JUDICIAL:

MARTHA CEA PLAINTIFF v. COBB-VANTRESS, INC. DEFENDANT, No. 5:19-CV-05024, 2019 WL 1607291 (W.D. Ark. Apr. 15, 2019)   Now before the Court are Defendant Cobb-Vantress, Inc.’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings as to Plaintiff’s overtime claims , to which Plaintiff Martha Cea filed a Response in Opposition five days out of time, and Cea’s Second Motion for Leave to File a Second Amended Complaint. The motion for judgment on the pleadings requested dismissal of Cea’s overtime compensation claims, due to an exemption that applies for poultry/agricultural workers.On April 10, 2019, the Court held a hearing on the Motions, and the parties presented oral argument. The Court determined that even though Cea’s response to the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings was filed out of time, the Court would still consider the merits of her response. After oral argument concluded, the Court ruled from the bench that the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings was granted, and the Motion for Leave to File a Second Amended Complaint was denied due to futility.
REGULATORY:

Notice of meeting: Forest Service, USDA; The Yavapai County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Prescott, Arizona. The committee is meeting as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/minutes can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/​main/​prescott/​workingtogether/​advisorycommittees. Info HERE

Notice of meeting: Forest Service, USDA: The Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Petersburg, Alaska and Wrangell, Alaska. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https://cloudapps-usda-gov.secure.force.com/​FSSRS/​RAC_​Page?​id=​001t0000002JcwHAAS. Info HERE

Notice of meetings: Forest Service, USDA.; The Wenatchee-Okanogan Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Wenatchee, Washington. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information, including the meeting summary/minutes can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/​main/​okawen/​workingtogether/​advisorycommittees .Info HERE

Notice of meeting: Forest Service, USDA; The Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Montesano, Washington. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/minutes can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/​detail/​olympic/​workingtogether/​advisorycommittees/​?cid=​fsbdev3_​049547. Info HERE

Notice of meeting: Forest Service, USDA; The Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Keizer, Oregon. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/minutes can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/​main/​willamette/​workingtogether/​advisorycommittees  .Info HERE

Notice of meetings: Forest Service, USDA; The Fresno and Madera Counties Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) will meet in Clovis, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. Additional RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/minutes can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/​main/​sierra/​workingtogether/​advisorycommittees. Info HERE

Notice of meeting: Forest Service, USDA: The Butte County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Oroville, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. Info HERE

Notice: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA; We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis relative to the importation into the United States of fragrant pears from an additional area of production in China. Based on the findings of the analysis, we are proposing to authorize the importation of fragrant pears from this additional area of production in China and revise the conditions under which fragrant pears from authorized areas of production in China may be imported into the United States. We are making the pest risk analysis available to the public for review and comment. Info HERE

Notice and request for comments: Rural Utilities Service, USDA; In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Info HERE

Notice and request for comments: Rural Utilities Service, USDA; In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Info HERE

Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement: Forest Service, USDA; The Thunder Basin National Grassland (Grassland) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 2020 Thunder Basin National Grassland Plan Amendment. The Grassland proposes to amend prairie dog management direction in the Land and Resource Management Plan, including changes to management area boundaries and changes to grassland-wide, geographic area, and management area plan components that pertain to prairie dogs, short-stature prairie habitat, and associated species management. Info HERE