A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
LEGISLATIVE: Includes Vermont
S 258 requires the state’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to evaluate the sufficiency of the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) to determine if the requirements and practices under the RAPs are adequate to address increased and foreseeable climate change-induced precipitation in a manner that protects soil resources and prevents harmful or inefficient runoff of nutrient pollution to State waters. Info here.
LEGISLATIVE: Includes Colorado
HB 22-1301 exempts agricultural equipment used in production of agricultural products in controlled environment agricultural facilities are exempt from the levy and collection of property tax. Info here.
LEGISLATIVE: Includes Colorado
SB 22-193 establishes the clean air grant program; voluntary projects involving methane capture from agricultural operations are eligible for grant money under the program. Info here.
LEGISLATIVE: Includes Tennessee
SB 905 revises the definition of “qualified farmer or nurseryman” and exempts tangible personal property sold to a qualified farmer or nurseryman from sales tax if the property is primarily used by that person in agricultural operations. Info here.
REGULATORY: AMS, APHIS, CCC, FWS, NOAA
AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
Notice of the upcoming meeting of the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee which advises the Secretary on the programs and services delivered by AMS under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Info here.
ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
Notice announcing that APHIS has prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with importation of fresh Oha leaves (Pterocarpus mildbraedii) from Nigeria into the continental United States. APHIS determined that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh Oha leaves from Nigeria. Info here.
COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION
Notice revising State cane sugar allotments, revising company allocations to sugar beet and sugar cane processors, and reassigning some cane sugar marketing allotment to raw cane sugar imports already anticipated. This applies to all domestic beet and cane sugar marketed for human consumption in the United States from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022. Info here.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Proposed rule to revise the regulations concerning experimental populations of endangered species and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Info here.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Final rule in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this interim final rule extends the time period that temporary specifications issued to implement certain short-notice decisions of the Commission on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean may remain in effect. Info here.
Final rule that established a framework to implement short-notice decisions of the Commission on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Info here.
Notice that NOAA/NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization to the Bureau of Land Management to incidentally harass marine mammals during construction activities associated with the Punta Gorda Lighthouse Stabilization Project in Humboldt County, California. Info here.