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Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

Obama Administration’s Organic Animal Welfare Rule Postponed a Second Time

by Varnum LLP on

For the second time, the effective date of the Organic Animal Welfare Rule (OAWR) proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture during the last days of the Obama administration has been pushed back. The new...more

Eleventh Circuit Does Not Skim Over First Amendment Concerns in Labeling Milk

Be careful not to skim over potential First Amendment challenges to commercial speech regulations in labeling cases. By ‘whey’ of example, the Eleventh Circuit recently found that the actions of the Florida Commissioner of...more

Pennsylvania awards permits to 12 Grower/Processors

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced this afternoon the permits being awarded to the first 12 grower/processors for medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. As if announcing the 12 of the 177 applicants was not drama...more

Limited Time Remaining To Help Shape Maryland's Nutrient Trading Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are only a few weeks left for the public to comment on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) recently issued draft regulations establishing Maryland’s Water Quality Nutrient and Sediment Trading and Offset...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

Canadian Food Inspection Agency seeks industry submissions on blended wine labelling

by DLA Piper on

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) is asking for the opinions of industry members and consumers regarding proposed changes to the way blended wine is labelled in Canada....more

DOE Announces $9 Million In Funding For Biomass Research And Development

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Would Intend to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers

by Varnum LLP on

In recent weeks, the Trump administration took the first step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), sent a letter to Congress...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #3

FDA Delays Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Labeling - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will postpone the deadline for food companies to use a revised Nutrition Facts label on packaged...more

Timeline for Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule Lengthened by the EPA

by Varnum LLP on

On May 11, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a 12-month extension on the implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators Rule. The extension is meant to provide states and...more

New California Groundwater Fees – Another Step Forward for SGMA

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s newer groundwater regulatory structure, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (“SGMA”), was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on September 16, 2014. The State Water Resources Control Board...more

What Reviving the TTIP Agreement Could Mean for the Future of Geographical Indications

by WilmerHale on

Some of the most famous and luxurious brands (Champagne, Bordeaux, Port) around the world are geographical indications (GIs) and bring in substantial revenue for the United States and Europe. According to the European...more

Stemilt Growers and Ag Services Sued By EEEOC For Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Federal Agency Alleges Latina Tractor Driver Demoted After Refusing Supervisor's Sexual Advances - SEATTLE -The largest grower of organic tree fruit in the United States, Stemilt Growers, and its integrated business,...more

Not Yet Time To Pop Champagne Corks After IC Guidance Withdrawn

by Fisher Phillips on

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor dropped a bit of a bombshell when it announced the immediate withdrawal of two informal guidance letters issued back when President Obama governed the executive branch. The 2015...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #2

Seattle Approves Tax on SSB Distributors - The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on distributors of sugarsweetened beverages (SSBs) proposed by the city’s mayor. SSBs covered by the tax include sports, fruit, energy...more

Trade Agreements Leading Up to NAFTA Renegotiations, US Industry Response

by Cozen O'Connor on

While formal NAFTA renegotiation has not begun, there has been movement by the administration to begin reshaping trade deals with both Mexico and Canada since President Trump announced his plans and sent notice to Congress to...more

U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor and Joint Employment Guidance

by Payne & Fears on

In a positive development for employers, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, that it is withdrawing two Interpretations issued during the Obama Administration....more

Update on Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act

by Field Law on

Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act became law on June 7, 2017, when it received Royal Assent. As noted in our earlier Alert, which set out the highlights of the Bill, the effective dates for each Part of the...more

SuperVision Today - June 2017

Editor's Note - Welcome to the second quarter edition of SuperVision, the e-newsletter of Spilman Thomas & Battle's Labor & Employment Group. The look of SuperVision may have changed, but the goal remains the same: to...more

USDOL Withdraws Independent-Contractor, Joint-Employment "Administrator Interpretations"

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has withdrawn: - Administrator Interpretation No. 2016-1, entitled "Joint Employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker...more

Dawn Of A New Day? Labor Department Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance On Misclassification, Joint Employment

by Fisher Phillips on

In a welcome development for employers, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) was immediately withdrawing guidance published during the Obama administration that had...more

Public Comment Period for NAFTA Renegotiation Provides Opportunity for Food & Agriculture Industry

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 23, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register notice soliciting public comment on the Trump administration’s plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

Trump Releases Proposed Budget For FY 2018

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released the Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes significant cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and...more

FDA Deadline Extension: Agricultural Water Standards Compliance

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Demonstrating that submitting comments to the FDA can pay dividends, the FDA announced on June 6, 2017 that it will extend the compliance dates for agricultural water standards contained within the Produce Safety Rule. The...more

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