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Federal Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in COOL Lawsuit

  • September 11, 2013

Posted September 11, 2013   The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction...

Report: Conservation Practices Reduce Sediment and Nutrient Runoff

  • September 11, 2013

Posted September 11, 2013   A new report released by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) shows significant reductions in the...

Investments in Agricultural Research Yield High Returns

  • September 10, 2013

Posted September 10, 2013   Julian Alston, agricultural and resource economics professor at the University of California-Davis, says that investments in...

Farm Bill Limbo Continues

  • September 10, 2013

Posted September 10, 2013   At a recent town-hall meeting, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) indicated that the House...

FDA Releases Study on Arsenic Levels in Rice

  • September 9, 2013

Posted September 9, 2013   On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a study on arsenic levels in rice...

Senator Feinstein Asks ICE to Stop Farm Audits

  • September 9, 2013

Posted September 9, 2013   Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to discontinue its I-9...

Free Webinar October 3 on Proposed Food Safety Rules under the FSMA

  • September 6, 2013

Posted September 6, 2013   The University of Illinois Extension will host a free webinar on proposed food safety rules under...

Lawsuit Challenges Use of GE Crops and Pesticides in Wildlife Refuges

  • September 6, 2013

Posted September 6, 2013   Environmental groups recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S....

Upcoming Webinar/CLE: Private Citizen Enforcement of Animal Welfare Laws

  • September 5, 2013

Posted September 5, 2013 On October 10, 2013 from 12 – 1 p.m. (CDT), the National Agricultural Law Center and...

Report: USDA Overpaid Farmers by $20.3 Million

  • September 5, 2013

Posted September 5, 2013   According to a report released by USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), USDA made 239 “high-dollar”...

USDA Releases Report on Methods for Quantifying GHG Emissions and Removals

  • September 4, 2013

Posted September 4, 2013   USDA has released a report containing methods for quantifying entity-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals...

Federal Judge Denies Defendants’ Attorneys’ Fees in MD Water Pollution Case

  • September 4, 2013

  Posted September 4, 2013   A U.S. District Court judge denied defendants’ motion for $3 million dollars in attorneys’ fees...

FCIC Announces Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement Final Rule

  • September 4, 2013

Posted September 4, 2013 The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) announced that it has finalized the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement...

USFWS Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat

  • September 4, 2013

Posted September 4, 2013 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it will reopen the public comment period...

FNS Publishes Final Rule Revising the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

  • August 30, 2013

Posted August 30, 2013 The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a final rule revising the Food Distribution Program on...

USTR Requests Comments on Environmental Review of Trans-Pacific Partnership

  • August 30, 2013

Posted August 30, 2013 The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) requests comments from the public on the interim environmental...

EPA Announces Receipt of Applications for Use of Flonicimide on New Foods

  • August 30, 2013

Posted August 30, 2013 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the receipt of applications to add new food uses...

5th Circuit Reverses $25 Million Damages Award Against Pilgrim’s Pride

  • August 30, 2013

Posted August 30, 2013 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reversed a $25 million damages award...

FSIS Announces Changes to Salmonella Verification Sampling Program

  • August 29, 2013

Posted August 29, 2013 The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced changes to its procedures for Salmonellaverification sampling...

FDA to Study Consumer Response to Fortified Snacks

  • August 29, 2013

Posted August 29, 2013 Politico reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted paperwork required to launch a...