A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: AMS, FWS, NOAA, RBS
Agricultural Marketing Service
Notice that AMS is revising the method of interpretation for the determination of whole peas in the Pea and Lentil Inspection Handbook pertaining to the class “Split Peas,” in the U.S. Standards for Split Peas. Info here.
Notice that AMSis revising the method of interpretation for the determination of the special grade “Green” in the Pea and Lentil Inspection Handbook pertaining to the class “Lentils,” in the U.S. Standards for Lentils. Info here.
Fish and Wildlife Service
Final rule determining that the beardless chinchweed (Pectis imberbis) is an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act, and designating critical habitat. Info here.
Proposed rule to list the Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura rainierensis), a bird subspecies in Washington, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Info here.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice announcing NMFS’s request for public input and two public webinars to gather information regarding the Spring Gulf of Mexico Monitoring Area that may not have been considered in the final rule. Info here.
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Final rule establishing the Rural Innovation Stronger Economy program as authorized by Section 6424 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 to improve the ability of distressed rural communities to create high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, and help rural communities identify and maximize local assets. Info here.