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



Fish and Wildlife Service

Final rule revising regulations for seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means related to taking of fish for subsistence uses in Alaska during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 regulatory years. Info here.

Food and Drug Administration

Notice of information collection supporting the reporting associated with the submission of petitions and notifications seeking exemptions from the labeling requirements for ingredients derived from major food allergens, and the Agency’s associated guidance document. Info here.

Food Safety and Inspection Service

Notice announcing that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods will hold a public meeting of the full Committee on April 22, 2021. The Committee will discuss and vote on adopting the following two reports: Microbiological testing by industry of ready-to-eat foods under FDA’s jurisdiction for pathogens (or appropriate indicator organisms): Verification of prevention controls and The Use of Water in Animal Production, Slaughter and Processing. Info here.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed rule for management measures for the 2021 summer flounder recreational fishery. Info here.

Temporary rule reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Community Development Quota and Aleut Corporation pollock directed fishing allowance from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. Info here.

Temporary rule reopening the commercial hook-and-line component for king mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico southern zone. Info here.

LEGISLATIVE: Includes Virginia


HB 1750 directs the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture to establish and administer a Dairy Producer Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program to assist dairy producers that participate in the federal margin coverage program. Info here.

LEGISLATIVE: Includes Virginia


SB 1163 establishes tax credits agricultural equipment. For taxable years 2021 through 2025 a refundable individual and corporate income tax credit for 25% of expenditures, up to a maximum of $17,500, made for the purchase of conservation tillage and precision agriculture equipment certified by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board as reducing soil compaction or improving precision of pesticide and fertilizer application or injection. Info here.