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NGFA Membership - 10 Reasons to Join and Stay

Date Posted: May 3, 2013

This article is reprinted by permission from the NGFA Newsletter, V.65, N.9, May 2, 2013

Did you know:

… the NGFA is leading efforts, through research and lobbying, to get a penalty-free, early-out from the Conservation Reserve Program, at the producer’s option, in the farm bill. It is believed the early-out in the House version of the bill provision will be included and there is cautious optimism the Senate will agree.

… the NGFA recently scored a major win when the Iowa Supreme Court overruled a lower-court decision and held that the NGFA Arbitration System is a fair and appropriate venue to resolve trade disputes and upheld long-standing graincontracting practices involving written confirmations of oral contracts. The Arbitration System is an indispensable part of NGFA-members’ risk management programs.

… the NGFA is the organization representing the industry before Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and working to keep regulatory treatment of sweep augers, combustible dust, etc., reasonable and practical.

… the NGFA historically is recognized as the lead organization representing the interests of agricultural shippers and receivers at a national level. In late July, that expertise and relationships will be on display at the Transportation Summit co-hosted by NGFA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Soy Transportation Coalition. (Register today!)

… the NGFA is in the forefront of advocating to Congress responsible investment in the U.S. inland waterways system, one of our nation’s largest competitive advantages.

… the NGFA Trade Rules and Arbitration Seminar, conducted every two years, is the best place to send your newer employees, or employees with new responsibilities, for training on trade rules and trading practices.

… the NGFA is one of the foremost advocates for enhancing futures customer protections before Congress and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The CFTC reauthorization process in Congress this year is a prime opportunity to push for more reform, and the NGFA is taking the lead!

… the NGFA is the place to find practical, cost-effective ways to comply with federal regulation – such as the requirements to comply with the recent Food Safety Modernization Act.

… changes to the NGFA’s Active-member dues formula in 2012 reduced Active membership dues by an average of 14 percent. An already excellent value got even better!

… the NGFA staff is ready to take your phone call to discuss any of the issues above.

Now that you know, help spread the word!

For more information, call 202-289-0873.

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