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US and Japan Streamline Organic Trade

Posted October 1, 2013   The United States and Japan have announced that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in...

Federal Court Dismisses HSUS Lawsuit over Pork Slogan Sale

Posted September 30, 2013   A U.S. District Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United...

Stabenow Urges Review: Possible Manipulation of Renewable Fuels Market

Posted September 30, 2013   Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, called...

Local Food Systems on Agenda for AALA Annual Conference

Posted September 27, 2013   The legal challenges in local food systems will be prominently featured at the upcoming 34th Annual...

USDA Will Not Investigate GMO Alfalfa Contamination

Posted September 27, 2013   USDA will not investigate the detection of genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer’s non-GMO...

Ninth Circuit Issues Opinion in CA Low Carbon Fuel Standard Case

Posted September 27, 2013   In Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey, et al., No. 12-15135 (9th Cir. Sept. 18, 2013),...

“Monsanto Rider” Will Expire, Not Included in Senate CR

Posted September 26, 2013   A controversial legislative rider, which allows farmers to keep growing a genetically modified (GM) crop while...

EPA Proposed Rule to Clarify Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

Posted September 26, 2013   A proposed rule intended to clarify which waters and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water...

Eighth Circuit Issues Opinion in 4-H Lawsuit

Posted September 25, 2013 In Kroupa v. Nielsen, et al, No. 12-2843 (8th Cir. Sept. 25, 2013), a three judge panel...

Biotech Crops Included in Oregon Special Session Deal

Posted September 25, 2013   A controversial bill that would block local governments from regulating agriculture, including banning genetically modified (GM)...

FDA Begins Meetings on Imported Food Rules

Posted September 25, 2013   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) public meetings on proposed rules to improve the safety of...

District Court Ruling Forces EPA Action on “Dead Zone”

Posted September 24, 2013   On Friday, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has six months...

Rep. Crawford Introduces Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act

Posted September 24, 2013   Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) recently introduced H.R. 3105, the Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act, which provides an...

Upcoming Webinar: Access to Land — The Leasing Option

Posted September 23, 2013   On Wednesday, September 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, the Virginia Beginning Farmer and...

Business Groups: Farm Bill May Violate Trade Rules

Posted September 23, 2013   U.S. business groups recently said both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill may...

Mississippi Soybean Board Announces Aquifer Initiative

Posted September 23, 2013   The Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) has announced an initiative to reduce the amount of...

House Approves Nutrition Bill to Cut $40 Billion from SNAP

Posted September 20, 2013   The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved the nutrition bill that would cut about $40 billion...

CDC Report Connects Animal Agriculture with Antibiotic Resistance

Posted September 20, 2013   The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report on the threats of...

Farm Groups React to CA Minimum Wage Increase

Posted September 20, 2013   Farm groups are having mixed reactions to a bill that will increase the minimum wage in...

Judge Rules EPA Can Enforce Nutrient Standards in Chesapeake Bay

Posted September 19, 2013   A federal judge upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to set and enforce nutrient standards in...