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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...

Food Safety & Technology on Menu for AALA Annual Conference

  • August 28, 2013

Posted August 28, 2013 The intersection of food safety and technology will be prominently featured at the upcoming 34th Annual...

RMA Clarifies Prevented Planting Standards for Crop Insurance Coverage

  • August 28, 2013

Posted August 28, 2013 USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a Special Provision statement to clarify acreage eligible for prevented...

Charitable Agricultural Research Act Introduced in Congress

  • August 27, 2013

Posted August 27, 2013 Members of both houses of Congress recently introduced new legislation, the Charitable Agricultural Research Act (CARA). ...

Study Shows Possible Profit from Hemp Production in Kentucky

  • August 27, 2013

Posted August 27, 2013 The University of Kentucky recently released a study on the economic feasibility of hemp.  The study,...

Letter to USDA: Improve Oversight of GMO Field Trials

  • August 27, 2013

Posted August 27, 2013 Over 150 farm and food businesses and organizations signed a letter calling for USDA to improve its...

Senators: EPA Should Not Require Farmers to Comply with Spill Rules

  • August 26, 2013

Posted August 26, 2013 Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) recently sent a letter to the Environmental Protection...

GIPSA Releases Final Rule on Weighing; Feed and Swine Contractors

  • August 26, 2013

Posted August 26, 2013 USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has released a final rule on “Weighing; Feed and...

Federal Court Allows Groups to Intervene in Support of COOL

  • August 26, 2013

Posted August 26, 2013 On August 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order granting...

EPA Releases New Pesticide Labels to Protect Bees

  • August 23, 2013

Posted August 23, 2013 Last week, the EPA released new pesticide labels in an effort to protect bees and other...

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Issues Two Marketing Order Final Rules

  • August 23, 2013

Posted August 23, 2013 USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently issued two marketing order final rules affecting cranberry and avocado...

American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

  • August 23, 2013

Posted August 23, 2013 For attorneys, students, and other professionals interested in agricultural and food law, the 34th Annual Conference of the American Agricultural...