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NAMA 2012 Annual Meeting Highlights

Date Posted: November 9, 2012

NAMA's outgoing chairman, Paul Maass, opened the 2012 Annual Meeting of the North American Millers' Association with comments about how the milling industry can increase industry impact by sharing insights.

"Working together, we will continue to be the essential link from the grain produced by our nation's farmers to the delicious, nutritious food people love," said Mr. Maass.

He outlined NAMA's objectives for the coming year:

• Engage in a robust dialogue on food safety and environmental regulations;

• Tell a positive message on the benefits of grain-based food;

• Invest in research to increase supplies of milling-quality grains; and

• Adapt to changes in political leadership and the economic environment.

Chairman Maass ended the 2012 Annual Meeting by passing the gavel to the next NAMA chairman, Greg Schlafer, General Mills vice president of sales, Bakeries & Food service. Mr. Schlafer will serve a two-year term.

Here are the shared insights presented by industry experts at NAMA's 2012 Annual Meeting:

• Vitamin D deficiency is the most common deficiency seen by medical professionals. In the 1930's, Bond Bread and Sunfed Flour were marketed as a source of Vitamin D. This marketing ended after reported incidents of over consumption of Vitamin D. Research later showed other factors caused the health problems.

• If bread were to once again be fortified with vitamin D, it would be a good source for the general population and would increase the health of our nation, according to Dr. Michael Holick, professor of medicine, physiology, and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine.

• On November 6, over a 100 million people will cast their votes in the presidential election. Regardless of who wins the election, the grain industry will continue to see temporary tax provisions, according to Dr. Edward Lopez, professor of Economics and BB&T distinguished professor of capitalism at Western Carolina University.

• Crop value, land value, and acreage planted affect the availability of grain supplies for millers. Record-low planting acreage for wheat in recent years has been offset somewhat by higher yields. Farm credit requirements will increase the need for contracts and loan covenants, according to Pierce Hodnette, vice president of relationship management, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank.

• At the end of September, 65 percent of the United States was experiencing drought conditions. The temperature outlook for the spring forecasts above-average temperatures (33% probability) in the eastern two-thirds of the nation, with 40% probability in the Ohio Valley and in Arizona.

The precipitation outlook shows equal changes across most of the United States, with above-average precipitation in the Deep South and below-average precipitation in the Pacific Northwest, according to Tamara Houston, physical scientist, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

The meeting, attended by more than 120 representatives of the milling and related industries, was held October 25-27, 2012, at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.

Complete copies of the speaker presentations are available online for members at http://www.namamillers.org/mbr_main.cfm.

• "Vitamin D: the single, not-so secret ingredient to promote bone health and prevent autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease," Michael Holick, Ph.D., MD, professor of medicine, physiology, and biophysics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

• "Fiscal cliffs, election tsunamis and other political events that can impact the economic climate in the coming year," Edward Lopez, Ph.D., professor of economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

• "What banks look for when lending to farms and how that impacts the miller's commercial credit," Pierce Hodnette, vice president, relationship management, Agfirst Farm Credit Bank, Columbia, SC.

• "How weather and climate information provided by the NCDC helps businesses make long-term decisions that affect the bottom line," Tamara G. Houston, physical scientist, Agriculture Sectoral Engagement Group, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.

Board of Directors Actions

The NAMA Board of Directors:

• Elected Jim Meyer, president, Italgrani, U.S.A. as NAMA vice chairman and to a three-year term on the Executive Committee;

• Elected Fred Luckey, retired from Bunge Milling, and Roger Mortenson, retired from House-Autry Mills, Honorary Members of NAMA;

• Elected posthumously Jim Sharp, retired from C.H. Guenther & Son, an Honorary Member of NAMA;

• Approved the fiscal year 2013 budget;

• Affirmed support for the responsible introduction of biotech wheat by approving a three-year pledge of membership in the Wheat Innovation Alliance founded by the National Association of Wheat Growers and NAMA to promote public understanding of the benefits of biotechnology;

• Seated the 2012-2013 Board of Directors (visit http://www.namamillers.org/FY2013_BOD.html for a list of the 2012-2013 Board members); and

• Appointed the following NAMA staff members as non-elected (ex officio) officers of the association: Mary K. Waters, president; James A. Bair, vice president; and Terri Long, secretary and treasurer.

Other Annual Meeting Highlights

• The Corn Division held a separate meeting to discuss a proposed corn research project, cornmeal nutritionals, Aflatoxin conditions, and implementation of the new food-safety regulations.

• The Oat Division held a separate meeting to review research, U.S.- Canada food-safety regulation harmonization, and implementation of the new U.S. food-safety regulations. The division discussed developing a project to expand on the great success of the North American Collaborative Oat Research Enterprise (NA- CORE). The project was created to work toward the goal of identifying and mapping oat genes associated with specific traits. In year three of the project, many objectives have been met and surpassed.

• The International Trade Committee met to discuss food aid in the farm bill, the NAMA Foreign Market Development budget and plan for fiscal year 2013 and the container shipment pilot project. They also discussed the FAQR (Food Aid Quality Review) being conducted by Tufts University under contract with USAID. The committee continues to express its support and cooperation with their studies. The committee agreed that NAMA should communicate to the Tufts University managers of the FAQR that their appeals for support to the industry need to be timely and practical.

• The 2012 NAMA Annual Report was distributed (http://www.namamillers.org/pdf/AnnualReports/NAMA_2012_Annual_Report.pdf), which reported successful NAMA member efforts to:

• Create a private program to collect of flour production data -- an important benchmark in measuring the success of product-promotion efforts;

• Protect the miller's bottom line by blocking food-safety user fees;

• Share policy expertise with future millers by bringing college students to Washington, DC;

• Invest in education by creating and funding the NAMA Instructor of Milling position at Kansas State University;

• Promote grain-based foods by working with the bakers to refocus the direction and mission of the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF), a critical outreach vehicle to promote grain foods;

• Advocate for federal investments in research and responsible approvals of new technology to ensure a strong supply of top-quality grains for our mills; and

• Leverage our position in Washington, DC and grassroots strength amplify grassroots efforts to protect the use of sanitation tools including sulfuryl fluoride and methyl bromide.

NAMA extends many thanks to the following Associate Members for sponsoring the networking breakfast and lunch:

• Buhler Inc.

• Caravan Ingredients

• CoBank

• Degesch America Inc.

• Dow AgroSciences LLC

• Hansen-Mueller Company

• Hood Packaging Corporation

• Industrial Fumigant Company

• JohnPac, Inc.

• JPMorgan Chase Bank

• Kice Industries Inc.

• Louis Dreyfus Commodities

 Material Motion MetLife Food & Agribusiness Finance

 Nationwide Agribusiness

 Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.

 Portco Packaging, Inc.

 Premier Tech Systems

 Rabobank International

 REMBE, Inc.

 Research Products Company

 Riverland Ag Corp.

 Wells Fargo Commercial Banking

 Wright Enrichment, Inc.

Winners of the Golf Tournament

• First Place Foursome - Mark Ramsland, General Mills, Inc.; Dan Ward, LaCrosse Milling; Bill Gambel, Caravan Ingredients; and Jeff Arrandale, Nationwide Agribusiness.

• Closest to the pin - Tanya Steiner, Buhler, Inc.

• Longest drive - Jack Cwach, ADM Milling Company

Mark Your Calendar for Next Year's Meeting

October 28-30,2013

The Sofitel Lafayette Square Hotel, Washington, DC

For more information, call Terri Long, Director of Communications and Meetings, 202.484.2200, ext.11, tlong@namamillers.org

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