December 20, 2014

Corn Growers Leadership Move

The National Corn Growers Association Friday announced the promotion of Jon Doggett to Executive Vice President, effective January 1.

In his new role, Doggett will lead efforts to expand NCGA’s alliances and strategic partnerships, and elevate its national profile. Doggett will continue to manage the organization’s 10-person Washington, DC office and lead its public policy efforts.

Doggett has served as Vice President of Public Policy since July 2002, where he directs all aspects of NCGA efforts involving the federal government. He was also named one of Washington’s Most Influential Lobbyists by The Hill newspaper.

Raised on his family’s ranch in Montana, Jon has substantial knowledge of production agriculture and more than 25 years of agricultural policy experience. His ability to look at issues with a fresh perspective and find a common ground has been the cornerstone of Doggett’s career.

Prior to joining NCGA, Doggett spent eleven years at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where he was the Bureau’s lead lobbyist on a number of public policy issues, including federal lands, climate change, land use, energy, and endangered species.

Doggett also worked for the National Cattleman’s Association/Public Lands Council and served as Senior Legislative Assistant for former Montana Congressman Ron Marlenee. In 2007 he was appointed by USDA Secretary Mike Johanns to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade.

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Soy Holiday Giving

The North Dakota Soybean Council is spreading good cheer for the holiday season.  Members were set to “play Santa”  at Essentia Health and Sanford Health in Fargo on Thursday – handing out SOYSILK Tofu Bears and Bunnies for babies & children in the hospital during Christmas.

Made from 100% SOYSILK brand fiber, the Council says the stuffed creations are soft, cuddly, and earth-friendly.  SOYSILK bills the brand  as a cutting edge fiber made from the waste produced during the manufacturing of tofu.  Soy protein is liquefied and then extruded into long, continuous fibers that are then cut and processed like any other spinning fiber.

soysilk bear

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West Coast Port Worries

Increasing congestion in West Coast ports, where longshoremen have been working without a contract for nearly six months, is a growing concern for the U.S. meat industry and export trade.

About one-third of U.S. beef and pork exports travel to Mexico and Canada by ground transportation, the remainder relies almost entirely on ocean freight.

U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng says the red meat industry is watching the developments carefully…

Trouble Brewing

On a monthly basis, waterborne red meat exports moving through West Coast ports amount to more than $600 million.  Seng notes that meat importers have customers to serve, and they need reliable suppliers.

Reliability

A six-year labor contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union expired this summer – and negotiations have recently become contentious.

The congestion crisis has been most pronounced at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Port officials recently said the number of ocean freighters kept waiting outside the two ports has fluctuated from about eight to 18 on any given day since the slowdown began around mid-October.

USMEF

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