For the National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) and the North American Export Grain Association which comprise the largest U.S. agribusinesses, the current 'asynchronous approval' situation is caused by many factors, including risk assessment guidelines that are not aligned and increasing politically-motivated delays in product approvals.

NGA Member Firms:

  • consist of more than 1,000 companies comprising about 6,000 facilities.
  • handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds utilized in domestic and export markets.
  • encompass all sectors of the industry.
  • represent a balance of small and large companies, including both privately owned and cooperative firms.

NGA Firms Include:

  • country elevators that provide storage, merchandising and farm supply services to farmer-customers.
  • feed mills that manufacture premixes and complete feeds for the livestock, poultry, aquaculture and pet food industries.
  • export elevators that merchandise and ship U.S. grains, oilseeds and processed commodities to foreign customers.
  • cash grain and feed merchandisers who buy and sell grains, oilseeds and grain products.
  • commodity futures brokers and commission merchants who provide hedging services to grain buyers and sellers through the use of futures markets.
  • end users of grain and grain products, such as:
    – grain processors and millers who process raw grain into myriad products – such as flour, corn meal and syrup, and soybean oil and meal – for human and animal consumption, and industrial uses;
    – livestock and poultry integrators; and
    – biofuels producers, who manufacture fuel ethanol and soy diesel, as well as coproduct ingredients for animal feed.
  • allied industries, such as banks; railroads; barge lines; grain exchanges; biotechnology providers; engineering and design/construction firms; insurance companies; computer/software firms; and other companies that supply goods and services to the industry.

Members of North American Export Grain Association

  • ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company)
  • Agrex, Inc.
  • Baltic Control North America, Inc.
  • Blue Water Shipping
  • Bunge North America
  • Cargill, Inc
  • CHS
  • Cobank, Inc
  • Columbia Grain, Inc.
  • Degesch America, Inc.
  • Gavilon, LLC
  • Intertek Group
  • Itochu International, Inc.
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • McDonald Pelz Global Commodities, LLC
  • Mitsui & Co.
  • Nidera
  • Nidera, Inc.
  • Pasternak, Baum & Co.
  • Richardson International
  • The Scoular Company
  • SGS
  • T. Parker Host, Inc.
  • The Russell Marine Group
  • Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.
  • Viterra
  • Zen-Noh Grain Corp.

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