

 US Ag Coalition Letter to USTR on EU FTA 3-4-13

 

February 20, 2013

Joint comments from NAEGA & the National Grain & Feed Association to USDA/GIPSA on proposed changes to the fee schedule for official inspection and weighing services performed under the U.S. Grain Standards Act.

 NGFA-NAEGA Statement to GIPSA on Official Inspection and Weighing Fees - 2-13-13

January 19, 2013

Joint comments from NAEGA & the National Grain & Feed Association to Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada on Canada's proposed domestic policy implementation framework for the low-level presence (LLP) of genetically modified crops in imports

 NGFA-NAEGA Comments on Proposed Canada LLP Policy (Jan. 19, 2013)

December 22, 2012

Joint letter from multiple industries to U.S President Barack Obama, urging him to use all available methods to avoid a East Coast & Gulf Coast Port Strike by bringing the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMA) together to negotiate a settlement.

 Multi Association Letter on Port Labor Negotiations to the President 12-22-12

 

December 7, 2012

Joint letter from multiple industries to the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMA) urging both parties to make every attempt possible to reaching an agreement on a new contract beginning with next week’s scheduled negotiating session.

Multi Industry Association Letter to ILA-USMA

November 23, 2012

Comments from NAEGA & the National Grain & Feed Association to the Department of Homeland Security on FSO Training Requirements

 NGFA-NAEGA Joint Comments to DHS on Facility Security Officer Training Requirements

November 15, 2012

Comments from NAEGA to the Office of U.S. Trade Representative on Sanitary & Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)

 2012 November 15 - NAEGA Comments to Compile the USTR Report on SPS Barriers to Trade

2012 November 15 - NAEGA Comments to Compile the USTR Report on Technical Barriers to Trade

November 15, 2012

Letter from U.S. agricultural partners, including NAEGA, to U.S Trade Representative Ron Kirk, urging progress on an U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA), as long as the EU is willing to address agricultural issues in the FTA

2012 November 15 - USTR Agriculture US-EU FTA Letter

November 5, 2012

Comments from NAEGA &  the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) to the Canadian Food Inspections Agency (CFIA) on Canada's proposed phytosanitary requirements for agricultural imports from the U.S.

 NAEGA-NGFA Joint Comments to CFIA on Request for Stakeholder Feedback on D-12-05

October 16, 2012

Letter from the Export Credit Working Group (ECWG) to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, requesting FY 2013 funding for the GSM-102 Export Credit Guarantee Program.

 ECWG Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on FY 2013 Funding for GSM-102

October 15, 2012

Joint Comments from NAEGA, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA)  to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to assist in the formulation of the National Trade Estimate (NTE) Report on Foreign Trade Barriers.  These comments focus on the effect of Argentina's Differential Export Tax on U.S. soybean and soy product exports.

 Comments from ASA, NAEGA & NOPA to USTR on 2012 NTE

October 9, 2012

NAEGA and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the National Grain & Feed Association submitted joint comments to CFIA regarding the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (CSP) notice number CAN631.

 Comments to CFIA on WTO Notice CAN631

October 9, 2012

NAEGA Comments to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on the effectiveness of its licensing procedures as defined in the Export Administration Regulations for the export of agricultural commodities to Cuba.

 NAEGA Comments to BIS on Cuba Export Administration Regulations

September 17, 2012

NAEGA & NGFA Comments to USDA/APHIS on 10 Petitions for Deregulation of Biotechnology Events.  This link downloads as a ZIP file.

 NAEGA & NGFA Comments to APHIS on 10 Petitions for Deregulation of Biotechnology Events

August 28, 2012

Biotech Letter to US State Department, U.S. Trade Representative and U.S Agriculture Secretary on Like Minded Partners

 Biotech Letter to US State Department, U.S. Trade Representative and U.S Agriculture Secretary on Like Minded Partners

 

August 27, 2012

NAEGA Comments to USDA/FAS on Adding Dried Distillers Grains to Export Sales Reporting Requirements

 NAEGA Comments to USDA/FAS on Adding Dried Distillers Grains to Export Sales Reporting Requirements

 

August 13, 2012

NAEGA and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) have submitted comments to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on their Notice of Inquiry o…

 NAEGA-NGFA Comments to the FMC on Container Shipping Indices

 

July 16, 2012

NAEGA and the National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) submitted comments to the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on their recent notification to …

 NAEGA-NGFA Comments to CFIA on WTO Notification on the Khapra Beelte

 

July 16, 2012

NAEGA and the National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) submitted comments to the Environment Canada on their recent notification to the World Trade O…

 NAEGA-NGFA Comments to CFIA on WTO Notification on Wooly Cupgrass regulations

 

July 9, 2012

NAEGA-NGFA Joint Comments to US OMB urging the discontinuation of the End-Use Certificate Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’…

 NGFA-NAEGA Comments to OMB Urging the Discontinuation of USDA/FSA End-Use Certificate Program

 

May 10, 2012

NGFA-NAEGA Letter to the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Requesting a Public Comment Period

 NGFA-NAEGA Letter to the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Requesting a Public Comment Period

 

April 27, 2012

NAEGA-NGFA Comments to USDA/APHIS on Dow AgroScience Petition for Nonregulated Status of Herbicide Tolerant Corn

 NAEGA-NGFA Comments to USDA/APHIS on Dow AgroScience Petition for Nonregulated Status of Herbicide Tolerant Corn

 

May 17, 2012

GIPSA Response to NGFA & NAEGA on New Moisture Meter Technology

 GIPSA Response to NGFA & NAEGA on New Moisture Meter Technology

 

April 2, 2012

NAEGA-NGFA Follow-up Letter to GIPSA on Moisture Meter Technology

 Implementation of New Moisture Meter Technology

 

March 13, 2012

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Letter to GIPSA on New Moisture Meter Technology

 In response to the letters sent to the National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) Chairman Hal Reed and the North American Export Grain Association’s (NAEGA) President and Chief Executive Officer Gary C. Martin on February 8 and follow-up e-mails…

 

February 27, 2012

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to USDA/APHIS regarding Monsanto’s Petition for Nonregulated Status for MON 87769

 The notice requests comments on the petition from Monsanto Company seeking a determination of nonregulated status for its biotechnology-enhanced soybean event (MON 87769) that has been genetically engineered to produce high levels of stearidonic acid…

 

January 13, 2012

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on Canada's Interest in participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership

 Canada’s Expression of Interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade

 

January 13, 2012

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on Japan’s Interest in participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership

 Japan’s Expression of Interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade

 

January 13, 2012

Joint NAEGA-NGFA Comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on Mexico’s Interest in participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership

 Mexico’s Expression of Interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations; Docket: USTR-2011-0020