MAKHTESHIM AGAN OF NORTH AMERICA, INC. et al., Plaintiffs, v. NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE et al. Defendants. Additional Party Names: Dow AgroSciences LLC, FMC Corp., No. 8:18-CV-00961-PWG, 2018 WL 5846816 (D. Md. Nov. 8, 2018); 

This case arises out of a dispute between a group of pesticide manufacturers and the U.S. government. The plaintiff-manufacturers are challenging the latest developments in a long-running administrative process that has continued to frustrate their hopes of having the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) reregister the active ingredients in their products. While the litigation continues to run its course, a number of conservation and fishing organizations have come forward seeking to join the suit as intervenor-defendants. The issue now before the Court is whether to permit the intervention.
Where, as here, a would-be intervenor seeks to join a suit on the same side as the government, it “must mount a strong showing” that the government cannot adequately represent its interest. The conservation and fishing organizations seeking to intervene in this case have not met their burden. I conclude, accordingly, they are not entitled to intervene as of right under Rule 24(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. I also decline to exercise my discretion to permit their intervention under Rule 24(b). Court authorizes the groups to submit amici curiae briefs in accordance with the accompanying Standing Order.

H.R. 4033: National Geologic Mapping Act Reauthorization Act; To reauthorize the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992; Info HERE

H.R. 6784: Manage our Wolves Act; To provide for removal of the gray wolf in the contiguous 48 States from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife published under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Info HERE


Notice and request for comments: Farm Service Agency, USDA In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved information collection to support the Servicing Minor Program Loans. Info HERE

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Mink Survey; The primary function of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue current official State and national estimates of crop and livestock production. The mink program consists of two surveys: An annual census of all known mink producers in the 50 states (the Mink Survey) and an annual survey of two prominent mink pelt auction houses (the Mink Price Survey). Statistics on mink production are published for the 12 major states that account for over 90 percent of the total U.S. pelt production. There is no other source for this type of information. General authority for these data collection activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204. Info HERE

Final rule: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; This rule implements a recommendation from the Fresh Pear Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. Info HERE

Final rule: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of cyantraniliprole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. The Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) and DuPont Crop Protection requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Info HERE