A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: Includes NOAA, EPA, FSA, AMS, USDA, NASS, FWS
AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
Proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of the Pecan Research, Promotion, and Information Order (Order). Info here.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Final rule to provide additional assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to agricultural producers who continue to be impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Info here.
Notice a public teleconference of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers (ACMF) will be held to discuss USDA outreach, technical assistance, and capacity building for and with minority farmers; the implementation of the Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmer and Rancher Grant Program (2501 Program); and methods of maximizing the participation of minority farmers and ranchers in the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and to plan mechanisms for best providing advice to the Secretary on the issues outlined above. Info here.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Notice announces the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decisions for the triazines (atrazine, propazine, and simazine). Info here.
FARM SERVICE AGENCY
Final rule The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service, of the Rural Development (RD) mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency, is issuing this final rule to implement statutory provisions found in Section 6401 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) that amends Section 379H of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. Info here.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Proposed rule FWS announce the reopening of the comment period on our October 11, 2018, proposed rule to list the Atlantic pigtoe (Fusconaia masoni) as a threatened species with a section 4(d) rule, and to designate critical habitat for the species, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Info here.
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE
Notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek approval to conduct a new information collection to gather data related to water usage for North Carolina agricultural operations that likely use between 10,000 and 1,000,000 gallons per day. Info here.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Temporary rule NMFS is transferring 111.6 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) quota from the Reserve category to the General category. Info here.