A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.



Agricultural Marketing Service

Proposed rule inviting comments on a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee to establish salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and designated parts of Nevada and Utah for the 2021-2022 marketing year. Info here.

Final notice that AMS is terminating the following 10 U.S. Consumer Standards: The U.S. Consumer Standards for Italian Sprouting Broccoli, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Carrots, U.S. Consumer Standards for Celery Stalks, U.S. Consumer Standards for Husked Corn on the Cob, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Kale, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Spinach Leaves, U.S. Consumer Standards for Brussels Sprouts, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Parsnips, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Turnips, and U.S. Consumer Standards for Beet Greens. Info here.

Direct final rule amending the rules and regulations regarding the procedures for the conduct of a sign-up period for eligible cotton producers and importers to request a continuance referendum on the 1991 amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Order provided for in the Cotton Research and Promotion Act amendments of 1990. Info here.

Final rule implementing a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board to decrease the portion of assessments allocated to research and promotion activities and increase the portion allocated to administrative expenses. Info here.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Proposed rule reopening the comment period for a proposed rule to allow the importation of commercial avocados from continental Ecuador into the continental United States after taking a new pest into consideration and including additional phytosanitary measures. Info here.

Environmental Protection Agency

Final rule establishing tolerances for residues of the insecticide metaflumizone in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Info here.

Fish and Wildlife Service

Final rule revising the migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations in Alaska. Info here.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Temporary rule prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska. Info here.