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Decision Dispute: EPA Under Fire for Glyphosate Re-Approval

On March 20, 2020, two petitions for review were filed against the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) challenging the agency’s decision to...

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The Deal With Dicamba: Part Six

When lawsuits filed against Monsanto Company (“Monsanto”) and BASF Corporation (“BASF”) for allegedly causing dicamba-related injury to farmers were consolidated into...

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Managing Pest Management: Pesticide Assessment Changes for Endangered Species

According to the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), federal agencies are required to consult with Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) or the...

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The Deal With Dicamba: Part Five

Up to now, this series has examined the claims raised by plaintiffs in dicamba-related lawsuits that have passed judicial review been...

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Turning the Tides: Judge Finds Lake Erie Bill of Rights Unconstitutional

In February, 2020, a federal court concluded that a law which granted rights to a waterbody, violated the United States Constitution....

Hemp: USDA Exercises Enforcement Discretion

Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney On February 27, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), in coordination with the Drug...

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The Deal With Dicamba: Part Four

A federal jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Bader Farms, in Bader Farms, Inc v. Monsanto Co., awarding $15 million...

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NEPA & Ag: Farm Service Agency Loans Exempt in Proposed NEPA Overhaul

In January, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) released a proposed regulatory overhaul for the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”)....

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The Deal With Dicamba: Part Three

UPDATE: On February 14, 2020 the jury in Bader Farms, Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No. 1:16-cv-299 (E.D. Mo. 2020) ruled in favor...

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Proposal: Bills Delegate Responsibility for Alternative Protein Safety and Labeling

By Drew Mitchell, National Agricultural Law Center Research Fellow & Elizabeth Rumley, National Agricultural Law Center Senior Staff Attorney  Within the...

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Fish Fumbles: GE Salmon Faces Uncertainty

In the latest move in an ongoing case against the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), a collection of environmental groups moved...

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Biofuels Benefit: Renewable Fuels Prevail in Court

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated three small refinery exemptions to the nationwide renewable fuel standard...

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The Deal With Dicamba: Part Two

UPDATE: On February 14, 2020 the jury in Bader Farms, Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No. 1:16-cv-299 (E.D. Mo. 2020) ruled in favor...

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WOTUS Redefined: EPA Announces Final Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has released its much-anticipated replacement for the 2015 Waters of the United States rule (“2015 Rule”)....

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The Deal With Dicamba: Part One

UPDATE: On February 14, 2020 the jury in Bader Farms, Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No. 1:16-cv-299 (E.D. Mo. 2020) ruled in favor...

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Announcement: Packers and Stockyards Proposed Regulation Currently Accepting Comments

Today, USDA released a proposed rule governing competition in the livestock and poultry industries.  This was the latest iteration of the...

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Redefined: WOTUS Controversy Continues

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) altered a central component of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) by once again...

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Spilled Milk: Dairy Operation Sues Over Alleged Chemical Damages

The Highland Dairy (“Highland”), a 4,000-head dairy operation located in New Mexico, filed suit earlier this year against 3M Company and...

USDA Hemp Rules: A First Glance

The highly anticipated hemp rules were released by AMS this morning.  While the rules are 161 pages and a deep dive...

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Protecting the Nest: Court Upholds Protections for Sage Grouse

A federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho issued a decision last Wednesday preventing the...