A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: Includes APHIS, EPA, AMS, FNS, NOAA
ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
Notice In accordance with legislation implementing the results of the Uruguay Round of negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the international standard-setting activities of the World Organization for Animal Health, the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention, and the North American Plant Protection Organization, are soliciting public comment on the standard-setting activities. Info here.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Notice announces the availability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA or the Agency) draft biological evaluation (BE) for the registration review of the pesticide glyphosate and opens a public comment period on this document. Info here.
AGRICUTLURAL MARKETING SERVICE
Reopening of comment period on the revision to the method of interpretation for determining “sample grade criteria,” as it pertains to the class “Blackeye beans,” in the U.S. Standards for Beans under the United States Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA). Info here.
Reopening of comment period on the revision to the method of interpretation for determining “whole peas” under the authority of the Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA). Info here.
FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE
Proposed rule to codify three menu planning flexibilities established by the interim final rule titled, Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements published November 30, 2017, and made permanent with some modifications by a final rule of the same title published December 12, 2018, hereafter referred to as the 2018 Final Rule. Info here.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Temporary rule NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Eastern Aleutian district (EAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. Info here.
Temporary rule NMFS is transferring 19.5 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) quota from the Reserve category to the General category. Info here.
Temporary rule NMFS implements an accountability measure for the commercial sector of gray triggerfish in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Info here.
Temporary rule NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Bering Sea subarea and Eastern Aleutian District (BS/EAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. Info here.
Final rule NMFS issues a final rule under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to approve and implement rebuilding plans recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) for two overfished salmon stocks: Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon (KRFC) and Sacramento River fall-run Chinook salmon (SRFC). Info here.
Proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the seven threatened corals in U.S. waters in the Indo-Pacific (Acropora globiceps, Acropora jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, Acropora speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora aculeata) pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Info here.
Proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the threatened Caribbean corals: Orbicella annularis, O. faveolata, O. franksi, Dendrogyra cylindrus, and Mycetophyllia ferox pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Info here.
Temporary rule NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for arrowtooth flounder in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). Info here.
Temporary rule NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve to the initial total allowable catch (ITAC) of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) arrowtooth flounder, BSAI “other flatfish,” Bering Sea subarea and Eastern Aleutian District (BS/EAI) blackspotted/rougheye rockfish, Western Aleutian District and Central Aleutian District (WAI/CAI) blackspotted/rougheye rockfish, BSAI skates; and to the total allowable catch (TAC) of BSAI Alaska plaice. Info here.