A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions to: camarigg at uark.edu


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JUDICIAL: 

RANDALL D. BRESEE AND DERRY BRESEE, Appellants, v. LYLE C. BARTON AND VERONICA L. BARTON, Appellees., 2016 UT App 220, involved a water and boundary dispute. Plaintiffs purchased a parcel of land surrounded on three sides by defendant’s land. When plaintiff purchased the parcel, the deed included a fifty-foot ingress, egress, and utilities easement over defendant’s land, but mentioned no other easement. District court found that when plaintiffs claimed a right to condemn an irrigation easement over defendant’s property, they did not “rebut defendant’s evidence that such an easement would cause ‘considerable interference’ with defendant’s water use.” Summary judgment for defendant affirmed.


LEGISLATIVE:

MEETING: House Committee on Natural Resources. The Committee will consider the following bills: • H.R. 1219 (Rep. Tom Cole), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land and appurtenances of the Arbuckle Project, Oklahoma, to the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District, and for other purposes. “Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2015”; • H.R. 3711 (Rep. Juan Vargas), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of Chicano Park, located in San Diego, California, and for other purposes. “Chicano Park Preservation Act”; • H.R. 4366 (Rep. David Valadao), To affirm an agreement between the United States and Westlands Water District dated September 15, 2015, and for other purposes. Nov. 15 at 4:00 p.m. Location: LHOB 1324.

MEETING: House Committee on Agriculture. Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Opportunities for Improving Access to Food. Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Location: LHOB 1300


REGULATORY: Includes USDA, EPA, and NOAA rules and notices.

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT: Notice USDA announces appointment of members made by the Secretary of Agriculture to fill 7 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. Info here.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:

Rule establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-pyrrolidinone, 1-butyl when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops only at a concentration not to exceed 30% by weight under EPA regulations. Details here.

Rule establishing tolerances for residues of clomazone in or on asparagus and soybean, vegetable, succulent. The Interregional Research Project Number 4 requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Info here.

Rule establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of di-n-butyl adipate when used as an inert ingredient at a concentration of not more than 25% by weight in pesticide formulations intended for varroa mite control around bee hives. Info here.

Rule establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of iron oxide yellow when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations intended for varroa mite control around bee hives at a maximum concentration not to exceed 0.15% by weight in the pesticide formulation. Details here.

Rule establishing tolerances for residues of prothioconazole in or on cotton gin byproducts and the cottonseed subgroup 20C. Info here.

Rule establishing tolerances for residues of trifloxystrobin in or on Cottonseed subgroup 20C; Cotton, gin byproducts; and amends the existing tolerance on Corn, field, forage. Details here.

Notice Section 309(a) of the Clean Air Act requires that EPA make public its comments on EISs issued by other Federal agencies. EPA’s comment letters on EISs are available at: http://www.epa.gov/​compliance/​nepa/​eisdata.htmlDetails here.

Notice EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Details here.

Notice EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Info here.

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION:

Rule NMFS implements accountability measures for commercially harvested king mackerel in the Florida west coast northern subzone of the eastern zone of the Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone. Info here.

Rule closes the Witch Flounder Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area to Northeast multispecies common pool vessels fishing with trawl gear for the remainder of Trimester 2, through December 31, 2016. Info here.