A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.


REGULATORY: Includes AMS, EPA, FWS, FNS, FS, NOAA, and RHS rules and notices. 

AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE:

Rule AMS is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations, increasing the value assigned to imported cotton for the purposes of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. Info here.

Notice informs the public that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will not proceed with revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Pork Carcasses at this time. Details here.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:

Rule EPA is taking final action to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District portion of the California State Implementation Plan. Details here.

Rule EPA is promulgating significant new use rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 27 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Info here.

Rule EPA is proposing approval of two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Colorado. Info here.

Rule EPA is proposing significant new use rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 27 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices. Details here.

FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE: Notice FWS announces the availability of the draft recovery plan for the endangered Neosho mucket. Info here.

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE: Notice of a revision of a currently approved collection in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and concerns Retail Store Applications. Details here.

FOREST SERVICE: Notice the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is issuing this notice to advise the public of the 45-day public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Lee Canyon Ski Area Master Development Plan Phase I and the addition of a proposed project-specific amendment to the Toiyabe National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan for the Proposed Action and alternatives other than the No Action alternative. Details here.

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION:

Rule NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). Info here.

Rule NMFS is prohibiting retention of sablefish by vessels using trawl gear in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). Info here.

Rule NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the Other Jacks Complex commercial sector in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic for the 2018 fishing year through this temporary rule. Details here.

RURAL HOUSING SERVICE:

Notice RHS seeks public comments on updating the provisions of the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program, specifically regarding the maximum interest rate, its impact on loan making to potential SFHGLP borrowers, and possible changes to the interest rate cap. Info here.

Notice the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development is seeking applications to support regional economic development planning efforts in rural communities under the Rural Economic Development Innovation initiative. Info here.