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Upcoming Webinars on Legal Issues in Recreational Land Use

On Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. (Central) a free, producer-oriented webinar will be offered that focuses on landowner liability...

Upcoming Forestry Workshops

The National Agricultural Law Center, along with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the LSU AgCenter are hosting a...

Department of Labor To Re-Propose Child Farmworker Rules

Agri-Pulse reports that Department of Labor will “re-propose the parental exception” of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. For full Agri-Pulse...

FDA: Illegal Fungicide in Orange Juice Samples

The Associated Press announced that the FDA has confirmed the presence of an illegal fungicide in domestic orange juice samples, but...

Gates Foundation Calls for More Ag Research Funding

Western Farm Press reports that, in the annual priorities outlined by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates expressed interest in...

GIPSA Releases Final Rule

Today, the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) released the final version of the rules they first proposed last summer....

Recall Expanded – Frozen Oysters Imported from Korea

According to a FDA press release, “FDA is expanding its warning to include additional frozen oyster products from Korea. These products...

GIPSA Settle Cases Resulting in $17,160 in Civil Penalties

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced settlements resulting in $17,160 in civil...

U.S. and China Conclude 22nd Session of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Yesterday marked the conclusion of the 22nd session of the U.S. – China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in...

New Study Shows Reform of Current U.S. Sugar Policy Would Help Consumers

A news release last week from the Coalition for Sugar Reform stated that, “Reforming federal sugar subsidies can save American consumers...

National Cotton Council Welcomes Farm Bill Proposal

A news release from the National Cotton Council last week stated that, “The National Cotton Council commends the House and Senate...

Rep. Tipton discussed how the Senate’s failure to pass H.R. 872 is unleashing regulatory blitz

Last week, during The Ag Minute, Rep. Scott Tipton discussed how the Senate’s failure to pass H.R. 872 is unleashing a...

USDA Announces Improvements to Risk Assessment and Rulemaking Process

The USDA announced in a press release that, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)...

Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Improve Access to Health Care in Rural Areas

Last week, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding to establish telemedicine and other health care projects to address unmet health care needs...

Smucker’s peanut butter recalled

The J.M. Smucker Company announced today that it is voluntarily recalling certain 16-ounce jars of peanut butter over concerns about salmonella...

USDA Seeks Comments on Revisions to Marketing Order for Tart Cherries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on a proposed rule to amend the federal marketing order regulating tart cherries...

USDA Announces Funding to Convert Biomass to Energy

Today, Deputy Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien announced that USDA is funding a series of projects to convert biomass...

California upholds recall of raw milk products

The dairy sells 2,400 gallons of raw milk a day in California and does not ship any milk products to...

Vilsack Announces Investments in International Market Development to Help Sustain Demand for American Agriculture

Today, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in approximately 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to...

Chairman Baucus comments on Japan’s announcement to begin consultations

Monday, a news release from the Senate Finance Committee stated that, “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) commented following Japan’s...