(Posted Thu. Jun 11th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association thanked the House of Representatives for its passage earlier this week of a bill to reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards Act and called on the U.S. Senate to move quickly to do the same, to ensure that important concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
"We appreciate the hard work in the House to make this a reality," said NCGA President Chip Bowling. We urge Senators to move quickly also so we can get a bill in conference that improves the act and reauthorizes it before the deadline."
NCGA has worked with others in the ag industry to ensure that reauthorization would include measures to prevent another disruption in export inspection services. As a result of a labor dispute at the Port of Vancouver in 2013 and 2014, first the Washington State Department of Agriculture and then FGIS declined to provide services at one point, citing concerns over inspector safety. This raised major questions about the reliability and transparency of the U.S. inspection system.