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Lawsuit Argues EPA Failed to Address Ocean Acidification

Posted October 24, 2013   The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Kauai Approves Controversial GMO, Pesticide Disclosure Bill

Posted October 24, 2013   After a 19-hour long special meeting, the Kaua’i County council voted to approve a controversial GMO...

Farm Bill Conference to Begin Next Week

Posted October 23, 2013   House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders announced today that the first official meeting for the 2013...

Groups Sue EPA Over Fish Consumption Estimates

Posted October 23, 2013   Conservation and commercial fishing groups recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),...

Mexico Court Bans GMO Corn

Posted October 23,  2013   A judge in Mexico recently suspended the planting of genetically modified corn in the country, citing...

USDA Announces $181 for Advanced Biofuels Projects

Posted October 23, 2013   Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or...

NALC Resource: State Law Clearinghouse

Posted October 22, 2013   The State Law Clearinghouse, available here, is a free resource provided by the National Agricultural Law...

Lawmakers Expect Farm Bill by End of October

Posted October 22, 2013   U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are optimistic that Congress will pass...

New Food Safety Regulations Worry Growers, Packers

Posted October 22, 2013   Growers in the Pacific Northwest are concerned about upcoming food safety regulations under the Food Safety...

Senators Express Concern over USDA Loan Cuts

Posted October 22, 2013   Fourteen senators have expressed concern over a cut to USDA’s Marketing Assistance Loan Program, according to...

Growers Linked to Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Sue Auditing Firm

Posted October 21, 2013   The Jensen brothers, growers who are set to plead guilty to federal criminal charged related the...

Utah Asks Court to Dismiss Suit Challenging “Ag-Gag” Law

Posted October 21, 2013   Attorneys for the state of Utah filed a motion to dismiss, arguing the plaintiffs did not...

North Dakota Farmer Discovers Largest Oil Spill on U.S. Soil

Posted October 21, 2013   Steve Jensen discovered a 20,000 barrel oil spill on his 1,800 acre wheat farm in Tioga,...

WA Attorney General Sues Group over Food Labeling Initiative

Posted October 18, 2013   Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), alleging...

Gray Plant Mooty to Host Webinar Series on Investing In Agriculture

Posted October 18, 2013 Gray Plant Mooty’s Agribusiness & Food Practice Team will present an Agribusiness Roundtable and Webinar Series: “Investing...

Three Injured in Tractor Crash at Farm’s Fall Festivities

Posted October 18, 2013   Three people were injured after a tractor rolled into at ditch at a Bedford County, Virginia...

Shutdown Ends, Farm Bill to Move Forward

Posted October 17, 2013   The government shutdown ended last night after Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government...

Groups Sue EPA Over Withdrawal of Factory Farm Rule

Posted October 17,  2013   A coalition of community, animal welfare, and environmental organizations has filed a lawsuit against the U.S....

Panel Set to Address the Issue of Farm Size

October 17, 2013   A panel discussion comparing large and small farms will be the focus of the Food Dialogues on...

New Aquaculture Leases Approved in Apalachicola Bay

Posted October 17,  2013   Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Cabinet voted unanimously to approve additional...