A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions to: camarigg at uark.edu


H.R. 6321: To reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 and for other purposes. Bill referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology which will consider it before sending it to the House. Sponsor: Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL9].

REGULATORY: Includes BSEE, EPA, FWS, FNS, ITA, and NOAA rules and notices.

BUREAU OF SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT: Rule adjusts the level of the civil monetary penalty contained in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and OMB guidance. Info here.


Rule EPA is promulgating significant new use rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 57 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices. Details here.

Rule EPA seeks comment on additional information obtained and developed by EPA in conjunction with the proposed tolerance revocation for chlorpyrifos. Details here.


Notice FWS will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection. Title: Approval Procedures for Nontoxic Shot and Shot Coatings, 50 CFR 20.134. Info here.

Notice FWS received an incidental take permit application from Na Pua Makani Power Partners, LLC, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Info here.

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE: Rule would update civil rights assurance language contained in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations on the Federal-State Agreement. Info here.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATIONNotice Department of Commerce is initiating a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on glycine from China. Info here.


Notice Department of Commerce will submit to the OMB a proposal for collection of information.Title: Green Sturgeon ESA 4(d) Rule Take Exceptions and Exemptions. Details here.

Notice NMFS completed a review of the status of eastern North Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake, Alaska. Info here.

Notice NOAA requests comments on its draft Companion Manual to NOAA Administrative Order NAO 216-6A containing policy and procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and related authorities. Info here.

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE:  Notice of availability of WEPP for soil erodibility system calculations scheduled for implementation for public review and comment. Info here.