A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: AMS, APHIS, USDA, EPA, FWS, FNS, FDA
AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
Final rule adjusting the number of members on the United Soybean Board to reflect changes in production levels that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in 2018. Info here.
Proposed rule announcing that AMS is providing an additional thirty days for public comments on a proposed rule that would terminate the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of onions grown in South Texas and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. Info here.
ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
Notice announcing that APHIS is revising its requirements for the importation of fresh melon fruit with stems from Japan into the United States. Info here.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Proposed rule announcing that EPA and the U.S. Department of the Army signed a Federal Register publication and publicly announced a process for stakeholders to submit nomination letters with a slate of participants to potentially be selected as one of ten geographically focused roundtables to provide input on the regional implications of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. Info here.
Final rule announcing that EPA is revising regulations associated with persons who must report data to the Agency’s mercury inventory established under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Those reporting requirements were set forth in a final rule entitled “Reporting Requirements for TSCA Mercury Inventory: Mercury”. Info here.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Notice announcing that FWS received an application from Pulte Home Company, LLC—North Florida Division (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction in Lake County, Florida. Info here.
Proposed rule announcing that FWS is extending the public comment period on its September 7, 2021, proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the Miami tiger beetle (Cicindelidia floridana) under the Endangered Species Act. Info here.
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
Final rule amending the animal drug regulations to reflect application-related actions for new animal drug applications and abbreviated new animal drug applications during April, May, and June 2021. Info here.
FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE
Notice announcing that FNS is issuing this Request for Information to gain insights from interested parties about establishing a resource center that supports State and local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) agencies in improving the WIC application and certification journey. Info here.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Notice announcing that the Office of the Secretary (OSEC), a component within USDA, proposes to develop a new system of records notice titled, “USDA Personnel Public Health Emergency Records System.” Info here.
Notice announcing that existing directives in the Forest Service Manual and Handbook are being revised to improve security and administration of explosive magazines and explosives use that are authorized under a special use authorization. Info here.