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What's in the Box? FDA Proposes Revisions to Nutrition Facts

On February 27, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed three rules that would make landmark revisions to the iconic black and white Nutrition Facts panel if finalized. The proposed changes affect all packaged...more

FDA Refuses to Settle “All Natural” Debate

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially refused requests from several courts (discussed here and here) for a determination of whether and under what circumstances food products containing genetically...more

The Answer, My Friend, Is Not Blowin’ In The Wind: Waste From CAFO Ventilation Fans Does Not Require an NPDES Permit

Earlier this year, in her aptly named post “What the Cluck?”, Patricia Finn Braddock, noted that a state court in North Carolina had held that wastes from poultry farms, blown by ventilators from confinement houses and then...more

Bidding on State Land Trust Leases: Even the Top Revenue-Generating Bids Must be Balanced Against Qualitative “Best Use” Factors...

The Court of Appeals recently held that that the Commissioner of the State Land Trust Department properly balanced Wildearth Guardians, Inc.’s higher revenue-generating bid against “best use” qualitative factors set forth in...more

I’ll go first. The Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in West, Texas

In the aftermath of the April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 people, the Obama Administration has taken the first steps toward a regulatory response aimed at strengthening the oversight of chemical...more

Two More Courts Defer to the FDA in Food “Misbranding” Class Actions

We previously reported Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ decision to stay proceedings in the Cox v. Gruma Corp. matter while the FDA is asked to decide whether food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms APHIS's Deregulation of Roundup Ready Alfalfa in Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. 12-15052 (9th Cir....

On May 17, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a game-changing decision regarding court challenges to APHIS deregulation determinations for genetically engineered (GE) plants and agricultural commodities -- in...more

FDA Proposes New Rules Regarding Growing, Harvesting, Packing And Holding Domestic And Foreign Produce

On January 5, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as part of a continuing overhaul of the United States’ food safety laws under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), published proposed rules regarding the...more

A Victory for Water Users in Siskiyou County

Water users in Siskiyou County have avoided an additional hurdle to exercising their valid water rights, according to the Siskiyou County Superior Court. On December 24, 2012, Judge Karen L. Dixon held that the legislature...more

The Fiscal Cliff Deal’s Impact on Clean Energy - Contains key tax provisions for renewable energy but funding for USDA energy...

Capping weeks of intense negotiations between the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders to avert the fiscal cliff, the House of Representatives late on the night of Jan. 1 passed HR 8, the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Education Update, No. 1, January 2013: Give Generously, Keep It Legally

About a month ago, one of the school’s families that owns a popular restaurant and bar held a special fundraising event whereby 20% of the proceeds from every meal served were donated to the school. The school sent out email...more

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2012

In This Issue: - MISS Dig Bills Pass in Michigan Senate, Stall in House - Farm Bill Still Stalled - Ag Groups Urge Action on Estate Taxes - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available in Michigan - Michigan...more

Siskiyou Superior Court Rules that the Act of Diverting Water is Not Subject to Regulation Under California Fish and Game Code...

On December 24, 2012, the Siskiyou Superior Court issued its decision in Siskiyou County Farm Bureau v. California Department of Fish and Game, Case No. SC SC CV 11-00418....more

Hamilton Growers to Pay $500,000 to Settle EEOC Race/National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

ATLANTA - Hamilton Growers, Inc., doing business as Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, Inc., an agricultural farm in Norman Park, Ga., has agreed to pay $500,000 to a class of American seasonal workers - many of them...more

Energy And Environment Update -- December 2, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Justice;...more

Three Weeks after President Obama's Re-Election: Insights into Executive Branch Energy Funding, Federal Policy, and White House...

Despite uncertainty heading into the 2012 election, the incumbent president secured a second term and the congressional landscape remains largely the same. For energy and clean tech, this means an almost seamless continuation...more

A Breed Apart - Crop inventors are seeking to protect their work, even if they don’t use GMOs

When international seed supplier Enza Zaden bred a delicious and juicy new tomato in the 1990s, the world was introduced to the now famous Campari. The globe-shaped vegetable soon became a supermarket staple, but the Dutch...more

Patent Profile: USPTO Issues Patent for Paromomycin-supplemented Turkey Feed for Prophylaxis of Histomoniasis and Improved Weight...

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 8,293,266, entitled "Paromomycin-supplemented feed stuff for turkey and use thereof for prophylaxis of histomoniasis, reduction of the horizontal...more

Capital Thinking Update - November 19, 2012

In This Issue: - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - International, Defense, Homeland Security -...more

Energy And Environment Update -- November 18, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Agriculture; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Personnel; International; States; and Miscellaneous. Excerpt from Energy and...more

BIO and ASTA Announce That GEMAA Is Now Effective

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced today that the Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement (GEMAA) has received four signatories, and as a result is now...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - 1 Farmers and commercial motor vehicle regulations - 4 Aflatoxin and the insured farmer - 5 Do you need a CDL for your recreational vehicle? - 6 McAfee & Taft’s Agricultural Real Estate...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC Agriculture & Equine Industry Newsletter - November 2012: Farmers and commercial motor vehicle regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) administers a host of regulations covering the registration, operation and maintenance of commercial motor vehicles. Rules can vary by operator and industry, and there...more

Why Every Line of the Notice of Security Interest Should Be Completed

For many out-of-staters, the first image that comes to mind when they hear "Illinois" is downtown Chicago. Chicago's one of the world's great cities, but the fact is, much of Illinois is rural. The state's 76,000 farms cover...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 1, 2012

In This Issue: 9th Circuit Hears Calls for Feds to Regulate Roundup Ready Crops; Green Blog: Toward a Tougher Cap and Trade Program; Cap-and-Trade Failure Aided U.S. to Cut Carbon Emissions; Environmental Groups Ask EPA...more

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