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Court considers “failed acreage” under Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE)

Written by: Amie Alexander, JD/MPS Candidate, William H. Bowen School of Law A recent District Court decision in the District of...

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State agritourism legislative update

Below is a summary of recent agritourism legislation by state. Each listing provides a link to the legislative text. Email important...

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New bill targets commodity checkoff programs

A new bill focused on commodity checkoff programs was introduced last week by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). The...

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USDA announces Farmer Fair Practices Rules

Earlier today, the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced updated regulations designed to protect contract rights of farmers....

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APHIS proposes regulations permitting importation of Hass avocados from Columbia

Late last month, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed rule amending fruits and vegetables regulations to...

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Deere and Monsanto address DOJ monopoly claims

In late August, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit to prevent agriculture company John Deere from merging with...

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Horticulture Field Day in Hope, AR

Agritourism is the focus at today’s Horticulture Field Day at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope, Arkansas. Food preservation,...

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Supreme Court rules for landowners in wetlands case

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in the case U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., that Army Corps of...

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New York farm workers challenge labor organizing law

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit this week challenging a state law forbidding farm workers from organizing. Per...

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R-CALF sues USDA over beef checkoff advertising

Per the Billings-Gazette, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, (R-CALF USA) filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the US Department of Agriculture....

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Arkansas Food Innovation Center Workshop, May 18

With the recent consumer focus on locally-grown foods, many farmers and food entrepreneurs are trying to expand their markets by creating...

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California bill would combat ag cargo theft

Cargo theft of produce is an ongoing problem in California that investigators believe involves domestic and international organized crime. The state has...

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Pennsylvania legalizes marijuana for medical use

On Sunday, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize marijuana for medical use. Per the Washington Times, the state may license...

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Tax code may exclude income earned on 4-H projects

Last week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)...

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Arkansas State Council for Engage Cuba launched this week

Earlier this week, members of the Arkansas agribusiness community, including academic and political leaders, launched the Arkansas State Council for Engage...

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Mid-South ag, environmental law conference April 21-22

By Mary Hightower Handling agricultural bankruptcies, federal wetland regulations and a keynote about ag trade with Cuba are all part of...

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Potential US ag trade with Cuba takes significant steps

In Cuba last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA will allow 22 industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and...

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Boulder County, CO may prohibit GMO crops on county-owned land

According to Boulder Public Radio, Boulder County authorities may soon prohibit farmers from growing genetically engineered crops on county-owned farmland. Last...

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California bill would standardize food label expiration dates

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu has proposed a food labeling measure, AB 2725, designed to give...