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Enriched Grains Play Role in National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and the week of Jan. 8-14 is Folic Acid Awareness Week. These milestones provide the industry with a terrific opportunity to reinforce the health benefits of enriched grains in birth defects prevention. Folic acid consumption is criti
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Start of Election Season Reminds Industry of Priorities

From ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie Much like 2011, ABA has a very full plate of complex and challenging issues, including food labeling and safety; commodities; human resources; and environmental issues. ABA is once again counting on the industry to unite in addressing these iss
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ABA Engages Tufts, USDA in Wheat Nutrition Dialogue

More than 40 ABA members met at Tufts University for an open dialogue with senior USDA-ARS nutrition researchers on a variety of topics including weight control, glycemic index and vision, as well as, genetic improvement research of wheat.
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ABA Leading Even if Washington Won’t

From ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie I recently had the opportunity to co-host an event for long-time friend of the industry Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). He astutely remarked that Congress, particularly the Senate, is highly dysfunctional. He ticked off numerous bi-partisan initiativ
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Summer Draws to a Close, a Busy Fall Awaits

From ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie: Typically Washington is a ghost town in August as Congress and the president depart for the far reaches of the country. The professional D.C. infrastructure also takes a breather. This year, however, was a little different. August began with t
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ABA Named USDA MyPlate Strategic Partner

ABA has been accepted as a National Strategic Partner in the USDA/CNPP Nutrition Communicators Network.”Make at least half your grains whole grains,” will be the focus of the fourth quarter 2010 Dietary Guidelines communications message campaign. “By partnering with
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Wheels of Government Do Turn

From ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie: Over the years, many ABA members have asked the critically important question, “Are ABA’s efforts making a difference in Washington and to my business?” I usually answer, “Yes, but the wheels of government move slowly… ABA needs to keep
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Myriad Issues Make for Provocative Meeting with Sec. Vilsack

From ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie: The ABA Board of Directors will have the privilege and pleasure of meeting with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack during its June meeting, and the timing couldn’t be any better. Typically, invitations to guest speakers for an ABA Convention or Board
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Commodity Speculation – Push for Results

From ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie: Commodity volatility remains front of mind for ABA. If you recall, January opened with this very troubling quote from Bloomberg News: “Wheat futures for March delivery rose 23 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $8.1725 a bushel on the Chicago Board of
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