A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: Includes AMS, APHIS, USDA, FWS, NOAA
Agricultural Marketing Service
Final rule establishing the Domestic Hemp Production Program, as mandated by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Info here.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Notice advising the public of the determination that the cotton event designated as MON 88702, which has been genetically engineered for resistance to certain insects, primarily Lygus spp., is no longer considered regulated under the regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms. Info here.
Department of Agriculture
Final rule for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) which provides assistance to agricultural producers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Info here.
Fish and Wildlife Service
Proposed rule to amend regulations concerning American alligators by revising provisions pertaining to interstate and foreign commerce. Info here.
Proposed rule to revise and streamline FWS regulations for permitting of rights-of-way by aligning FWS processes more closely with those of other Department of the Interior bureaus, consistent with applicable law and to the extent practicable. Info here.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice that the Pacific Fishery Management Council has begun its annual preseason management process for the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries off the U.S. West Coast. Info here.
Final rule governing the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to geophysical survey activities conducted by oil and gas industry operators, and those persons authorized to conduct activities on their behalf, in Federal waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico over the course of five years. Info here.
Final rule implementing the expansion of the boundaries of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and revising the sanctuary’s terms of designation. Info here.
Interim final rule issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C-20-05 (Conservation of Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean During 2021), which was adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission on December 22, 2020. Info here.