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New Policy Agenda Highlights President Trump's Approach to Global Trade

The Trump administration released a report to Congress on March 1, 2017 outlining details of the president’s “America First” trade policy. The report represents a drastic shift in the U.S. approach to global trade practices...more

International Trade in the Trump Era

Only a week into his presidency, President Trump has taken steps to upend the United States’ paradigm on international trade. Behind an “America First” agenda, he is seeking to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing, renegotiate key...more

Trump Administration Forecast: Changes to Key Policies Expected

Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States of America was as unexpected in the polls as the United Kingdom’s vote to embrace Brexit. Now Democrats and Republicans alike are trying to assess how Mr. Trump, a...more

Loosening of Cuban Sanctions Presents New Opportunities for U.S. Industries

Effective October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have expanded the scope and nature of transactions...more

10/18/2016  /  BIS , Cuba , Embargo , Exports , OFAC , Sanctions , Trade Relations

Congress Passes GE Labeling Bill, President Obama Expected to Sign Bill Into Law

On July 14, 2016, after more than a year of on-and-off debate and failed attempts at legislative compromise, Congress finally passed a bill to require the creation of a federal labeling standard for bioengineered food within...more

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

On January 26, 2016, the Obama administration announced changes to Cuba sanction regulations, further building on the past year’s historic beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. For the first...more

Obama Administration Lays Out 2016 Regulatory Plans for Food and Agriculture

President Obama’s administration recently released its Regulatory Plan, which lays out department-specific regulatory priorities. Of interest to the food and agriculture industry are the agendas from the U.S. Department of...more

Negotiators Reach Deals on Government Funding, Tax Extenders Legislation

After several long weeks of negotiations on end-of-year obligations, congressional negotiators reached agreements on both a government funding bill that pays for the federal government through the remainder of FY16 as well as...more

Federal Court Dismisses Facebook Tracking Claims

In a win (for now) for companies that engage in website tracking activities, a federal judge in the Northern District of California dismissed a $15 billion class action filed against Facebook over its privacy practices. The...more

EPA Finalizes Renewable Fuel Volumes

On November 30, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final volume requirements for fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and also for biomass-based diesel for...more

12/2/2015  /  Biofuel , EPA , Renewable Fuel Standard

Key Gains for U.S. Agriculture in Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – have reached agreement on the landmark Trans-Pacific...more

Shrinking Sanctions: New Changes Allow U.S. Companies to Establish Cuban Business Presence

Policy changes announced by the Obama administration on September 18 will allow U.S. food and agriculture companies, U.S. telecommunications companies and U.S. building material supplier companies to establish a business...more

EPA Releases Final Waters of the U.S. Rule

On Thursday, May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers released the final rule defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), which the agencies have renamed the Clean Water...more

Is a Drone in Your Farm's Future? Federal Aviation Administration Proposes Drone Rule

After a four-year wait, on February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the long anticipated proposed rule to allow the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (drones) for commercial purposes. Other...more

EPA Delay of 2014 RFS Rule Increases Potential for Congressional Activity

On November 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would further delay finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumetric blending requirements until 2015. This announcement put the...more

Proposed Changes to Nutrition Facts Panels Discussed at FDA Public Meeting

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss the two proposed rule changes to the Nutrition Facts panels seen on most packaged foods in the U.S....more

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