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

                                                                                                                                               

REGULATORY: Includes AMS, APHIS, NOAA, RUS

AGRICULTURE MARKETING SERVICE

Final Rule amending the regulations governing voluntary grading and certification of meats, prepared meats, meat products, shell eggs, poultry products, and rabbit products, including standardized labeling and aligning billing practices for services provided by the Livestock and Poultry Program. Info here.

Proposed Rule decreasing the assessment rate of Washington sweet cherries. Info here.

Proposed Rule amending regulations to remove the domestic pine shoot beetle quarantine to provide flexibility to the States to manage pine shoot beetles on Christmas tree farms and timber operations. Info here.

ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE

Final Rule authorizing the importation of cape gooseberry from registered commercial consignments in Ecuador into the United States. Info here.

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

Temporary Rule amending the acceptable biological catch and harvest specifications for several groundfish species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian islands Management Area. Info here.

RURAL UTILITIES SERVICES

Final Rule allowing agency administrators limited flexibility to withhold disbursement of USDA Rural Development (RD) funding prior to completion of environmental review. Info here.