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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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United Fresh Start Foundation Provides Grants to Ten More Communities
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The United Fresh Produce Association issued the following news release:

The United Fresh Start Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of recipients of its Community Grants Program. The Program advances the Foundation's mission to increase children's access to fresh fruit and vegetables. It extends the Foundation's work beyond the school day, focusing on increasing access after school, on weekends, during summer breaks and in other creative venues.

More than 700 organizations applied for the community grants this year. Of those, ten organizations received community ... Show Full Article

Standards Developer ASTM International Launches New Exoskeleton Group
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Oct. 17 -- ASTM International issued the following news release:

Yesterday, the board of directors of ASTM International, one of the world's leading standards developers, approved the formation of an exoskeletons and exosuits committee (designated F48).

Leaders from dozens of companies, associations, government agencies, and other organizations helped organize the new group on Sept. 14. These stakeholders saw a need for standardization that supports innovation in exoskeletons and exosuits, including applications that help patients, workers, the military, first responders, ... Show Full Article

Jay Flatley and John Martin to Be Named Recipients of Life Sciences Leadership Award at CLSA's 2017 Pantheon DiNA Awards
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 17 -- California Life Sciences Association issued the following news release:

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the statewide public policy and business leadership trade association representing California's life sciences industry, has announced the winners of its 2017 Life Sciences Leadership Award, which honors California's most innovative and dedicated life sciences leaders for their ongoing commitments and contributions to California's life sciences communities.

The award will be presented to Jay Flatley, executive chairman and former CEO at Illumina, and John Martin, ... Show Full Article

Investments & Wealth Institute Announces Acquisition of Retirement Management Advisor Designation
DENVER, Oct. 17 -- The Investment Management Consultants Association issued the following news release:

The Investments & Wealth Institute(SM) (formerly IMCA) has announced its acquisition of the Retirement Management Advisor(SM) (RMA(SM)) designation to enhance its existing education offerings for advanced investment and wealth management practitioners.

Previously administered by the Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA), the RMA designation offers an "across the silos" approach to retirement income planning structured across all disciplines - not just insurance. The program gives an ... Show Full Article

Hill Leaders Urge Support for Reg System That Supports Ag Innovation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Biotechnology Innovation Organization issued the following news release:

Under the leadership of Reps. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) and Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), 79 Members of the House of Representatives signed on to a letter urging for a "consistent, science-based, risk-proportionate regulatory system" for agricultural biotechnology.

In the letter sent today to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill leaders urge agencies responsible for regulating biotechnology to coordinate and advance ... Show Full Article

HIMSS-IIP Testing Method Approved for Health IT Certification Program
CHICAGO, Oct. 17 -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society issued the following news release:

Continuing its focus on integrating immunization-related data into the electronic health record and other clinical software systems, the HIMSS Immunization Integration Program (HIMSS-IIP) earned approval from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as an alternative testing method for the Health IT Certification program.

The HIMSS-IIP testing method

ONC announced the approval in its Oct. 17 Health IT Buzz blog post. HIMSS "has successfully demonstrated ... Show Full Article

Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in October
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The National Association of Home Builders issued the following news release:

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose four points to a level of 68 in October on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the highest reading since May.

"This month's report shows that home builders are rebounding from the initial shock of the hurricanes," said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. "However, builders need to be mindful of long-term repercussions from ... Show Full Article