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Theinewsweeklyiofigrain-basedifoods / U.S. offers new ag proposals to reinvigorate global trade talks WASHINGTON - The Bush administration last week offered proposals it described as a "comprehensive package to move the World Trade Organization agriculture negotiations forward and unleash the full potential of the Doha Development Agenda." Presented by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the proposals were not made as a unilateral offer. Instead, the outlined U.S. concessions would be contingent on reforms by all nations participating in the W.T.O. process. Under the U.S.T.R. proposal, reforms would take place in two stages. In the first stage, substantial reductions of trade- LATE distorting support measures and tariffs, together with the elimination of export subsidies, would be effected during a fiveyear period. That would be followed by a five-year interlude to appraise the effects of first stage reforms and then by another five-year phase-in period in which remaining agricultural trade distorting policies would be eliminated. The proposals followed the July 2004 framework W.T.O. members approved to establish "modalities," or formulas and rules for implementing reforms in agriculture. Since then, negotiations have tried to focus on specifying formulas, the depth of Continued on Page 14 Turnbull Bakeries and its owner weather storm, go back to work NEW ORLEANS - Her home is barely habitable. She was stranded by Hurricane Katrina for five days before her rescue. Her employees are scattered around the country like dust in the wind. In short, Elizabeth Turnbull has been through a living hell. Not so incidentally, Ms. Turnbull, who is the owner of Turnbull Bakeries, Inc. of Louisiana, on Sept. 22 celebrated, or at least marked, her 85th birthday. Despite her harrowing experience, Ms. Turnbull, who also is president and chief executive officer of her business, resumed operations last week at her New Orleans baking plant on a limited basis. A specialty baker of private label Melba toast, bread sticks and bread crumbs, Turnbull Bakeries is located in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans. Situated Continued on Page 9 Organic opportunities Story on Page 23 inside OCTOBER 18, 2005 NEWS ATCHISON, KAS. - MGP Ingredients, Inc. last week detailed plans for the construction of a $2.5 million product development technical center and $2.2 million corporate office building in Atchison. The company also announced plans for $1.9 million in upgrades to a facility that it recently purchased in Onaga, Kas., for use in manufacturing natural plant-based biopolymers. The company expects to break ground for both new buildings in early 2006, with construction to be completed approximately one year later. The technical center will provide new research Continued on Page 8 MGPI to build new technical center Wheat groups to regroup after failing to agree on merger WASHINGTON - Nearly four years of discussions and negotiations have failed to produce a merger agreement between the three national wheat organizations: U.S. Wheat Associates (U.S. Wheat), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the Wheat Export Trade Education Committee (WETEC). U.S. Wheat voted in favor of a plan to merge at its board meeting on Oct. 1 and WETEC approved it on Oct. 2. But the NAWG board of directors rejected the plan, 18-11, at its meeting on Oct. 3. The NAWG said the main sticking point for board members was how to count votes Continued on Page 18 THIS WEEK Il Fornaio to acquire Corner Bakery Cafe 12 Ingredient U.S.D.A. cuts wheat carryover forecast 16 Bakers seek extension for trans fat labeling 48 Week 39

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