JUDICIAL

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. RANDALL L. RADDATZ, DENNIS RADDATZ, MARY BETH RADDATZ, ASHLEY RADDATZ, COUNTRYSIDE COOPERATIVE, THE COOPERATIVE FINANCE ASSOCIATION, INC., DEERE & COMPANY, DAVID J. GREVICH, FIRST NATIONAL COMMUNITY BANK, & BRUCE ERICKSON, Defendants., No. 18-CV-137-WMC, 2018 WL 6597237 (W.D. Wis. Dec. 13, 2018)  Acceptance of a default judgement of a debt secured by a tractor.
JAY HYMAS, d/b/a DOSMEN FARMS, Plaintiff v. UNITED STATES, Defendant., No. 18-831C, 2018 WL 6600973 (Fed. Cl. Dec. 17, 2018): On June 11, 2018, pro se plaintiff Jay Hymas, doing business as Dosmen Farms, filed a two-page, double-spaced complaint in the United States Court of Federal Claims, captioned as Hymas v. United States, Case No. 18-831C which plaintiff captioned as a “Bid Protest,” as well as an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, (capitalization in original). In the complaint, plaintiff alleges that “Defendant, The United States Department of the Interior” violated “Federal contracting law,” and that plaintiff’s complaint “invokes the jurisdiction of this Court via the Tucker Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1491 a & b.” (capitalization in original). Plaintiff’s complaint requests “[i]njunctive relief for all active CFAs [cooperative farming agreements] to be bid in open competition per Federal procurement and contract law,” as well as “[d]eclaratory relief that the current so-called ‘CFP’ [cooperative farming program] is an unlawful program currently being operated by agencies of the DOI [United State Department of Interior].” The court granted the Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss.
REGULATORY

Proposed rule: Rural Housing Service, USDA.; The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) is amending its regulation to eliminate the requirement for the annual publication of Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Additionally, RHS will remove all references to the term NOFA in other various sections. The intended effect of this action is to allow the Agency to accept and start processing applications in a more fluid manner. Info HERE

Notice of new recreation fees: Ozark-St. Francis National Forest in Arkansas, USDA Forest Service; The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests in Arkansas, will be implementing new fees at Richland Creek Campground at $10 per night for a single site or $20 per night for a double site. This site has had additional amenities added to improve services and experiences that include new grills, tables, lantern poles, tent pads, parking spaces, new toilet, water system upgrades and trashcans. In addition, most sites are now fully accessible for wheelchairs. Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market assessment and public comment. Funds from fees will be used for the continued operation and maintenance as well as improvements to the facilities within the campground. Info HERE

LEGISLATIVE

H.R. 7315: To protect American communities from wildfire, and for other purposes. Info HERE

H.R. 2: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 Info HERE