A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
LEGISLATIVE: Includes Louisiana, New Hampshire
HB 758 establishes a definition of “performance-based sampling” and exempts licensees approved by the state’s department of agriculture and forestry for performance-based sampling from the department’s pre-harvest sample collection. Info here.
HB 1005 establishes a commission to study the state of the existing low-grade timber and market economy and new and emerging markets for low-grade timber and wood products. Info here.
HB 314 adjusts the maximum annual gross sales of food by a homestead food operation that determines exemption from licensure and departmental inspection from $20,000 to $35,000. Info here.
REGULATORY: EPA, FWS, FNS, RBCS
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Final rule the EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State of Connecticut’s Underground Storage Tank program. Info here.
Final rule the EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to Delaware’s Underground Storage Tank program. Info here.
Final rule the EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State of Vermont’s Underground Storage Tank program. Info here.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Notice announcing FWS received an application from Monroe County for a renewal of incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. If granted, the expiration date of the existing ITP, which authorizes take of the Florida Key deer, the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, and the eastern indigo snake incidental to commercial and residential construction in Monroe County, Florida, would be extended for an additional 3 years. 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. Info here.
FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE
Notice that the national average minimum value of donated foods, or cash in lieu thereof, per lunch under the National School Lunch Program and per lunch and supper under the Child and Adult Care Food Program shall be 30.00 cents for the period July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.Info here.
RURAL BUSINESS-COOPERATIVE SERVICE
Notice providing loan applicants with the Guarantee Fee rates, Guarantee percentage for Guaranteed Loans, the Periodic Retention Fee, and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, to be used when applying for certain guaranteed loans. Info here.