David Lyons

David Lyons

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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

7/18/2016 - Bioengineering Disclosure Requirements Food Labeling GMO Preemption

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

2/2/2016 - Agribusiness Cuba Imports Obama Administration TSRA

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

1/7/2016 - APHIS Conservation Farm Bill FDA Food Labeling FSMA Obama Administration Regulatory Agenda Risk Management USDA

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

12/17/2015 - Appropriations Bill Biofuel Country of Origin Federal Funding Global War on Terror (GWOT) Labeling Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Tax Deductions Tax Extenders

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

12/3/2015 - Browser History Sniffing Cookies Data Collection Facebook Web Tracking

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

10/12/2015 - Food Manufacturers Tariffs Trade Policy Trade Relations Trans-Pacific Partnership USDA

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

9/24/2015 - Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) Exports Food Manufacturers Foreign Relations Imports Sanctions Telecommunications Trade Relations Travel U.S. Commerce Department

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

5/29/2015 - Clean Water Act EPA Final Rules Legislative Agendas US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

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

2/18/2015 - Airspace Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Proposed Regulation Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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

11/26/2014 - Delays EPA Legislative Agendas Renewable Fuel Standard

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

7/3/2014 - FDA Food Labeling Nutrition Facts Labels Proposed Regulation Public Meetings

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