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FSIS Announces Changes to Salmonella Verification Sampling Program

Posted August 29, 2013 The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced changes to its procedures for Salmonellaverification sampling...

FDA to Study Consumer Response to Fortified Snacks

Posted August 29, 2013 Politico reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted paperwork required to launch a...

Food Safety & Technology on Menu for AALA Annual Conference

Posted August 28, 2013 The intersection of food safety and technology will be prominently featured at the upcoming 34th Annual...

RMA Clarifies Prevented Planting Standards for Crop Insurance Coverage

Posted August 28, 2013 USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a Special Provision statement to clarify acreage eligible for prevented...

Charitable Agricultural Research Act Introduced in Congress

Posted August 27, 2013 Members of both houses of Congress recently introduced new legislation, the Charitable Agricultural Research Act (CARA). ...

Study Shows Possible Profit from Hemp Production in Kentucky

Posted August 27, 2013 The University of Kentucky recently released a study on the economic feasibility of hemp.  The study,...

Letter to USDA: Improve Oversight of GMO Field Trials

Posted August 27, 2013 Over 150 farm and food businesses and organizations signed a letter calling for USDA to improve its...

Senators: EPA Should Not Require Farmers to Comply with Spill Rules

Posted August 26, 2013 Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) recently sent a letter to the Environmental Protection...

GIPSA Releases Final Rule on Weighing; Feed and Swine Contractors

Posted August 26, 2013 USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has released a final rule on “Weighing; Feed and...

Federal Court Allows Groups to Intervene in Support of COOL

Posted August 26, 2013 On August 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order granting...

EPA Releases New Pesticide Labels to Protect Bees

Posted August 23, 2013 Last week, the EPA released new pesticide labels in an effort to protect bees and other...

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Issues Two Marketing Order Final Rules

Posted August 23, 2013 USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently issued two marketing order final rules affecting cranberry and avocado...

American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

Posted August 23, 2013 For attorneys, students, and other professionals interested in agricultural and food law, the 34th Annual Conference of the American Agricultural...

Plaintiffs, EPA Reach Settlement; EPA Not to Seek New CAFO Regulations

Posted August 23, 2013 According to an agreement with the Chesapeake BayFoundation (CBF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not...

Rep. Kristi Noem: Congress Will Pass Farm Bill

Posted August 22, 2013 Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), member of the House Agriculture Committee, says that Congress will pass a...

Farm Credit Issues Interim Rule Repealing Mortgage Loan Regulations

The Farm Credit Administration (FCA) issued an interim rule which repeals its regulations governing the registration of residential mortgage loan...

Southeast Water Wars: Florida vs. Georgia Water Dispute To Be Filed in U.S. Supreme Court

Posted August 22, 2013 It’s Florida vs. Georgia in a battle with implications for Alabama, and, believe it or...

Meat Inspectors IT Network Fails for Two Days, Dispute Over Impact

Posted August 21, 2013 Earlier this month a computer system, which networks inspectors at all of the meatpacking and processing...

FDA To Look Into Cattle Feed Additive Zilmax

Posted August 21, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will work with Merck & Co. and the USDA to...

USTR Announces Public Hearings on Russia’s WTO Obligations

Posted August 21, 2013 The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced a request for comments and...