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Procedures: Agency Adjudication

This article is the next installment of NALC’s blog series on legal procedure. A previous blog post in the series explained...

EPA Adopts New Policy For ESA Consultations & New Pesticide Active Ingredients

On January 11, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that effective immediately it had changed its policy regarding Endangered Species...

Restricting Foreign Farmland Investments: Alabama’s Proposed Constraints on Foreign Ownership

Recently, an Alabama state lawmaker proposed a bill (S.B. 14) that is aimed at restricting foreign ownership of agricultural land within...

Basics of International Trade: Tariffs

International markets are important for many United States agricultural products. Trade agreements with various countries have provided new market opportunities for...

From 2021 to 2022: Food Law Litigation and Regulation Update

At the beginning of 2021 the National Agricultural Law Center (NALC) published a blog post highlighting some of the major food...

Resources for Underserved Communities: Highlight on Agricultural Workers

Agricultural farmworkers make up about 1% of the workforce, providing about 2.6 million jobs. Of these workers, twenty percent have a...

Focus on Food: Bioengineered Foods Now Require Disclosure

January 1, 2022, marked the mandatory compliance date for the Bioengineered (BE) Food Disclosure Standard (Standard). Many BE foods entering commerce...

Resources for Underserved Communities: Highlight on Access to Credit

For decades, farmers in the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other underserved communities have been disproportionately affected by unfairly...

DOL Proposes Changes for H-2A Wage Rates

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) is trying to change the rules surrounding the wage rates of H-2A temporary foreign workers (“H-2A...

Focus on Food: FDA Publishes Proposed Agricultural Water Rule

On December 6, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule to amend the agricultural water regulations found...

WOTUS Update: EPA Releases Proposed Rule to Redefine WOTUS

On December 6, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published in the Federal Register its highly-anticipated proposed rule to redefine the...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Notice Requirements for Sale of Collateral

Many agricultural producers borrow money to successfully run their operations. Typically, the lender requires the borrower to give a security interest...

Department of Homeland Security Makes Changes to Immigration Enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) was created in 2002 and is responsible for, among other things, border security, administration, and...

Procedures: The Regulatory Process

There are many federal agencies that impact the agriculture and food industries. The United States Department of Agriculture is home to...

Lending for Livestock, Credit for Crops: Taking Possession of Collateral

Many agricultural producers borrow money to successfully run their operations. Typically, the lender requires the borrower to give a security interest...

“Custom Exempt” Slaughter: The Exception, or the Rule?

The processing of livestock- which includes animals such as cattle, sheep, swine, and goats- is governed on a national level by...