A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: Includes APHIS, FWS, NOAA, RUS
ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
Proposed rule to amend the animal disease regulations to provide for a National List of Reportable Animal Diseases, along with reporting responsibilities for animal health professionals that encounter or suspect cases of communicable animal diseases and disease agents. Info here.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Proposed rule for special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands for the 2020-21 migratory bird hunting season. Info here.
Interim rule establishing regulations for the subsistence harvest of migratory birds in Alaska for the 2020 season and beyond. Info here.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Final rule initiating a review process to collect and review data to evaluate the continued need for the Northeastern United States Closed Area and the Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Area; remove the Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area; and adjust the Gulf of Mexico gear requirements to shorten the duration of required weak hook use from year-round to seasonal (January-June). Info here.
Final rule issuing regulations and a Letter of Authorization to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring surveys along the Oregon and California coasts over the course of five years. Info here.
RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE
Final rule implementing the Rural Energy Savings Program as authorized by Section 6407 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to assist rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to eligible entities that agree to make loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Info here.
LEGISLATIVE: Includes Tennessee
SB 1687 terminates the soil scientist advisory commission with no wind down period. Info here.