A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.

                                                                                                                                               

LEGISLATIVE: Includes Michigan state law

MICHIGAN

Michigan Senate Bill 447 sets the amount of stormwater discharge fees that will be charged persons who have applied for stormwater discharge permits through October 1, 2023. Info here.

Michigan Senate Bill 450 amends 1937 PA 284 which is a statute designed to prevent the spread of infectious disease in livestock, and requires parties engaged in the selling, transporting, and exchanging of livestock to be licensed with the state department of agriculture. Info here.

                                                                                                                       

REGULATORY: Includes AMS, EPA, NOAA

AGRICULTURE MARKETING SERVICE

Proposed Rule increasing assessment rate of Washington apricots handled for the 2019-2020 and subsequent fiscal periods from $1.00 to $2.86 per ton, based on recommendations from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee. Info here.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Final Rule establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the fungicide and miticide sodium lauryl sulfate in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Info here.

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

Proposed Rule requiring operators of federally permitted catcher vessels using hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska to retain and land all starfish caught while fishing for groundfish or Pacific halibut. Info here.

Proposed Rule implementing management measures to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed rule would delegate authority to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas to establish specific management measures for the harvest of red snapper for the recreational sector, allowing each Gulf state to establish specific management measures for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Federal waters by private anglers landing in that state. Info here.