Annual Meetings and Events

Thank you to all who joined us this week in Amelia Island, FL at the NAEGA Annual Meetings! During our time in Amelia Island, NAEGA had a series of successful meetings and events, including meetings of the Contracts, Production Technology and Grades and Inspections Committees and of the Membership and Board of Directors. Minutes will be available for all these meetings in the coming weeks. Please contact NAEGA staff if you have any questions or would like more information.

New Board of Directors

On Monday, March 18 the NAEGA Membership renewed the terms of four expiring Board Members – John Griffith, Holly Womack, Jason Hofer and Augusto Bassanini. In addition, the Membership approved Gordon Russell as a new Board member representing the Louis Dreyfus Company. These terms were renewed for an additional three-year period expiring in 2022.

Name Company Term Expiration
Steve Smalley Cargill, Inc. March 2020
Gordon Russell Louis Dreyfus Company March 2022
Charles Colbert Zen-Noh Grain Corp. March 2021
Steve Strong Bunge North America March 2020
John Griffith CHS, Inc. March 2022
Wesley Uhlmeyer ADM March 2021
Carsten Bredin Richardson International March 2020
Holly Womack CoBank March 2022
David Smoot Viterra March 2021
Norihisa Tsunoda Mitsui & Co. March 2020
Jason Hofer Gavilon Grain, Inc. March 2022
Kurt Haarmann Columbia Grain, Inc. March 2021
Augusto Bassanini United Grain Corporation March 2022
Kevin LaGraize The Russell Marine Group March 2021


New Board Executive Committee

Following the NAEGA Board elections, the new Board of Directors organized itself and elected a new chairman and executive committee. Board leadership for 2019 will include:

Name Company
Wesley Uhlmeyer, Chairman ADM
John Griffith, First Vice Chair CHS Inc.
Steve Smalley, Vice Chair Cargill, Inc.
Gordon Russell, Vice Chair Louis Dreyfus Company
Charles Colbert, Vice Chair Zen-Noh Grain Corp.
Steve Strong, Vice Chair Bunge North America
Carsten Bredin, Vice Chair Richardson International
Holly Womack, Sec./Treasurer CoBank

IGTC Newsletter

The latest IGTC Newsletter is now available! In this week’s edition you can read a briefing on the IGTCs plant breeding innovation meetings in Brussels, learn about the most recent policy document on MRLs approved by the Management Council, and hear an update on IGTC activities at the IGC MCC meeting in London. Read more here!

Egypt Weed Seed Proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is seeking industry comment on notified measures on Egypt’s Plant Quarantine Regulations. The proposed Draft Ministerial Resolution includes an updated list of banned pests (weed, insect, microorganism) and permissible treatment options for certain quarantined pests. The resolution also updates a list of commodities exempted from Import Permit and Phytosanitary Certificates, which include commercial cotton samples, wheat, and processed plant consignments.  The notifications can be found here and here. Comments are due by close of business on March 28.

Brazil opens U.S. wheat quota

U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced March 19 that Brazil has agreed to implement a duty-free tariff rate quota for wheat, a longstanding obligation under Brazil’s World Trade Organization commitments. This agreement opens an annual opportunity for U.S. wheat farmers to compete on a level playing field for 750,000 metric tons (about 28 million bushels) of wheat under the TRQ. A copy of White House Statement can be found here.