A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: EPA, FSA, FDA, NOAA
Environmental Protection Agency
Notice announcing the Agency’s receipt of initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. Info here.
Fish and Wildlife Service
Proposed rule to list two Distinct Population Segments of the lesser prairie-chicken, a grassland bird known from southeastern Colorado, western Kansas, eastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma, and the Texas Panhandle under the Endangered Species Act. Info here.
Proposed rule to issue regulations authorizing the nonlethal, incidental, unintentional take by harassment of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walruses during year-round oil and gas industry activities in the Beaufort Sea (Alaska and the Outer Continental Shelf) and adjacent northern coast of Alaska. Info here.
Notice inviting the public to comment on applications to conduct certain activities with foreign species that are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and foreign or native species for which the Service has jurisdiction under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Info here.
Food and Drug Administration
Notice announcing the availability of four final Compliance Policy Guides entitled “Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 555.400 Aflatoxins in Human Food,” “Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 570.200 Aflatoxins in Brazil Nuts,” “Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 570.375 Aflatoxins in Peanuts and Peanut Products,” and “Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 570.500 Aflatoxins in Pistachio Nuts.” Info here.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Temporary rule implementing an accountability measure for the commercial hook-and-line component of golden tilefish in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone. Info here.
Final rule announcubg routine inseason adjustments to the harvest limits for incidental Pacific halibut retention in the sablefish primary fishery. Info here.
LEGISLATIVE: Includes Iowa
SF 356 limits civil liability for persons involved in agricultural tourism. Info here.