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Focus on Food: FDA Publishes Food Traceability Final Rule

With thanksgiving right around the corner, food safety is on the minds of many Americans. Currently, tracing the source of a...

Answering to AFIDA: Reporting Requirements of Foreign Agricultural Land Investments

Over the past few years, federal and state lawmakers have become increasingly concerned about foreign investments in U.S. agricultural land. While...

End of Year Update on the ESA

In 2019 and 2020, the Trump Administration adopted multiple regulations impacting how the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) is carried out. The...

Food Safety in Retail and Foodservice: FDA and CDC Sign an MOU

**This article was written by NALC Research Fellow Jeramy Ashton, a third-year law student at the University of Arkansas at Little...

Congressional Considerations on Restricting Foreign Investments in U.S. Agriculture

Over the past decade, foreign investments in agricultural land have grown. At the start of 2021, foreign persons held an interest...

Enviro Groups Ask EPA to Revisit CWA CAFO Rules

In October 2022, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit asking the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to formally respond to...

Truth in Labeling Laws(uits) – Update on Arkansas

Since 2018, 15 states have passed laws that limit the use of terms such as “burger,” “chick’n,” and “sausage”. Plant-based food...

Resources for Underserved Communities: Highlight of New Publications

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, environmental justice is defined as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all...

Checking In on Crop Insurance: Enforcement of the FAD Requirement

Many agricultural producers across the nation obtain crop insurance coverage for their planted acreage under the federal crop insurance program (“FCIP”)....

Pesticide Review: Recent Actions from Various Pesticide Legal Challenges

The past several weeks have seen developments in various on-going legal disputes over pesticides. Recent actions concerning glyphosate, dicamba, and pesticide-treated...

Focus on Food: the Proposed “Healthy” Rule and the White House Conference

September 28, 2022, was a busy day for those interested in food law and policy. Not only did the Biden Administration...

Proposed Regulation: Competition and Market Integrity

On Monday, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (“AMS”) released a proposed rule governing competition in the livestock and poultry industries.  This was...

Premium Assistance for Producers Transitioning to Organic Production

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) established a new program known as the Transitional and Organic Grower Assistance (“TOGA”)...

Building Blocks: The Basics of the RCPP

First authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (“RCPP”) is a voluntary conservation program administered by the...

The Fight Over Organic Hydroponics: An Update

On September 22, 2022, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court ruling that allows hydroponic produce growers to...

What’s Cooking with Prop 12?: An Update

In 2018, California voters passed “Prop 12,” a ballot proposal regulating space requirements for farm animals.  The proposal had two main...

California’s Attempt to Restrict Foreign Agricultural Land Investments

Recently, California’s state legislature passed a bill (SB 1084) that is aimed at restricting foreign ownership of agricultural land within the...

Building Blocks: Basics of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

Under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (“ACEP”), private landowners, land trusts, and other entities work with the United State Department of...

How AMS is Promoting Local Food Systems

Recently, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), initiated several cooperative agreement programs...

Ag & the IRA: Debt Relief and Financial Assistance Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

In August 2022, Congress passed a $739 billion spending package known as the Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”) of 2022. Of the...