Committees and Study Groups

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The committees and study groups of the California Grain and Feed Association provide the mechanism by which association policy is developed and through which planning is conducted for various CGFA events and economic services. They also are the forum for problem resolution within the industry and they provide the means by which detailed study and analysis on issues and concerns can be conducted. CGFA members are encouraged to volunteer for committee service since this how they can participate in the decision making of the association.


The CGFA Committees are as follows:

GRAIN STUDY GROUP (Chair: Dennis Morrison, Western Milling LLC)
The Grain Study Group is composed of representatives of those firms merchandising, milling, growing, warehousing, exporting, using or otherwise involved in the distribution of grains and grain products. The study group monitors actions of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, CDFA Ag Commodities and Regulatory Services Branch, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Warehouse Division, LAGE, the Market Enforcement Branch, the Bureau of Weights and Measures, other agencies within CDFA and USDA which impact the grain industry, and the national associations (NGFA, NAEGA, GEAPS, NGTC, NFGC, and others). The group addresses major problems facing grain industry and recommends solutions to CGFA Board of Directors for action and implementation, provides input on legislation and regulations impacting the grain industry, and maintains a liaison with the California Association of Wheat Growers and California Wheat Commission. Current issues of concern include the recently enacted Market Enforcement Program Reforms and the Karnal bunt quarantine.


FEED MANUFACTURING STUDY GROUP (Chair: John Austel, NuWest Milling LLC)
The Feed Manufacturing Study Group is composed of representatives from the dairy, poultry, beef and general feed manufacturing industries and ingredients suppliers. The group monitors actions of the FDA, CDFA Feed Inspection Program/Ag Commodities and Regulatory Services Branch, the CDFA Feed Inspection Advisory Board, AAFCO, other agencies in CDFA and USDA including, but not limited to Bureau of Weights and Measures, Exclusion and Detection, Market Enforcement Branch, California State Laboratory Services, the national feed associations (NGFA, AFIA, Animal Health Institute and others), and Department of Health Services actions relative to pet food manufacturing. The group provides input on legislation and regulations impacting feed manufacturers, addresses major problems facing the feed industry and recommends solutions to CGFA Board of Directors for action and implementation. The study group is also responsible for reviewing and evaluating all proposed changes to the California Feed Law and Regulations. Current issues of concern include Feed Safety, Collective Term Usage, Feed Inspection Program Management, Feed Labeling Regulations, Aflatoxin Restrictions/Regulations, Almond Hull Standards/Specification, Hay Dealer Licensing, and Pet Food Tonnage Tax.


HAY STUDY GROUP (Chair: Bill Plourd, El Toro Export)
The Hay Study Group is composed of representatives from California's hay industry. The group assists in the planning of the Alfalfa Symposium, addresses major problems facing the hay industry and recommends solutions to CGFA Board of Directors for action and implementation, and provides input on legislation and regulations impacting hay industry. Current issues of concern include Hay Safety/Contamination, Hay Dealer Licensing and Bonding Requirements, Market Enforcement Reforms, and Hay Price Reports.


TRANSPORTATION STUDY GROUP (Chair: Phil Waddell, Foster Commodities)
The Transportation Study Group is composed of representatives from all segments of the grain, feed and feeding industry including both large and small firms and firms on major transportation systems and routes and those in remote areas. The group monitors railroad service issues, Surface Transportation Board actions, DOT actions, CHP activities relative to intrastate truck transportation/BIT Programs, transportation activities of the national organizations (NGFA, AFIA and others), and issues important to California ports. The group also acts as a liaison with the California Trucking Association, provides input on truck weight fees, equipment dimension requirements, overweight violations, highway financing, and truck driver qualifications and hours of work, addresses major transportation problems facing the grain and feed industry and recommends solutions to the CGFA Board of Directors for action and implementation. Current issues of concern include proposed Changes in Weight Fees as per Requirements of ISTEA.


ENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETY STUDY GROUP (Chair: vacant/tba)
The Environmental and Safety Study Group is composed of representatives from all segments of the grain and feed industry with substantial representation by operations and safety managers. The group monitors activities of Cal-OSHA's Division of Industrial Safety Compliance Division and Standards Board, Appeals Boards and Consultation Service, Federal OSHA, the Air Resources Board, County and Regional Air Districts, Cal-EPA, DPR, Water Quality Control Boards, Health & Welfare Agency and Resources Agency, and activities of the national organizations (GEAPS, AFIA and NGFA) relative to safety and environmental issues. The committee also addresses major safety and environmental problems facing the grain and feed industry and recommends solutions to CGFA Board of Directors for action and implementation. Current issues of concern include maintaining an Air Toxic Hotspots exemption, Underground & Aboveground Tank Laws, Emissions Factors for Grain Facilities, regulations regarding working in and around grain piles, and PM2.5 proposals.


Other CGFA Committees and Councils w/Specific Assignments include:

Executive Committee
Composed of President, Vice President, an appointed Past President and three Directors with the responsibility of conducting Association affairs between Board meetings.


Past Presidents' Council (Chair: John Kauffmann,  J.D. Heiskell & Co.)
Composed of all Past Presidents and is chaired by the Immediate Past President. Meets each Winter in conjunction with the Board and serves in an advisory capacity to the board.


Convention Committee (Chair: John Pereira, Frontier Ag Co.)
Composed of a cross-section of members. Responsible for all planning and implementation of convention program.


California Animal Nutrition Council (Chair: Dr. Phillip Jardon,DVM, MPVM,  Elanco Animal Health)
Composed of all member and non-member animal nutritionists. CANC is governed by a self-selected steering committee. The major function of CANC is the annual nutrition conference held in Fresno in May. In addition, CANC provides technical advice to the CGFA Board.


Membership (Chair: Meghan Abatti-Herd, Associated Feed & Supply)
Composed of a broad cross-section of membership with care taken to ensure good geographic representation. The function of this committee is to set an annual membership goal and to implement a campaign to achieve that goal. In addition to contacting new members, the committee also assists in membership retention.


Grain and Feed Industry Conference (Chair: Doug Vickery, RF MacDonald)
Composed of upper, middle and lower management of the feed mill industry and related associate members. The purpose of the committee is to plan and implement the annual Feed Industry Conference in January.


Governmental Relations (Chair: Bill Adams, Imperial Western Products)
Composed of all CGFA Board members and others interested in assisting with liaison between CGFA and state legislators and other public officials. Members host intimate breakfast or lunch meetings with legislators and their grain and feed industry constituents in their districts. At these meetings issues of concern to the grain and feed industry are discussed with the elected officials.


Insurance Committee (Chair: Bill Plourd, El Toro Export)
Composed of the immediate Past President, two officers and three other Board members, one from each class. Additional members may also be appointed. The purposes of the committee are: to act as a liaison between the CGFA Board and InterWest Insurance Services Insurance Brokers, reporting periodically to the Board; to provide input to InterWest relative to the Association's group and endorsed insurance programs (workers' compensation, health/major medical/dental, retail feed store plan); and to consider the overall insurance needs of the industry and make recommendations regarding program offerings and coverage.


Other Committees:

  • Dairy Feed Manufacturing Council
  • California Recyclable Food Byproducts Council (Pacific Coast Renderers)

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